Running MapEdit on Windows7

While looking for fresh information about Silent Storm I came across a rather useful forum thread here:

I’ve copied the information from the relevant post below. I hope this comes in handy for someone, and full credit to ‘Moogie’ who originally posted the information.


Host machine is Win7, 64-bit

I ran XP-Mode. I copied my SS folder over to the virtual harddrive, so it could interact with it properly. I also grabbed the MSDE folder from the CD and stuck it onto the virtual drive as well.

Still in XP-Mode, I installed MSSQL from the MSDE folder. Just for good measure, reboot the virtual machine.

Also installed DirectX8. No idea if this was actually necessary or not. I did it after trying vainly to load MapTools the whole way. Only later figured out I didn’t need to.

Now, MapTool complained about a lot of things. The biggest hurdle is 32-bit color desktop. But it can be done!

First step is to edit the registry (still inside the virtual machine). Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services and add a new DWORD key there, called ColorDepth, with a decimal value of 4.

Reboot the vm again.

Now, following the instuctions here: , run GPEdit.msc and find Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Terminal Services. Doubleclick “Limit ColorDepth”, tick the radio button “Enabled” and choose 24-bit from the dropdown list.

Now, your virtual machine should have a Tools menu somewhere if you’re not in fullscreen mode. You want to Disable Integration Features. You might be asked for your vm’s user password for this. Once disabled, you SHOULD be able to rightclick your desktop and set the color mode to 32-bit!!

Now then, as long as you’re following this guide: http://www.strategycore.co.uk/forums/How-to-MOD-SS2-compiled-instructi-t3244.html I think the rest should happen without trouble. But let me know how it goes.


Admin’s note.. I’ll be putting all ther linked information online here shortly. Ufo-X.com should be a ‘One Stop’ shop