BOTF All in One installer 1.0.1 (Released 6-12-2017)

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BOTF All in One installer 1.0.1 (Released 6-12-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:35 pm

Hi Everyone,

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

here is link to download page on AFC
All in One 1.0.1 zip

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

if you have concerns if download might be corrupt you can check the MD5 value
ba143e1c3be25eb5fd9135616a9bd584
files size
1.09 GB
each installed component/mod averages about 400mb
total installed size if all 26 mods and tools are installed with highest resolution 11.5GB

Please read complete post 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"

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Versions/components within this installer

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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.
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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
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you must accept before continuing.

Next, you will need to select the "Base folder location used by installer"
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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.
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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.
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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)
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set this way, DxWnd installed with shortcuts set to use windowed DxWnd Command line arguments for start menu and desktop (if selected)
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set this way, DxWnd installed standard shortcut paths
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set this way, DxWnd not installed standard shortcut paths
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Next, you can select options for the selected mod being installed.
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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. :wink:

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.
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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. 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.
2. some desktop icon may display white (no proper icon image) this is a windows issue with icon cache. After Reboot icon should display properly.
3. 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.
4. 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.

I hope everyone enjoys,
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Re: BOTF All in One installer

Post by thunderchero » Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:36 pm

How to add mudd cheats to DxWnd

open Dxwnd fullscreen or DxWnd windowed desktop icon (if installed)
or
start menu\microprose\tools\DxWnd\Dxwnd fullscreen or DxWnd windowed
or
your "install path"\tools\dxwnd_Fullscreen\DxWnd.exe or your "install path"\tools\dxwnd_windowed\DxWnd.exe

in new window select version you want to add command line functions. (proper line must be selected)
right click selection and select 'modify" from dropdown menu.
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in target window
Just add command you want to "Launch" line then click "OK"
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close DxWnd window and when asked save task list changes.

any time after that, the edited version (mod) will start using command prompt.

NOTE; setting up this way, desktop icon and start menu shortcuts will also use command line parameters/-Mudd

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by suizidi31 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:29 am

hello,

i have always message that already a mod is installed! but i dont have any mod installed ! im running on win 10 64bit

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:56 am

suizidi31 wrote:i have always message that already a mod is installed! but i dont have any mod installed ! im running on win 10 64bit
sorry you are having this issue. it sounds like uninstall issue or files were removed/deleted manually.

if everything is uninstalled as you say, You need to remove some left over registries.

open "regedit.exe" in C:\windows folder.
find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microprose (64 Bit systems)
find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microprose (32 Bit systems)
select the "microprose" folder on left and right click, from menu select delete and confirm deletion.

after that you should be able to run installer

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:09 pm

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would also mention 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.

Also 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.

any thought on new "DxWnd" shortcut paths?

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:31 pm

Hi Everyone,

I added a "How to add mudd cheats to DxWnd"
viewtopic.php?f=23&p=47506#p47019


Please let me know if you have any other questions or need me to explain anything further.

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by Felderburg » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:07 pm

thunderchero wrote:
suizidi31 wrote:i have always message that already a mod is installed! but i dont have any mod installed ! im running on win 10 64bit
sorry you are having this issue. it sounds like uninstall issue or files were removed/deleted manually.

if everything is uninstalled as you say, You need to remove some left over registries.

open "regedit.exe" in C:\windows folder.
find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microprose (64 Bit systems)
find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microprose (32 Bit systems)
select the "microprose" folder on left and right click, from menu select delete and confirm deletion.

after that you should be able to run installer
Just wanted to say that I had this issue, and this post fixed it! However, I did have to run regedit as an admin to enable the folder to delete properly.

(The issue was caused by EA's Origin uninstaller deleting everything in the folder it was in, not just Origin files, so it wiped out the botf folder, but left artifacts like start menu shortcuts and apparently registries.)

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by Uss Destiny » Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:17 pm

This all in one mod works is an excellent idea and it works well no problems with it so far the best mod so far is babylon 5

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by Starscorcher » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:32 am

Hi , i have tried to download this item from the site a couple of time but it keeps timing
out after 15 - 20 % is there a magnet link or torrent file i can try

also i just tried again seems the link is now down :(

Thanks
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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:56 am

keep trying, Our host maybe experiencing issues. after 3-4 attempts I was able to get file to download

you might also try a different browser

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:07 pm

Hi Everyone

Notice;
Due to the popularity of this file we are experiencing download issues.
if you get message "Error 503 Service Unavailable" please re-try later.

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by Paulfreakofstartrek » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:43 pm

At the moment the download is't working at all, is their a second download link somewhere?

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:45 pm

what browser are you using?

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by Paulfreakofstartrek » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:10 pm

Google Chrome

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Re: BOTF All in One installer (Released 1-19-2017)

Post by thunderchero » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:41 pm

Sorry some members are having this issue.

no other link available.

all I can say is try again later. or try different browser.

I attempted to download 5 times in last 4 min

1st and 2nd attempt chrome both failed (before today this only happened on firefox)
3rd attempt on edge worked
4th attempt on chrome worked
5th attempt firefox worked

all I can think is it is an overload issue with host, but every time I contact host they say there is no issues.

also since you are a new member, how did you here about this file?

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