How to Install FF7 on Windows 7

This tutorial has moved to here This is where all new changes to this tutorial will be made, as well as all my new tutorials…

This tutorial is to explain how to install Final Fantasy VII by SquareSoft on modern PCs and modern operating systems like Windows 7, Vista and XP (an Ubuntu tutorial is coming soon).One of my hobbies is to make really old games work on modern computers. I don’t have any modern programming knowledge, so these hacks are usually made by someone else so don’t start saying that I fixed ff7, I didn’t. I just know a few guys who did. I figured I should write these down so I don’t forget. I’m also thinking of setting up a wiki for other games, but that’s far down the road.

ANYWAYS… How to install the PC version FF7, on modern computers.

First off, I’ve seen a number of sites telling people to turn off UAC, DO NOT DO THIS!! UAC is VERY important security wise and turning it off will open a HUGE amount of security flaws!! I will NEVER advise people to do this and the internet would be a better place if everyone else did the same. All of my tutorials assume UAC is active and you should never have to turn it off to get your games running.

Second, this particular tutorial assumes that Compatibility Mode is off, it wont work right if it’s on. If you don’t know what compatibility mode is then don’t worry, the default settings are fine.

This tutorial is largely focused on Windows 7 as that is what I use, but these instructions should also work on Vista and XP. This method is designed to work with the original game, many pirated copies of this game will NOT work with this tutorial. I haven’t been able to get this to work with a no-cd cracks so don’t try that either. If you already know how to install FF7 and it’s updates just skip on ahead to step 3.

Step 1Step ONE: Install FF7

  • Using the INSTALL DISK right click on the program called “ff7inst.exe” and choose “run as administrator”. If you’re using xp just double click on it.
  • Ok click next on the “Welcome” screen with Areith on it. This should bring you to the “select components” screen with Cloud on it, here you should deselect all three options. We don’t want any of these outdated files on our systems.
  • On the “Setup Type” screen with Tifa on it, be sure to choose “Maximum install” (very important).
  • The “Choose Destination Location” screen with Barret on it isn’t too important I like to choose “c:\Program Files (x86)\Final Fantasy VII” but I’m weird that way. Just click next here.
  • Click next on the “Select Program Folder” Screen with Yuffie on it. (anyone else think her smile is creepy in that pic?)
  • After this Vincent should start up right away and install the files over. Once that’s done the FF7 cd will brag about how awesome it’s 3d technology is and bug you about the also equally awesome 3d drivers on the cd. Ignore this message as they obviously don’t know what there talking about. This game was glitchy as hell from day one and even in it’s day the graphics were average at best. DO NOT USE THE DRIVERS ON THE DISK!!
  • When the read-me pops up make sure you read the part about the controls, as they are pretty f’d up and it’ll probably mess you up later if you don’t remember what these are (You can change them later in the game don’t worry).

STEP TWO: The official 1.02 patch

  • In a attempt to fix there f-up Edios released a patch for ff7 to try and fix some of it’s graphics problems, this worked for windows 98, but there’s still allot left to be desired from this update. Still though, it does still fix a few things so make sure you install this. Download the patch from one of these links.

Download Link <– Includes alternate languages.

  • Inside that zip file are the “fixed” .exe files for FF7. Overwrite the files in your ff7 folder (Probably c:\program files\square soft, inc\final fantasy vii), with the files from the zip.

STEP THREE: the FF7_OpenGL mod.

This mod is a brilliant piece of programming by Aali from the Qhimm Forums. It translates the graphics instructions from FF7 into OpenGL instructions that most modern graphics cards can understand. He’s also added a number of other changes including some patches that fix glitches that destroyed a few parts of the game (mostly the mini-games). Here is where you can download this.

Download Link <– Check the LAST post. (he used to have a link on the first post but it keeps getting removed for some reason.) Check the LAST post on that topic (probably on page 2)

  • Ok applying this mod is fairly simple, same as the 1.02 patch, just copy the entire contents of the zip file into your FF7 folder.

