If you're having trouble getting Fallout 3 to play ball with Windows 7, then this neat little program might solve your woes.
With Fallout 4 just around the corner, many Fallout fans are taking the opportunity to hit up Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, the originals or some of the many mods floating around the internet.
But there's a slight problem — since Fallout 3 was released, a lot of gamers have upgraded their computers and operating systems. And as many have found, Fallout 3 doesn't play particularly nicely with Windows 7 — or at least the 64-bit version.
An old-school solution was found years ago that involved editing the fallout.ini file in the game folder that forces the game to only use two cores. But if editing .ini files is a bit too advanced for you — it's really not, and you should get used to it for when Fallout 4 comes out — then there's a new fix available on NexusMods that makes life easier.
"This is an easy install and allow inexperienced users the ability to easily get back into the game," oliv897 writes. They stress it's largely just an automated fix of what was posted on the Steam forums, but with the proliferation of PC gaming it's likely that there are still plenty who can benefit.
Installation is fairly simple: download the file from NexusMods, drag the Fallout3Fix folder into the location advised and overwrite files when asked. If the initial folder doesn't resolve the crashing, a second folder (titled Fallout3FixPatch) is provided.
It's a 15kb download, so if you've been avoiding Fallout 3 on PC because of the errors you've got no excuse to avoid a playthrough. Until Fallout 4 comes out, that is.