Doom 3 and Windows 2003

Doom III won’t let you install on Windows 2003.  Since the box says “Minimum Requirements:  Windows XP/2000“ I thought either it was an programmtic mistake in the install package OR the box is mislabeled.


I had a feeling it would run, but I had to get around the install from CD. 


Voila.  I found this at the Activision support site:

To do a manual install, do the following:

  1. Create a destination folder (for example, c:\program files\doom 3)
  2. Insert CD 1.
  3. Copy Doom3.exe from CD 1 (Setup\Data\Doom3.exe) to your destination folder.
  4. Create a “base” directory in your destination folder (for example, c:\program files\doom 3\base).
  5. Copy pak002.pk4 from CD 1 (SetupData\base\pak002.pk4) to the “base” folder.
  6. Copy game00.pk4 from CD 1 (SetupData\base\game00.pk4) to the “base” folder.
  7. Insert CD 2.
  8. Copy pak000.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak000.pk4) to the “base” folder.
  9. Copy pak001.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak001.pk4) to the “base” folder.
  10. Insert CD 3.
  11. Copy pak003.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak003.pk4) to the “base” folder.
  12. Copy pak004.pk4 from CD 2 (SetupData\base\pak004.pk4) to the “base” folder.
  13. Go to the base folder and create a text file called “doomkey”. NOTE: This file should not have any file extension.
  14. Open the doomkey file in notepad.
  15. Enter your CD Key exactly as it appears on the CD Key sticker. Use all capital letters and do not include any dashes.
  16. Save that file.
  17. Doom 3 should now be installed on your computer.

The final layout on the CD drive should look like this:

[destination folder]\Doom3.exe
[destination folder]\base\doomkey
[destination folder]\base\game00.pk4
[destination folder]\base\pak000.pk4
[destination folder]\base\pak001.pk4
[destination folder]\base\pak002.pk4
[destination folder]\base\pak003.pk4
[destination folder]\base\pak004.pk4

After I did that, then updated my year old GeForce drivers, it worked beautifully. Even set at Medium Quality it rocks!

3 thoughts on “Doom 3 and Windows 2003”

  1. You can also use Orca (windows installer sdk) to edit the MSI file. Copy the first cd to your harddrive. Open msi doom3.msi in Orca. There is a line ‘Launch Condition’ There it says (Not Version9X=400) And (Not VersionNT=400) And (Not VersionNT=502) You can remove the line, save the msi and the install works fine.

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