How to get "Riven" working on Windows XP and Vista

By Joshua Benjamin

Updated September 22, 2017

"Riven" is the direct sequel to "Myst," one of the most well-known point-and-click adventure games ever created. Like its predecessor, "Riven" has almost no violence or outer conflict and instead relies upon atmosphere and clever puzzles to pull the player in. Unfortunately, Riven cannot run on modern computers straight out of the box due to hardware and software limitations. You can, however, tweak several game files to get the game working. It may still crash occasionally, but some functionality is at least better than none.

Open the Start menu, and select "Control Panel."

Double-click the "Add or Remove Programs" icon—or the "Programs and Features" icon in Windows Vista—and scroll down the list of installed programs until you come across the entry for Quicktime.

Select "Quicktime," and uninstall it from the menu.

Install "Riven," and allow it to install its own version of Quicktime.

Download and install an updated version of Quicktime once the "Riven" install has finished. Riven will recognize the updated Quicktime player once it has finished installing.

Download and install the Riven 1.02 Patch. This will update the game and increase its compatibility with newer systems.

Open "My Computer," and go to the Riven installation directory. The default directory is "C:\Program Files\Riven."

Right-click the "Mohawk.w32" file in the Riven directory, and select "Open With."

Select "Notepad" from the list of programs, then click "OK." This will allow you to edit the "Mohawk.w32" file in Notepad.

Locate the line that reads "fEnableAudioProxy=true" in the file, then change it to "fEnableAudioProxy=false." This will allow "Riven" to properly utilize the Quicktime installation.

Save the file, and launch "Riven." It should function properly now.