The Emperor's New Groove

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The Emperor's New Groove
The Emperor's New Groove cover
Argonaut Games
Disney Interactive Studios
Release dates
Windows November 21, 2000
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Themes Pre-Columbian Americas, Comedy
Series Disney Classics
The Emperor's New Groove on MobyGames
The Emperor's New Groove on Wikipedia
Subseries of Disney
The Black Cauldron 1986
Basil the Great Mouse Detective 1987
Oliver & Company 1989
Disney's Aladdin 1993
The Jungle Book 1993
The Lion King 1994
Disney's Hercules 1997
Disney's Tarzan (series)
The Emperor's New Groove 2000
Disney's Dinosaur 2000
Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon 2002
Brother Bear 2003
Chicken Little (series)
Meet the Robinsons 2007
Bolt 2008
The Princess and the Frog 2009
Tangled 2010
Wreck-it Ralph 2013
Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King 2019


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
See Run without CD

Essential improvements[edit]

Run without CD[edit]

Copy files from disc[1]
  1. Go to Setup\ENG on the game disc.
  2. Copy the Cd folder to <path-to-game>.
  3. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  4. Change the CDPath value to <path-to-game>\Cd.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Disney Interactive\Emperor's New Groove\1.0\[Note 1]
Emperor's New Groove can in some releases instead be named Emperors New Groove

Save game data location[edit]

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


Display settings
Display settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Color settings
Color settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Run the game through DxWnd.
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)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped to 30 FPS.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Hex edit exe files[citation needed]
  1. Download Brandondorf9999's fixed exe from the WSGF attachment for this game.
  2. Open groove.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Go to offset 0x16D736.
  4. Replace bytes 00 00 80 3F with bytes representing your float value multiplier (default multiplier is 1). Remember to invert the byte order to Little Endian.


Keyboard settings
Keyboard settings
Joystick settings
Joystick settings
Miscellaneous options
Miscellaneous options


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output. Requires DirectSound3D restoration software.
Most dialog is accompanied by subtitles. Movie clips and random voice clips do not have them.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2.0. [2]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Installer not working correctly[edit]

Install game manually[3]
  1. Create a new folder to install the game to and name it The Emperor's New Groove or something similar.
  2. Go to the CD's game files at Setup\Eng\Hd.
  3. Move the contents of the Hd folder to the newly created installation folder.
  4. Right-click groove.exe and create a desktop shortcut by clicking Send To... > Desktop (create shortcut), if desired.


Tested with US retail release. File directory may change based on localization.
See Run without CD to remove the need for the CD-ROM.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) 16-bit compatible
Other 4X speed CD-ROM drive


  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. 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. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2019
  2. Oh yeah, it's all coming together.
  3. Verified by User:Cptmold on 2020-12-29
    Tested with the original CD-ROM release.