The American Girls Dress Designer

Retail CD-ROM release

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.23

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

  • Installing
  • The game itself (e.g. browsing the menus, loading/saving dresses, etc.)

What does not

  • Practically nothing (The game used to crash upon invoking popup windows due to an oversight with CreateWindowEX that is overlooked on Windows 9x but fails on NT; this has since been fixed with an unofficial patch)
  • Popups may also show up as blank boxes. 'Tis hard to reproduce, but they do happen on certain occasions.


What was not tested

Printing. I also haven't tested all of the characters yet.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

An article detailing unofficial tweaks and workarounds for the game can be found here:

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 14 20161.9.23Yes Yes GoldBlake Gripling 
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Jun 01 20161.9.11Yes Yes BronzeBlake Gripling 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
40715 American Girls Dress Designer crashes on clicking Print or Quit UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Crash Fix for American Girls Dress Designer

On modern operating systems, you may encounter the following error upon clicking Print, Load Dress or Quit:

"An error occurred while opening a window."

...which is then followed by a Visual C++ runtime error. This is due to an oversight with the developers who either forgot to test the game on NT or just didn't care as the latter is a business-grade OS, and few, if any, children, would happen to have those on their computers at the time.

As Wine is based on the Windows NT API it is more or less doubtful that the CreateWindowEx call would account for older programs, hence the need for an unofficial patch to address this issue. You can find a download link to the patch here or on this mirror site.

Run the patch as you would with any program, follow the onscreen instructions, then start the game as usual. You'll now be able to play the game as originally intended. ;)


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