Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six cover
Red Storm Entertainment
Mac OS (Classic) Varcon Systems
Mac OS MacSoft
Release dates
Windows August 21, 1998
Mac OS (Classic) December 8, 1999
Metacritic 85
Series Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on HowLongToBeat
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on IGDB
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six guide on StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on MobyGames
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six on Wikipedia
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Rainbow Six 1998
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999
Rainbow Six: Covert Operations Essentials 2000
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn 2001
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008
Rainbow Six Siege 2015
Rainbow Six Extraction 2022

Key points

The official online multiplayer service is no longer available[1]
Poor compatibility with modern systems
Cannot use Alt+Tab while in-game

General information

Rainbow Six Wiki
Steam Community Discussions Community Discussions Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v1.00.026 DRM[Note 1]
Mac OS
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Mission Pack: Eagle Watch Missing from digital releases.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.04 is the latest patch available for the game.

Skip intro videos[edit]

The executable DevicePicker.exe can be run to skip intro videos.

Files can also be deleted manually by emptying the folder:


Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13650/pfx/[Note 3]
Key bindings are stored in the sherman.kmp file (located at <path-to-game>)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\save[Note 4]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13650/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


External options menu.
External options menu.
In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Check "Widescreen resolution" section below
Check "Widescreen resolution" section below
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed
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
120+ FPS
Software renderer for Eagle Watch renders fully opaque windows that enemies can see through.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

  1. Download dgVoodoo
  2. Extract somewhere
  3. Launch dgVoodoo and press the Add button on the right of config folder and point it to the R6 folder
  4. General tab: appearance fullscreen,scaling mode stretched,keep aspect ratio
  5. DirectX tab: videocard dgVoodoo 3D, vram 1024
  6. Press Apply
  7. Go to dgVoodoo folder and open MS folder and copy the 3 files D3D8,D3Dlmm,DDraw.dll and put them in the folder where rainbowsix.exe is
  8. Press the windows button, type in "regedit" in search and run it, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Red Storm Entertainment -> Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (start the game once for these entries to appear)
  9. Also change MouseRadiansPerPixel to 0.002727 or lower
  10. Change Fullscreen to TRUE

Note: There might be an issue with the mouse if the value is not correct, also mouse cursor trails gets stuck on the screen.


  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
  2. Change the FullScreen entry value from TRUE to FALSE.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
High DPI causes negative acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
  2. Change the MouseRadiansPerPixel entry value.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
CD Music, Sound FX, Radio.
Surround sound
Briefing only.
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
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only.
Fan translation, download.


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2346
UDP 2346
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows 10 crash at Start-Up[edit]

Go to the game installation folder and rename/delete winmm.dll

Black screen[edit]

A black screen can sometime occur when running the game. This may be caused by not being able to run cinematics correctly. Skip intro videos to fix this issue.

Crashes at Start-up[edit]

If the game is crashing, error reports can be found in the Sherman.log file

Renderer::CreateBuffers() failed[edit]

If you see the message Renderer::CreateBuffers() failed during ClearBuffers() : Blt() in file C:\Develop\Common\Renderer\renderer.cpp at line 1330 Error = "An exception was encountered while performing the requested operation." in your Sherman.log file and you are using an Nvidia card, try updating your drivers. This issue is known to occur when using the 331.40 beta drivers and is known to be resolved by upgrading to the 331.65 release drivers.

Renderer::Fullscreen() failed[edit]

If you see the message Renderer::Fullscreen() failed during Renderer::SetDisplayMode() in file C:\Develop\Common\Renderer\renderer.cpp at line 1244 Error = "Operation requires the application to have exclusive mode but the application does not have exclusive mode." in your Sherman.log file and you are using an ATI/AMD card, there are currently three possible fixes:

Methods 1 & 2[edit]

For the optimal experience, either roll back the display driver to a version prior to 13.4 or run the game in a virtual machine with Windows XP.

Method 3[edit]
Setup the game compatibility settings[citation needed]
  1. Setup the game to play in a window.
  2. Right click on the RainbowSix.exe file (located in <path-to-game>) and select "Properties".
  3. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Reduced Colour Mode (set to 16-bit), along with "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" and "Run this program as an administrator".
  4. Launch the game.

Invisible NPCs[edit]

You may come across missions where the victory conditions won't trigger. For instance, in mission 5, "Ghost Dance", there are supposed to be 5 hostages, but you might only see 4 actually rendered in the level. The 5th will appear on your map but not in the level. The only way to fix this is to modify the victory conditions for the level:

Set data folder as Read-only, except plan and save[citation needed]
Reason: the game engine changes files.
Modify the mission victory conditions file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\mission and open the specific mission victory conditions text file with a text editor (ex. Notepad).
    • The text files will include the mission number and the difficulty in the name (for this fix, look for the VicCondM5Med.txt file)
  2. In the file, find the following text block:
// Condition 0: Rescue the hostages

3. Change the "NUMBER ALL" portion to "NUMBER 4"
4. Save the changes and launch the game.

  • Note that for this fix, Mission 5 on medium difficulty will allow the mission to be completed with the 4 hostages rendered. To apply the fix to other difficulty levels, modify the respective text files.
This fix can be applied to any level with similar victory conditions (ex. If the condition is "kill all terrorists" and the level fails to load some of the terrorists)

Software Rendering[edit]

The software renderer in Eagle Watch doesn't support transparent windows, while the main game used a semi-transparent grill to show windows instead. The result is that enemies can see and kill through windows.

This only affects old systems without a 3D accelerator.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Mac OS only.
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker 3.2b

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 57 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/13650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. 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).