Now this is the part where some people were saying to turn off UAC, you don’t need to. There are two options, the easy way is to change the compatibility mode for ff7 and ff7config to always run as administrator, it works fine but I don’t like it because it gives the game admin rights, there is another way to make it so the game will run without compromising security.

STEP FOUR: Changing FF7 Security Settings.

If you are using XP you can ignore this step because XP doesn’t have UAC.

  • browse to where your FF7 folder is stored, since mine is saved in “c:\program files (x86)\final fantasy vii” I would browse to “c:\program files (x86)\” If your ff7 is in “c:\program files\square soft, inc\final fantasy vii” then browse to “c:\program files\square soft, inc\”
  • Next right click on the “Final Fantasy VII” folder and click on “Properties”, then choose the “Security” tab near the top of the window. After that click on the “Advanced” button.
  • This windows shows you the security settings for the FF7 folder, what we need to do is give the user group “Users” full access to this folder. This will allow ff7 to write to it’s own folder without giving it admin access. This will also make modifying the files in this folder easier because UAC won’t bug you every time you want to change something.
  • We do this by clicking on the “Change Permissions…” button, next double-click on the entry that say’s something like “Users(Name of your computer/Users) Read & Execute”.
  • Next check the “Full Control” check box, then click ok. Near the bottom of the “Advanced Security Settings for Final Fantasy VII” window, there is a checkbox that says “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object”, make sure that box is checked. Then click ok, then next. You can close out of all the other windows now.

This should make it so you can now change the display settings without any problems.

STEP FIVE: Changing the display settings.

  • Run FF7Config.exe, Click on the “Graphics” tab and set the “Renderer” drop down option to “Custom” it should give you a message about passing a test, just click ok on that, then click ok to exit the program.

Technically your done. You can play the game to your hearts content, the game works 100% the way it was intended. But what if you don’t want to play it a it was intended. In addition to the graphics fixes that the ff7_OpenGL provides it also provides a small set of other tweaks that you can turn on if you wish.

The only thing I’m gonna cover here is setting a custom resolution, there are a number of cool hacks in the same file but I’m not gonna spoil the surprise by telling you what they are….

  • Open the ff7_opengl.cfg file in notepad or some other basic text editing tool.
  • Scroll down to the area that says “window_size_x = 0”, the settings in this section lets you change the resolution to whatever you want, I’m going to change them like this….

# set the window size (and fullscreen resolution) of FF7
# 0 means use original resolution (whatever ff7.exe provides)
# preserve_aspect adds black borders as needed to preserve a 4:3 aspect ratio
window_size_x = 1024
window_size_y = 768
preserve_aspect = yes
fullscreen = yes

OPTIONAL STEP SIX: Changing the music.

The built in music sucks as it’s midi, but don’t worry there’s a way to fix that!

The folks over at the Qhimm forums have been working on this one for a while, but basically what it does is it mutes the midi music and plays a remastered version of the original PSX version of the music in the background. It checks what part of the game you’re in and what song is supposed to be playing, then it plays the appropriate remastered version. This gives a closer representation of the original PSX music. The best part of this is that you can change it to play whatever you want.

There is an easy installer file available here…

Download Link <– Check the first post

  • Ok install the program with the default settings, then browse to the root of the c drive (C:/)
  • Ok if you’re running Windows XP you’re done, you don’t have to do the next few steps.
  • Here I want you to do the same thing as we did with the Final Fantasy VII folder. Give the users group full access, this way ff7music can write to it’s own folder without having to be run as admin.
  • right click on the ff7music folder and choose “Properties”, then switch over to the “Security” tab, next click the “Advanced” button.
  • Click on the “Change Permissions…” button, next double-click on the entry that say’s something like “Users(Name of your computer/Users) Read & Execute”.
  • Next check the “Full Control” check box, then click ok. Near the bottom of the “Advanced Security Settings for FF7Music” window, there is a checkbox that says “Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object”, make sure that box is checked. Then click ok, then next. You can close out of all the other windows now.

