Might and Magic IX

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Might and Magic IX
Might and Magic IX cover
New World Computing
Retail 3DO
Retail re-releases, digital Ubisoft
LithTech Talon
Release dates
Windows March 29, 2002
Metacritic 55
Series Might and Magic
Might and Magic IX on HowLongToBeat
Might and Magic IX on IGDB
Might and Magic IX guide on StrategyWiki
Might and Magic IX on MobyGames
Might and Magic IX on Wikipedia
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 1986
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World 1988
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra 1991
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen 1992
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen 1993
Might and Magic: World of Xeen 1994
Swords of Xeen 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic (series)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven 1998
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999
Crusaders of Might and Magic 1999
Arcomage 1999
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer 2000
Legends of Might and Magic 2001
Might and Magic IX 2002
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown Cancelled
Might & Magic: Chess Royale 2020

Key points

TELP's 1.3a Patch fixes game-breaking bugs (digital distribution versions already include this patch).
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes and run in 32-bit color.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
TELP subforum
Celestial Heavens' subforum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1] internationally, StarForce DRM in Russian release.
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Pre-patched with TELP's 1.3a Patch.
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

TELP's 1.3a Patch (retail)[edit]

TELP's 1.3a Patch fixes many game-breaking bugs. Digital distribution versions already include this patch.

Run in 32-bit color[edit]

32-bit color mode slightly enhances visual quality and also fixes a freezing issue on Windows 8.
The GOG.com version already includes this fix.
Set 32-bit color in autoexec.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg.
  3. Change "screendepth" "16" to "screendepth" "32"
  4. Change "BitDepth" "16" to "BitDepth" "32"
  5. Save your changes.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename 3DOLogo.bik, Intro.bik and New World Logo.bik.

Skip launcher[edit]

Change shortcut target[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut properties.
  2. Replace mm9.exe with lithtech.exe
  3. The game will now launch immediately from that shortcut.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\autoexec.lith contains special settings that can't be changed in-game.

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
800x600 only; changing in autoexec.cfg breaks menus.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Fixed FOV (Vert-).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
800x600 only; changing resolution in autoexec.cfg breaks menus.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in the graphics card control panel (may cause lines on the interface).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes.


Add +windowed 1 to shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut's properties.
  2. Add +windowed 1 to the target.


The window cannot be moved and may cause NPCs or even the whole game to run at inhuman speeds (try to change in autoexec.cfg "MaxFPS" "0" to "MaxFPS" "75" and it might fix this and mouse problem).


Input settings.
Input settings.

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


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects and Music.
Surround sound
All conversation dialogue is subtitled; FMV cutscenes have no subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2. Disabled by default.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only.
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Window border visible in fullscreen mode[edit]

A window border is visible in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
Apply the fix[4]
  1. Download the Might and Magic IX fullscreen fixes.
  2. Extract it anywhere and run install.bat.
  3. Might and Magic IX will now enter fullscreen mode correctly (you do not need to restart your computer).
Applying this fix will cause the Windowed mode border to disappear (use uninstall.bat to remove the fix).

Game freezes in menus[edit]

Menus freeze on Windows 8 and later if the game is running in 16-bit color (the default mode).
Run in 32-bit color[citation needed]
  1. Set the game to run in 32-bit color.
  2. Menus will now work correctly.

"The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)" error on launch[edit]

Install DirectPlay[5]

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Cloud save support for games available on Ubisoft+ - last accessed on 2021-09-04
  4. This works by applying the ForceSimpleWindow compatibility fix to this game's version of lithtech.exe (other LithTech games are unaffected).
  5. Verified by User:Garrett on 2015-02-24