How to Play Diablo 1 in Windowed Mode on Windows 10
Diablo 1 is a classic action role-playing game that was released in 1996 by Blizzard Entertainment. It is still popular among many fans of the genre, but it can be challenging to run it on modern operating systems like Windows 10. One of the common issues is that the game only supports full-screen mode, which can cause problems with resolution, aspect ratio, and mouse integration. Fortunately, there are some solutions that can help you play Diablo 1 in windowed mode on Windows 10.
In this article, we will show you two methods to play Diablo 1 in windowed mode on Windows 10: using a third-party tool called DXWnd, or using the GOG version of the game with some tweaks.
DXWnd is a tool that can force old games to run in windowed mode by intercepting and modifying DirectX calls. It can also fix some compatibility issues and improve performance. Here are the steps to use DXWnd to play Diablo 1 in windowed mode on Windows 10:
Download DXWnd from https://sourceforge.net/projects/dxwnd/ and extract it to a folder of your choice.
Run dxwnd.exe as administrator and click on Edit > Add.
In the Path field, browse to the location of your Diablo 1 executable (usually C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Diablo\\DIABLO.EXE).
In the Name field, enter Diablo.
Click on the Video tab and check the Windowed option.
Click on OK to save the settings.
Select Diablo from the list and click on Run.
You should now be able to play Diablo 1 in windowed mode on Windows 10. You can also adjust some other settings in DXWnd, such as resolution, scaling, position, and input options. For more information, refer to the DXWnd documentation or forum.
Method 2: Using GOG Version
If you have purchased Diablo 1 from GOG.com, you can also play it in windowed mode on Windows 10 with some simple tweaks. The GOG version of Diablo 1 comes with two modes: classic and improved. The improved mode uses a modified version of DirectX that allows you to play the game in windowed mode with integer scaling. Here are the steps to use the GOG version of Diablo 1 in windowed mode on Windows 10:
Install Diablo 1 from GOG.com and launch it once to create the configuration files.
Navigate to the installation folder of Diablo 1 (usually C:\\GOG Games\\Diablo) and open the dx folder.
Run dxcfg.exe and set up the following options: Display mode: Same as Desktop; Presentation: Windowed - integer scaling.
Copy ddraw.dll, dxcfg.exe and dxcfg.ini from the dx folder into the main folder of Diablo 1 (C:\\GOG Games\\Diablo).
Run \"classic\" Diablo from the main folder or from the desktop shortcut. This will launch the game in windowed mode with integer scaling.
You should now be able to play Diablo 1 in windowed mode on Windows 10 using the GOG version. You can also switch back to full-screen mode by running \"improved\" Diablo from the main folder or from the desktop shortcut.