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I had issues running my original copy on windows 10, it did not matter what I did to the installed EXE file it just crashed on start, using the no CD-fix apparently worked for me. You basically just replace the original "MW4Mercs.exe" file in the install directory with the one downloaded in the "no CD fix".

Do note that I already had DirectPlay enabled, I did not need to start it as administrator, and I had run the auto-config tool prior to launching it.

I think that as a kid I played through the game three times, but it seems like I′ve always taken the Davion path, this time I′m going Steiner and I′m playing missions that I don′t even remember, so there was something to come back to.

I′ve played this game for many years using the original disc. The disc has developed reading problems that cannot be repaired. I suspect scratches or nicks in the disk. What I have noticed from several attempts to download the game from various websites is the executable file has a virus (Trojan.Gen2) that has been there for over nine years. Most of the virus catchers will catch it and allow it to be exempted. Windows 10 version 107 does not allow it, and deletes it entirely. Even the .rar files will get hit if they are in the download folder. I′m hoping the files from this website are clean and playable. The buggiest downloads were from Clan Coyote′s downloads. I informed the WEB master, but have not received a reply yet. Beware.

Some notes:
-Mektek version gives you tons more mechs and includes the original content with minimal modifications and slightly better performance. By far the version to grab.
-For the above version, MW4Mercs.exe launches the game.
-You can unpack it anywhere. Heck, you could run it straight off a USB stick and carry that around... and the game isn′t too intensive to worry much about the performance implications of that.
-For windows 10 users, I suggest a run through the compatibility troubleshooter if you have issues.

I′ve found that any bugs with this game are variable based on what other contents you have on your system, such as driver quirks or other programs. The operating system does not make or break MW4 as I have played it on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 10 without issues.

When I install it, both virtual disks dont work, no app is selected to open it, you know, when the icon is a white page. They are both ISO as you should know, so please help! I need them mounted virtually onto my PC to install mechwarrior4. My old computer works with them, but my new one doesn′t, and also a problem I found on my old PC, it tells me to insert disc 2 onto E: which is the first one, moving it or pasting it into the first one cant work because no space. Probaly did it wrong, but I dont know anything!

Hey guys I used this command line in the shortcut target and it seems to run all my mechwarrior 4 games on windows 10.

-32bit -window -f 1024x768 -gl -GameTime.MaxVariableFps 60 /gosnovideo /gosnojoystick

I posted more detail on how to make this work here:

Just a tip-- once you have a ′Mech with 3 critical beam/omni slots and enough tonnage, make sure to equip at least one ER PPC. They′re lightweight (6-7 tons), have no ammo cost, and can remove almost a ton of armor in a single shot. The only downside is that they generate a LOT of heat, so make sure to save room for a few heat sinks. I typically outfit a Daishi with 2 ER PPC′s, an MRM-30, 2 Small Pulse Lasers, and 2 Large Pulse Lasers, saving the rest of the tonnage for missile ammo, armor, heat sinks, and engine power.

I have posted a detailed guide to getting all Mechwarrior 4 game titles to run on Windows 10 on Reddit. I have tested all versions of the game and they are working on windows 10.

Got this running on my Windows 10 workstation.
1. Downloaded the MekTek version
2. Needed to enable Direct Play, this website walks you through how to do it:
3. Right click MW4Mercs.exe, ′Troubleshoot compatibility′, used defaults, to get it to run full screen.


I have been playing this game since it started. I even got my son started on this game. This is one awesome game. Please make it compatible with the newer platforms. Y′all will make tons of money and we will have an awesome game to speed throughout the web. The games today that are knockoffs can′t come close to the original.

when windows "improved" after windows 8, the game got "broken" I was told. which means if u have windows 9 or higher it won′t work. game came out 2 early 4 windows 9 or above 2 comprehend and download. Harebrained Schemes is coming out w/Battletech pc game in 2017; i′m personally gonna wait 4 that 2 come out. then we′ll have our gaming we all loved back in windows 7 & 8 back. just b patient.

Q: Does the guide in "The Gaming Session" link actually work? I′m running a Win 10 and running into a lot of problems. Should I follow the guide to a ′t′? When even I launch the game I get a message saying I don′t have minimum specs, or if i do get into the game, the graphics glitch out at the menu, where I promptly close the program. Any hints? What has worked for everyone else?