And you’re done. In order to use the ff7music mod you have to first open ff7music, then run the game. The installer also includes a icon that does this for you, it should be on the desktop named “Final Fantasy VII”.

Other mods:

As you’ve probably noticed everything here is from the Qhimm forums, there are a ton of other mods on that site and I highly recommend going there and checking it out for yourself. Also if anybody has any questions or problems feel free to check the Qhimm forums for answers or just ask below in the comments.

  1. #1 by Ron on November 2, 2010 - 11:48 am

    I tried to download the link for FF7 to install the disk onto my laptop and got it to work, but I caould not download step three. I cant get the link in the forum to work. Is there another place that I could get it, or can you send it to me? Thanks for the great site.. I could not have done it without your help

    • #2 by Clint Theriault on November 2, 2010 - 2:05 pm

      It appears that Aali’s server went down and hopefully it will be back up asap. I unfortunately don’t have a copy of the current version, and Aali has personaly asked me not to keep a copy on my server. I will see if I still have my copy of one of the older versions, and if I can I’ll post a link here in the comments.

    • #3 by sylmer on July 29, 2011 - 12:48 pm

      WOOOW it works on my laptop win7 x64 sp1 😀
      THAKNS A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. #4 by Clint Theriault on November 2, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    ok here’s an older version that still works fairly well, check Aali’s post later to see if his server’s back up to get the newest version.


  3. #5 by Ron on November 3, 2010 - 12:43 am

    Thanks for the great post..

  4. #6 by john on November 14, 2010 - 11:52 am

    can i have the FF7 installer for pc??

  5. #8 by Shaun on December 1, 2010 - 3:52 am

    I keep getting the following:
    ERROR: could not open file C:\Program Files (x86)\Square Soft, In c\Final Fantasy VII\ff7input.cfg
    Any ideas?

    Also a big thank you to you sire! Fantasy guide!

    • #9 by Clint Theriault on December 1, 2010 - 11:33 am

      That error can be safely ignored, it’s just saying that you haven’t made any changes to the controls. It should go away after you start playing the game.

      If it doesn’t then you may have to redo the step about changing permissions.

  6. #10 by nicholas on December 5, 2010 - 8:28 am

    i am using windows 7, and at first i was stuck with a pathetic game screen size in the middle of the desktop and couldn’t figure out how to make it full screen. so i tried your steps thinking it was a windows 7 problem. everything was going fine until when i loaded the game, there was a message ‘opengl renderer appears to be the microsoft software renderer. your graphics drivers are probably not installed correctly, expect extreme lag.’. the game became full screen as i wanted but there was extreme, extreme lag. any idea what’s the problem? pls reply asap and thanks in advance

    • #11 by Clint Theriault on December 6, 2010 - 1:10 pm

      well first thing I would try would be to reapply Aali’s custom driver again. Download the latest version and then extract and overwrite any files/folders in your ff7 folder. After that run ff7config again and make sure that it’s set to the custom driver.

      Second I would update the graphics card drivers for your computer.

      Third I would check the resolution settings in the ff7_opengl.cfg file and make sure fullscreen is enabled there.

      if none of that works your gfx card probably doesn’t like opengl, there is a option in the ff7_opengl.cfg file to fix that, just set “use_shaders” to “no”

  7. #12 by Harran on December 11, 2010 - 10:48 am

    I have followed you guide to the letter and you forgot to mention 1 little thing.. for FF7 to run you need “true motion”

    after using this guide and installing the codec I have FF7 running perfectly on my Vista 64-bit system. thank you.

    • #13 by Clint Theriault on December 11, 2010 - 11:23 am

      well I didn’t include the true motion codec because the Aali graphics patch makes it so you don’t need it as it uses it’s own codecs… It’s weird that you had to install it. I don’t like the truemotion codec as it conflicts with my video editing software. But it if works for you then thats good.

