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Installing NWN1 for Win7/vista including patch links for all OS.
By: Shia Luck
Original: [source]

UPDATED 30th October 2011

There are two main ways to put NWN onto a windows 7 or Vista machine.

Copy from an Existing Installation:

If you have a new machine as well as your old machine and a home network or flash drive etc and simply want to transfer your nwn to the new machine, then the easiest thing to do is use windows explorer to copy from the old machine to the new, and then delete it from the old machine. You keep all your settings and everything using this method. (Only use this method if your NWN is patched and working perfectly)

1. On the win 7 machine, use windows explorer to find your NWN install on your old machine and drag and drop the complete nwn folder to c drive on your new machine.
2. In the nwn folder find nwnmain.exe and nwn.exe.
3. Right click on these and select properties. Set them to run with full permissions, as administrator and under compatibility mode windows XP service pack 2 or 3. (If your old machine was vista, then this has probably already been done, but check anyway!)
4. (If you want a desktop shortcut) Right click on nwnmain.exe and create a shortcut. Drag and drop this to your desktop.
5. Update your drivers for video and sound. (go to the manufacturers of your cards' support pages. Laptop support pages can be very behind the times)

Install from Disk or Download(GOG or Impulse):

1. Install game using a custom install. When you are given the path to the install folder, change the path using the browse folder button so that it is NOT installed in 'programs (x86)', but directly on C drive. Do not make any shortcuts during the install process.
2. (Diamond edition disc only) Run the patch on the disk.
3. (Disk install only) Download the correct 1.69 critical rebuild and install it. (Both GOG and Impulse versions are correctly patched).
4. Open NWN folder and find nwnmain.exe and nwn.exe.
5. Right click on these and select properties. Set them to run with full permissions, as administrator and under compatibility mode windows XP service pack 2 or 3.
6. (If you want a desktop shortcut) Right click on nwnmain.exe and create a shortcut. Drag and drop this to your desktop.
7. Update your drivers for video and sound. (go to the manufacturers of your cards' support pages. Laptop support pages can be very behind the times)

Good Luck