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Last Updated: June 12th, 2017

Here is the "All in One" Birth of the Federation installer version 1.0.1
(Released
6-12-2017)



Changes in version 1.0.1
1. fix install path error
2. update all links to https://
3. add option to "continue anyway" when components are already installed.
4. add links in tools for "How to" pages for Ultimate Editor Basics, Large Map
Generation Chart and tutorial for UE, How to lower the number of Palettes and
Adding new models Using UE
5. change text in installer "Full installation" to "Select Components to
install" on component page
6. change text in installer on final install page, "Finishing installation...."
to "NOTICE: Compressing Files to stbof.res, this may take 1-3 minutes per mod
selected."
7. update to latest version of DxWnd (v2.04.32)
8. add QD's EdificePatcher for UnCivil War editing
9. update all the patches for QD's patcher, add missing descriptions, change
links to https://, add new patches for more mods.
10. added new patch folders for UM5 and Balance of Power
11. Added batch file to enable Directplay on Windows 8/8.1/10

each installed component/mod averages about 400mb
total installed size if all 26 mods and tools are installed with highest resolution 11.5GB



MD5 check sum value of "BOTF_All_in_One_1.0.1.exe"

ba143e1c3be25eb5fd9135616a9bd584

Please read completely before installing!





Pre-requisites


Before game will run you must have Directplay installed.

Note: installer should enable Directplay for you when using version 1.0.1.


You can install directplay though control panel.
Select "Programs and Features" on left select "Turn windows Features on or off"
expand "legacy components" and select "Directplay"




Versions/components within this installer





Install-able tools
DxWnd (fullscreen and windows) preloaded
Ultimate Editor (version 0.7.2dev5c)
QD's
Patcher (with option to select different patch folder) included
folders; QD's patch folder, BOP_patches, um5_patches, ecm4.0_patches, ucw_patches and udm_patches.
EdificePatcher.exe to allow editing of UCW


What to expect when running new installer.

When you first execute BOTF_All_in_One_1.0.1.exe you will be prompted to select the language to install.



You have 2 options English or German
Note;
since most mods were released in English only, When German is selected,
the installer will install as much German as possible. Some mods this
is very limited. example; with Ultimate Dominion mod, when Dominion or
Federation is played it would be still mostly English, while Cardassins,
Klingons and Romulans would be only 30% English.
Vanilla, Error correction mod, Balance of power and Planet mod have full German versions.

next is the new license agreement



you must accept before continuing.

Next, you will need to select the "Base folder location used by installer"



Default location is the same as the original game used (C:\BOTF)
If you want to change this location you will need to change location each time installer is executed.
Note; each component folder is added automatically by installer. This is only base folder location

Next, you need to select what you want to install on this execution of the installer from the list.


If you plan on using DxWnd you need to install the tools on first execution so each mod can adjust install path used by DxWnd.
since tools are first on list, it will install before any mod (as long as it is selected)

When a mod is already installed it
should be uninstalled before re-installing or you will get this message.
If you "continue anyway" all old files will be overwritten with new files.





Setting Command line arguments for shortcuts.

Note; This setting section effects the paths all shortcut use.

(Default setting)
set
this way, DxWnd installed with shortcuts set to use fullscreen DxWnd
Command line arguments for start menu and desktop (if selected)




set
this way, DxWnd installed with shortcuts set to use windowed DxWnd
Command line arguments for start menu and desktop (if selected)




set this way, DxWnd installed standard shortcut paths




set this way, DxWnd not installed standard shortcut paths




Next, you can select options for the selected mod being installed.



you can select the resolution to install (original 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 or 1366 x 768)
if mods have larger galaxies you can select to install zoomed in view.
option to add desktop icon.
some mods will also have option to add hob fix for combat evade and retreat CTD.
vanilla also has same special options as latest version. 

Start menu
each
installation has a folder added to the start menu for "Documentations"
this will have various file such as original readme files and links to
support pages.




Uninstalling
You
will be able to uninstall though start menu, add/remove programs and by
directly executing the unins000.exe in each normal map install path.
(large install path will not have uninstaller, but uninstall when normal
unins000.exe is executed)

Details on installer file locations
installed game files
(User defined) default location C:\botf

start menu shortcuts
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microprose

desktop shortcuts
C:\Users\Public\Desktop

regisrty entries
64 bit systems
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microprose (Written by installer)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectPlay\Applications (Written by installer)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
(written by windows but uses app id from installer)

32 bit systems
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microprose (Written by installer)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectPlay\Applications (Written by installer)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall (written by windows, but uses app id from installer)

Usage of 1920 x 1080 universal patch
This patch has had limited testing, but I have had no issues when applied to 800 x 600 versions. This patch has been updated.
1920 x 1080 patch download page

Known issues

1. If you get trek.exe error when starting game DxWnd.exe may needs to be ran as administrator.

2. when starting new games on edited maps (Galaxies mod, Ultimate mod 5, large map versions and all 1366 x 768) still has random CTD due to galaxy generation. so video should be allowed to run at least 1/2 way.

3. some desktop icon may display white (no proper icon image) this is a windows issue with icon cache. After Reboot icon should display properly.

4. due to the size of installer, after first executing it may take 10 -20 sec before select language dialog opens. this is normal due to file size and your security that is running.

5. after installer completes and you select finish button, The trek icon in task bar will remain until all temp files are deleted. example if you install everything and at 1366 it may take 2-3 min to delete all the temp files.

Author Details: various members

File Size: 1.1 GB
File MD5: b5c3b9304aa8716ab4c846a2406b0298

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