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If you are having problems running Stronghold Crusader 2 please follow these troubleshooting steps before contacting support...

 

1) Do you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer?

Lots of games have problems with overprotective anti-virus programs.  If you are using anti-virus please make sure Stronghold Crusader 2 has been added to your list of exceptions.  Please consult your anti-virus manual for instructions on how to do this.  The default installation path for the Stronghold Crusader 2 game file is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\bin\win32_release\Crusader2.exe

 

2) Make sure you have installed the prerequisite files required to run Stronghold Crusader 2

 

3) Verify your Stronghold Crusader 2 files

  1. Login to the Steam client
  2. Within Library, right-click on Stronghold Crusader 2 and select Properties
  3. Select the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache... button.
  4. Steam will check all the game files were downloaded correctly. This process may take several minutes. If any files are missing Steam will download them the next time you run the game.

 

4) Delete your Stronghold Crusader 2 initialisation file

Locate your C:\Users\[User]\Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2\Profiles folder and delete options.xml.  This will force Stronghold Crusader 2 to redetect your computer settings again when loading the game.

 

5) Use the Windows System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted Windows system files

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/929833

6) If the game still does not run, check your Options Override file

  1. Open the your installed game path by right-clicking on Stronghold Crusader 2 in Steam, going to Properties > Local Files > Browse Local Files...
  2. Go to the directory \bin\win32_release and open the file "options_override.xml"
  3. Following the instructions in the file, enter a path to a new directory in which you will save game options (for example, edit the line to <override user_data_path="C:\Users\username\Desktop\Options" />
  4. Save the file and then try running Stronghold Crusader 2.

 


 

If you are still experiencing problems, please contact support with the following information:

  1. A detailed description of the problem
  2. A list of any security systems on your computer including anti-virus software
  3. A dxdiag file from your computer so that we can view your computer spec.  Instructions on how to create a dxdiag file can be found here: http://support.fireflyworlds.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/115

 

* - this is the default Steam install location for Stronghold Crusader 2

Boxed games bought from a store

If you have a problem with a boxed version of the game, please consult Firefly Studios Support at http://support.fireflyworlds.com/

 

Games downloaded from Steam

Steam will happily issue a refund for a game for any reason if the request meets the following criteria:

 

1) the request is made within 14 days of purchase

and

2) the title has been played for less than 2 hours

 

For more information visit store.steampowered.com/steam_refunds/

To request a refund visit help.steampowered.com

If you are having problems running Stronghold Legends please follow these troubleshooting steps before contacting support...

 

1) Make sure you have installed the prerequisite files required to run Stronghold Legends

This should happen when you first run the game through Steam but sometimes they may not get installed, especially if you have updated the old version from the Stronghold Collection.

 

2) Verify your Stronghold Legends files

  1. Login to the Steam client
  2. Within Library, right-click on Stronghold Legends and select Properties
  3. Select the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache button.
  4. Steam will check all the game files were downloaded correctly. This process may take several minutes. If any files are missing Steam will download them the next time you run the game.

 

3) Delete your Stronghold Legends "packfile.fpf" file

Locate your C:\ProgramData\Firefly Studios\Stronghold Legends folder and delete packfile.fpf.  This will force Stronghold Legends to rebuild the game files during the initial game load.  NOTE: If you have not been able to load the game yet this file may note exist.

 

4) Delete your Stronghold Legends graphics settings file

There is a chance your graphics settings could be preventing the game from running correctly.  Locate your C:\Users\[User]\Documents\Stronghold Legends\Profiles folder and delete StrongholdLegends.GraphicsSettings.xml.  This will force Stronghold Legends to redetect your computer settings again when loading the game.

 

5) Delete your Stronghold Legends profile

There is a chance your Stronghold Legends user folder is corrupt.  Locate your C:\Users\[User]\Documents and rename your Stronghold Legends folder to "Stronghold Legends Old".  When you next run the game a new Stronghold Legends profile folder will be created.

If you do need to rename this folder to get the game working, your old saves and campaign progress won't appear in game. Don't worry, they are backed up in the folder that you renamed, and we can help you restore them.

6) Create a new Stronghold Legends profile location

Some problems can be caused by your computer not being able to read or write to the default profile directory.  In order to workaround this problem we have created a system to manually set a new profile directory path.

