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  1. I have no idea how many Mafia fans roam this board, but I'd definitely like to post this for anyone who may be trying to figure out how to get it running on Windows 2000 since there is no documentation out there that I can find. This is definitely possible. First, don't even try the Steam version, it's a lost cause from the very beginning since Steam doesn't even support Windows XP anymore, or Vista for that matter. So your only option is for the Retail version (maybe), or the GOG.com version. For the heck of it, since GOG.com was having a sale on Mafia II: The Director's Cut for only $7.99, I decided to purchase and download it. At first it seemed like it was going to work, but then it didn't. It installed without a hitch, didn't even complain that I was running Windows 2000 since even the retail version states that it requires at least Windows XP Service Pack 3. But then trying to run it, it complained about some "exception", you know, those pesky little things that pop up if there's an issue with a dependency. So I decided to fire up Dependency Walker and see what was going on with that. Turns out it was dealing with PhysX, which is also required in order for the game to run. I thought I had a version of PhysX installed but it didn't seem to work, probably too new to actually work but installed at some point. So I dug a little deeper and found an older version of PhysX. I installed PhysX version 9.12.0807 and installed it. After that I fired up the game and to my surprise, it worked! It is completely playable. No more booting into my Windows 7 install which is slow as heck because of all the updates and the fact it's running on an older (15 year old) HDD, so I avoid it at all costs. But now there's no reason to, it'll work perfectly in Windows 2000. Now as far as the vanilla version of Windows 2000, I can't say it would work since I haven't tested it. But I do have Blackwingcat's KernelEx version 3.0a installed (GameGuard version) and ForceWare version 182.50 and the June 2010 DirectX9 dependencies. I certainly hope that this at least helps someone out that is looking to play this awesome (but very short) version of Mafia on their Windows 2000 computer. Purchasing the Director's Cut means that it'll include all the DLCs as well, so no need to download anything else, everything else is just there. The original Mafia states it wants at least Windows XP, but unless anything at all changed, it originally ran on Windows 98 without a hitch, even stating it in the official system requirements. If I recall, it only required a 500MHz processor for the minimum. We sure came far since then.
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