Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men cover
IO Interactive
Eidos Interactive
Japan Spike Chunsoft
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2007
Genres TPS
Series Kane & Lynch
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Kane & Lynch
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 2007
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 2010


For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.

General information

Square Enix Forums - Kane & Lynch: Dead Men section
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Humble Store (unavailable)
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Steam (unavailable)
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All versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.[Note 1]
Steam version has been temporarily delisted.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies.
  2. Delete all files starting with M00_Intro.

Play without Games for Windows - LIVE[edit]

Play without GFWL[2]
  1. Download the replacement xlive.dll.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.


Can only be used in single-player.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\kaneandlynch\main.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/8080/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\kaneandlynch\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/8080/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings
Video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Any custom resolution and aspect ratio works including 21:9 and 32:9 as long as aspect ratio and resolution is changed in the main.ini file. Alternatively use czarman's fix.
4K Ultra HD
HUD does not scale well.
Field of view (FOV)
See 16:9 resolutions have a narrow FOV compared to 4:3 resolutions
Add Window 1 line at the end of main.ini.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Launch the game in windowed mode and use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No framerate cap without v-sync.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Input settings
Input settings


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects, Speech, Music, Ambience
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output through OpenAL or DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3[3]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Unofficial translation; TriboGamer.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


Online features require a Microsoft account (optional for offline play).
Co-op component is available in local play (split screen) only.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Co-op version of single-player campaign.
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Gamepad not recognized[edit]

The Registry Editor allows users to edit the Windows registry.
  1. Push Win+R, type regedit, then click OK.
  2. Push Win+F3 And search OEMNAME.
  3. Replace OEMNAME with XBOX 360 Controller for Windows.


If using a DualShock 4 Controller, try using DS4Windows instead.


Use DirectInput FPS Fix.
  1. Download DirectInput FPS Fix.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.
Use DInput8Wrapper
  1. Download DInput8Wrapper.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run the game.
Use Windows Device Manager.
  1. Push Win+R, type devmgmt.msc, then click OK.
  2. Find Human Interface Devices in the list and double click on it.
  3. Right-click and disable the ones on the list with HID-compliant device in their name.
  4. (Optional) Try disabling HID-compliant consumer control device as well, if this doesn't work.
  5. Run the game.

This solution is more time consuming but for some people it works when the first two fixes do not work


Reverse the changes, when done playing.
Features such as side buttons or special keys, might not work during the game.

Crash on startup[edit]

Update GFWL client[citation needed]

Crash to desktop after the first campaign loading screen[edit]

Head into the main menu audio options and change the Sound Render from OpenAL to DIRECTSOUND[4]

Also, Go into the save game location and edit the main.ini file, set the resolution to your monitors native resolution, set the correct aspect ratio for your native resolution. DSR(nvidia) may not work. Creating custom resolutions does work.

Change Use EAX from 1 to 0.

16:9 resolutions have a narrow FOV compared to 4:3 resolutions[edit]

Use the Kane & Lynch 16:9 FOV Fix.[5]
  1. Download the fix from here along with ThirteenAG's Universal ASI Loader and optionally Zolika1351's GFWL Protection Disabler if using GFWL.
  2. Drag eASIer.asi and eASIer.txt to the root directory of K&L alongside UAL's dinput8.dll and GPD's GFWLProtectionDisabler2019.asi (if using GFWL Protection Disabler).
  3. Run the game.


The number 246 in the eASIer.txt file can be changed up or down to a max of 255 to increase or decrease FOV accordingly.
This is only tested on the Steam release.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL, DirectSound3D May fall back to DirectSound3D if no OpenAL32.dll is detected in c:\SysWOW64.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 1800+
Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1300
Nvidia GeForce 6600
128 MB of VRAM


  1. Games for Windows - LIVE DRM features: Legacy activation, supports local profiles.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/8080/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (8080) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.