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Gownaar 11-29-2011 02:24 PM

Another alternative installer/launcher
I never got around to playing Grim Fandango until recently. Didn't have any technical problems with the game personally but since many people do, I thought it'd be a cool project to gather most common fixes in one box, make it automated and user friendly. I know there's Residual now, haven't tried it to be honest but it's not even beta yet and seems to be moving like a dead cheetah, so maybe this isn't completely outdated right in the start.
Features are listed on the installer's welcome page and launcher info can be found in a txt later so I'm not going to write about it here. The only thing to add is that beside CDs, GrimInstaller can also install from a folder (must be run from a location that contains GRIMDATA folder which contains all required files). If you care to check it out, let me know what you think.

GrimInstaller/GrimLauncher is now obsolete. It is recommended that you use ResidualVM to play Grim Fandango. There is no need to install the game, but you can use GrimCopy utility to setup game files for Residual.


Virus scans (VirusTotal): GrimInstaller, GrimCopy

Gownaar 11-30-2011 09:32 AM

Now that I read my post a day later, I realize it's kinda dumb to tell people to try something which they won't know exactly what it's about until they've tried it. So some more info is in order after all.
The idea behind GrimInstaller is to deliver the game patched out-of-the-box, patched meaning v1.01 + core affinity [Edit: added a patch for the untriggered dialogue bug]. Supports English, Spanish, Italian and French Grim version [Edit: German and Br. Portuguese added]. It also installs GrimLauncher, its most prominent feature being that it implements DDFix on an automated level so user doesn't have to run stuff before and after playing (it's optional, of course). I tinypasted GrimLauncher.txt and a screen of GrimInstaller can't hurt either:

Gownaar 12-09-2011 05:39 PM

- added a background and a custom cursor; trying to give it a bit of that 'game installer' feel

- added the option to restore desktop icons layout after playing; useful if game messes it up

pixyfrog 12-10-2011 08:51 PM

Hey Grownaar,
Thanks for sharing this. Tried it on my environment. works like a charm.

Gownaar 12-11-2011 06:03 AM

Thanks for trying it. I put some work into this so it's nice to get any kind of feedback and extra nice when it's positive.

Gownaar 12-21-2011 05:38 PM

Installer: added music

Gownaar 12-27-2011 03:09 PM


- added partial support for the German game version [Edit: updated, should be less partial now :)].

- a slight redesign: cleaned up the welcome page and moved the info to a dedicated page

- some minor tweaking here and there

This is likely the final update [Edit: yeah, right]. I wish you all a grim new year.

Gownaar 12-30-2011 03:15 PM

For anyone who might want to use GrimInstaller to create a DVD copy of their game - you can find a complete reference here.

Gownaar 01-04-2012 06:11 PM

- some changes regarding the game's registry entries
- fixed an issue that could cause a DVD version to be treated as a CD
- minor cosmetic changes

- added the option to disable debug mode; this probably should've been included from the beginning
- fixed a stupid bug that could cause file check to return incorrect file count

This really should be the final update.

I always removed the old version when uploading a new one and wasn't keeping dl count but I think that so far, GrimInstaller has a total of something like 10 downloads. Not exactly a hit. Nonetheless, I had enough intrinsic motivation and I'm satisfied with the job done. For the most part, it seems that the Grim scene has moved on to the ninth underworld by now but it looks like something's happening with the Residual project after all. So the Number 9 will be safe to ride but I'm sure that every now and then there will be a lost soul who'll make use of my Excelsior line. :)

Gownaar 01-09-2012 12:08 PM

Been doing some postproject cleanup. I came to a dilemma about what to do with non-english game versions I had obtained for the sake of providing/testing support. I'm never going to play them since I don't speak the languages (just a bit of Italian) but deleting them was not an option because they were not easy to come by. Some of them are on the brink of extinction online and if I should ever need them again, they may be impossible to get. I have a serious diskspace problem (and no cash to do something about it) so the logical choice was to store them on dvd. Then I thought, why not make it proper? I put in a bit of extra work, made a modified version of installer and the result is:
Some files are common across versions so instead of 6, the whole thing weighs 3.5 GB and fits comfortably on a DVD-5. So now I'm a proud holder of a Grim Fandango multilanguage disc.

Gownaar 01-27-2012 11:12 AM

Oops... v1.1.2 had a massive bug that turned the launcher into a non-launcher. Big thanks to Rilian for reporting it.

Gownaar 02-04-2012 11:56 AM

Installer: improved game language detection and added manual selection in case it fails.
Thanks to oldhomehaibane for reporting a problem.

