The Walking Dead: Season One

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The Walking Dead: Season One
The Walking Dead: Season One cover
Telltale Games
Telltale Tool
Release dates
Windows April 24, 2012
macOS (OS X) April 24, 2012
Metacritic 89
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives Cinematic camera, Third-person
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres Adventure, Quick time events
Art styles Stylized
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
Series The Walking Dead (The Telltale Series)
The Walking Dead: Season One on HowLongToBeat
The Walking Dead: Season One on IGDB
The Walking Dead: Season One guide on StrategyWiki
The Walking Dead: Season One on MobyGames
The Walking Dead: Season One on Wikipedia
The Walking Dead (The Telltale Series)
Subseries of The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Season One 2012
The Walking Dead: Season Two 2013
The Walking Dead: Michonne 2016
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier 2016
The Walking Dead: The Final Season 2018
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series 2019


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

General information

Telltale Community for game series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[1] Complete Season
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Complete Season
macOS (OS X)
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Complete Season
macOS (OS X)
Complete Season
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Complete Season
macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Complete Season
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Complete Season
macOS (OS X)
Origin (unavailable)

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
400 Days
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

SLI support[edit]

By default the Nvidia profile does not have SLI compatibility bits for the game. If you have a SLI setup on your computer and would like to improve your general performance you might want to enable SLI support.
Enable SLI support[citation needed]
  1. Open the game profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change SLI compatibility bits to 0x42506405[3]
  3. Change NVIDIA predefined SLI mode to SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_FORCE_AFR2
  4. Change NVIDIA predefined number of GPUs to use on SLI rendering mode to SLI_PREDEFINED_GPU_COUNT_FOUR
  5. Apply changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Telltale Games\The Walking Dead\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Telltale Games/TheWalkingDead/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/207610/pfx/[Note 1]
non-galaxy Windows version stores everything in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Telltale Games\game\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Telltale Games\The Walking Dead\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Telltale Games/TheWalkingDead/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/207610/pfx/[Note 1]
non-galaxy Windows version stores everything in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Telltale Games\game\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Graphics settings
Graphics settings
Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings


Keyboard/mouse layout
Keyboard/mouse layout
Controller layout
Controller layout

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Not supported.[5]
Controller support
XInput controllers only;[6][7] for OS X use OsxDriver.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Not supported.[5]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
OS X use OsxDriver.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, music and sound.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation download.
Fan translation, download.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
1) Fan translation by «Tolma4 Team» – text
2) «GameSVoiCE» – audio (Episode 1 only).
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Walking Dead.
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

"WalkingDead101.exe has stopped working" Error[edit]

Standard Steam troubleshooting[citation needed]

Standard Steam troubleshooting is required. Verify the integrity of the game cache, and run Steam and the game as an administrator.

If it's still not working, right-click the game's executable, click Properties, click the Compatibility tab, and then check the options to run in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME.[citation needed] Also check the option to disable desktop composition.

Another solution is to check if your steam.exe is being run with Vista compatibility mode, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe or Steam Application(or your variant path) right click the application, then click Properties, and find the Compatibility tab. Check if the application is being run with Vista compatibility, if so and it is grayed out click "Change settings for all users" and un-check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and click apply. Once this is done close your steam.exe and all steam related processes or restart your computer, restart Steam and launch The Walking Dead this "should" fix the issue, and fix the stuttering caused by using the advent of the Windows 98/ME fix.[citation needed] On a sidenote before trying this fix make sure your "The Walking Dead.exe" isn't running in Windows 98/ME compatibility mode. If it is, it makes this fix pointless because the actual game is still being run in that compatibility mode and will still cause stuttering.

If you start the game while the program "D3D Overrider" (v2.0.1) is running in the background, the game will possibly crash. The current solution is to close D3D Overrider while you play the game in this case.

Poor performance with AMD graphics[edit]

Turn shadows off[citation needed]
  • Turn the shadows off within the in-game settings.

Corrupted textures or black boxes on screen with AMD graphics[edit]

Set Anti-Aliasing to 'Application Controlled'[citation needed]

Caused by anti-aliasing being forced by the AMD Vision Engine Control Center. Set anti-aliasing to 'Application Controlled'.

Game will not launch in Steam[edit]

Download DLL file and/or unplug game controllers[citation needed]
  1. Install the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes.
  2. If problems persist, download dinput8.dll and extract into the installation folder. The game should now launch.

Unplugging game controllers may fix the problem as well.

Another possible solution (Windows 7): Make sure that Steam is not running in Vista Compatibility mode. First make sure Steam is not running. Right click Steam icon, select properties and the compatibility Tab. If "run this programme in compatibility mode" box is ticked untick it.

Press Alt+ Enter after clicking Play in Steam[citation needed]
  1. The game has an error where no videos or gameplay will begin if the resolution is incorrect (leaving you either with a black screen, or your desktop view). This also crashes dwm.exe and will not allow you to shut off walkingdead101.exe. To get the game working, button mash Alt+ Enter to force the game to change into windowed mode as soon as it loads up. This should load the game and allow you to reset the resolutions in the game settings.

Steam version: Game Choices not saving between episodes or Episode showing "Coming Soon"[edit]

Copy prefs.prop[citation needed]
The Steam version of the game stores two copies of a file called prefs.prop on your computer in different locations, and sometimes these can get out of sync. It is highly recommended that you back up all your saves and both prefs.prop files in a completely separate location before you do this.
  1. Look at prefs.prop in both of these folders:
  2. Find the prefs.prop file with the largest size
  3. Copy this file into the other folder, overwriting the smaller one.


If copying the largest file doesn't work, go to the backups and copy the one with the latest modified date over the older one. The file you replace may be in either the user folder or the Steam folder, make sure you compare them both.
For OS X, the latest version of prefs.prop might be under any of the folders in the Pack folder under your Steam folder inside Right click it and choose Show Package Contents to access it. The user folder save location on OS X is ~/Library/Application Support/TellTale Games/The Walking Dead.

"Walking Dead crashes on intro-screen, saying 'connecting'" Error[edit]

Disable nework connection[citation needed]

Less than a fix, this is a workaround. The crash occurs on the intro page after 'click to continue' when the game displays a progress bar saying 'connecting'. Disabling your network (e.g. via explorer -> 'my network places' -> 'connections' or via the Start button -> 'control panel' -> 'network connections'), will make the game run under these circumstances but you won't have Steam achievements as all of your network is down.

___How to disable your network:___

  • Go to the mentioned 'network connections'
  • Right-click on the appropriate icon (must be blue = active) and pick 'deactivate'. Remember this icon's name.
  • The icon will be greyed out
  • Start game

After you have stopped playing you want to right-click and ACTIVATE your network connection again.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OS X only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI
512 MB of VRAM
Intel integrated graphics not recommended
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 2.3 GHz Intel
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI
512 MB of VRAM
Intel integrated graphics, Mac Minis or early-generation MacBooks not recommended.


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/207610/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (207610) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.