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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter cover
Release dates
Windows May 3, 2006
Metacritic 80
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter, Tactical shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America, Sci-fi
Series Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on HowLongToBeat
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on IGDB
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter guide on StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on MobyGames
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on Wikipedia
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2001
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2006
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 2007
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 2012
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms 2014
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 2017
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2019
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Frontline Cancelled


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS, shooter and tactical shooter game in the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM v7 DRM. 4 CDs or 1 DVD.
Steam (unavailable)
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Essential improvements


The latest official patch is version 1.35, available from Ubisoft's patch repository,, and Patches-Scrolls.
The Russian release may require the additional 1.35.001 patch, available from Patches-Scrolls.

Skip intro videos

Use intro skip[1]
  1. Download Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter intro skip.
  2. Extract its contents to <path-to-game>\Data\movies and overwrite the existing files.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\settings\renderer_settings.xml
[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13640/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Settings\profiles[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13640/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.
Nvidia Inspector antialising compatibility setting for GRAW.
Nvidia Inspector antialising compatibility setting for GRAW.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay and cut-scenes, spanned but stretched UI.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Text scales very poorly at higher resolutions. Other HUD elements scale properly.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of View.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x, 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Ingame with "edge smoothing". Also see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Confirmed 144 Hz

Field of View

Instructions[citation needed]

Can be modified by editing renderer_settings.xml (see Configuration file location) and changing the value of "aspect ratio". A value of 2 to 2.5 is recommended for 16:9 displays, with 2.3 being ideal with minimal clipping of weapon models.[3] For example, <variable name="aspect_ratio" value="0"/> becomes <variable name="aspect_ratio" value="2.3"/>.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

With Nvidia graphics cards, true anti-aliasing can be forcibly enabled via Nvidia Profile Inspector with the Antialiasing compatibility bit 0x00001241.[4]


Input menu.
Input menu.
Game settings with mouse sensitivity sliders.
Game settings with mouse sensitivity sliders.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output through OpenAL.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.0.
Royalty free audio
OpenAL Soft 1.19.0 and 1.19.1 cause distorted audio in Diesel engine games. OpenAL Soft 1.20.1 fixes the audio.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation, download.
Local retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation by GameVicio, download.
Local retail only.


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Patch 1.30 adds dedicated server software in the installation folder.
Direct IP

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Crash at launch

Install Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software v9.13.0604[citation needed]
May requires the Ageia PhysX PPU1 or PPU2 with Ageia driver 7.11.13 instead.[citation needed]

Visual glitches when looking through scopes

When looking through scopes with patch 1.35 installed, many objects may appear black.
Use a custom version of dxwrapper
  1. Download custom version of dxwrapper.
  2. Extract it to <path-to-game>.

Falling through terrain

In the Steam version, the player can fall through the terrain. This becomes an issue in mission 5 (Mayday! Mayday!) if going too far north, and in mission 6 (Ready for bear) which happens before exiting the APC.
Rename patch.bundle[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\bundles
  2. Rename patch.bundle to Xpatch.bundle.
This change may break multiplayer but can be reverted if necessary.[6]

Cross-com does not work (middle mouse button)

In the Steam version, the middle mouse button does not seem to function as it should, i.e. ordering soldiers to execute a command. The following fix will allow the opening of the command menu, but only to issue move orders, not other commands.
Editing ctrl_set_def.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Settings.
  2. Open ctrl_set_def.xml in a text editor.
  3. Change the line:

<button id="hud_select" binding="2" device="mouse" group="misc"/> to
<button id="hud_select" binding="2" device="mouse" group="tactics"/>.

Temporary freeze at startup

The retail version of GRAW is still looking for the GameSpy servers on startup, but does not get a response since its 2014 shutdown. This lookup causes a temporary freeze, about 20 seconds long. This can be prevented by editing the Windows hosts file, but may conflict with GameSpy alternatives for other games.
Editing Windows Hosts File[citation needed]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc.
  2. Open hosts with a text editor running as administrator.
  3. Add the following lines at the bottom:

Other information

HD textures upscaled

[1] 8K-Remastered Textures. Attention, the instructions may be faulty in some cases. Inside the directory Local, if you do not have a folder named English, create one. Them put the texture files inside the Folder TEXTURES. Afterwards, the game might revert to the setting of low for textures. Change the setting to high. Don't forget to patch the executable to address more than 2gb memory if on 64 bit Windows. you can use nt 4gb, here


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX May require the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software.
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6/7 series
ATI Radeon 9600-9800/X series
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 2.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible (PC audio solution containing Dolby Digital Live required for Dolby Digital audio)
Other 64 Kbps upstream or faster broadband connection


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: