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Windows 7: Getting Bioshock PC-DVD Running. (Tip)

20 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
Getting Bioshock PC-DVD Running. (Tip)

I recently bought the Bioshock PC-DVD despite having some worries about compatibility, and I've just completed it without having any issues. Unfortunately I still can't install the 1.1 patch, and there's a bit of sound crackle at the loading screen, but hopefully there should be no problems that affect your experience with this configuration. I've heard Steam copies work without problems anyway, but this may not work as it did with my hard copy.
I'm using Windows 7 x64bit, build 7100. Hopefully hardware info is in my profile.


Part 1: Right-click the Bioshock.exe icon and click 'Properties'.
Select the 'Compatibility' tab, and check the box which says "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", then select 'Windows XP (Service Pack 2)' from the drop-down menu.

Part 2: Download Game Booster, install, run, then click "Switch to Gaming Mode!".
A dialogue box will pop-up asking if you want to close other applications. It's up to you what you close, but I'd advise closing them all.

This program temporarily stops all unnecessary processes to maximise free RAM and processing power. It happens to disable all of the fancy Windows effects which I've heard is the main cause of issues with running the game. Don't worry, once you're done playing you can restore all of the closed processes by clicking the 'normal mode' button.
Make sure you save any important documents before running the program, as it won't restore these.

Part 3: Right click on your Bioshock.exe icon again, and select "Run as administrator'.

Part 4:
Be nice to the little sisters.


I've read that making sure the Bioshock folder isn't set to 'Read Only' is important, though I've not had any problems with this option still checked.
I know everything but the Game Booster step is pretty much common knowledge, but I thought I might as well go through it all.

Hope this helps somebody.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Nov 2009   #2


i installed it without any problems..... is there something wrong with your system?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7
Couldn't Get It To Work

I tried doing as you described but I'll get as far as the loading page after choosing the difficulty then BioShock freezes. Do you have any other suggestions?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Capcar View Post
I tried doing as you described but I'll get as far as the loading page after choosing the difficulty then BioShock freezes. Do you have any other suggestions?
Change compatibility to Vista SP1, and run as admin should be checked. Then uninstall Game Booster. Its junk. Double click to run.
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