To change the profile directory path edit the options_override.xml file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Legends, or within located within your own custom installed directory.

The file contains a single parameter: <override user_data_path="" />

To change the directory, edit the file so that the path to the new directory in which you want to save is between the quotations.  When using this option, a new "Stronghold Legends" directory will be created in the directory specified i.e. if you specify "c:\users\documents\games" then the game will create a "c:\users\documents\games\Stronghold Legends" directory if it doesn't already exist.

WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To use the default directory, leave it blank or delete the options_override.xml file

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold Legends folder.


 

7) Do you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer?

Lots of games have problems with overprotective anti-virus programs.  If you are using anti-virus please make sure Stronghold Legends has been added to your list of exceptions.  Please consult your anti-virus manual for instructions on how to do this.  The default installation path for the Stronghold Legends game file is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold Legends\StrongholdLegends.exe

 

8) Use the Windows System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted Windows system files

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/929833

 

9) If you can't load the launcher, try loading the game directly

Before loading the game the Firefly Launcher should appear.  If the launcher is not appearing then you can load Stronghold Legends directly by browsing to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold Legends and running StrongholdLegends.exe *

 

10) Create a new local user account

Some errors occur because of a problem with the current Windows local user account.  Create a new local user account using the following instructions:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/instantanswers/5de907f1-f8ba-4fd9-a89d-efd23fee918c/create-a-local-user-account-in-windows-10

Run Stronghold Legends in the new local user account.



 


 

If you are still experiencing problems, please contact support with the following information:

  1. A detailed description of the problem (ideally with steps on how to reproduce it)
  2. A list of any security systems on your computer including anti-virus software
  3. A dxdiag file from your computer so that we can view your computer spec.  Instructions on how to create a dxdiag file can be found here: http://support.fireflyworlds.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/115

 

* - this is the default Steam install location for Stronghold Legends

If you are having problems running Space Colony: Steam Edition please follow these troubleshooting steps before contacting support.

 

1) Do you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer?

Lots of games have problems with overprotective anti-virus programs. If you are using anti-virus please make sure Space Colony: Steam Edition has been added to your list of exceptions. Please consult your anti-virus manual for instructions on how to do this. The default installation path for the Space Colony: Steam Edition game file is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Space Colony\Space Colony.exe *

 

2) Make sure you have installed the prerequisite files required to run Space Colony: Steam Edition

Steam will install all the required pre-requiste files when you first run the game. If you wish to install the pre-requisites manually do the following...

Latest DirectX files:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Security Update Redistributable Package (x86):

http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/B/4/8B42259F-5D70-43F4-AC2E-4B208FD8D66A/vcredist_x86.exe

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Security Update Redistributable Package (x86):

http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/6/5/165255E7-1014-4D0A-B094-B6A430A6BFFC/vcredist_x86.exe

Latest .net Framework 4:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851

 

3) Verify your Space Colony: Steam Edition files

  1. Login to the Steam client
  2. Within Library, right-click on Space Colony and select Properties
  3. Select the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache... button.
  4. Steam will check all the game files were downloaded correctly. This process may take several minutes. If any files are missing Steam will download them the next time you run the game.

 

4) Use the Windows System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted Windows system files

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/929833

 


  

If you are still experiencing problems, please contact support with the following information:

  1. A detailed description of the problem
  2. A list of any security systems on your computer including anti-virus software
  3. A dxdiag file from your computer so that we can view your computer spec. Instructions on how to create a dxdiag file can be found here: http://support.fireflyworlds.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/115
  4. The Documents\Space Colony\SpaceColony.log file that is created when you run the game.

 

If Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader, Stronghold Crusader Extreme or Space Colony crash immediately after launching there maybe a compatibility issue with your version of Windows.

Please run the application compatibility wizard to resolve the problem.

On Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10:

Browse to the game directory (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold), right click on the game executable (e.g. Stronghold.exe) and click Troubleshoot Compatibility

 

To change the in-game language...

  1. Login to the Steam client
  2. Within Library, right-click on Space Colony and select Properties
  3. Select the Language tab and choose a language from the dropdown list
  4. Close the Properties box and run the game as normal

 

NOTE: To change the language used in the Space Colony Launcher use the language dropdown within the Laucher.  This does not affect the language used in-game.  To change the language in-game use the instructions above.

