How to play God of War PC on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

God of War 2018 recently arrived on Steam for PC gamers, bringing the popular game to many more gamers who either didn’t have access to consoles or just wanted to try the game on a gaming PC. The PC version of the game is also comes with reasonable minimum requirements, further allowing more people to play the title without upgrades.

However, the Steam variant of the game is limited to Windows 10 and Windows 11 users only. This means that God of War will not work on your machine if you have a computer running Windows 8.1 or earlier versions.

However, thanks to the modding community, this problem was unofficially solved, and very quickly too. Modders okt04175 and alan2350 have developed a new mod that allows the game to run on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices. However, note that your PC will still need to meet other system hardware requirements.

The mod works by adjusting the detection behavior of the game’s operating system when you load it up. Installing the mod isn’t too difficult either, and only requires downloading four files and patching the game’s main .exe file.

How to install the God of War PC mod and allow the game to run on older versions of Windows

Step 1: Download all necessary files

Users will need to download mod files, which are available at (https://www.nexusmods.com/godofwar/mods/16?tab=description). This will include the dxvk file from DoitSujin, the vkd3d-proton file from HansKristian-Work, the DXVK-Async Patch file from Sporif, and the DeltaPatcher file from marco-calautti.

Step 2: Fix the GoW.exe file

Once all the required files are downloaded, users can patch the main GoW.exe executable of the game from the directory using the DeltaPatcher file you just downloaded.

Step 3: Copy the DLL files to the game directory

Copy the two downloaded DLL files to the main game directory (the same folder as the GoW.exe file). These are the DXVK d3d11.dll and dxgi.dll files.

This should be enough to run the game on your machine. If the above methods are not enough, players can apply the DXVK-Async patch to launch the game and install Vulkan Runtime if you don’t have it installed. These are some of the files you have already downloaded.

God of War for PC is available on Steam and Epic Games Store. The game is priced at Rs 3,299 in India.

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