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Colin McRae Rally 04

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Colin McRae Rally 04
Colin McRae Rally 04 cover
Windows Six by Nine
Czechia, Poland CD Projekt
Italy FX Interactive
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows April 2, 2004[1][2]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing, Simulation
Vehicles Automobile, Off-roading
Art styles Realistic
Series Colin McRae Rally
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 5 DRM disc check in original Codemasters release and in Sold Out Software re-release.
Re-releases from Codemasters (The Games Collection Rerelease with 1.00 exe version), CD Projekt and FX Interactive.
No longer available due to licensing reasons.[3]
Demo is available. SP version, MP version

Essential improvements

The latest official patch for the international release is 1.01, available on Patches-Scrolls. Re-releases from CD Projekt and FX Interactive are pre-patched to that version.
The Czech-exclusive 1.02 patch is available on Patches-Scrolls.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Codemasters\Colin McRae Rally 04[Note 1]

Save game data location

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


Widescreen resolution

Edit game registry keys[4]
  1. Go to the game's registry location
  2. Adjust Width and Height values (make sure to be in decimal mode)
Widescreen is Vert-.
Use widescreen fix[5]
This fix requires game to be patched to version 1.01.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo 2 and extract the archive.
  2. Open the MS\x86 folder, copy D3D9.dll and paste it into the <path-to-game> where the cmr4.exe is.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  4. Click on "Add" and choose the installation folder.
  5. Go to the DirectX tab.
  6. Set the resolution from the list.
  7. Disable "dgVoodoo Watermark".
  8. Optional: Configure other settings.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Download AuToMaNiAk005's widescreen fix
  11. Choose preferred level of widescreen and aspect ratio and unpack choosed folder.
  12. Backup <path-to-game>\fonts\ folder if needed, also backup cmr4.exe.
  13. Copy the contents of the choosed folder of fix into installation folder and overwrite files.
  14. Run pasted exe for patching cmr4.exe.

The aforementioned widescreen fix (15:9, 16:9, 16:10, 21:9 and 25:16 aspect ratios are supported) is divided into three levels:

  • Low - basic widescreen fix, which corrects 3D image, but leaves HUD stretched;
  • Medium - fixes width of the HUD elements at the bottom right, but slightly corrupts service area;
  • High - adjusts width of almost all HUD elements, but besides the distorted service area, it decreases the text quality, because the fonts textures had to be narrowed. Also, the font textures come from ENG/GER/FRA/ITA/SPA version and may not function correctly with other language versions.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4[7] can be restored with DSOAL.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Czech retail release only.
Fan translation, download.
Polish retail release only.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 GameSpy services have been shut down;[8] see GameSpy for workarounds.

VR support

Devices Native Notes
Supports: Yaw, Pitch, Roll, X, Y, Z.

Issues unresolved

  • PC version lacks dynamic music themes change in menus. It's working only in Singleplayer Demo, both Multiplayer Demo and finished game (both 1.0 and 1.01 versions) hasn't this feature, despite music files weren't changed from Singleplayer Demo. Probably, it's some bug in game executable, that was made very late in development.

Issues fixed

Vsync setting not applied

The Vsync option doesn't take effect until I exit the game and open it again.

Other information

Enable advanced particle system

This should be available only when using an Intel Pentium 4 CPU with Hyper-Threading[9]
Launch the game with FORCEHT parameter

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

Peugeot 206 OMV Rally Team Livery

A special OMV Rally Team-branded edition of the game has been distributed in Czechia as a competition prize. A Bonus CD includes multiple photos from real-life rally stages, biographies of OMV RT members, and a custom livery for Peugeot 206.[10]
Install Peugeot 206 RT Livery[11]
  1. Download Peugeot 206 OMV Rally Team livery.
  2. Unpack the files to <path-to-game> and overwrite when prompted.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 750 MHz
AMD Athlon 750 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM


  1. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  2. 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. Most Anticipated PC Games of 2004 - IGN - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Colin McRae Rally 4 demo up - GameSpot - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2016-11-25
    Email received from Codemasters customer service.
  4. Colin McRae Rally 04 | WSGF - last accessed on 2023-04-15
  5. Colin McRae Rally 04 - Widescreen Tutorial (NEW) - last accessed on 2023-04-15
  6. Colin McRae Rally 04 - - last accessed on May 2023
  7. EAX Featured Game: Colin McRae Rally 04 - (retrieved) - last accessed on May 2023
  8. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  9. Readme.txt from installation media
  10. Soutěž s OMV BIXXOL Rally Teamem CZ (translated) - last accessed on 2023-04-15
  11. Verified by User:Silent on 2023-04-15