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That's a heroic effort!

I've only ever used the V2.0 version of the game which is an all in one installation, although a 32bit Windows PC is needed to run the installer.

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3 hours ago, DarkenedRoom said:

Hey, not sure if anyone would be interested a guide/instructions but I've managed to successfully install ef2000, apply the tactcom patch and then the GFX+ patch on Windows 10. It ended up being a pretty involved process having to mount and create various cd ISO images and I had to use PCEM in order to get properly patched versions but the result works well with reloaded?


Basically I had to use PCEM running Win95 to install ef2000/tactcom and apply the GFX+ patch, then extract the ef2000 installation from PCEM and use it in Reloaded. 

That would be awesome!


There are 2 ways to do this: 1) post some detailed instructions (preferably including links to the patches themselves, but without the abandonware links) to this article on the TAW Wiki (adding instructions for Windows 10 at the end of the article), or 2) post the detailed instructions here and I can put them on the TAW Wiki myself (giving you a byline, of course).


Either way, that TAW Wiki article is linked on the help menu of the EF2000 Launcher, so your instructions would benefit all Reloaded users (and not just people who visit Combatsim).

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Installing EF2000 on Windows 10




We’re going to do a completely clean install of EF2000, Tactcom and the GFX+ patch on a Windows 10 box without the need to dual boot or use another physical machine. We’ll do this by creating a virtual Windows 95 installation machine, then we’ll move our newly installed and patched EF2000 into Windows 10 before final tweaking and configuration with the Reloaded application.


Now this is quite a long and involved process, as we’ll need to install PCem a PC emulator and setup a Windows 95 virtual machine. PCem more accurately emulates the hardware of an older generation of PC’s. This accurate emulation was key in successfully patching EF2000.


Setting Up PCem and Windows 95


The version of PCem I used was v12 available here:




Currently the latest version is v13.1 but I haven’t tried this one yet.


Rather than describe the setup of PCem, I’ll instead point you to the impressively comprehensive tutorial provided by THEOLIGOPOLIST here:




You don’t need to follow the complete tutorial, once you have setup Windows 95 you can leave it there, we won’t need the 3DFX drivers, as we will use this box to create our patched installation but not for running EF2000.


In order to install into PCem we’ll need to quickly cover how to mount cd’s and cd images for use with PCem.


Physical cd


PCem can use the host’s cd drive so for those with physical cd’s you can use them normally. Select the CD-ROM menu option and then the Host CD/DVD option.




iso cd images


PCem supports iso cd images and you just need to select the iso option within the same settings menu above and then pick your iso image to mount it.




Other cd images


Now for those with cd images other than iso things are a bit more involved, at the time of writing PCem only supports iso images, so if you have cd images in other formats they’ll need to be converted to iso.


One method is to use an imaging mounting utility, such as WinCDEmu available here:




This will mount the cd and give it a suitable drive letter. Once mounted another utility ISOcreator, can be used to create the iso image. ISOcreator can be found here:




Once there is an iso image, it can be used with PCem as described earlier.


Installing EF2000


Mount the EF2000 cd in PCem.

Open up a dos prompt in Windows 95 and select a full install to hard disk, this will automatically install it to c:\Ef2000


Installing Tactcom


Mount the physical cd or an iso image of Tactcom in PCem.


Once an iso image is created, mount this in PCem.

Open up a dos prompt and run the tactcom executable, this will automatically find the  c:\EF2000 installation directory and apply the tactcom update.


Installing GFX+


The GFX+ patch can be found here (and a right pain it was to find):




The patch should be unzipped, the resulting tactpat.exe executable should be placed in a folder and an iso image created with this folder added.


Mount the iso image in pcem.

Copy the tactpat.exe executable to the installation folder c:\Ef2000

Run tactpat.exe from windows in PCem, it’s a 32bit windows executable.

Choose the 3DFX option.



The upgrade occurs in two phases a dos window will appear and it will patch ef2000.

Once finished close this dos window and another should open and it should patch tactcom. Once complete close the dos window and exit the Tactcom Upgrade.


Extracting EF2000 from PCem


Now the EF2000 installation folder needs to be extracted from PCEM. Unfortunately at present PCem only uses virtual hard disks in the img format, if it use the vhd format we could have mounted the hard disk in Windows 10 and just copied the folder elsewhere.


Another utility is needed to open the virtual hard disk. One such utility is WinImage. WinImage 9.0 works with Windows 10 and is available here (wima6490.zip):




Shutdown PCem otherwise the virtual hard disk can’t be opened.


Start WinImage and select the virtual hard disk used by PCem.



Select the only partition available



Right click on the c:\ef21000 folder and select extract.




Pick a folder to extract to, ensure ‘Extract with pathname’ is selected.




And that is a fully patched EF2000 installation folder in Windows 10.


EF2000 Reloaded


All that remains is to import the ef2000 folder into the reloaded application. Might be worth making a copy of the ef2000 folder (you don’t want to go through all that again!)

There may be some invalid entries in the Clump_3.txt file but once these are removed it should be fine.



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Hi guys,

I just reinstalled ef2000_reloaded on my new W10 system. Although i am meanwhile with DCS, EF2000 is still a blast... free flight glacier... getting goosebumps :)  still good memories...

kudos to all of you!!! 



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Hey guys, I have just managed to install (using wine in Linux) and ported the files to my Windows 10 machine.

I don't have track ir but Open Track, if I run TrackIR enabler I get the dll location key not present error, and If I run as administrator nothing changes. Is it possible to run it with Open Track?

With TAW 2.3 it works.

Also I cannot get the audio to work (nor music nor engine sound etc) can someone help me please?

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I don't remember exactly what I did in 2013 when we released 'EF2000 Reloaded'

There was some old TrackIR software dev kit that I used, but could not 'talk' directly to the TrackIR DLL, hence the enabler program.


For TAW2.30, someone cleverer than me managed to intercept the calls for the 'Unity Reality' headset and repackage them in a way that TrackIR expects.

Unfortunately, we don't have the source code of that patch so I don't know how he did it.


To get Open Track working would require a recompile against the Open Track librariies I think.



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I have seen a video on youtube of someone that uses opentrack and delan clip and th

is is similar to mine setup (I have ps3 camera with open track and a wireless custom track clip).

So it Is doable. In the video he don't show how to do but we can clearly see that it launches trackir enabler before launching ef2000....

I try to do that but I have the "DLL location key not present" error. Maybe he has track-ir software installed...or some dll that he needs in the ef2000 reloaded folder.

I will try to ask him as the video is quite new (7 months old).

Thanks to everyone for helping me out





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disregard...I solved it and I was really stupid...I could have thinked before....

It is just needed to start opentrack and click start (start tracking)...this way launching trackir enabler immediately recognise it.


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Great to hear!


It would be better if we could use Open Track directly though, as then we could run DosBox natively on Linux.

Maybe some day, I'll look again at how to do that...

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