The Witcher

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The Witcher
The Witcher cover
CD Projekt Red
macOS (OS X) Virtual Programming
Poland CD Projekt
Release dates
Windows October 26, 2007
macOS (OS X) April 5, 2012
Metacritic 81
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series The Witcher
The Witcher on HowLongToBeat
The Witcher on IGDB
The Witcher guide on StrategyWiki
The Witcher on MobyGames
The Witcher on Wikipedia
The Witcher
The Witcher 2007
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011
The Witcher Adventure Game 2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game 2018
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales 2018
Gwent: Rogue Mage 2022

Key points

Any version of the game, including retail, can be redeemed for a DRM-free copy on; see here for details.

General information

Official Forums
Official Witcher Wiki (Fandom)
Official Witcher Game Series Wiki (Gamepedia) Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
TAGES Solidshield v1.9.5.1 and TAGES v5.5.2.8 DRM. DRM removed in the latest Patches. key
Enhanced Edition Director's Cut.
Provides high quality bonus goodies.[1]
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store key
macOS (OS X)
Icon overlay.png
Enhanced Edition Director's Cut. key
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
macOS (OS X)
All versions can be registered on even if a product key was not included; see here for details.

Essential improvements[edit]


There are two patches available for download on the official page:

  • Patch 1.4 upgraded the game to the Enhanced Edition.
  • Patch 1.5 removed the DRM and fixed bugs introduced by patch 1.4. It also contains five community-made adventures.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\CD Projekt RED\Witcher\Settings\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/20900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher\saves\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/com.cdprojektred.TheWitcher/GameDocuments/The Witcher/saves/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/20900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Approx. 954 MB available.


Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphical settings.
Graphical settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use the aspect ratio fix for the cutscenes.
4K Ultra HD
In-game AA must be disabled.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming with Auto-Maximize disabled.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x MSAA; SGSSAA is available via 0x000010C1 flag in Nvidia Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Force Vsync.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Use Nvidia Profile Inspector[3]
  1. Open The Witcher driver profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility to 0x0000002D (MechWarrior Online).
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to high quality.
  5. Apply changes.


Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative acceleration cannot be turned off.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Logitech GamePanel[edit]

Information such as statistics, ammunition, health and items the player is currently holding can be displayed on the LCD panel or smartphone application.
Display Notes
Arx Control application Native support in Enhanced Edition.
G19 color screen Native support in Enhanced Edition.
G15 monochrome screen Native support in Enhanced Edition.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
General settings.
General settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, battle music, SFX and voice.
Surround sound
Requires EAX
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 4.0 only.[4] In-game option may need to be re-enabled after every launch.[5][6]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, Download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Poor performance on AMD[edit]

There is an issue where the game caps at 20fps, at some point it might go higher.

Issues fixed[edit]

"Fixes to Common Problems" - A comprehensive list of known issues and potential fixes

Crash at launch[edit]

On AMD: DirectX to OpenGL wrapper[7]
  1. Download wrapper from
  2. Install by copying d3d9.dll, wined3d.dll and libwine.dll to <path-to-game>\System.
Recent Steam Beta clients may cause the Steam version of the game to crash.
Only applies to the Steam version of the game. Refer to "Fixes to Common Problems" for other solutions.
Opt out from Steam Beta client[citation needed]
  1. Open Steam settings and select the "Account" tab.
  2. In "Beta participation" click "Change..." and select "NONE".
  3. Steam should ask you to restart the client and download the latest stable release of the client.
Enable windows compatibility mode for "witcher.exe"[8]
  1. Open game folder "The Witcher Enhanced Edition\System".
  2. Open witcher.exe properties by right clicking it and then clicking properties.
  3. Click compatibility tab and enable compatibility mode.
  4. From drop down list select Windows 7 and apply the settings.
Download Arn0lo's "reg fix" and apply it[9]
  1. Download from
You need to create an account to be able to download the fix.

