July 6, 2011

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Windows 7 64bit

This was the first time in a long time that I have had some time off to myself.  When deciding what to do with my spare time I decided to bring out my old catalog and play a game that I hadn’t played in years and the first game that popped up was Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. 

For those of you who don’t know Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force is an old game, by gaming standards, released in 2000 and follows the exploits of the “hazard team” abord the starship Voyager.  The “hazard team” is essentially a team of special forces operatives who are sent out to deal with “dangerous” situations that standard Starfleet personell aren’t equiped to  handle, much like your modern day special forces. 

While playing this it got me to thinking how much simpler the FPS genre was 11 years ago.  The way games were made were far different then todays modern shooters.  The biggest difference was how there were no extra features such as unlocks, upgrades, perks or leveling up.  I also had to get used to the idea of using ammo stations and health stations.  It’s been a good long time since I have had to deal with managing my health with my saves.  There were a couple of times I actually had to move back to previous save because I had saved at a “inopertune” time.  

It was intersting how different FPS genre has become over the past 10 years and I think they’ve actually tried to over complicate what is actually, what I think to be, a rather simple genre and shouldn’t need to be overly complex.  Games like Call of Duty and the Battlefield series have taken the FPS genre to new, complex, heights with weapon and armor unlocks, upgrades and perks.  It was actually really refreshing not having to worry about any of those things while playing and the only thing I had to think about was just running, shooting and listening to the entertaining dialouge and story.  There was also no scripting outside of conversation pieces.  There were simple stealth missions where you had to mostly “stay out of sight” but could still be in clear view. 

Elite Force was a great way to go back to a time when things were simple, fun and exciting where enemies would come at you in hordes and level layouts were huge and all that was required to beat the final boss was to shoot it three hundred thousand times.  It was the most fun I’ve had in years and funny enough I didn’t put it down until I played it all the way through. 

Installing this “ancient” game was not as simple as installing it from the CD.  I had to go to some lengths to get it installed on a Windows 7 64bit system running on a AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8GB of ram, Radeon 5870 running on the latest drivers.  Having said all that I thought it would be nice to give you the steps I took to get this installed and running.

1. Grab your CD and copy all files to a folder somewhere on your computer

2. Go to the directory you copied all of the files and go to the setup folder

3. Right click on the setup.exe file inside the setup folder and click the compatability tab and set these settings .   

          a.  Check run compatibility mode and set it to Windows 2000

          b.  Check disable desktop composition

          c.  Check Disable display  scaling on high DPI settings

          d.  Check Run this program as an administrator

4.  Keep in mind this step can take as much as 20 minutes before you see any results.  Run the setup.exe file as administrator.  On my system it took 20 minutes before I saw ANY signs that it was working.  If you don’t see signs that something is working be patient it should start working. 

5. Now that the program is installed there are still a few other things that I had to do to get things functioning correctly.  One thing to note about older games that were designed before the advent of 64 bit systems and 1GB video cards.  Is that most of them can’t handle multi core processors and system memory over 4Gb including your video card.  What we have to do is make the game think it’s running on an older system.  I should mention I would try getting the game to work without changing these settings as it’s just easier.  If the game functions at the settings you desire then you have no need to follow the following steps.

6.  Launch msconfig by clicking on the Windows button and typing msconfig

        a.  Click the boot tab

        b.  Click advanced options

        c.  Set the maximum memory to what brings your total system memory under 4Gb including your video cards memory.  For example if you have a 1Gb video card memory you would set the maximum system memory to 3000

       d.  This step can be done in two ways and it depends on what you prefer.  You need to set your system to use only 1 processing core instead of 2 or 4 or 6 or whatever your system currently has.  Most older games can’t utilize multiple cores and in cases where they can it often ruins performance having multiple cores instead of one.  Choose one of the two options that bests suits you:

                    1.  Go back to the boot options where you set your maximum memory and check the number of processors box and set it to 1.  This will set your system to use only 1 processor and until you set it back it will only use one processor.

                    2.  Launch the game and press control + alt + delete and click on task manager.  In task manager click processes and look for the stvoy.exe.  Right click on stvoy.exe and click select affinity and uncheck every box execpt  CPU 0.  This will set only stvoy.exe to use one core instead of all of them.  For some people this would be a better option.

These were the steps I took to get the game working on Windows 7 64bit.   The steps may vary a little depending on your circumstance and if you have problems please feel free to post here and if you have another solution that works as well please post it as well.  I hope this has helped someone out there looking to take a stroll down nostalgia lane. 

I should also mention that you follow these steps at your own risk and that I am NOT responsible for any damage caused to your system. 

 Do not right click on the setup.exe file in the main directory as this one will not work.

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  1. FabulousFab - January 27, 2015 7:37 pm


    EF 1 & 2 are two games I re-play along the years with the same fun.
    But 4 days ago, it was the 1s time I wanted to play it on my Win7x64.

    Even with this article, no success.
    After wanted for more than 1h, no setup launch.

    Well, just found the solution.
    Just reboot in safe mode, and start the install, the setup will launch right away…

  2. Midori - November 11, 2014 8:12 pm

    I got it running on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit without copying or altering any CPU / Mem.related settings.

    1. Insert the CD
    2. Switch to Drive:\Setup
    3. Locate the setup.exe – right click – change the compatibility setting to Windows XP (SP3)
    4. Run
    5. Download the Patch
    6. Run as Administrator (should do automatically anways)
    7. Change the compatibility settings to Windows XP (Sp3) via desktop icon
    8. Run the game

    This should work with Fahrenheit and similar games as well. It sure did for JK – afaik. that is. 🙂

  3. Whudunit - July 18, 2014 1:54 am

    Thanks buddy. It worked like a charm, though I did not need to do the CPU suggestions.

