DXWnd – Force almost anything into a windowed mode

2007-10-16_201052 DXWnd Version Tested : 1.20
Compatibility : Unsure

Description : A very simple app that forces a number of full screen games into windowed mode. Only works if game uses Direct X

It’ an odd post for today. Sorry about the recent lack. explanation to come. Anyway, DXWnd. I found this when I decided trying to run Final Fantasy in an emulator was not the way to go. So I borrowed FF 8 off a friend, however, to my horror, only full screen mode. I searched and searched to find a way to force it into a windowed mode, and came across one working solution.

All you do is add the exe and then run it, which forces the windowed mode. It claims to also work with Maple Story, but it’s quite an old project now, dead in fact, so I have no idea if it will work with MS or not. I had a go at MS a while ago, but uninstalled due to lack of HD space at the time.

I have the funny feeling this may also work on more recent games as well. Direct X is quite common in many games. Most full screen games have some functionality to go windowed, but some games limit the use due to fear of hacks and the like.

Running games in windowed mode does take up more resources though, so be ware of that if you don’t have a high end computer. Of course, I would expect the likes of yourself to have something fairly substantial.

Conclusion : Simple, efficient, easy. No mess, No fuss. Forces windowed mode without asking for a billion options.

Website : N/A. Official site quoted in the app has been shut down. Does link to another website, but no mention of DXWnd.

Download : I re packaged the download into a 7z file. download HERE or if you want it in a .zip or .rar, please see this post HERE, which will change the zip type for you. 7zip is the most compressed mind you!

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80 Responses to “DXWnd – Force almost anything into a windowed mode”

  1. Oh, it works with Maplestory. In fact, this is one of the most popular third party programs for Maplestory, and I’ve never had any problems. This was actually created by a fan of the game, based upon an even older program that used to be used for the same purposes, though the name escapes me, just now.

    And yes, Maplestory is one hell of a bloated game, storage wise.

  2. I’m playing maple story, and did as the above instructed. The DXwnd isn’t working for me at all. It just goes directly to full screen mode. =P

  3. I’d really like to know where to find this program for my Mac. Google doesn’t really offer any help finding it. So if anyone knows where to get it, that’d be great.

  4. Would really appreciate if any download link would be posted.

  5. Link please XD

  6. Re first comment bonelkhan, the name is to do with direct x. Direct X, windowed, wnd. see?

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  8. Awesome. Works like a charm. Also, thanks for hosting the file.

    @Jez: native Mac games don’t use DirectX, so this program is useless to you. I’ve heard of an app called OpenGL Profiler that can do this for you. Good luck :)

  9. LEARN HOW TO READ
    1) THIS ENTIRE SITE DOESN’T SUPPORT MAC STUFF AT ALL
    2) IT DOESN’T WORK FOR ALL GAMES – IT’S ALSO OLD
    3) IT CLEARLY SAYS “DOWNLOAD HERE”

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  13. Trojan.Swizzor-82 detected in the exe file by ClamAV antivirus.

    I use “http://www.virustotal.com/” to test the exe file.

  14. Yes, I just got the same, however, I suspect this is because of a windows hook to manipulate the window. 1 out of 36, I don’t consider this a threat personally, however use at your own risk.

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  22. Not working…bets app for windowed games is D3D Windower

  23. tried for diablo1 and didn’t worked same for d3d

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  32. tried this with Silent Hill Homecoming, using DX9… it’s fine but… the mouse keeps on hovering around, and everytime it hovers in the taskbar, it switches to the explorers… hope there’s a fix…

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  39. This worked at SW Force Unleashed :D :D:D:D:D

  40. but i can’t find the cursor, hjx :(

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  80. Hello there
    We are trying to use DXWnd for Splinter Cell Conviction it’s starts but the problem is
    that the window is up in the top right of the screen we cannot move it to the center of the
    screen the cursor will not go outside the game window even alt=tab will not work the game
    crashes we are tyring switch between the game and a walkthrough but cannot switch windows.
    How can we fix this please?

    Thanks

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