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MechCommander cover
FASA Interactive
Release dates
Windows June 24, 1998
MechCommander guide on StrategyWiki
MechCommander on MobyGames
MechCommander on Wikipedia
Subseries of BattleTech
MechCommander 1998
MechCommander 2 2001

Key points

MechCommander Gold re-released as a free download.
Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64 bit-Windows

General information

BattleTech Wiki - A massive wiki for everything BattleTech related
MechCommander Gold Wiki - A small wiki for the game
Mechcommander Gold on - solving some technical issues.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Publisher website
Freeware download.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
MechCommander: Desperate Measures Included with MechCommander Gold.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\PREFS.CFG[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Toggle with 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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Voice, Sound FX
Surround sound
Affects radio chatter and video briefing
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can't Alt+Tab .


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 IPX, TCP/IP, Serial/Modem.
Online play
6 Required MPlayer or MSN Zone.

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit.
Setting up the game manually[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. the Desktop), create a new folder called "MechCommander".
  2. Copy the contents of the MechCommander CD and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  3. When everything has finished copying, go into the installation folder and right click on the MC.exe (or MCX.exe).
  4. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)").
  5. Run the MC.exe (or MCX.exe) file to play the game.


This will not run full screen.[citation needed]

Use higher resolutions in game[edit]

Set higher resolutions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open PREFS.CFG.
  3. Add the line l Resolution=X at the bottom of the file.
  4. Replace X with:
    • 0 for 640x480 (default)
    • 1 for 800x600
    • 2 for 1024x768
    • 3 for 1280x1024.
  5. With the game running in higher resolution, you can use the zoom in feature (press '+') to play in highest detail with slightly more battlefield visibility that the game offers by default in the unzoomed state.


Menus are fixed to 640x480. In game resolution can be increased, but menus will not stretch to fill the screen.

Rainbow color problem[edit]

When running on fullscreen in Windows Vista and 7 only may trigger the rainbow color problem.

Check Rainbow color problems in older games for a proper fix.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer, MSN Zone

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA compatible
2 MB of VRAM


  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).