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Re-Volt in Windows 7

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Re-Volt coverIt’s been a while since I’ve played a new game, which led to the intent to play an old one… I somehow managed to bump into Re-Volt, which I had forgotten I even had, and that is a shame.

Re-Volt is a great game which I loved when I was younger (it was published in 1999), and I used to cheat all the time 😀 Not that this is of any importance… What is of importance, however, is how to run this game if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7.

I eagerly installed the game on my Windows 7, and was quite disappointed when I discovered it didn’t work. I was able to run the game, and configure everything, but I couldn’t start any race – the game would just display a Can’t flip display buffers error over and over. Luckily, the good people of the Internet had already found the solution, so here it is (thanks to MassiZ from MSFN Forums):

  1. First of all (after installing the game), download the following patch: 1.207
  2. Copy the contents of the downloaded archive into your Re-Volt folder
  3. Create a shortcut to Re-Volt on your desktop
  4. Alter the shortcut’s properties by inserting “-sli” into the Destination text box, without the quotation marks (it should look something like “C:\Path to Re-Volt\revolt.exe” -sli)
  5. Go to the Compatibility tab and select Windows 98, as well as Run as administrator
  6. Finally, simply enjoy the game, it’s a great one

Written by pyost

January 30, 2010 at 18:50

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  1. Comentario…

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    January 31, 2010 at 05:11

  2. Thank you very much, I really enjoyed the game in the past, and now I can enjoy it again.. you’re the BEST


    February 20, 2010 at 18:12

  3. I can’t change the path of the file to -sli
    can someone help me please


    April 21, 2010 at 20:55

    • just add space then it will not show the dialog box – make sure crap.


      September 13, 2012 at 06:16

  4. it works finally with “space” and by adding -window after -sli


    April 21, 2010 at 21:49

  5. where shall i add -sli ?? it won´t work…


    April 22, 2010 at 13:45

    • Right-click on the shortcut and choose properties – you should have a “path” field right there.


      April 22, 2010 at 22:27

      • Sorry, not “path” – “destination” 🙂


        April 22, 2010 at 22:28

    • Acho que consegui, é só colocar:
      (Re-Volt \ revolt.exe” -sli (com o sli em minusculo e não SLI em maiusculo, não esquecendo o espaço e o – antes do sli). Valeu …


      January 28, 2011 at 18:41

  6. I know this works for Vista, but it doesn’t work for Win7. Sure, no display buffers error, but the game freezes after 10 to 20 seconds.


    April 28, 2010 at 05:00

    • I’ve had no such problems after applying this fix. However, I do still use the RC version of Windows 7, but I doubt it has much influence on the errors…


      April 30, 2010 at 11:03

    • Please tell me how REVOLYT will work in Windows VISTA Home basic…….

      Aishverya Jain

      November 22, 2010 at 11:32

    • same errror..
      game freezes


      December 16, 2011 at 10:25

  7. u hav no idea how badly i needed to play this one! thanx for this amazing fix…!! \m/


    May 18, 2010 at 17:10

    • No problem 😀


      May 18, 2010 at 23:30

  8. Thanks for the tip, Re-Volt is such a wonderful game, with nice graphics for the date it was launched. However, I would like to add that it’s not needed the patch 1.207 exactly, actually it can be any patch after the 1.10, cause it was on this patch that the -sli argument was added:
    “Fixes and Additions
    * Command line switch -sli fixes Voodoo SLI problems.”
    (from the patch 1.10 readme).

    Re-Volt player

    May 20, 2010 at 19:25

  9. Hvala puno! Dugo sam trazio crackove i patcheve, ali ovo je prava stvar!


    May 21, 2010 at 16:38

  10. thanksssssssssssss 😀


    May 22, 2010 at 14:01

  11. Thankss realy much! this is my favourite game and now it work in WIN 7!!! thx!!!!


    June 21, 2010 at 12:10

  12. The game freezes like 5 secs in race. same with practice mode, stunt, etc. I’m running Windows 7 right now, and on Nvidia 8500 gt. Help please?


    June 25, 2010 at 15:16

  13. for windows 7 game + patch 1.207 the torrent link is http://************.***/*******/*******/***********************


    July 25, 2010 at 08:50

    • Sorry, I had to remove the link to pirated content.


      July 25, 2010 at 12:46

  14. it wont work with me..
    i put the -sli an then windows pop-up (“the name “C\Program Files\Re-Volt\revolt.exe”-sli specified in the Target Box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct)


    August 14, 2010 at 12:51

    • Well, the path is not valid. Make sure you have a colon after C – it should be “C:\Program Files\Re-Volt\revolt.exe”. While you’re at it, check the whole path, there is no other reason why that error message would show up.


      August 14, 2010 at 12:53

      • it the right path…but still wont work…
        very sad 😦


        August 14, 2010 at 13:07

      • Can’t be right… Does it work without -sli?


        August 17, 2010 at 13:35

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  16. thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnkkkkkkkkkkkkssssssssssss i luv u

    indresh puri

    August 31, 2010 at 11:55

  17. tanks this games is good performence whit the instruction and patch on the windows 7 64 bits

    very tanks you very much 🙂


    September 12, 2010 at 21:59

  18. wonderful works fine!!!


