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Dune 2000

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Dune 2000
Dune 2000 cover
Intelligent Games
Westwood Studios
First 1998 prints only Virgin Interactive
Electronic Arts
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows September 4, 1998
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Dune
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Dune 2000 on Wikipedia
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Dune 2000 is a sci-fi RTS game made by Intelligent Games under supervision from and contributions by Westwood Studios. It a remake of Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty, sharing the base storyline and factions, but offering significantly expanded gameplay most similar to the early Command & Conquer games. Unlike the subsequent PlayStation release, it uses a 2D engine technically distinct from the aforementioned Command & Conquer titles.

Post-release support included 2 official patches, the latter of which included new units for the skirmish and multiplayer modes.

Installing on 64-bit systems requires a workaround due to the official installer's 16-bit nature. The game has issues running on newer operating systems without modification, mainly caused by the broken DirectDraw renderer preventing the game from launching. Community efforts have resulted in multiple viable alternative renderers, all of which are included as options in the unofficial 1.06p patch, which is also included in the multiplayer client from the community-run CnCNet service. The official multiplayer service, Westwood Online, was redirected to the also community-run XWIS server in 2005 in agreement with EA's German community team[1], and using the in-game multiplayer menus lead to it without any additional configuration, but this service is presently seldom used due to CnCNet's quality-of-life improvements.

General information

Dune Wiki - The Duniverse (a.k.a. FED2K) - A major Dune fansite with an active community
D2K+ - A modding site
CnCNet (multiplayer replacement)
XWIS (legacy multiplayer replacement, default server lookup leads to this service)
Dune 2000 section on
Dune 2000 section on C&C Communications Center


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc check; see Playing without the CD.

Essential improvements


Latest official patch

Patch 1.06 brings multiplayer fixes and improvements, as well as new multiplayer-only units.

Unofficial 1.06p patch

Enables high resolutions, a no-CD option, and windowed mode. Comes with a configuration tool for compatibility settings.

Skip intro video

Run the game with the -N command line argument[2]

Playing without the CD

Normally, the game requires the disc in the tray for playing singleplayer or hosting multiplayer matches, but not for merely joining a multiplayer match.
Follow the procedure[3]
  1. Install the game using a Custom Installer.[4]
  2. From the CD, copy the folders MISSIONS, MOVIES and MUSIC to <path-to-game>\DUNE\Data.
  3. Edit the file <path-to-game>\DUNE\RESOURCE.CFG and change it accordingly:

4. Install the official 1.06 patch.
5. Install the unofficial 1.06p patch and the Dune 2000 Config tool.
6. Use the Configuration Tool to set the desired resolution.
7. Run the game.

Game data

Configuration file location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\dune2000.cfg[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameSave[Note 1]


General settings.
General settings.
Fan-made external basic options menu (when using the unofficial 1.06p patch)
Fan-made external basic options menu (when using the unofficial 1.06p patch)
Fan-made external basic options menu (when using the unofficial 1.06p patch)
Fan-made external basic options menu (when using the unofficial 1.06p patch)


Fan-made external game options menu (when using the unofficial 1.06p patch)
Fan-made external game options menu (when using the unofficial 1.06p patch)

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Use the unofficial 1.06p patch
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Sensitivity only applies to scrolling speed
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Censored release; can be uncensored with unofficial patch.
Fan translation.[5] Download.
1. Unofficial localization by Fargus Multimedia
2. Unofficial localization by GSC Game World
Fan voice-over by ENPY Studio


LAN play supports spawn installs; only the hosting player needs to have the CD inserted.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Uses IPX protocol. Use IPXwrapper to work around this.
Alternatively, the CnCNet client includes its own workaround.
Online play
6 Versus
Lobbies point to XWIS by default since October 20, 2005 as part of an agreement with EA.[1] CnCNet is a more popular alternative.

Connection types

Issues fixed

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows

By using a custom installer[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract[6]
  2. Insert the Dune 2000 CD in the optical drive.
  3. Run D2Kinst.exe and follow the prompts.
  4. Install patch 1.06.
  5. Launch the game.
Manual method[citation needed]
  1. Run Universal Extractor.
  2. Extract SETUP\SETUP.Z on the CD to a folder somewhere convenient.
  3. Go to the extracted folder.
  5. Change data lines pointing to movies, music and missions to the optical drive (e.g. D:).
  6. Save the changes and close the file.
  7. Install patch 1.06.
  8. Launch the game.


The CD must be in the drive to play.
If the game refuses to start a new game with the CD you have made a mistake with these steps.

The game is minimized when clicking on any option

When clicking on an option in the main menu, the game is minimized
Download and install unofficial 1.06p patch

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes VQA
Multiplayer Westwood Online

Command line arguments

Command[2] Description
-N Skips intro
-M Disables cutscenes
-S Disables game audio
-G Forces screen resolution to 640x480
-8 Forces 8-bit color depth
-6 Forces 16-bit color depth
-F Enables video back buffer for troubleshooting

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible


  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).