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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


Space Colony needs to be installed in an account with administrator privileges. A useful guide to managing windows user accounts can be found here.

If you are experiencing issues with no sound in-game, please work though the following steps -

1. Verify Game Cache


  • Open the Steam Client
  • Right-Click on Stronghold Crusader 2 in your Library
  • Select 'Local Files' and then 'Verify Integrity of game cache'


  • Open the GOG Galaxy client
  • Click on Stronghold Crusader 2 in your game library
  • Click on the "MORE" button
Hover over manage in the drop-down menu and select Verify/Repair

2. Run as Admin
  • Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
  • Tick the box next to the text - ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for:’
  • Right click on the game .exe file and select Properties, click on Compatibility.
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\<Game>
  • Locate the game .exe and type - File Explorer into the Search bar and then copy and paste this line into the File Explorer search bar -
3. Download and Update DirectX 9.0c

Please open the following link and download the DirectX update -

4. Check the Sound Settings in-game to ensure none of the sounds settings are set too low or at zero.

5. Delete the game config file.

Exit the game and locate the configuration file.  Delete this file and reload the game.

Stronghold - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold


Stronghold Crusader - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold Crusader


Stronghold 3 - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold 3\


Stronghold Crusader 2 - C:\Users\<User Name>\Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2\Profiles


6. Delete local content and reinstall

  • Click the "Library" tab at the top of the screen.
  • On the left-hand side of the screen, there will be a listing for the (game).  Select the game you would like to uninstall.
  • Right click the game and select "Delete Local Content..."
  • A confirmation box will pop up. Click the "Delete" button. Your game will start uninstalling.

  • Once the game has been uninstalled, select [game] and click install button in the page dedicated to your game.

Uninstall and then reinstall Space Colony then update to version 1.1 and this should help.

Space Colony needs to be played using an account with administrator privileges. Check this article to find out more about windows user accounts.

 Try creating a new user, creating a user with special characters, which Space Colony doesn’t recognise, could cause the problem. You should particularly avoid using ‘\’ (backslash), ‘/’ (slash), ‘*’ (asterisk), ‘ “ ‘ (quotes), ‘?’ (Question mark), ‘<’ (left angled bracket), ‘>’ (right angled bracket), ‘:’ (colon) and the “¦” (pipe).


Also, you may have created a ‘blank’ user name, try putting in a user name and see if that helps to solve the problem. You could also check whether the directory structure has been created in the user’s directory, as follows:
campaigns / saves <both in the <name> folder>

You can copy your MP3s manually into the “Space Colony\fx\mp3” folder and when you reload Space Colony they will be shown again. The default location for MP3’s is “C:\Program Files\Firefly Studios\Space Colony\fx\mp3”.

Please remove user created maps or save game in the folder the game is using.

Removing any user maps or saves from the folder and back them up elsewhere instead.

This may help to get your game working again.

The default Space Colony folder is located here -

C:\Users\Darren\Documents\Space Colony



User Created

C:\Users\<User>\Documents\Space Colony\users\<User>