      Still though I’d double check the ff7config.exe program to make sure your using the custom driver.

  8. #14 by JamDBoxMan on December 12, 2010 - 8:48 pm

    Hey, when I installed the mods and things, I started FF7 and it said insert CD 1,2 or 3, any ideas on how to solve this problem?

    • #15 by Clint Theriault on December 13, 2010 - 11:47 am

      Uhh… I don’t mean to state the obvious, but have you tried inserting disc 1?

      If that didn’t work, then make sure you inserted disc 1 in the same drive you used for the install disc.

  9. #16 by Paul on December 13, 2010 - 2:27 pm

    Hello, I installed FF and some mods, I can see first movie , but I cant see “new/load game” , I just see flowing credits. It’s as if keyboard didnt react.
    There is also some error with shaders and graphic mode, but maybe I simply made some error during patching.

    • #17 by Paul on December 13, 2010 - 4:14 pm

      I made it to work, but fullscreen doesnt work 🙁 And the config said there’s some broken opengl

      Paul :Hello, I installed FF and some mods, I can see first movie , but I cant see “new/load game” , I just see flowing credits. It’s as if keyboard didnt react.There is also some error with shaders and graphic mode, but maybe I simply made some error during patching.

      • #18 by Clint Theriault on December 13, 2010 - 5:06 pm

        ok try these four things and see if any of these work,

        1. re-download and apply aali’s graphics patch. overwrite any files.
        2. re-check the ff7_opengl.cfg file and make sure your resolution settings are right.
        3. try and update your graphics card drivers, this patch requires OpenGL compatible graphics cards, most graphics cards nowadays have this.
        4. If you graphics card doesn’t have 100% OpenGL compatibility you may be able to use the use_shaders workaround, in the ff7_opengl.cfg file set “use_shaders” to “no”

  10. #19 by Clint Theriault on December 13, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    this comment goes to everyone… make sure all the compatibility settings are OFF! Weird glitches have been known to occur if they are enabled.

  11. #20 by Shaun on December 20, 2010 - 2:17 am

    Thanks your your help mate! Appreciate your effort.

  12. #21 by Mulyo on January 16, 2011 - 1:43 am

    Thank you. It works prefectly.
    For those who has issue with full screen on Windows 7, install FF7 without installing DirectX 5 and DirectShow. Install FF7 only and choose maximum installation. Hope this helps.

  13. #22 by Ghimmhala on February 18, 2011 - 1:52 am


    I run windows 7 64 bit I have downloaded the ISO files and it installs right and runs right but when I install the ff7 remix it keeps crashing when ever I try to start the game. please help if ya can I would love to be able to play the game with new videos and models and all the other new stuff added with the mods.

    • #23 by Clint Theriault on February 24, 2011 - 1:32 pm

      This fix doesn’t work with a lot of older mods, please check with the qhimm forums for more informations about what mods do work with Aali’s graphics fix.

  14. #24 by Matt on April 12, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Hey Clint, thank you very much for this guide. Bought it recently off ebay (haven’t played it since ps1 days, and my ps1 had the bouncing screen glitch which I never had fixed, lol). Runs like a charm!

  15. #25 by Jake on April 18, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    I got everything to work up until step 5. There is no “custom” option in the drop down under renderer. any idea why that would happen?

    • #26 by Clint Theriault on May 7, 2011 - 1:28 pm

      Usually this is permission related. Recheck the permissions for that folder, also try running it as administrator.

  16. #27 by Lori on May 3, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Hey Clint,
    I’m trying to install the game on my computer but every time the install menu comes up and I click INSTALL the install window disappears and I’m back to my desktop. Nothing happens…
    hope my explanation make sense.

    • #28 by Clint Theriault on May 3, 2011 - 11:50 am

      I seemed to have a similar problem with Klingon Academy, I got it to work by restarting windows, try that.

      If that doesn’t work there may be something wrong with your installation cd

      • #29 by Lori on May 4, 2011 - 12:20 am

        Ah…is it possible to download the install version and still use my cd’s for the game? or is that a no-no…?