    I did however copy the files into Program Files, and not Program Files (x86). This was not my suggestion, I picked it up from another website about getting Halo CE to work. LOL

  4. justaguy - July 3, 2014 9:59 am

    Thank you so much for this post; it helped me a bunch since i have other old startrek games i though i was not going to be able to play on win7 64bit. I was lucky enough since all i had to do after copying the game to the laptop was to click on the setup icon and click on compatibility; that did it all for me. I just finished the entire game without any issues. Cheers.

  5. Susie - June 11, 2014 7:30 pm

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  6. bourgrire auvairniton - May 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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  7. DeaconFrst8 - March 16, 2014 2:58 pm

    Can anyone tell me how to install the 1.2 patch on either a Windows 7 or 8 OS? I see someone left a comment asking something similar, but the comment was ignored. I too would like to hear Jeri Ryan’s voice instead of the awful woman they hired for the game Please help!

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  9. Jeff K - January 12, 2014 6:47 pm

    For StarTrek Elite Force 1 on Win7 x64 bit you can run demo32.exe and select the database file that comes up this will get you the installation screen

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  11. Weapons of Mass Disruption - September 14, 2013 4:34 am

    Does this same procedure work with The Elite Force Expansion Pack disk?

  12. green777 - January 13, 2013 10:21 am

    i have installed the main game on win 7 and works fine but the data disk will not install, i did the same compatibility mode pressed the the test game and waited all the came up was could not open string file? anyvhelp on this, thanks

  13. peter - January 13, 2013 10:13 am

    Ive followed your directions and got the main game to work but i cannot get the data disk to work, these are originals and work on xp no problem but on my win 7 computer its a no go,i copied the data disk on the win 7 comp in a dir, used the same compatibility options that got the main game to work did the start program and waited but then the only thing which came up was start could not open string file,? Any help, thanks

  14. shaz - December 15, 2012 3:49 pm

    Hi, thank you for your help making STEF 1 run on windows 7. It runs without any problems and didn’t even have 2 wait for 20 min. However, I had to download a torrent for Star Trek Elite Force 2, as my CD’s got damaged. I use Daemon tools for and everything worked fine, but when I have to *insert” the second CD, I didn’t know how to, can you help? There is the second CD in the download, but I don’t kno how to get out of the installation without it exit the installation to mount the second cd. I am not expereinced in virtual CD drives, so this is new to me.

  15. STV is not working!! :/ - October 28, 2012 6:07 am

    Okay, I’ve done all this, but for some reason when I click setup.exe the installation never comes up. And when I try to install it on my windows XP version I get an error. Gravity pack error.

  16. DiseasedWeasel - August 30, 2012 9:32 pm

    thank you so much for the help, Elite Force is my favorite fps of all time, i grew up with it and now it works perfectly

  17. john - June 13, 2012 7:08 am

    i install and run game but i cant get in main menu i hear:voyager lcars menu system but my screen is black,please help

    • Fronk - August 13, 2012 1:37 am

      Same here! Any solution so far?

    • Kyle - December 21, 2014 12:16 pm

      Did you ever find a solution to this? Having the exact same problem :L

  18. Shawn - January 22, 2012 6:26 pm

    Trying to just run it flat out on Windows 7 x64 gives me a complaint about a missing FFC10.dll file. I tried the compatibility steps above and ran setup.exe. Aero turned off and I see the setup.exe process in Task Manager, so right now I’m just waiting for something to happen.

  19. JD - December 23, 2011 1:29 am

    I was able to get it running on Windows 7 64-bit by simply copy-pasting the contents of the game disc to a folder on my desktop. However, to run the game you must go into that folder, select “Setup” > “stvoy.exe” WITHOUT changing any compatibility settings. Just run it straight up. You can also run “stvoy” directly from the disc, but you will not be able to create or load savegame files.

    I have not been able to figure out how to patch this up to version 1.2, though…the patcher doesn’t recognize it as a legitimate installation, even if I then copy the folder contents over to a “proper” location in Program Files. Something about skipping the traditional setup process makes it impossible for the patch to find the game directory. If someone can figure out a way to manually add Jeri Ryan’s VO performance to the original game files, that would solve my problem (only thing I care about, really).

  20. thsoundman - October 21, 2011 10:02 pm

    Charles what game are you trying to get running? I might be able to help you get it running. Let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help you get it running! Cheers!

  21. charles - October 21, 2011 3:57 pm

    I’m trying to get the game to run on windows 7 under a similar 640bit amd system, and am having zero luck I always get “The version of this file is not compatible with the version of windows you’re running.”

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  24. ScrotusKilmystr - July 8, 2011 8:56 am

    Here’s a challenge… try to get the game Descent to work on win7 it’s from 1995 and was a 6 axis FPS really cool for it’s time and hard as hell to play unless you had a flight stick

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  26. CharcoalCoyote - July 6, 2011 8:29 am

    It is amazing the steps a man will take to relive days gone by. Excellent article. I’m not a huge fan of Star Trek, but I do like older FPSes. I wouldn’t say the genre has become “overcomplicated” nowadays so much as it has become “tainted”. It’s one thing to intentionally include RPG elements, but it’s another thing to view them as mandatory in today’s market.


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