Fatal Error - Failed to initialize DirectDraw

Solution 1 - Adjust administrator rights

1. Right click on the game icon and select Properties, then the Compatibility tab.

2. From the Compatibility tab, check the box for Run this program as an administrator.

3. Apply the changes, then test the game again.


Solution 2 - Update Windows/DirectX

Ensure you have the latest DirectX version. For this to be up to date, your operating system will need to be up to date (Windows 10 and 11). Please search your system for any available Windows updates, perform them, and then restart your system. Now test the game again.


Solution 3 - Update your Graphic Card driver

Check and perform any updates available for your Graphic Card Driver. The most common drivers are listed below. Click on the name of the driver you have (if known) and follow the steps to update this.

NOTE: Intel users - It's important to note that PC manufacturers (such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, and others) can modify Intel's drivers to add or remove functionalities. This means that if you have a branded device, it's recommended to download the latest graphics update from your manufacturer first, then through Intel. Otherwise, unexpected behaviors, such as loss of features and configurations can be expected.

The most common PC manufacturers are:

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