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I would like to share this guide on how to get the game "Ski Racing 2006 - Featuring Hermann Maier" running on Windows 7. The solution very likely also works for Windows 10/11. For now I will leave it with this forum post but in the future (after reading through guides) I will try making an actual wiki entry, as there is no page for this  game yet. 

I really like the game and I think it's still the best and most authentic alpine skiing sim to date with pretty alright and atmospheric graphics (foggy weather in particular), real world cup locations and good controls.


Installation Tutorial
1) install the game (I used the setup-en.exe file for the install)

2) before the end of the installation, two error messages will appear:
- TAGES Drivers - Unable to proceed (error 577)
- Ski Racing 2006 - Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package...

Don't click on anything yet, just ignore these prompts.

3) Go to the destination where the game has been installed:
C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006

- Copy the whole Jowood folder from C:\Program Files (x86) to your desktop

4) now you can confirm the 2 error messages and finish the installation
- Note that this will remove the whole installation and the JoWooD folder will be deleted.

5) Now copy the JoWooD folder from your Desktop back to C:\Program Files (x86)

6) a NO-CD patch is required to replace the original SR2006.exe with (in C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006)

7) now when you start the game, the following issue occurs:
- if you skip the intro (with ENTER), the game always crashes

- to fix this, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006\Data\Common and delete the coldwood.avi video file

 

Save file Issues
- after a while (several game sessions) your save game might get resetted
- I'm unsure what's triggering it, seems rather random
- that's why it's recommended to backup your save file (profile.pro) regularly:
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006\Data\User
C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006\Data\User
- in my case the actual save game file is stored in the 2nd path


Gamepad Setup
- If you would like to play the game with a gamepad (XInput), here are some tips
- in-game mapping of gamepad is limited to buttons only (no axis and triggers)
- left stick can be mapped to steering, but results in digital output only (no analog sensitivity)
- solution: map left/right steering in-game to mouse and use a Controller remapping tool in order to control the mouse (x-axis) with the left stick

- my controller setting suggestion:
- use this in-game mapping
- then use this mapping in the controller remapping tool

Other Issues
-  ATL-TABBING breaks the mouse controls - you will have to restart the game to fix it
- closing the game via ALT+F4 shortcut doesn't work (it does after ALT+TABBING)

Official Patch

- there is also 1 official patch for the game:

https://www.gamepressure.com/download.asp?ID=10529

SR2006.png

SR2006-ingame.jpg

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On 12/5/2021 at 12:49 AM, gildum said:

I would like to share this guide on how to get the game "Ski Racing 2006 - Featuring Hermann Maier" running on Windows 7. The solution very likely also works for Windows 10/11. For now I will leave it with this forum post but in the future (after reading through guides) I will try making an actual wiki entry, as there is no page for this  game yet. 

I really like the game and I think it's still the best and most authentic alpine skiing sim to date with pretty alright and atmospheric graphics (foggy weather in particular), real world cup locations and good controls.


Installation Tutorial
1) install the game (I used the setup-en.exe file for the install)

2) before the end of the installation, two error messages will appear:
- TAGES Drivers - Unable to proceed (error 577)
- Ski Racing 2006 - Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package...

Don't click on anything yet, just ignore these prompts.

3) Go to the destination where the game has been installed:
C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006

- Copy the whole Jowood folder from C:\Program Files (x86) to your desktop

4) now you can confirm the 2 error messages and finish the installation
- Note that this will remove the whole installation and the JoWooD folder will be deleted.

5) Now copy the JoWooD folder from your Desktop back to C:\Program Files (x86)

6) a NO-CD patch is required to replace the original SR2006.exe with (in C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006)

7) now when you start the game, the following issue occurs:
- if you skip the intro (with ENTER), the game always crashes

- to fix this, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006\Data\Common and delete the coldwood.avi video file

 

Save file Issues
- after a while (several game sessions) your save game might get resetted
- I'm unsure what's triggering it, seems rather random
- that's why it's recommended to backup your save file (profile.pro) regularly:
C:\Users\Lenovo\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006\Data\User
C:\Program Files (x86)\JoWooD\Ski Racing 2006\Data\User
- in my case the actual save game file is stored in the 2nd path


Gamepad Setup
- If you would like to play the game with a gamepad (XInput), here are some tips
- in-game mapping of gamepad is limited to buttons only (no axis and triggers)
- left stick can be mapped to steering, but results in digital output only (no analog sensitivity)
- solution: map left/right steering in-game to mouse and use a Controller remapping tool in order to control the mouse (x-axis) with the left stick

- my controller setting suggestion:
- use this in-game mapping
- then use this mapping in the controller remapping tool

Other Issues
-  ATL-TABBING breaks the mouse controls - you will have to restart the game to fix it
- closing the game via ALT+F4 shortcut doesn't work (it does after ALT+TABBING)

Official Patch

- there is also 1 official patch for the game:

https://www.gamepressure.com/download.asp?ID=10529

SR2006.png

SR2006-ingame.jpg

With save games resetting, this is because the game is being run in Program Files. If the game is installed anywhere else, (like root C:\ , your desktop or an external drive), then it will be able to save properly. Never install old games to Program Files if you want settings/saves to work properly because no application can write to Program Files unless you run them as administrator. By old games, I mean 2008 and prior generally.

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I actually have moved the game to "C:\Games\Ski Racing 2006" a while ago and the save file reset issue still occurs. Recently I noticed that the game folder had limited rights for "User" (in folder properties > security), so I changed this setting to "full access" (so now rights include change and write). I hoped this would solve the save issue, but alas it didn't.

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You could try to run the game in compatibility mode via right-click on SR2006.exe (or its shortcut), then go to Properties > Compatibility > Compatibility Mode. Try it with Windows 7 or Windows XP (SP3) compatibility mode.

If this doesn't work and you properly followed all steps of the Installation Tutorial (step 6 is especially essential), then this solution indeed only works for Windows 7.

 

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