If you are having problems running Stronghold 2 please follow these troubleshooting steps before contacting support...

 

1) Make sure you have installed the prerequisite files required to run Stronghold 2

This should happen when you first run the game through Steam but sometimes they may not get installed, especially if you have updated the old version from the Stronghold Collection.

 

2) Verify your Stronghold 2 files

  1. Login to the Steam client
  2. Within Library, right-click on Stronghold 2 and select Properties
  3. Select the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache button.
  4. Steam will check all the game files were downloaded correctly. This process may take several minutes. If any files are missing Steam will download them the next time you run the game.

 

3) Delete your Stronghold 2 "packfile.fpf" file

Locate your C:\ProgramData\Firefly Studios\Stronghold 2 folder and delete packfile.fpf.  This will force Stronghold 2 to rebuild the game files during the initial game load.  NOTE: If you have not been able to load the game yet this file may note exist.

 

4) Delete your Stronghold 2 graphics settings file

There is a chance your graphics settings could be preventing the game from running correctly.  Locate your C:\Users\[User]\Documents\Stronghold 2\Profiles folder and delete Stronghold2.GraphicsSettings.xml.  This will force Stronghold 2 to redetect your computer settings again when loading the game.

 

5) Delete your Stronghold 2 profile

There is a chance your Stronghold 2 user folder is corrupt.  Locate your C:\Users\[User]\Documents and rename your Stronghold 2 folder to "Stronghold 2 Old".  When you next run the game a new Stronghold 2 profile folder will be created.

If you do need to rename this folder to get the game working, your old saves and campaign progress won't appear in game. Don't worry, they are backed up in the folder that you renamed, and we can help you restore them.


6) Create a new Stronghold 2 profile location

Some problems can be caused by your computer not being able to read or write to the default profile directory.  In order to workaround this problem we have created a system to manually set a new profile directory path.

To change the profile directory path edit the options_override.xml file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold 2, or within located within your own custom installed directory.

The file contains a single parameter: <override user_data_path="" />

To change the directory, edit the file so that the path to the new directory in which you want to save is between the quotations.  When using this option, a new "Stronghold 2" directory will be created in the directory specified i.e. if you specify "c:\users\documents\games" then the game will create a "c:\users\documents\games\Stronghold 2" directory if it doesn't already exist.

WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To use the default directory, leave it blank or delete the options_override.xml file

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold 2 folder.



7) Do you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer?

Lots of games have problems with overprotective anti-virus programs.  If you are using anti-virus please make sure Stronghold 2 has been added to your list of exceptions.  Please consult your anti-virus manual for instructions on how to do this.  The default installation path for the Stronghold 2 game file is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold 2\Stronghold2.exe

 

8) Use the Windows System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted Windows system files

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/929833

 

8) If you can't load the launcher, try loading the game directly

Before loading the game the Firefly Launcher should appear.  If the launcher is not appearing then you can load Stronghold 2 directly by browsing to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Stronghold 2 and running Stronghold2.exe *

10) Create a new local user account

Some errors occur because of a problem with the current Windows local user account.  Create a new local user account using the following instructions:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/instantanswers/5de907f1-f8ba-4fd9-a89d-efd23fee918c/create-a-local-user-account-in-windows-10

Run Stronghold 2 in the new local user account.

 11) Delete files: msvcp100.dll and msvcr100.dll

Try deleting msvcp100.dll and msvcr100.dll files from the game folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold 2) and run the game.

 


 

If you are still experiencing problems, please contact support with the following information:

  1. A detailed description of the problem (ideally with steps on how to reproduce it)
  2. A list of any security systems on your computer including anti-virus software
  3. A dxdiag file from your computer so that we can view your computer spec.  Instructions on how to create a dxdiag file can be found here: http://support.fireflyworlds.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/115

 

* - this is the default Steam install location for Stronghold 2

In order to create a DxDiag file you will need to run a dxdiag report

To run a dxdiag report follow the steps below:

  1. If you are running Windows XP or higher go to your task bar.
  2. Click on, "Start Button".
  3. Click on, "Run".
  4. In the pop-up window enter dxdiag and hit ok.
  5. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool pop-up window should appear.
  6. Click on, "Save all information".
  7. Save As" window should be present.
  8. Click on, "Save" (The file should be saved to your desktop as dxdiag.txt)
  9. Exit the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
  10. You can now attach the file to an email or to a ticket and submit it. 

