- Sacred is not optimized to run with Vista but it will work in most cases.
- 32-Bit Vista has least trouble running Sacred (that I know of)
- Patch 2.28 required
What follows is a mystical, magical ritual you must perform in order to have a working install of Sacred on your Windows Vista PC:
First, uninstall Sacred and all it's components if you tried installling it already and had problems. Chances are, you did.
Then go into Control Panel using the Classic View. You want to access AutoPlay. In the dialogue window, change the autoplay option for "Software and Games" so that it says "No Action." This is important.
After doing this, proceed with a new installation. It will be necessary to access your CD/DVD drive from the Computer folder in order to run the install program from Sacred disc 1. A small price to pay considering you will end up with Sacred Underworld alive and well on your Vista PC.
Important: If you're like me and possess both the original release of Sacred and the original release of Underworld, you should first install original Sacred, then install Underworld with the overwrite option, then install the 2.28 patch.
After the installations of original Sacred and Underworld are complete, you will receive an error pop-up box stating that the wrong disc is in the drive. This is pretty normal: I've seen that on a Windows XP machine I ran Sacred on for years. Simply remove disc 2 from the drive, insert disc 1, then click on retry. That will solve the issue.
Apply the 2.28 patch after you are finished with the installs. You might receive a pop up window informing you that the patch might not have been installed properly, like I did. Select the option that says install using recommended settings. Odd. After doing that, you shouldn't see that weird pop-up box again.
Common problem solving:
- For MP problems, a lot of trouble is overcome by setting your connection speed to 56k, this is done in the Options menu you see at your main screen.
- XP SP2 Compatibility mode:
- Right-click the shortcut
- Select Properties
- Compatibility tab
- Tick the box: Run this program in compatibility mode for: and select XP SP2.
- Run as admin:
- Open your Sacred folder
- Rightclick sacred.exe
- Select "run as Admin"
- Hit the OK button.
- Disable User Account Control:
- Open Control Panel.
- Under User Account and Family settings, click on the "Add or remove user account".
- Click on the user account you use.
- Click on the "Go to the main User Account page" link.
- Under "Make changes to your user account" click on the "Change security settings" link.
- In the "Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure" click to unselect the "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer" option.
- Click on the Ok button.
- You will be prompted to reboot your computer. Do so when ready.
Gathered from several threads on the SIF, thought it would be nice to share.