        • #30 by Ben on May 7, 2011 - 5:27 am

          Hey Lori –

          I had the exact same problem. Spent hours working in a virtual XP Mode to no avail because I thought the INSTALL was just naturally being broken on Windows 7….

          Turns out I was wrong. Google Chrome was interfering for who-knows-why with the install, and once I exited Chrome, the installer popped up instantly. Actually, 7 instances of the installer, since that’s how many times I tried to execute it before giving up ; ).

          So try closing all other open applications, particularly Google Chrome if you’re using that, because that’s what was causing my boo-boo.

          Don’t think there’s anything wrong with your installation CD, at least nothing that’s causing this particular problem.

          • #31 by Ben on May 7, 2011 - 5:28 am

            Also – thanks Clint for this, my game was stuck in a permanent brownish mesh of abhorrent graphics until I realized I hadn’t set the FF7Config.exe to Administrator mode – hence, none of my graphics settings had been changed. Fixed everything.


          • #32 by Lori on May 7, 2011 - 11:53 pm

            Ah! Thank you so much! That was really helpful! ^^

          • #33 by mortfish on January 21, 2012 - 9:40 am

            lulz..this save the day! close chrome and installation magically run 🙂

  17. #34 by Clint Theriault on May 7, 2011 - 11:50 am

    I’ve received a number of emails and other sort of comments about using this with weird versions of the game. This fix wont work with any preinstalled or heavily modified version of the game. It’s designed to work with the original CDs BEFORE any mods are installed. If the pirated copy you downloaded uses images of the original cds then it should work with this method.

  18. #35 by Lori on May 8, 2011 - 12:43 am

    hi! i’m so sorry I’m back again, but the FF7config.exe mode doesn’t have a “custom” option on the drop down box from the renderer section…

    • #36 by Lori on May 8, 2011 - 12:59 am

      ah actually i ended up using the patch from this website:
      It don’t know if it was the patch you provided or just my computer, but just in case there was something faulty with the other patch?

      • #37 by Clint Theriault on May 9, 2011 - 12:47 pm

        yeah I did link to that page but he keeps changing the order of his posts. Instead of the first page having the newest version, it just has the oldest version.

  19. #38 by Yahol on May 8, 2011 - 5:51 am

    Hey, everything seems to working fine except when I get to the no.1 reactor seen, then the sound cuts out. Afterwards, it seems that the sound doesn’t work for any the FMV’s although music is still playing in-game..

    • #39 by Yahol on May 8, 2011 - 5:57 am

      if it helps the, the start screen always has this little red message that says : Error/couldn’t play movie file or something like that

      • #40 by Clint Theriault on May 9, 2011 - 12:40 pm

        I’ve seen the music glitch happen if you didn’t set the permissions for the c:\ff7music folder. The movie thing is strange though, I don’t know what could cause that…

        You could try asking the qhimm fourms.

        • #41 by Yahol on May 9, 2011 - 4:27 pm

          all right, actually I’ve just noticed that when I click the ““Replace all child object permissions with inheritable permissions from this object” and hit the “apply” button a message pops up warning me and I hit okay, and then the button un-checks itself. Just wondering…is that normal?

  20. #43 by Clint Theriault on May 9, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    OK anyone having graphics glitches make sure you have the newest version of the ff7 OpenGL patch.
    Check the last post on the last page of this topic.

  21. #44 by Prassel on June 23, 2011 - 2:34 am

    Hello, I’m having some difficulties with the ff7 music program. When I play the music sounds really weird, and I found that it’s because the game now plays both the MIDI music AND the remastered music, which makes it sound really awful in the victory fanfare among other places.
    How do I shut off the MIDI-music?

    • #45 by Clint Theriault on June 23, 2011 - 9:45 pm

      the ff7music is supposed to disable t for you, but if that’s not working for whatever reason, you can forcefully disable it in the ff7config program under music

  22. #46 by Prassel on June 25, 2011 - 7:41 am

    Alright, managed to solve this with the Highwind program.

