Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault - Released 2005 - The first expansion pack for DoW

Application Details:

Version: Winter Assault
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.3

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Test Results

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What works


What does not

  • Game exits immediately without error following the graphics setup, no matter what configuration I use.
  • Uninstaller fails due to an "unknown error".
  • No shortcuts are created in the "Start Menu".


What was not tested

Nothing could be.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Tried disabling GLSL but made no difference.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowManjaro Linux 21.2Mar 12 20227.3Yes Yes NoPlatinumMark Burns 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 23 20161.9.19Yes No GarbageTharbad 
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 17 20121.5.2Yes Yes Platinumnadeem 
ShowMandriva 2010.2Jan 20 20111.3.11Yes Yes PlatinumRealGecko 
ShowPCLinuxOS 2010Jun 27 20101.2-rc5Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
7411 GLSL shaders work badly with fglrx CLOSED INVALID View
7919 3d structure drawn opaque and white in Warhammer Dawn of War CLOSED FIXED View
11111 Picasa slideshow does not have focus on Gnome CLOSED FIXED View
14913 Dawn of war, transperent characters become invisable CLOSED FIXED View
17969 Warhammer 40K: DoW: Dark Crusade demo exits silently CLOSED FIXED View
19232 graphics in warhammer40k is not drawn and causes crashes CLOSED NOTOURBUG View
23252 Dawn of War always crashes some seconds after the start of a match CLOSED DUPLICATE View
24197 Some game installers skip many steps before installing CLOSED ABANDONED View
24937 Warhammer Dawn of War requires msvcr71.dll CLOSED FIXED View
25791 winter assault installation fails CLOSED INVALID View
38943 Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War GOTY (Steam) crashes while loading to the menu with Wine-Mono 4.7.5 or earlier CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

directX 9

After you installed the game you may get a performance boost if you use the latest version of DirectX 9.

The easiest way to do so, is using winetricks:

winetricks directx9

Read more about winetricks, here:


If the installer does not work/ crash try copying all files from CD1 and CD2 into one folder and start the installer from there.

Something like this:

mkdir ~/wa

run this for both CDs:

cp -r /path/to/your/mounted/cd/* ~/wa

change to the folder and run the installer:

cd ~/wa && wine WinterAssaultUpdater.exe

General notes

Winter Assault does not get installed into a separate folder, it gets installed in your existing Dawn Of War folder.

Therefore all patches made by Winter Assault also get applied to DoW.

The patches do not check your installed version of DoW! Because of that it is possible that an installed patch downgrades your DoW installation.

Online Mode - CD key issue

If you don't get asked for your CD key during installation here is a fix for that.

Open "regedit" from console and locate for this key:



This key is set to 0000-0000-... currently.

Edit this key to your CD key (characters upper case), close regedit.

That's it.

Corrupted textures?

If you have problems with completely corrupted textures the problem might be that your systems lacks a library that is used for texture compression in Dawn of War.

Under Debian based system install the package "libtxc-dxtn-s2tc0" and try again.

Tweaking Graphics
Dawn of War's settings are quite careful chosen which means that you could improve the graphics a lot. Here is a guide on tweaking DoW's graphics which sums it up.