UPDATED – Settlers IV Installation Guide


After quite some time, it’s finally time to update my installation guide. I’ve not only updated the steps but also tried to keep the design and structure up-to-date with the rest of the blog.


This blog entry aims to be a simple installation Guide -and compilation of assets- to be able to play Settlers IV on modern computers. As such, it may be subject to changes over the years.



Arbeitsbereich  Your version of choice of Settlers IV,

Arbeitsbereich  DXGL (optional, read below),

Arbeitsbereich  FireEmerald’s Widescreen Tool,

Arbeitsbereich  Your Desired Music Fixes,

Arbeitsbereich  My guide to change the language (optional, read below).



Arbeitsbereich  Install the game as usual and launch it. If you get the 3D Initialisation Error, go to the following step. Otherwise, skip it.

Arbeitsbereich  If you get the 3D Initialisation Error, download DXGL and run it.


Click on”Add” and look for your installation folder. Go to the /Exe folder and select S4_Main.exe. Apply the changes and the game should be able to launch now. Please note that DXGL does not work properly on computers running more than one screen).

Arbeitsbereich If you don’t come across any more errors, download and launch FireEmerald’s

Widescreen Tool. Launch it and follow the instructions provided to patch the game for widescreen compatibility.


Arbeitsbereich Next, download the Desired Music Fixes. Follow my Quick Guide in order to choose your fixes and apply them.

Arbeitsbereich Finally, it’s time to change the language, if there’s a need for it:

  • If you want to play the game in German, simply download Oedi’s Patch and run it. Select your main installation folder and install it there.
  • If you want to play on any other language, just follow the steps I go through on my own guide. Unfortunately, this will only change the text.



And that’s a wrap! I hope that the game is running fine for you now, and as close to the original as it’s possible. Being able to help you, my dear Reader is what keeps this blog going in the first place!

I’ll keep updating this guide whenever I find anything new and interesting. If there’s an error or I’ve missed something, let me know either leaving a comment or via my contact form.

Thanks for reading, and have fun playing!


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3 Responses to UPDATED – Settlers IV Installation Guide

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  2. Robert says:

    Thank you but this hasn’t worked for me. I have done every step to the letter and it still shows the same 3D error message. Any further ideas?

    • Slax_Vice86 says:

      Hello! I am very sorry to hear that, but I am aware that some PC/game configurations are a little harder to get to work.

      Could you give me some details about what version you’re using (Retail, Gold Edition, GOG, History Edition), and what OS you’re installing the game on? Are you on a laptop? Are you using a single screen, or multiple?

      I am afraid that all these details could be causing the problem.

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