    But I can’t seem to change the resolution through the ff7_opengl.cfg file… It either says that it couldn’t set the requested resolution, or it starts normally, but runs in 640*480 regardless of the resolution I chose. Tried updating my drivers, checking that I hadn’t missed any step… Haven’t found any solution yet. :/

  23. #47 by Ryan on July 15, 2011 - 9:34 am

    I followed everything that you did in your article, but the screen still stays black when I start the game AND won’t go anywhere past the ‘New Game, Continue’ screen. Help please?

    • #48 by Clint Theriault on July 15, 2011 - 11:10 am

      Weird, I think it’s crashing while trying to play the intro movie, maybe you could try checking to make sure you have the latest version of aali’s graphics patch.

      • #49 by Danny on May 4, 2012 - 4:42 am

        I have the same problem…..

  24. #50 by Han on July 15, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Hi, i got the game to run, cloud and all NPCs are updated but everything including battle scenes are still boxy. when i try to install team avalance overhaul, it keeps saying aali’s custom driver not properly installed. I have downloaded 3 different versions including the most recent and did everything aali said on his forum. however I’m still getting that message. any ideas?

    • #51 by Clint Theriault on July 15, 2011 - 11:25 pm

      I haven’t installed the avalanche pack yet so I can’t help you with that. Sorry.

  25. #52 by Gustave77 on July 29, 2011 - 3:04 am

    Final Fantasy 7 PC a game that’s not fully playable. I did everything right in your instructions, applied Aali’s newest opengl patch. Thing is, is on the title screen its a full grey screen, can’t see thing. The controls work, I clicked on new game and I get a lagging intro screen with Aeries, and Cloud saying his name twice.

    Then, when it starts to get to the train scene when they jump out, its all low quality *As a matter of fact the entire AMVs is low quality and lags*. When Cloud jumps out of the train, and Barret talks to him the blue chat screen appears but no letters show up. It just blinks back and forth, and not to mention the menu screen is really screwed up as well.

    What do I do about this?

  26. #53 by Gustave77 on July 29, 2011 - 3:06 am

    Also, would it help to say that I have a 82945G Express Chipset 64mb video card? Is that compatible with this game?

    • #54 by Clint Theriault on July 29, 2011 - 9:31 pm

      a intel 945g chipset may not have the proper opengl extensions for this method. You can try changing it to opengl 1.1 but I still doubt it’ll run on that.

  27. #55 by Matthew on August 15, 2011 - 8:27 pm

    When I try to run the FF7inst.exe, nothing happens. I looked at the task manager and it shows that the program is running (it calls it “setup.exe*32”), but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Any ideas on how to fix this?

    • #56 by Clint Theriault on August 19, 2011 - 10:14 am

      I’ve seen this happen with other programs before, it’s usually chrome that’s blocking it. Try rebooting the computer and try again.

  28. #57 by Bob on August 18, 2011 - 8:17 am

    Thank God for this page, I have finally got it to work after following at least 10 other guides on this for Windows 7, and was about to give up it. Nice one

  29. #58 by Roland Hope on August 25, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    followed all the instructions given here but it still just tells me to insert disk 1,2,3 when i run the ff7 exe, I don’t have the disks i downloaded the game online. Am i gonna be stuck buying a physical copy?

    • #59 by Clint Theriault on August 29, 2011 - 6:10 pm

      This tutorial is not meant for the pirated version it’s meant for the original CDs.

      It will work with iso backups if you know how to use them, but this is a tutorial on how to run FF7, not how to run daemon tools.

    • #60 by watiu on October 2, 2011 - 11:34 pm

      no idea if this guy will see this, but you need to unmount the installation disk and mount disk 1 (labeled disk 2 probably) and the game should run fine.