ShadowRock 02-11-2012 11:22 PM

I recently installed Grim Fandango onto my Windows 7 64 bit laptop with this program and it works like an absolute charm. I'm about halfway through year two and I haven't come across any sorts of glitches or anything. Very nice work! Thanks for this program.

Gownaar 02-12-2012 05:44 PM


erik 04-08-2012 04:35 PM

Tnx for this man. Works very well! Got past the elevator scene no problem.

Gownaar 04-09-2012 08:44 AM

Muy obligado.
Three people can't be wrong so I now officially regard GrimInstaller project as a success.

Gownaar 04-12-2012 04:22 PM

Update (finally final?)
- added launcher options configurator

I thought ini editing would do but this GUI thing seems to be the new trend so...

Gownaar 05-02-2012 04:11 PM

Hello Mr. Gatekeeper
Getting some fairly decent (relatively speaking) dl counts and no bug reports for a while now. There's nothing I want to add, remove, change or improve. It's kinda working fine and we'll leave it at that. I'd like to thank once more those who were willing to provide feedback. Had to write this one last post to give me some sense of closure. Plus it makes my post count a power of 2, can't have proper closure with postcount=31, maybe in some crazy zero-based universe but certainly not here.

marzametal 05-13-2012 10:16 PM

Going to give this a shot...

Rodent 05-17-2012 09:12 PM

Thank you very much.
Is there any possibilty to add support to the Brazilian Portuguese version of the game?

Gownaar 05-20-2012 12:52 PM

- added support for the Brazilian Portuguese version of the game

Amorth 06-06-2012 07:19 PM

Thank you for taking the time to do this. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to play my old favorite game on Win7, but now I can! Cheers!

doubledee88 06-18-2012 08:19 AM

Thanks for this awesome thing, I finally got to play this great game.

Scorpicus 06-24-2012 01:58 PM

Great launcher - essentially lets you play GF on windows 7 straight out of the box, avoiding all headaches. Someone should sticky this thread, as the launcher solves all the common problems in one go.

infoleather 09-01-2012 01:03 AM

By year two and a half, I have not come across any kind of glitches or anything.

leighlo93 09-15-2012 06:28 PM

Help after year 1
So far everything has been working really well but I just go to year 2 and after the cut scene the game keeps crashing. I was wondering if anybody could help me with this problem because I've been waiting forever to play this game.

Gownaar 09-16-2012 11:23 AM

Use Residual.

Gownaar 11-22-2012 01:34 PM

Residual is reportedly pretty much stable and bug free and is one's best bet for playing the game through the end. Apparently, this stuff I've made is not too bad, but problems are not excluded, and if problems occur halfway through the game, it's a major bummer - switching to Residual means losing your game progress, as it has its own savegame format. So I recommend using Residual to begin with. Although most of its features are redundant in this context, GrimInstaller can still serve fine as an installer and can be especially useful to German discs owners.

Ruciful 12-18-2012 01:35 AM


I'm lost. The original installer isn't even working.

"The grim fandango setup program isn't working. You can install grim fandango by running SETUP.EXE directly from the Grim Fandango CD-ROM Disc A"

I do have the disc in when I try to install it though.

The quick and easy grim installer links aren't working; they always fail to load on the page.

I downloaded residual.

What all do I need besides the patch to even attempt to play the game?

I think I'll try yours next. I'm so bad with computers..

Gownaar 12-18-2012 07:08 AM

Why lose time to register and post you're going to try it, instead of just trying it and then posting if you still have problems? Anyway, if you tried it, you should have the game installed and patched; then you just need to point Residual to the install dir, which is straightforward and self-explanatory once you run Residual.

For future reference, using an installer is ok, but not a necessity with Residual. See for manual setup instructions.

Edit: An officially stable release of ResidualVM is out since 2012/12/21. Regardless of whether the game is patched or not, the new Residual version refuses to launch the game unless the patch installer (gfupd101.exe) is placed in the install dir.

Ruciful 12-18-2012 02:52 PM


I'll come back if I have problems and the FAQS don't have an answer.

Gownaar 12-28-2012 06:38 AM

Seeing as Residual has gone all stable, there is really not much need for GrimInstaller in these postapocalyptic times. Since it's a shame to let a sexy installer go to waste and since there will always be people who prefer automated solutions, I've culled it down to GrimCopy utility. GrimCopy is a 'pseudoinstaller' that simply copies the files required by Residual plus downloads the patch.

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