    September 18, 2010 at 19:20

  19. Excellent,it really works on Windows 7 32 bit!!!Thanks!!


    September 21, 2010 at 18:35

  20. i loved revolt in childhood.
    very very tanks For this Post.

    a persian man

    October 6, 2010 at 17:02

    • Freeze after 10 sec on win 7
      i cant run this.
      pls pls pls help me !!!!!!!!! 😦

      a persian man

      October 6, 2010 at 17:19

      • I had the same problem (I think I said it above somewhere..), and finally figured out that my antivirus does not like mss32.dll (the sound file) which comes along with Re-Volt.

        Try turning off any antivirus you have and see if it solves the problem. You can also try -nosound along with -sli.


        November 10, 2010 at 13:50

  21. Thanks a lot for this, it worked for me.But when i put the track editor it just crush! It works for racing and i have all tricks!If you know something to fix this i´ll give you more thanks! haha…i´m 25 right now and i played this since the first time. Now i´m waiting for Gran Turismo 5 and when i saw the track editor Re Volt jump into my mind!and i wanted to play it.And this game i more fun than many others that we can find at now for consoles an Pc.


    November 15, 2010 at 05:23

  22. Thanks so much 🙂 ymmd 🙂

    Sturnus Canus

    November 17, 2010 at 22:44

  23. plz tell me how it will work in vista home basic.
    Ihad done the above procedure,but still it is not working.

    Aishverya Jain

    November 22, 2010 at 11:37

  24. well, i have troubles installing windows7 on my PC. maybe i need a bios update or something ~,`

    Keratin Hair Treatment

    December 3, 2010 at 17:47

  25. tanks it works!


    December 10, 2010 at 00:36

  26. guys try this
    1.install the game
    2.create shortcut to the desktop
    3.right – click on the short cut.
    4. add -sli to the target text box after ” target file location” like “c:\program files\–” -sli.
    5.set compatibilty to windows xp sp3 and give admisitrative rights. d3drm.dll to c:\windows\system32.
    7.enjoy [it blicker and minimizes when u open the game everytime, so dont close it.. just again maximize it and enjoy]

    selvaraju manivannan

    December 24, 2010 at 02:49

  27. I had it install DirectX 6.X during the installation. Dunno if I needed it or not (or if bad things will happen to my laptop because of it), but it works great. Thanks!


    January 17, 2011 at 16:49

  28. the patch works great, thanks!

    can you play re-volt online via hamachi or similar programs with the patch applied?


    January 20, 2011 at 00:10

  29. Great work !!


    January 24, 2011 at 18:44

  30. A new Re-Volt update is in development which fixes many issues. More info:


    February 12, 2011 at 01:06

  31. i love revolt


    February 17, 2011 at 16:24

  32. I Love Re_Volt too!!


    March 6, 2011 at 17:40

  33. I have win 7 pro 64 bit and use the wolf program. you can get it from

    it works great. keep racing ppl


    March 6, 2011 at 17:43

  34. I have windows 7 professional and there’s no destination or target box.


    March 10, 2011 at 10:16

    • Use the WolfR4 program. I tried what you are trying to do and its not the best idea. My RV works great, i just have to run WolfR4 first.


      March 10, 2011 at 23:46

  35. Thank you, man!


    March 17, 2011 at 03:15

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  37. FINALLY! God bless You! for providing my next week of entertainment! good job


    April 7, 2011 at 20:58

  38. Game works fine now, but no music 😦 suggestions?


    April 10, 2011 at 07:56

  39. Thanks man!!!


    April 11, 2011 at 20:51

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  41. Don’t work,i chose car,play,but…ERROR


    April 14, 2011 at 14:45

  42. to fix all problemes watch this


    May 31, 2011 at 14:32

  43. ceperiv

    August 3, 2011 at 10:11

  44. Awww, worked like magic. I really love this game ❤

    Mohammad Elsheimy

    August 27, 2011 at 18:25

  45. thank u….. i badly needed this game …. i wasted my 20 days on dis game … thnk u very much…. can’t tell how happy i am…………

    Jatin Mongia

    September 22, 2011 at 18:00

  46. Mande em ideo por favor não quer aceitar o caminho especificado!


    September 24, 2011 at 16:18

  47. Thanks a ton.
    It worked !


    October 30, 2011 at 13:15

  48. man i’ve bin trying too get it started.
    if i try to start the game it wont even do enything.
    i tryd to restated d-instaled over and over again but it just wont work.
    can enyone helpme :_(


    November 4, 2011 at 21:10

  49. Thank you very much – it works now even on Windows 7 (64-bit)
    And who has problem with link to patch 1.207, here is alternative:


    November 5, 2011 at 15:53

  50. You, my friend, are a genius, and I salute you. 🙂


    January 10, 2012 at 20:05

  51. !GREAT,WORKED FOR ME!Just add a space line after.exe and then add -sli


    January 25, 2012 at 00:30

  52. Awesome..It works fine..Thanks..


    February 12, 2012 at 22:14

  53. I’m running Win 7 as well and have gotten the game to work: sound and visuals are great, but I too can’t get the music to play. Any suggestions?

