These are the Descent II installation instructions for Windows XP.
If you wish to run under Windows 98 or ME then try the
which deal with those operating systems.
Initial use of Glidos requires a number of steps.
Click on the list items below in turn to see detailed instructions.
You will save yourself a lot of problems if you read through these instructions
If you run into any problems try the support page.
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It is free, can be installed with a single click and seems to work with
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The instructions from here on assume that you have downloaded and installed
There is now a very easy way to install Descent II for Glidos.
First install in the usual way from the CD, not worrying too much about configuration,
except for ensuring that you install to C:\Games\Descent2.
Then download D2ForGlidos.exe
This is an archive containing a preconfigured installation, minus the game content, ready
for use with Glidos.
Run it and it will update your installation.
Just go to the download page
and click the link to the
latest Glidos_vXX.exe file, save it to disc and double-click it to start
the install process.
The installer will put a shortcut on your desktop, unless you tell it not to.
You may have to install Glidos using an account with administrator privileges.
Just double-click the Glidos shortcut on your Desktop, select "Descent II" from the
dropdown list, and click the
"Start game" button.
Be careful not to let the game autostart when you insert the CD; always start the game
with the Glidos button.
You can use the "Adjust" button to select full-screen mode and change the resolution.
You may need to run Glidos from an account that has administartor privileges.
Mouse support is enabled by default, but only when Glidos is set to run in full
Of course this works only if Descent II's controls options are configured to
use the mouse.