  • Release name: 机甲战士4:雇佣兵
  • Year: 2002
  • Platform: Windows
  • Released in: United States
  • Genre: Action, Simulation
  • Theme: BattleMech, Licensed Title, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Vehicular Combat Simulator, War
  • Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
  • Developer: Cyberlore Studios, Inc., FASA Studio
  • Perspectives: 1st-Person, Behind view

27 thoughts on “MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries – Download”

  1. No CD fix doesn′t work, as the problem seems to prevent complete installation. Obviously, I′m wasting my time with this site, as no useful fix seems to be available for the defective software purveyed.

  2. The game doesn′t work. When launched, it freezes and displays the message "Can′t open Resourcetextures.mw4". It won′t run without it, apparently. It seems the download doesn′t include this important piece, rendering the game unplayable. Suggestions?

  3. Hi, can someone help me to play it on windows 8.1? Ive unzipped it and whenever I double click or open the mw4mercs.exe file nothing happens. Any help would be appreciated

  4. Just downloaded and unpacked the MekTek download. just unpacked and edited the option notepad file with videodriverindex=-1

    works great in a window 🙂
    Thanks new player, admins and up-loaders 🙂

  5. i ran more ′needy′ games like skyrim and high ram mmo′s on my refurbished laptop w/ windows 10 without problems. hope this is encouraging

  6. It′s ironic that when I installed this on my 2k Gaming PC that it works like a charm; but, when I install it on my 2009 HP desktop it won′t work lol.

  7. Getting a nested exception error, and tried the /gnosvideo and sound. neither worked.

    windows 10 radeon r380, 16 gig of ram, tried everything please help?

  8. for those who have video glitch, like what some our friend comment previously, please go to "base" folder, find a notepad named "option", and change this videodriverindex=-1

    goodluck.. 🙂

  9. @ the48thronin I have win7 64 bit and works fine.
    -I downloaded the mektek version
    -I used WinRAR to unzip it
    -then I played it, no problems.
    so try the WinRAR program.

  10. Alright, I′m running Win7 64 and I have managed to install the game with VirtualClone but when I try to run the game all I get is a error message stating the program has stopped running. I′ve tried running in compatibility mode but no dice.

  11. @Vthokie

    I had the same problem, I uninstalled the program and reinstalled it and still the same thing. I′m going to try running it in compatibility mode and see if that fixes it. I′d suggest that as well.

  12. Hey @poopedmypants (lel), I′m using Windows 8 as i still haven′t gotten around to updating to 10, I′ll try the compatibility mode and see if that works

  13. Hey so downloading this game is fine however when I run it, after the opening Cinematic the main screen is unreadable and sort of glitchy. anyone else have this problem / know how to fix it? it would be much appreciated. thanks!

  14. @ foster, hey bro can you be a bit more specific about your problem?
    if I had to guess I would say you are missing the WinRAR program or
    some other program to let you UNZIP the downloaded file.

  15. the mektek version for download is an updated game engine and high quality textures along with both mechpaks which both come with the original mechs when they came out and mechs made by some people at mektek inc., even though everything is the same as back when it became free on the mektek site the only problem is you cant have the resolution fit to your monitor as there are only 3 choices 1024×768, 800×600, and 640×480.

  16. @admin, sorry I meant the original MEKTEK, my understanding is there is a better one than the one that is listed and thought you were in the process of uploading,maybe I misunderstood what I was reading in some other peeps posts.

  17. I was 5 when I used to play this back in 2008-ish on an old shoddy PC.
    The disc was in there when it died so we abandoned it to rot in our garage forgetting about the disc. Now it′s 2016 and i′m 12.
    For the last month I had been searching the entire house for MW4 since I really wanted to experience the nostalgia again, forgetting it was in the old PC. I then realised last night it was still in the PC. I unscrewed the PC and opened the disc compartment. There it was!
    It was the most excited i′ve been int the last 2 years.
    I loaded it into my new PC and installed it. After about 10 minutes it finished.
    It was th most disappointed i′ve been in the last 2 years.
    ′Installation Successful, Please Insert Disc 2′

  18. Used to play this when I was 5 on an old MSI computer in 2009. Wow 60GB of hardrive it was amazing. Then the computers capacitors died and we could no longer play it so we abandoned it and left it in our garage. Now it′s 2016 and i′m 12. I wanted to play MW4 so I searched the entire house instead of the garage. I was really disappointed after looking for it for a solid week. 1 month later I remembered it was still in the old PC. I looked there, unscrewed the PC and found the disc. I was so excited. Put it into my desktop and installed it. Then I was the most disappointed i′ve ever been in my entire life. It said ′Installation Complete… Insert Disc 2′ FFFFUUUUUUUUUCCCCC

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