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Serious Sam on Windows 10

As an extension of my post on running Unreal Tournament 2004 on Windows 10, this post is about running Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Second Encounter on the new Windows. Installation from the CD is fine, as is the patch to the latest version (First Encounter, Second Encounter). The biggest difficulty getting the game in a widescreen resolution. When the game runs for the first time it adds all the settings to a file:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Croteam\Serious Sam\Scripts\PersistentSymbols.ini

In this file set

persistent extern INDEX sam_iScreenSizeJ=(INDEX)1080;
persistent extern INDEX sam_iScreenSizeI=(INDEX)1920;

persistent extern user FLOAT plr_fFOV=(FLOAT)105;

save and exit. For me this worked without any issues for the Second Encounter, but the First Encounter had this file completely blank. It turns out that Windows does not allow the game to edit this file when it's not running in Administrator mode. To set this so that it runs in Admin mode every time right click on the executable (...\Serious Sam\bin\SeriousSam.exe) click on the "compatibility" tab and check the box "Run this program as an administrator" and click OK. Next time the game runs it should be able to write to the setting file.

Another issue that came up was that I couldn't edit the PersistentSymbols.ini file. To change this right click on the file, go to the "Security" tab, and allow Users and Administrators the ability to "Write" and "Modify" in the permissions list.

After this all is running smoothly.


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