The Stronghold Crusader 2 Map Editor is located in the Library/Tools menu within Steam. You must install the Stronghold Crusader 2 game before you install the map editor.

If you experience issues with the map editor not starting correctly, please follow the following troubleshooting steps:

1) Make sure you have installed the prerequistite files required to run Stronghold Crusader 2 Map Editor

2) Check your anti-vius software

Some anti-virus software can be overprotective and may prevent Stronghold Crusader 2 from running.

Please either make C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\bin\win32_release\MapEditor.exe * an exception in your firewall software or disable your anti-virus software when trying to run Stronghold Crusader 2.

* this is the default Steam installation path for the game

To change the in-game language of Stronghold Legends: Steam Edition, please use the following steps.

 

  • Right-click Stronghold Legends in your Steam game library and select properties
  • Click on the Language tab at the top of the properties window
  • Select your preferred language from the drop down menu

To view the Stronghold Legends:Steam Edition manual in your preferred language, please use the following steps.

  • Open Stronghold Legends from your Steam game library
  • On the top right of start up screen, select your language from the drop down menu

 

When you run Space Colony for the first time you may just see a black screen or the error message "Cannot Display this Video Mode".  This often happens if you have previously installed an old version of Space Colony.

To reset the resolution the game is running in...

  1. Run the Space Colony launcher from Steam
  2. Hold SHIFT and click on the Play button

Space Colony will now run in 800x600 resolution.  You can now change the resolution in-game through the Settings > Video Options menu.

 

Links to fansites with downloadable maps and campaigns can be found by going to:

http://www.spacecolonyfans.net/
http://www.lordkor.com/downloads/space_colony/index.html
http://www.geocities.com/munkywhaymes/main.htm

 

 


You can also find maps and campaigns in the Steam Workshops site for Space Colony:

 

http://steamcommunity.com/app/297920/workshop/

This only applies to Stronghold Crusader HD on Steam

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold Crusader folder, possibly due to security software installed on the computer. As a result we have included a method to allow players to change the folder in which Stronghold Crusader stores all options, save games, maps etc.

1) Create a new folder on your computer where you would like your Stronghold Crusader options, saves and maps to the stored e.g. C:\Games\Firefly

2) Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader Extreme

3) Edit the configpath.txt file using a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++

4) Add the path to the new folder to line 1 in configpath.txt



5) Save the file

Next time you run Stronghold Crusader a new "Stronghold Crusader" directory will be created in the folder specified e.g. C:\Games\Firefly\Stronghold Crusader


WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To revert back to using the the default folder in /Documents, either delete the folder path in configpath.txt or delete the configpath.txt file itself

IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases which the default directory cannot be used. If you have no issues with saving any options/progress/save games with Stronghold Crusader, do not use this override option.

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold Crusader folder.

Disk Read or Write Error

When installing or updating a game, Steam displays an error message:

 

  • "An error occurred while updating [game title]"
  • "An error occurred while installing [game title]"

Either of these messages contains the following detail in parentheses: "disk read error" or "disk write error."

 

If you are have AVG 2015 installed, deactivating it for the duration of the installation of the update/installation should allow the update or installation to proceed normally.

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold 2 folder for some unknown reason. As a result we have included a method to allow players to change the directory in which Stronghold 2 stores all options, save games, maps etc.

In order to use this, players can edit options_override.xml in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold 2, or within located within your own custom installed directory.

The file contains a single parameter: <override user_data_path="" />

To change the directory, edit the file so that the path to the new directory in which you want to save is between the quotations. For example, to save to your desktop, change it to:

<override user_data_path="C:\Users\username\Desktop" />

When using this option, a new "Stronghold 2" directory will be created in the directory specified i.e. if you specify "c:\users\documents\games" then the game will create a "c:\users\documents\games\Stronghold 2" directory if it doesn't already exist.

WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To use the default directory, leave it blank or delete the options_override.xml file

IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases which the default directory cannot be used. If you have no issues with saving any options/progress/save games with Stronghold 2, do not use this override option.

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold 2 folder.

