The Wheel of Time

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The Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time cover
Legend Entertainment
GT Interactive
Unreal Engine 1
Release dates
Windows November 15, 1999
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Themes Fantasy
The Wheel of Time on MobyGames
The Wheel of Time on Wikipedia


SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Although game is playable without wrappers like DgVoodoo2 (through Direct3D), this will cause some graphics to flicker and see through clothing (See use nGlide or DirectX 11 Renderer to fix).
Very small but active community.
Modification of the engine's advanced options in D3D rendering mode can cause the game to crash. (See this workaround for an alternative method to change them).
Might need UnSafeDisc.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].[3]
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements


The latest patch (v333b) for the German, US, and International releases is available here.

Peixoto's patch

Fixes FMV playback
Gets Direct3D mode working correctly
Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the menus and HUD
Fixes the non-working brightness control
Windows display scaling must be set to 100% (right-click on desktop -> display settings), any higher value will break the game when using Peixoto's patch.

Use nGlide

Use nGlide[citation needed]
Resolution settings are more restricted with this.
  1. Install nGlide.
  2. Create a shortcut of WoT.exe located in <path-to-game>\System.
  3. Right click on the shortcut and click properties.
  4. In the Target section at the end, add a space and add -changevideo.
  5. Click Apply and OK, and launch the game with the shortcut.
  6. In the configuration window that pops up, select 3dfx Glide for Windows.
  7. Press next a couple of times, then click run.

Missing Media Files In The Game's Directory

Move Media Files from Disc to Hard Drive.[citation needed]
Not all the files get moved from the disc, even after a full installation.
This does not bypass DRM, disc will still be needed for the check.
  1. Insert Disc 2.
  2. Copy the Music and Movies Folders.
  3. Navigate to <path-to-game> and paste the folders there.
  4. Navigate to <path-to-game>\System and open WoT.ini with a text editor.
  5. Search for MoviePath and replace the drive letter with .. (two dots) (i.e, Instead of G:\Movies, it should be ..\Movies
  6. Search for \Music and do the same as step 5 except keep *.mp3 at the end.

Skip intro movies

Rename movie files.
  1. Follow these instuctions to move files off the disk.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies and delete or rename and

Unreal Engine DirectX 11 Renderer

A fork of Kentie's Direct3D 10 renderer that adds more graphical features.
Run games at HD resolution.
Improved lighting.
Adds ambient occlusion, screen-space reflections and higher quality HDR post-processing.
Places a temporary watermark in the bottom right, and copies the developers PayPal link to your clipboard. Follow these instructions to disable the watermark and remove the PayPal link from being inserted into your clipboard.
Disable DirectX 11 renderer's PayPal watermark and disable the link from being copied into the clipboard
  1. Go to Hardware.
  2. Select Advanced Options.
  3. In a new window open Rendering section.
  4. Open Direct3D 11 support section.
  5. Set SupportMETextEnabled to False.
Installing Wheel of Time DirectX 11 ESRGAN Upscale pack
  1. Download the The Wheel of Time DirectX 11 ESRGAN Upscale pack. It upscale all textures 4x times. Works only with DirectX 11 renderer. Game is completely playable from start to end with this pack.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System\WoT.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 2]


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry. Alternatively, use the DirectX 11 renderer and use the WSGF entry to change resolution (don't worry about DgVoodoo2 or FOV). The game can run at 2560x1440 [4] with this method and it could go higher.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Using the WSGF entry, The resolution width can only go up to 1920, anything higher will force the game to windowed or fall back to 1920. Windowed mode's width can only go up to 2048 before the game starts crashing. Try DirectX 11 renderer
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Can be toggled from in-game settings or Alt+ Enter
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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 and 120+ FPS (only changing 0AD7A33B to 00000000 needed).


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Located under advanced options -> audio. Change UseSurround from false to true.
Open <path-to-game>\system\User.ini with a text editor and change bSubtitles from False to True.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Go to advanced options -> audio and set Use3dHardware and UseDirectSound to true.
It may be glitchy.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[5] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues unresolved

Level editor is not starting

This does not interfere with the main game at all.

The ability to make custom maps is currently not possible on modern systems due to the editor being unable to start.

A partially working fix can be found here ( at the bottom), but the editor still starts and immediately crashes.[6]

Issues fixed

Technical Issues

Run the game in 3DFX mode after installing nGlide if D3D mode is giving error messages.

Cutscene Fix

Without this fix cutscenes do not play, or play but stutter to the point of where they are unwatchable.
Cutscene Fix[7]
  1. Patch the game to the latest version.
  2. Download this DDraw Wrapper
  3. Put it in <path-to-game>\System

Crash After Changing Advanced Settings

All those settings can also be accessed by opening <path-to-game>\system\WoT.ini with a text editor.

Brightness Can't Be Adjusted/Game Is Too Dark

Turn off Multitexture[citation needed]
Only if the game is running under Direct3D.
This does not make the brightness slider useable, but makes the game brighter.
  1. Open settings and go to Advanced options -> Rendering -> Direct3D Support.
  2. Change UseMultitexture to false.

Unable To Move After Starting The Game

Run in Windows 7 Compatibility[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\System.
  2. Right click on WoT.exe.
  3. Click on compatibility tab.
  4. Check Run this progam in compatibility mode and select Windows 7 from the drop down menu.
  5. Press Apply and start the game.

Laggy/jittery mouse input

Use MarkC's Mouse Acceleration Fix
  1. Go to this website.
  2. Follow the instructions on the site.

Lag when using DirectX 11 renderer

Edit Advanced Options.
  1. Go to Hardware.
  2. Select Advanced Options.
  3. In a new window open Rendering section.
  4. Open Direct3D 11 support section.
  5. Set SSR to False.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 11 Direct3D 11 support using the Unreal DirectX11 Renderer.
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes QuickTime
Multiplayer GameSpy


Official Utilities

  • T.H.U.M.B: Provides a very easy way to reorganize/modify the slots of Ter'angreal and bind commands to the keyboard and mouse.
  • ServCon: Allows server creation without needing disc 2 inserted.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) Standard PCi Video Card


  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. 2.0 2.1 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).


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. • The Wheel of Time • Disc 1
  4. Verified by User:scottvordem on 2021-12-01
    Verified using a 1440p monitor, unable to test higher than 2560x1440
  5. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  6. Verified by User:scottvordem on 2021-02-16
    Tried different compatibility settings and none of them worked.
  7. Wheel of Time - Choppy QuickTime Video Problem Fix • VOGONS