    Also, I play using the keyboard and find that key strokes for turning are sometimes too sensitive making it too easy to oversteer. I tried with a joystick for a short time (maybe too short), but found it harder to control steering. Any suggestions here as well? When designating keyboard controls, are some keys better than others, i.e. less sensitive.

    Finally, do cheat codes work for this version playing on Win 7 machine? Is there a patch to open access to all cars and tracks? Is it possible to add 3rd party tracks and cars as with the original game?

    Adolph Lopez

    March 1, 2012 at 03:47

  54. The patch in point number one is not working.

    Mohamed Suleman

    March 12, 2012 at 11:38

  55. Does anybody know where i can download the full version again?

    Mohamed Suleman

    March 12, 2012 at 11:41

  56. Mohmad Suleman: I’ve posted new link a few posts before…


    March 12, 2012 at 15:08

  57. 🙂 I reading the author’s post and it’s very helped to me. Mine is works now, thanks ya..
    *btw, no music at the game ._.


    March 22, 2012 at 17:24

  58. first of all i can’t install revolt.. the setup just ain’t run please help!! i have win 7 32bit


    May 1, 2012 at 10:53

    • I used to be able to install it and play with the same HW and Windows specs I have now, but right now I have the same problem… Process ‘Setup.exe’ is running, but It doesn’t show any installation window 🙂


      May 1, 2012 at 13:54

    • After some digging I’ve found new installer on this site:
      The first link lets you download installer which is compatible with new Windows systems and already contains patch 1.207.


      February 16, 2013 at 16:30

  59. thanks

    sa aman

    June 4, 2012 at 05:54

  60. please someone help me i can’t do it


    June 24, 2012 at 23:40

  61. Works fine. Cool post, thnks


    September 8, 2012 at 14:52

  62. works great

    Santhosh Ip

    October 22, 2012 at 15:25

  63. nice!! thanks for that!!

    January 21, 2013 at 21:00

  64. It gives me error when I try to extract the patch 😦


    February 10, 2013 at 14:14

  65. The game works, but after the first level of championship the game quits with “stopped responding” message


    February 13, 2013 at 18:04

  66. New installer is available on this site:
    It is compatible with new Windows systems (even x64) and already contains patch 1.207.


    February 16, 2013 at 17:58

  67. I agree with this fully but what tempo must be utilised with this type of education?
    I realize trainers who say hypertrophy coaching such as this could
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    April 30, 2013 at 21:44

  68. Same situation as authors 😀 Now its working but sounds in race stucks everytime, and they are annoying. Any ideas what that can be?


    May 19, 2013 at 15:57

  69. Worked, thank you very much!


    June 20, 2013 at 13:10

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  72. Worked as described, after the buffering problem. Cool to play this awesome game again- found it on android, but it’s just not the same..


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    August 2, 2013 at 00:02

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    August 10, 2013 at 06:03

  76. mine works without -sli 😀


    November 5, 2013 at 07:00

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  79. Hello Re-Volt admirers! I’ve gotten a weird problem with the game on my HP 2000-219DX laptop (Windows 7 x64 Home Premium). It loads and even runs fine unless I choose the first map NHood1. The program stops responding upon loading NHood1.w file. The other 3 available maps get loaded and work just fine. On my desktop (Win7 x64 U) the same installation (v1.2 alpha) runs fine, as well as the previous v1.1 with 1207 patch did. Any ideas what could be wrong on the laptop side with that NHood1.w file? I’ve been searching for a solution for quite some time now, but nothing found resembling my issue. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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  83. Who would have ever thought that changing the shortcut would fix the problem?! I had this game on 3 XP machines but had no luck getting it to run on Win7. I now works fine on 2 Win 7 machines. Thank You ever sooo much!


    April 19, 2015 at 16:03

  84. i had done every steps above but it says can’t find car directories


    April 25, 2015 at 16:58

    • Hey buddy. Open your installed file in c drive in which you can find Revolt.exe. Click and enjoy the game.


      July 8, 2015 at 12:01

  85. I tried all the steps above. But still when i open game a dialog box pops with content ” cannot find Car directories” Please help. Thank you.


    July 8, 2015 at 11:53

  86. i can’t set steering sensitivity,it appears gray……with its value set to low it is very difficult to control car…please help.


    September 16, 2015 at 19:10

  87. may car directories are missing


    December 14, 2015 at 12:28

  88. Thank you al lot. I´m very happy about playing this game again at last.

    January 11, 2016 at 16:53

  89. Huki has developed a new version of Re-Volt called RVGL. It uses OpenGL (as implied by the name), and is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Linux (natively, without Wine). As Huki says on his website: “RVGL is a cross-platform rewrite / port of Re-Volt that runs natively on both Windows and GNU/Linux. It’s powered entirely by modern, open source components.” No need for DirectX (or this patch) anymore (and no more problems)! Get it here: 😀


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