Step-by-step USAF installation guide Win 10

This a complete installation guide which absolutely works as of June 2022.

System configuration

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 19043)

Processor: Intel Core i7-10700K CPU @ 3.80GHz

Memory: 32768MB RAM

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

DirectX: DirectX 12


Install USAF

Download the iso from myabandonware website Link or from google drive Link

Run Setup.exe and install the game to DEFAULT destination: C:\Program Files\ Jane's Combat Simulations\USAF

If Setup.exe doesn't launch it is very likely that some other process is blocking it. Do the following:

  • Launch Task manager
  • Right click on the Setup.exe process and click "go to details" (or find it on details tab
  • Right click against and select "Analyze wait chain". You will see a pop-up with processes that are blocking the install. Kill them (or quit the applications).
Install USAF 1.02 patch

Download the file from anywhere or the google drive Link

The patch should install without problems.

Install Tackleberry's USAF patch

Download the patch from mod db Link or google drive Link

The mod db page says it's outdated, but the game didn't work without it for me.

Unzip to the game's directory (overwrite: yes).

Configure the USAF.exe compatibility

Right click on the USAF.exe, click compatibility tab and select there:

  • Run in 640x480 screen resolution (otherwise menu doesn't render correctly)
  • Run this program as an administrator

Everything else is DESELECTED, including Compatibility Mode.

Congratulations! You have installed the USAF game. But the game will have the resolution only up to 1240 x 960.

But we want to play the game in high resolution, right?! So let's do it.

Install the D3D wrapper

First, download the current version of WineD3D from here:

Extract wined3d.dll and ddraw.dll into the USAF folder.

Almost there.

Now launch USAFConfig.exe, select DirectDraw HAL and click test.

That's it, now you can have resolution up to 1920 x 1080 in your USAF game.

Enjoy USAF!