Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within cover
Ubisoft Montreal
Release dates
Windows December 2, 2004
Metacritic 83
Series Prince of Persia
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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within guide on StrategyWiki
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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within on Wikipedia
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia 1989
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame 1993
Prince of Persia 3D 1999
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2003
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 2004
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones 2005
Prince of Persia (2008) 2008
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake 2022

General information

Ubisoft game page
Ubisoft Forums for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Russian copies use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2].
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
There are two demos available: 1 and 2.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or Rename[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video
  2. Delete or rename LOGORP.BIK, UBIMTL.BIK, and UBISOFT.BIK.

Skip loading screens

Delete or Rename[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video
  2. Delete or rename LOADIN0.BIK, LOADLOP0.BIK, and LOADOUT0.BIK

0 stands for the English version. 5 is Dutch for example.

Deleting or renaming the Video folder skips loading screens, as well as intro videos and cutscenes.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13500/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameProfiles\POPWWPROFILES[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13500/pfx/[Note 4]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Playing at 60FPS desyncs cutscene lipsync and audio, manually capping to 59FPS fixes this.
120+ FPS
Audio becomes slightly desynchronized in in-game cutscenes and parkour might behave unexpectedly if the frame rate is above 60. See Falling off Ropes during Wallruns in certain sections of the game.

Widescreen resolution

Widescreen fix (Hor+)[7]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis 2000 from Here or from PCGW Mirror
  2. Extract pop2.7z files to <path-to-game> (password: pop2).
  3. If you have the version of the game, you will need to run upx.bat once.
  4. Edit pop2.ini with a text editor and set your desired resolution and FOV multiplier.


Supported exe size: 5 533 696 bytes.
When using any other language than English, hud_glitch_fix must be disabled in .ini file.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Prince of Persia - Warrior Within.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\pop2.exe.
  5. Set launch to <path-to-game>\PrinceOfPersia.exe.
  6. Set Acquire admin caps.
  7. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  8. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  9. Click OK, then File and Save.
  10. Run the game directly from DxWnd.


Make sure that PrinceOfPersia.exe and pop2.exe have no compatibility mode enabled.


Disable post-processing effects[citation needed]

Use 3D Vision fix to toggle the blur, bloom, and heat distortion effects.


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Button prompts

Works for the entire trilogy.
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open POPDATA.BF with a text editor such as Notepad ++.
  3. Press Ctrl+F and find the line Input event names.
  4. Under it go to Gamepads then change the buttons to what you want.


Make sure you don't increase or decrease the file size as it will make the game crash.
Xbox 360 and DualShock 4 replacement files can be used (only for Warrior Within).


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[9]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Unified (compatible with EAX 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0)
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to enable EAX and surround sound functionality on Windows Vista and later.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here
Retail and GOG only. Patch for other digital releases here
Fan made translation.
Not available in the version; download.
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only, download
Retail and GOG only. Patch for other digital release here

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved

Muted dialogue with Kaileena in the hourglass room

Voices become inaudible during dialogue with Kaileena; this will force players to enable the subtitles to understand what they are saying. There is no fix so far.

Issues fixed

Enable Alt+F4

  1. Download SuperF4, Install and open it.
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+F4 keys simultaneously to exit the game during the game.

Alt+Tab not working

After opening the game, pressing alt + tab does not return to the desktop
Before entering the game open a folder or txt file, then go to the game

Game fails to start

Error: "The game cannot be launched. The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect."
Run as administrator[citation needed]

Mark PrinceOfPersia.exe to run as administrator.

Cutscenes are de-synchronised

Running the game at 60FPS or above causes cutscenes to speed up while audio lags behind.
Cap the framerate to any number under 60[10]
  1. Nvidia users can use Nvidia Control Panel or Nvidia Inspector to cap the framerate to 59 or 58 FPS in the game specific profile.
  2. AMD users can use AMD Chill or Framerate Target Control option to do the same.
RTSS framerate limit does not seem to work on this game.

Falling off Ropes during Wallruns in certain sections of the game

This usually happens in the Garden level and to users of High Framerate and Variable Sync Displays that turn off V-Sync in-game.
Use GPU control panel to lock on 60 FPS
Enable V-Sync and set monitor to 60hz

Unable to use Sand Powers besides Rewind/Recall when playing with a Controller

This is a limitation of XInput Controllers when playing older DirectInput games. LT and RT are bound to the Z-Axis and do not register when held simultaneously.
If using a Controller that supports multiple modes, switch it from XInput to DirectInput then rebind all Gamepad buttons in game options.[11]
For XInput Controllers:
Add an XInput to DirectInput translation layer and configure triggers as buttons[12]
  1. Download XInput Plus and extract it to any folder.
  2. Launch XInput Plus.
  3. Set the Target Program by browsing to the <path-to-game> and selecting pop2.exe.
  4. Go to DirectInput tab and check Enable DirectInput Output.
  5. In the same tab click on LT/RT and select Button 12/13 from the dropdown menu.
  6. Click Apply, this will install a DLL file to your game folder that will automatically be used when you start the game.
  7. Start the game and rebind the triggers in Options.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 7500
Intel 915G
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[3][4][5][6] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  4. 4.0 4.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/13500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.