Clean Installation Procedure
The following procedure is a first clean install on a Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium computer system based in the UK, note this procedure was first done in March 2009, since this installation guide was first written there have been several patches and updates with both the STEAM and Empire Total War software so the installation time will now be considerably longer ranging from 3 hours to 5 hours+
Please make sure you read and understand every part of the installation process before attempting to install the game yourself.
|1. First of all make sure you are connected to the internet.
2. Insert DVD 1 into your drive, it will either automatically run the DVD or you will have to do it manually dependant on what your system setup is.
3. The first program to install itself on your system will be the much needed STEAM which allows you to get important game updates and access the multiplayer functions (but also is the major problem when trying to install the game from the DVD’s) and is needed to run the game in offline mode as well.
4. Once this has installed, choose a username and password and enter your email address, you will then be asked to install the serial number contained in the Empire Total War manual, once your account confirmed, you should be able to access the STEAM control panel.
5. Now the Empire: Total War game will appear under the My Games tab, it may or may not of started to download the game off the Steam server, if it is downloading click the stop download then close the STEAM program completely (Left click File then Exit)6. Now create a shortcut on your desktop by right mouse click>>>new>>>shortcut , now a box will appear for you to enter some text.7. Copy and paste the following into the box: (not 32bit or 64bit part)32 Bit Users: “C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe” -install e:Vista 64bit Users: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe” -install e:
press next, name the shortcut FIX (dont name STEAM it wont work) press ok.
Please note the e: should be the drive letter of where your installation dvd is inserted, this is dependant on how your system is set up)
For example if your DVD drive is d, then the only amendment to the above code would be:
32 Bit Users: “C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe” -install d:
Vista 64bit Users: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe” -install d:
8. Double Click the shortcut you just created and the STEAM program will appear and indicate that the game is being installed from DVD 1, after everything is installed from DVD 1 you will be asked to insert DVD 2, do this then press ok to continue the install.
The installation process from the DVD’s should take between 3 and 5 hours to complete the installation of 15 Gigabytes game installation, this is entirely dependant on your system and internet connection speed.
9. Once installation has completed steam will download patches for the game which may take a further two hours dependant on internet connection speed and also how busy the STEAM server is, once everything is downloaded a box will appear and you will see a tick box to run the game. Now run the game to make sure everything is installed ok and running.
10. Exit the game and run the STEAM program again, once the STEAM control panel appears click the My Games tab, you should now see the Empire: Total War with the 100%-Ready next to it.
11. Now right mouse click on Empire: Total War a submenu will appear left mouse click on Create Desktop Shortcut, this will create a nice little shortcut for the game on your desktop.
12. The next step is for people who wish to play the single player game without being connected to the internet, for online multi-player just double-click the Empire:Total War shortcut you just created.
13. Make sure you are not connected to the internet, double-click the Empire: Total War shortcut you just created a Connection Error box will appear from the STEAM program, you will see a choice box ‘Start in Offline Mode’ click this and now the game will start without you having to be connected to the internet, so you can enjoy the single player mode.