How to get Paraworld to run on Windows 7, 8 or 10

I had not played Paraworld since I switched to Windows 7 (or Vista even) because I simply could not get the game to work. Years later I found a blog post explaining how to get it to run on Windows 7. However, the download link for the fix the blog provides is no longer working and the post only mentions Windows 7. People looking for solutions to get the game to run on Windows 8 or 10 probably will not find that post. Thus, I reuploaded the fix (which you can get here) and created this post so people can find it.

But how do I get the game to run?

Step 1: If you have the game installed (and it is not working), uninstall it.

Step 2: Install the game, but DO NOT use the default install path. Use something like C:/Games/Paraworld or similar and install the game into that folder. The default path seems to cause issues.

Step 3: Download and install the booster pack if you do not have the Gold Edition (which already includes the booster pack).

Step 4: Download and install the fix.

Done! You should now be able to launch the game.

Short disclaimer

I do not know where this fix came from, who wrote it or how it works. I have been using it for 1–2 years now and have not had any issues with the game. However, your results may vary.