  30. #61 by Matt G on September 4, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Hey, I followed all your instructions to the letter, but the opening “Eidos” cinematic will not work. When I hit enter, the “New Game/Continue” menu comes up. After selecting “New Game”, the screen just goes black and I can’t do anything else. However, I was able to transfer my save files from my old computer, and the game itself works fine (I can load my file from Cosmo Canyon and play the game without any problems) until it is time for a cinematic, then the screen goes black again, and nothing happens. I have tried installing TrueMotion 2.0, but it does not help. Any ideas?

  31. #62 by Daniel G on September 15, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    i followed your guide step by step and in the GL i made my resolution 1824×1026 (max my tv will show) and turned the 9999 cap off. when the game starts there is a white screen, when i get to the game start screen the picture figures are white on a black backround and a massage pops up that says “could not open ff7_input.cfg” the sound works fine and so do the controls… any thoughts?

    • #63 by Daniel G on September 15, 2011 - 8:54 pm

      i just reinstalled and followed the guide again and got the same results ad this time i didn’t open the GL at all… FYI

  32. #64 by Daniel G on September 16, 2011 - 4:41 am

    i rolled my custom driver back to 7.8b and it works now, i find that odd though since i’m using an Nvidia GT 240 with the updated driver. i would like to use the updated custom drivers though so if you have any ideas on fixes please tell. thank you

    • #65 by Luke on May 7, 2012 - 12:32 pm

      Thanks for the info Daniel! Just got mine working on a 450gs!

  33. #66 by watiu on October 2, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    hi, thank you for the excellent guide.

    i’d just like to add that a lot of people (including me) have had the installation problem where it will not install at all after clicking “Install” from the setup menu. it just crashes to the desktop. for anyone with this problem, run your computer in safe mode (hit f8 when it starts) and install ff7 from there.

    • #67 by Clint Theriault on October 2, 2011 - 10:50 pm

      I have seen this as well, but I was able to get around it by closing google chrome. I have no Idea why this worked for me, but both solutions point to some program running into the background conflicting with older installers.

      • #68 by watiu on October 2, 2011 - 11:32 pm

        haha that is a much simpler fix. i only posted the safe mode thing because i couldn’t figure out what it was so i just rebooted into safe mode.

        cheers mate, game runs like a charm thanks to your guide.

      • #69 by Chris R on November 27, 2011 - 8:51 pm

        WOW omg that ONE little blurb about closing Google Chrome made ALL the difference, I think its worth adding because I couldn’t get the CD to even start installing the game at all no matter what I did. The setup.exe and FF7inst application would not respond until Chrome closed, thank you!!!

        • #70 by Clint Theriault on December 11, 2011 - 1:34 am

          Yeah I use google chrome all the time and I’ve never run in to this problem with ff7. However I HAVE run into this problem with Starfleet Klingon Academy. This is the weird world of shared user ram space. One of the reasons why I love windows… *sigh*

  34. #71 by Wissa m on December 10, 2011 - 11:37 pm

    I have issues. I cannot run FF7. I completely followed your steps until the last step well not really the last step. okay, the ali driver is a success but I still cannot run FF7. when i clicked ff7, there is an error screen. It said Please insert FF7 DISK 1,2,3,4 and try again” . Ive already mounted Disk 1 into my driver. Ive tried many ways but it still has the same messeage. I am using Window 7. Can someone plz explain the problem. Thank you

    • #72 by Clint Theriault on December 11, 2011 - 1:31 am

      The only two things I can suggest is to make sure the cd drive letter is the same as when you installed the game, and the second is to make sure you’re using disk 1, the installation disk is not ever used again after installing the game (think of it as disk 0). If that doesn’t help you I’m afraid I don’t know enough about the game’s glitchy ass code to be able to help you with disc detection. There was no DRM used in this game so any cd emulator should work.

