Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter v1.1.4

(Master Game Disc)

A game by LucasArts and Totally Games

*Unofficial* MSI Setup v1.0.0.0 by Markus Egger

Installation instructions

Note: The CD 2 setup is distributed as a separate package.

About NiftyZip and the Patch Problem

Regrettably, the XvT patch (xvt_3dfx.exe) is in - guess what - 16-bit format. It is the same 16-bit InstallShield 3 SFX technology the Balance of Power installer uses.
NiftyZip is a result of reverse engineering the file format using a good hex editor with structure view ("Tiny Hexer") and the ZIP specs ("APPNOTE.TXT").
NiftyZip is written in C# 2.0. What would have been impossible for me in C++ or so, I could do with relative ease in C# - including some effort, brain-work, sweat and extensive testing, of course ;-). The OO approach will also pave the way for a graphical client ("GUI") in the future.
NiftyZip is freeware but still intellectual property. Call it without parameters from the command prompt to get license info.

NiftyZip is a precursor to what is yet to come - a Balance of Power installer! (I hope there are no pitfalls ...)

  Soon we will have revenge!
     - Darth Sidious



This setup is Freeware and a gift for the community. It shall ease the pain of all fellows in misery failing to install this game on Vista x64 (and other modern Windows operating systems like XP64). It is neither supported nor endorsed by LucasArts. Use at your own risk! Original CD required (developed/tested using X-Wing Alliance English version - may or may not work with localized editions).
MSI tested under Vista Ultimate x64 and Windows XP Pro SP2 (x86).

You may only redistribute the original archive when done free of charge and all files are left intact (no additions, removals or alterations).

The MSI is fully Standards-compliant: It passes all ICE validation tests except ICE66 - which is an irrelevant warning since the MSI is not meant to be Vista-only (tested with WiX Light v3.0.3022.0 and Orca v4.0.5299.0).

Created by Markus Egger <> using Visual Studio 2005 Standard and the Microsoft WiX 3 Toolkit/Votive. Downloaded from

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