Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire cover
Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows September 17, 1997
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Key points

Modern systems need workarounds for some compatibility problems; see installing on modern versions of Windows.
Playing with a joystick is recommended.
Physics start breaking at high framerates. A 30 FPS cap is recommended.

General information Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Humble Store
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Included with EA Play Pro.
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Uses external launcher compatible with modern systems.

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest official patch 1.1 enhances performance and provides support for more graphics cards. It is available at and

Peixoto's patch[edit]

Gets the installer working on 64 bit systems
Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the menus and HUD
Fixes the game's fog
Get the game running at the correct speed
Fixes the CD music
Better compatibility with Xinput gamepads - Force feedback support is still partial and some effects don't play

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\LucasArts Entertainment Company\Shadows of the Empire
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/560170/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.soe[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/560170/pfx/[Note 2]
Path can be selected in the launcher.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


External Launcher settings
External Launcher settings
GOG Launcher settings
GOG Launcher settings
Ingame settings
Ingame settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions higher than 1280x960 will result in cutscenes playing in upper left corner of the screen by default. See Select Arbitrary Resolutions Without Graphical Issues for a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Minor cutscene rendering issues. Starfield rendered at 640x480.
Field of view (FOV)
Fixed FOV (widescreen resolutions are Vert-).
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
Game speed tied to framerate.
A 30 FPS cap is recommended.
Capped to 60 FPS in GOG release.
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Certain keys and mouse buttons cannot be unbound
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse acts like joystick in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
External mouse-only launchers used.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
CD Music and Sound Effects
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on modern versions of Windows[edit]

Make necessary changes[1]
  1. Copy the CD contents to a folder somewhere.
  2. Download the InstallShield 3 32-bit Generic Installer.
  3. Extract to the INSTALL folder.
  4. Run setup32.exe and follow the steps. The CD folder can now be deleted.
  5. Run the game and exit it.
  6. Run SOTE.exe in the installation folder.
  7. Uncheck CD Audio, Direct Movie and Enable Fog and click OK.
  8. Create a new player and run the game normally.
  9. You might need to set SHADOWS.EXE to Windows 95 compatibility mode.

Game runs too fast[edit]

Cap framerate to 30fps[2]

Background music[edit]

The background music will not play on Windows Vista and later. The game reads the audio from the CD in audio-CD format in some fashion that is incompatible with more recent versions of Windows.
Fix Background Music[citation needed]

You can get the background music to work by converting it into .ogg format, using files found on this site: Diary of a Punk Rock Hacker: Cross-Platform Classic Game Hacking - this solution should work both in Windows and Wine, according to the programmer.

If the download is unavailable, you can try to get it from one of these locations:




Issue fixed in digital re-releases.

Select Arbitrary Resolutions Without Graphical Issues[edit]

Stars do not render correctly if the launcher resolution is set higher than 640x480, and videos render in a corner at launcher resolutions higher than 1280x960.
Fix Resolution Related Graphical Issues
  1. Install dgVoodoo 2 in the Sdata folder (located in the install folder).
  2. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe
  3. Select your desired resolution under the DirectX tab using the Resolution dropdown.
  4. When you start the game/launcher, set the Display Device to "dgVoodoo DirectX Wrapper", 3D Device to "dgVoodoo Hardware Accelerated Device", and Display Mode to *exactly* "640x480 16bpp". Any other option, higher or lower, will result in at least some graphical issues.


The UI will be scaled as tho you were actually running the game at 640x480.
Stars do not render correctly with Nvidia 3D Vision enabled regardless of launcher resolution.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5 GOG release uses Direct3D 9 wrapper.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  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>/560170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (560170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 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).