  35. #73 by Gizzmo on December 14, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    hey there,

    I have everything done, game running just great except one tiny thing…can’t run it in fullscreen. I set ff7_opengl.cfg exactly just like you did but when I start the game it appears something like “can’t run in fullscreen mode” and the game run in default window. When I set in ff7_opengl.cfg “no” fullscreen the game run good in 1024*768 res. But when I type “yes”, never gets the fullscreen. Sorry to bother ya with this detail xD

    • #74 by Clint Theriault on February 29, 2012 - 4:22 pm

      this is beyond weird. Maybe there’s something about your gfx card drivers that the Aali OpenGL patch doesn’t like. Try making sure you have the proper drivers installed.

  36. #75 by Tighe on December 14, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    I’m having the same “New Game/Continue” screen problem. When I start the game it goes to a black screen until I click my mouse. Then it goes to the “New Game/Continue” screen. I use a laptop and none of the keys get the cursor to move up and select “New Game.” There’s no sound or anything. Anyone have an idea on what’s going on?

  37. #76 by Péricles Linhares on February 11, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    thank you so much. it s working no problem!

  38. #77 by Keeran on February 15, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    Hey I have windows 7 and I have been trying to download this game for weeks, i followed all the instructions that you said, but when i actually put disk one, to play, it says there is a problem, and it not responds. I re-downloaded it over 10 times tried many different ways, but always it says it unresponsive. What should i do?

    • #78 by Clint Theriault on February 29, 2012 - 4:19 pm

      you may not have a compatible gfx card. But your should make sure your using the right video plugin before you give up. It’s probably freezing up on the intro video the newer gfx patches deal a lot with better video playback. Make sure you have the latest Aali OpenGL patch.

  39. #79 by lontrus15 on February 23, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Hey i have problem it appears when i try to start instalation “right click , run as administrator” it doesnt work windows 7 seems to do something but shows nothin i have all 4 cds even i bought all discs of final fantasy 7 and i will try pcsx if it works on win7

    • #80 by Clint Theriault on February 29, 2012 - 4:12 pm

      close chrome and try again, if that doesn’t work close everything else and try then. If it still does nothing your cd might be bunk. Also if your planning on PSX emulation try PCSX-R

  40. #81 by Rickkity-T on February 25, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    For everyone having trouble downloading Aali’s custom OpenGL drivers, after a bit of searching, I found this post to be very helpful. Someone was able to download and re-upload all of the old drivers to MediaFire, so you shouldn’t have any trouble downloading them. Here’s the link to the post:

    Also, as previously mentioned, those having trouble getting ff7inst.exe to run should close Google Chrome (including the background instances). It fixed the problem for me.

  41. #82 by Lily on February 29, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Thank you so much for providing these instructions! I would never have gotten FF7 to work if not for you!

  42. #83 by WolfKatt on April 6, 2012 - 12:26 am

    I’ve notice many like me end up at a dead connection when it comes to downloading the open_gl file. after an hour of google searches I found this link to be up and fast
    hope this won’t make anyone mad. Just trying to help out..

  43. #84 by Robert Yannacci on July 30, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    I’m trying to install the original version of the game from ISOs, using dt lite, but when i hit install on the flash screen it just closes and does nothing, i tried directly running the setup tool and that doesnt open, ive been running them all in both 95 and 95 compatibility modes and that does nothing, and Ultima edition wupposedly doesnt work with mods, plus it just gives me the insert disc error, but i didnt install from a disc nor are there any isos for Ultima edition since its a special copy….

  44. #85 by Gabe on July 9, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    I am at the new game continue screen

    everything works but when i press enter nothing happens; it does not freeze its just nothing happens. i can cycle through new game and continue with the 2 and 8 key (up and down) but i cant select new game.

    Pleae help 🙁

    • #86 by Clint Theriault on July 9, 2013 - 5:45 pm

      as far as I can tell, the game doesn’t like the keyboard you’re using, I find this happens a lot on laptops, but some non-us keyboards will also have this problem… your only way to fix this is either, 1. use a us keyboard, change the settings, then go back to normal, or 2. Change the keybindings manually. I don’t remember how to do that as I never had to do it myself, but I did see it on the qhimm forums…

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