How to Fix Diablo 2 Lags in Windows 8, 10
Diablo 3 is already here and a new episode “Reaper of Souls” has been unveiled. However, there’s nothing you can do to beat nostalgia and there are many out there who like to play Diablo 2, despite the fact that they have made the jump to a new Windows OS like Windows 8.
A good friend of mine is still playing Diablo 2 on his new Windows 8 laptop and knowing that I run a website on Windows 8, asked whether I could share some tips on how to make lags and crushes stop in the game. And my friend isn’t the only one – there are millions of gamers worldwide who still play the good old Diablo 2 Lord of Destruction either in single mode or even by logging into Battle.net. First of all, if you have an official game, acquired digitally or on a physical disk, then make sure you have the latest version installed and working. If you have a pirated copy, then maybe you know where most of your problems are coming from…
You have probably tried this, but let me say it again – make sure that you have the latest video drivers downloaded and installed. Indeed, such an old game doesn’t require too much, but just have this thing ticked on the to do list. Now, like any other old app or game, in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you will need to try and run it in the Compatibility mode to see whether it will work without lags, and will provide a smooth gaming experience. So here’s what you need to do:
- Right-click the Diablo II icon and click Properties
- Click the Compatibility tab and check Run
- Select Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or 3) from the dropdown and then click ok
After that, you need to run the Video Test option under the Diablo II program listing, select Direct3D and after it loads, then click Battle.net to patch to the latest version of Diablo 2. After running the game in Compatibility mode, also make sure that you tick the following – â€śReduced Color Modeâ€ť and â€ś16-bit (65536) Colorâ€ť. Also, you will need to disable display scaling on high DPI settings, just in case this has been missing with your game. And don’t forget to be logged in with an administrator account while performing all these changes.
If the issue still persists, you can try to remove the lags with 3DFX Glide Wrapper, which is a small application that could do wonders. Let me know if this has solved your problems. If you happen to know a solution, do share it with us and we’ll make sure to update the article.