You can run Stronghold 3 in a window to do this. Enter the folder where Steam is, such as C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\stronghold3\bin\win32 _release. Within this folder there is a config.xml file. If you edit the config file with notepad and edit then add windowed=1 <resolution width=1024 height=768 windowed=1/>

To change the Windowed size change the resolution while in-game.

This error indicates the setup failed to initialize during support file transfer. Error 0x80070020 indicates "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

Please try temporarily turning off all antivirus, anti-malware, anti-spyware, etc. style utilities and running the install again. 

This only applies to Stronghold HD on Steam

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold folder, possibly due to security software installed on the computer. As a result we have included a method to allow players to change the folder in which Stronghold stores all options, save games, maps etc.

1) Create a new folder on your computer where you would like your Stronghold options, saves and maps to the stored e.g. C:\Games\Firefly

2) Browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold

3) Edit the configpath.txt file using a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++

4) Add the path to the new folder to line 1 in configpath.txt



5) Save the file

Next time you run Stronghold a new "Stronghold" directory will be created in the folder specified e.g. C:\Games\Firefly\Stronghold


WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To revert back to using the the default folder in /Documents, either delete the folder path in configpath.txt or delete the configpath.txt file itself

IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases which the default directory cannot be used. If you have no issues with saving any options/progress/save games with Stronghold, do not use this override option.

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold folder.

In order to rotate the camera, simply hold down the mouse wheel and move your mouse in the direction of desired rotation.

You may have another section of a different player's castle placed within yours. While playing the map, move over objects on the screen with the mouse cursor. This will show the name of the player the object belongs to. If the object in question does not belong to you, you will have to destroy it before you can build your own in its space.

Please verify your Steam cache files. Problems such as: Odd characters in the menu. Buildings cannot be placed in-game. Language speech is missing or anything you had in the game before but don't after updating the game.
To verify your Steam cache files: 
1. Open Steam > Library 
2. Right click on Stronghold 3 and select Properties 
3. Select the Local Files tab and then click Verify Integrity of Game Cache 
Also refer to the following for more information: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...4595-wexn-6831.

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold Legends folder for some unknown reason. As a result we have included a method to allow players to change the directory in which Stronghold Legends stores all options, save games, maps etc.

In order to use this, players can edit options_override.xml in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Legends, or within located within your own custom installed directory.

The file contains a single parameter: <override user_data_path="" />

To change the directory, edit the file so that the path to the new directory in which you want to save is between the quotations. For example, to save to your desktop, change it to:

<override user_data_path="C:\Users\username\Desktop" />

When using this option, a new "Stronghold Legends" directory will be created in the directory specified i.e. if you specify "c:\users\documents\games" then the game will create a "c:\users\documents\games\Stronghold Legends" directory if it doesn't already exist.

WARNING: Be very careful! The game will attempt to read and write files from the specified directory. Use at your own risk! 

To use the default directory, leave it blank or delete the options_override.xml file

IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases which the default directory cannot be used. If you have no issues with saving any options/progress/save games with Stronghold Legends, do not use this override option.

PLEASE NOTE: Steam Cloud will NOT work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold Legends folder.

If the game runs and the pointer is offset and buttons cannot be clicked when they are highlighted or hovered over.

To resolve this -

1. Located the game exe file. Stronghold Crusader 2 would be located here -
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\bin\win32_release
2. Select the exe file such as - Crusader2.exe
3. Right click on the exe and click on the Compatibility tab and tick 'Disable display scaling on high DPI settings'
4. Click on OK and run the game as normal.

You can find you DPI (Scaling)
1. Type DPI into the and click on 'Make text and other items larger or smaller'
Or select -
Control Panel\Appearance and Personalisation\Display
2. Click on 'set a custom scaling level'

 

 

If you are finding the missions rather challenging, or not challenging enough, you can simply change the difficulty of the missions.

You can find the settings on the objective screen, just before the mission starts. Please bear in mind that the Military Campaign's difficulty settings cannot be altered until the 4th mission.

If the mose cursor is not visible in-game, please put the the game in Windows Compatibility mode.

To do this right click on the .exe file and select properties. The exe is usually located here -
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold

Once you have located the .exe, right click on the exe and select Properties. Tick on 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' and select 'Windows XP SP3' or 'Windows 7' press Ok. Then run the game as normal via Steam or by double clicking on the exe file.

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