Minimum system requirements not met[edit]

Disable the system requirements check[10]
This fix is known to cause other issues. You might be unable to change the game's resolution above a certain limit, and the texture quality and antialiasing settings might be locked to the lowest settings. To avoid this, try the optional step or the registry edit solution below.
  1. Create a shortcut to witcher.exe (the game itself, NOT the game's launcher).
  2. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties.
  3. Add -dontforceminreqs to the end of the Target field.
Use replacement TexSettings.d2a
  1. Download TexSettings.d2a.
  2. Move the file to <path-to-game>\Data\Override.


If the Override folder does not exist, create the folder and then move the file to that folder.

No mouse in the main menu[edit]

Press Shift[citation needed]

In some cases (when the intro cinematic is skipped or if opening the Steam overlay) the mouse cursor does not function on the main menu. This can be fixed by holding the key that releases the mouse in Over the Shoulder view(Shift by default).

Frequent game crashes[edit]

Allocate more virtual memory to the program[11]
  1. Download NTCore's 4GB Patch.
  2. Run the program, apply the patch to the witcher.exe located in <path-to-game>\System\witcher.exe.
Set the game to run in windowed mode[citation needed]

Use a program such as Borderless Gaming to force the game to run in a borderless window.

Disable Steam overlay

Disabling Steam overlay fixes the crashing.

Pre-rendered cutscenes don't display[edit]

Audio will still play, but the video will freeze to the last displayed frame.
Lower the lighting setting
  1. Go to Advanced Settings.
  2. Set Lighting to low. Cutscenes should now display correctly.
You can revert the lighting setting afterwards. However, the setting will need to be altered before each pre-rendered cutscene.

In-game cut-scenes appear pixelated[edit]

Use any 16:9 resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to Options, Video Options.
  2. Choose a 16:9 resolution (1280x720, 1366x768, 1600x900, 1920x1080, 2560x1440, 3840x2160 or 4096x2160, etc.)

Lights visible through walls[edit]

On some systems with SLI enabled, light sources are sometimes visible through walls.
Change SLI rendering mode[citation needed]
  1. In the Nvidia control panel go to "Manage 3D settings."
  2. Hit the tab "Program settings" and add <path-to-game>\system\witcher.exe
  3. Scroll down through the settings to the one called "Multi-GPU rendering mode" and change it to Force Alternate frame rendering 2.
  4. Click Apply.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Build compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) added on 27 July 2022.



Prior to modding The Witcher, make sure you have an Override folder in your game's Data folder. You will need to create the folder if you do not have it already.
While not necessary, it is highly recommended to unpack mods into their own separate folders within Override for organization and troubleshooting purposes.
Several mods contain specific installation and usage instructions that should be reviewed before attempting to use them, failing to do so may result in your game breaking.

4GB Memory Patch[edit]

Improves RAM management in The Witcher 32 bit engine.

Skip intro - straight to the Main Menu[edit]

Removes all Witcher intro videos.

W1 Vanilla remaster[edit]

Adds thousands of new high quality textures and integrated RS.
Adds fully customizable Environmental Audio Extension (EAX) sound emulation, to simulate directional audio and echoes.

School of the Wolf[edit]

This mod aims to differentiate all Witchers in the game, with unique looking armor and high quality character retextures.
A couple of characters faces are now more in-line with their Witcher 3 models.
Includes unique cat-like eyes for all witchers.
If you use W1 Vanilla remaster, you will need to remove or overwrite the textures provided in that mod. Most of the textures are the same resolution, so there should be almost no visual difference apart from character's new appearances.

Project Mersey - The Witcher Fix Pack[edit]

This mod focuses on bugfixes and restoring cut content.
Also provides general quality of life improvements.

TW1 All Herbs[edit]

All herb spawn amounts are increased.
Also Fixes the Han plants giving Berbercane bug.

Geralt Random Speed Fix[edit]

Fixes a bug that causes Geralt to have a different running speed every time you load a save or enter a new chapter.

The Witcher Enhanced Walk Enabler[edit]

Adds a missing option in OTS view that allows Geralt to walk instead of run.

Permanent Bodies Mod[edit]

Stops the disappearing of dead bodies where it is not lore-friendly. Certain creatures bodies, such as Ethereal beings, will still disappear.
May cause performance issues.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 2800+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9800
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 14.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
Intel HD Graphics 5000
256 MB of VRAM
Other Not recommended to use native Retina resolutions


  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>/20900/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (20900) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.