Populous Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

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First Download the Free Game Populous:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download availableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\Populous. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Installing Dosbox
Windows Vista folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the Populous folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Populous game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

Abandonia: For those who downloaded the game Populous from Abandonia copy and paste the following text:

mount c c:\games\populous
cd pop

XTC Abandonware & The House of Games: For those who downloaded the game Populous from XTC Abandonware or The House of Games copy and paste the following text:

mount c c:\games\populous

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract the Populous Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Populous game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the games zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the Populous game files, select "C:\Games\Populous" . When you're done click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip program

"Like The Hand of God":

Populous screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\Populous" folder and the game Populous will launch. The fate of the world awaits your command!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


PP said...

I followed exactly this excelent help, downloading Populous (populous_dos.zip) from house of games.

But 1st, the dosbox window told me : illegal command: pop.

I changed pop for populus in the .conf file.

I have no more error messages, but populous doesn't launch... In Fact nothing happens. I tryied to lanch dosbox with and without administrator privileges, same results.

any idea ?
Thanx in advance for any help

PD sorry for mis posting this in the Dos Emulator Full Screen FAQ...

PP said...


don't know why the pop.bat didn't extraxted the first time...

sorry for bothering, don't hesitate to delete my posts...