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Aug
31
2012

How to Install DayZ Mod for Non-Steam Versions of ArmA II

Introduction

So you bought a non-Steam version of ArmA II? Installing the alpha version of DayZ is no easy task, as it is an alpha. This guide should help those who bought through Retail, Bohemia Interactive’s store, or GOG.com (the version this guide is based on).

To be clear, DayZ mod requires ArmA II: Combined Operations which contains ArmA II and the expansion pack, ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead. You could also use ArmA 2 Free + Operation Arrowhead to play DayZ, but it isn’t recommended (via DayZ Wiki)

I’ll be covering the GOG.com version of the game, but it will apply to the other Non-Steam Versions of ArmA II to help get DayZ installed. 

The Guide

1. Install ArmA II: Combined Operations

2. Run Arma2Serial.exe (GOG version) and put in your serial from the Game Account page

3. Go to regedit [registry editor] (for 64-bit, or skip this step):

a) Navigate to folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Bohemia Interactive Studio > ArmA 2

b) Double-click on MAIN. Remove the backslash, press OK.

c) Go to ArmA 2 OA

d) Double-click on MAIN. Remove the backslash, press OK.

4. Run ArmA 2 (arma2.exe).

a) Extra. Not sure if this is needed, but run something simple like the Armory to load assets.

b) Now exit.

5. Run ArmA 2 OA (arma2oa.exe)

a) Extra. Not sure if this is needed, but run something simple like the Armory to load assets.

b) Now exit.

6. Run ArmA 2 CO (arma2OA.exe” -mod=EXPANSION;ca)

a) Extra. Not sure if this is needed, but run something simple like the Armory to load assets.

b) Now exit.

7. Download and install DayZ Commander

8. Once loaded, download DayZ (latest version) from within the program, install.

9. Download ARMA 2 CO beta patch (latest version) from within the program, install.

10. Change file paths in DayZ Commander. Be sure to adjust for your Windows name

11. Refresh versions, verify they are the latest

12. Search and filter servers to your liking

13. Load game and confirm it works!

 

This is what worked for me, and I cannot guarantee it will work for you. But this process makes everything simplified. If you do have a problem, write it in the comments and I’ll help you the best I can.

 

Alternative DayZ launchers/updaters:

For help in-game, ask friends or visit the official wiki: http://www.dayzwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page

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