The Settlers IV

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The Settlers IV
The Settlers IV cover
Blue Byte
Early prints Blue Byte
Release dates
Windows February 15, 2001
The Settlers IV on MobyGames
The Settlers IV on Wikipedia
The Settlers 1994
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici 1996
The Settlers III 1998
The Settlers IV 2001
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings 2004
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary 2006
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire 2007
Die Siedler: Aufbruch der Kulturen 2008
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 2010
The Settlers Online 2012
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - History Edition 2018
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire - History Edition 2018
The Settlers 7: History Edition 2018
The Settlers (2020) TBA

Key points

The game doesn't run on a native Windows 10 system. See Issues fixed.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1]
Gold Edition - includes expansions: Mission CD and The Trojans and the Elixir of Power.
Ubisoft Store
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History Edition - includes expansions: Mission CD, The Trojans and the Elixir of Power, The New World, and Community Pack. Part of Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mission CD
The Trojans and the Elixir of Power
Die Neue Welt Available only in German language before the release of History Edition
Community Pack: Historische Schlachten Available only in German language before the release of History Edition

Essential improvements[edit]


2.50.1516a is the latest retail patch. Applies to all language versions. This patch does not remove the CD protection.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video\
  2. Delete or rename BB_logo.bik,S4.bik and UbiSoft_Logo.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config\GameSettings.cfg[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use The Settlers 4: Widescreen Tool. Native in the History Edition.
Enabled in the History Edition.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
The player can zoom in and out.
Use -windowed command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Use Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use Nvidia Profile Inspector.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 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
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Unofficial translation by «7Wolf»


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Removed from the History Edition
Online play
8 Official multiplayer service has been shut down for the original version, but History Edition uses Ubisoft servers.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Retail version compatibility problems[edit]

Many bugs, glitches and crashes in every OS higher than Windows XP. Only the version has better support.[citation needed]

Fatal error: Exception 0xc0000005 at 0x00468bd0![edit]

Occurs if something went wrong while using trading routes via ship (but not limited to this). It's a bug in the game itself.[3]

Music stops when playing as Mayan[edit]

If you fight as Mayan, the music stops playing after a fight. This is a known bug that was never fixed. You can start the music again if you move the in-game Sound FX slider under Settings > Sound settings.[3]

Issues fixed[edit]

"Error initializing Graphic Interface" error (or black screen/game doesn't launch)[edit]

Use Windows 10 patch (DXwrapper)[4]
  1. Download The Settlers IV Windows 10 patch.
  2. Unzip the main fix to the installation folder.
  3. Unzip the editor fix to The Settlers IV 'Editor' folder.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1c[5]
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95 OSR2, 98, 2000, ME, NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 250 MB
Video card (GPU) Resolution of at least 800x600
4 MB of VRAM


  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).