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How to prepare my PC for Total War: Warhammer's launch (Guide)

To check if your computer is below minimum spec please open your DxDiag* and look at the following: (we however recommend you seeking the advice of a professional to check your DxDiag and compare to the minimum spec given here.)

  • In the image below we are look at the Operating System (Windows), which needs to be Windows 7 and 64bit minimum.
  • The processor must be an Intel core 2 Duo 3.0Ghz at minimum
  • Memory must be of 3GB RAM minimum
  • The DirectX version must be DirectX11 minimum

  • Graphics card must be minimum an AMD Radeon HD 5770 or an NVIDIA GTS 450 or an Intel HD 4000
  • With a minimum of 1024MB dedicated memory
  • If you have an integrated graphics chipset you will need a minimum of 4GB RAM (This concerns Intel HD series and the likes)

*To open your DxDiag click on the Windows button and write DxDiag in the search bar and click on the DxDiag icon.

Please bear in mind that a 32bit machine is under our minimum spec for Total War: Warhammer.

 

To check if your computer is a 32bit or 64bit machine you’ll need to look at your DxDiag.

To find your DxDiag please click on the Windows button and write DxDiag in the search bar and click on the DxDiag icon.

 

Then look at the image below showing a 64bit machine (a 32bit machine would indicate 32bit instead of 64bit). This should help you find in your own DxDiag the information you are looking for.

 

To check what Windows version is installed on your computer you will need to look at your DxDiag.

To find your DxDiag please click on the Windows button and write DxDiag in the search bar and click on the DxDiag icon.

 

Then look at the image below showing a Windows 7. If you have anything else than Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 then you are below minimum spec.

 

Windows Update allows you to choose updates for your computer’s operating system, software, and hardware. As new content is added regularly, it is essential that you get the most recent updates and fixes to help protect your computer and to keep it running smoothly.

To perform a Windows Update please follow the steps as outlined below:

 

Windows Vista & Windows 7

- Click on Start button

- Click on Control Panel

 

- Change your view to Large Icons by clicking on the View By Category button near the top right hand side of the control panel

 

- Click on Windows Update

 

- Windows is up to date, if not please follow instructions

 

 

Windows 8

- Right click on the Windows button

- Click on Control Panel.

 

 

- Click on Windows Update

 

 

- Windows is up to date, if not please follow instructions

 

 

Windows 10

- Click on the Windows Button

- Type in the search bar “Windows Update”

- Click on Windows Update

- Click on Check for Updates

 

 

- Windows is up to date, if not please follow instructions

 

Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.

To download and install the latest version of DirectX please refer to the Microsoft DirectX Download Page.

Updates to system drivers may help with the compatibility, reliability, and performance of system components within your computer i.e. display and sound card devices.

If you have a branded PC such as Dell, Hewlett Packard, Packard Bell etc, it is recommended that you first check with the manufacturer of your computer before directly seeking software updates from component vendors.

If you are unable to find any updates or you have a custom computer please refer to the instructions on how to update system drivers as listed here.

 

To check what machine you have open your DxDiag click on the Windows button and write DxDiag in the search bar and click on the DxDiag icon.

 

 

Alternatively, you can also download and run SlimDrivers app from their official website (It is a free and easy to use software that will help you ensure all your drivers are up to date and download the ones you need from the official website on demand.) – (Click here to view the download page.)

To update the drivers of your peripherals please use their manufacturer’s website.

Look at your DxDiag* (see image below) to find your product information to download the correct drivers: (This list is not exhaustive)

 

*To open your DxDiag click on the Windows button and write DxDiag in the search bar and click on the DxDiag icon.

 

Alternatively, you can also download and run SlimDrivers app from their official website (It is a free easy to use software that will help you ensure all your drivers are up to date and download the ones you need from the official website on demand.) – (Click here to view the download page.)

Compatibility mode allows an older program written for an earlier version of Windows to possibly run on a newer version of Windows i.e. Windows 10. You can also use Compatibility mode to always have a program to Run as an administrator.

To use Compatibility Mode or to check whether your game has Administrator Privileges please refer to the instructions as explained below:

 

Compatibility Mode and Running as Administrator for PC Games

If you are having problems with a game that was released prior to your current version of Windows, it is suggested you set the game to run in compatibility mode using the following steps:

 

  1. Locate the game's .exe file (if you have a desktop shortcut, right click that and select Open File Location),

  1. Right click the game's .exe file and select Properties,

  1. Under the General tab, ensure that Hidden and Read Only are not checked,

  1. Under the Compatibility tab, enable compatibility mode and select the Windows version that matches the game's listed recommended specifications,
  2. Under the Compatibility tab, enable Run this program as an administrator,

  1. Under the Security tab, select your user ID and ensure all privileges are set to Allow.

If none of these steps above help to resolve the issues that you are experiencing, please submit a request to us along with DXdiagnostic report so that we can assist you further.

Please bear in mind that the “Balanced” option can impact your CPU’s performance and therefore your experience with the game Total war: Warhammer.

 

For Windows 10 users:

- Click on the Windows Button

- Type in the search bar “Power Options”

- Click on Power Options

 

- Select High Performance

 

(FYI – please do follow this step as it seems to be set to “balanced” by default, even on desktop machines.)

VERIFY YOUR GAME CACHE FILES

Verifying the cache files of the game can help to ensure that the installation of a game is up-to-date and if necessary repair any bad or corrupted game data.

To verify the cache files of your game please follow the steps below;

  1. Load Steam
  2. From the Library section, right-click on the game and select Properties from the menu.

 

  1. Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game cache... button.

 

  1. Steam will verify the game's files - this process may take several minutes.
  2. Once the process is completed, the Check Window will automatically exit.
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