Fallout Tactics – How to Play on Windows 10/11 [Fixed]

How to play Fallout Tactics in 2024 on Windows 11 – Going over issues & fixes.

Fatal Error Fix: Windows 10/11 Guide

Error! C:\dev\phoenix\display\directx7\dd7_display.cpp(715): **fatal error**:
Could not create primary and back surfaces

I will now guide you through the steps to repair the error listed above.

Quick Fix:

  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout Tactics\
  2. Right click BOS.exe > Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
  3. Right click “BOS.exe – Shortcut” on Desktop > Properties > Shortcut
  4. In the target box add -g to the end ( Example: Tactics\BOS.exe” -g )
  5. Apply > Ok.
  6. Open “BOS.exe – Shortcut”

If the game opened; skip to Step 3, if not; continue from Step 1a.

Step 1A:

  • Press the green play button on Fallout Tactics within Steam.
  • If you get the menu shown in the <~left image; continue to Step 1b.
  • If you get the menu shown in the right~> image; continue to Step 2.

Step 1B:

  • Right click on “Fallout Tactics” in your Steam library and click Properties.
  • Navigate to the General tab on the left of the screen.
  • Within the General tab look for a section labeled “Launch Options”
  • Under “Launch Options” choose from the drop down menu “Ask when starting game”
  • Close out of the Propeties window and return to Step 1a

Step 2:

  • Tick the circle labeled “Play Windowed (Workaround for Windows 8)”
  • DON’T press “Always use this option” (If you do; return to Step 1b )
  • Press play.
  • Press play again on the game launcher window.
  • It may now ask you to install DirectPlay; click “Install this feature”
  • The game should now launch in a small window.

Step 3:

  • While you are at the main menu press OPTIONS.
  • Go to the Display tab (1)
  • Click DEFAULT (2)
  • Click DONE (3)
  • It will bring you back to the main menu, now press Exit.
  • If you made a desktop shortcut with the Quick Fix above you may now delete the shortcut.

Step 4:

  • Press Play on Fallout Tactics within your Steam library again.
  • Check “Play Fallout Tactics” circle.
  • Check “Always use this option” box.
  • Press Play.
  • Press Play again on the game launcher window.
  • The game should now launch in fullscreen 800×600 without any errors.

Note: The “Fatal Error” may occur later on with tweaks made to the game, you can always redo these steps and find another way to go about your tweak.

Resolution Fix

I will now guide you to setting the display to your desired resolution.

Step 1:

  • Before continuing make sure you followed the “High Resolution Patch” guide within this page.
  • Press “Play” on the steam library and navigate to the main menu.
  • Press Options > Display > Display Mode > (Your desired resolution)
  • Press Done > Exit
  • Your resolution should now be set, if you encounter any issue repeat the steps within the Fatal Error Fix guide within this page.

Note: I encountered the “Fatal Error” mentioned previously in this guide when setting the resolution to “1920 x 1080 x 16” as opposed to setting it to “1920 x 1080 x 32” your experience may differ; please let me know.

Helena Stamatina
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I love two things in life, games and sports. Although sports were my earliest interest, it was video games that got me completely addicted (in a good way). My first game was Crash Bandicoot (PS1) from the legendary studio Naughty Dog back in 1996. I turned my passion for gaming into a job back in 2019 when I transformed my geek blog (Re-actor) into the gaming website it is today.

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