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2a. Installer

Be careful with old save files!

Save files from older versions of the patch or the vanilla game are not expected to work properly with our patch. They might look fine sometimes, but you will hit a roadblock eventually. We recommend to start fresh from the beggining or use the "Chapter Select" function to start at the current chapter you were playing before. You can also hold ctrl to skip the game in high speed mode.

Multiplatform Installer Instructions

Please select your operating system from the tabs below

Starting the installer

  1. Download 07th-Mod.Installer.Windows.exe to your computer from the Download Page. Do not run it directly from your browser - download it first.
    • If a "Windows SmartScreen" warning appears, click "More info", then choose "Run anyway".
  2. Run the installer - the installer launcher will appear and extract to 07th-mod_installer.
    • Do not close this window until you are finished using the installer.
  3. When extraction is finished, click "Run Installer".
  4. The installer will open as a web page in your browser. This is the installer's interface.
    1. Please note: if a page takes too long to load, try refreshing the page
    2. If you still cannot get the web page to load, restart the installer launcher, and enable the Run in Safe-Mode checkbox to run the text-based installer.

Using the installer

  1. On the web page that was just launched, click on the game you want to mod.
  2. Fill in your game path, and mod options as applicable, then start the installation.
  3. If you wish to stop an install that is in progress, you MUST either click the Quit Installer button, or close the launcher. If you just close the webpage, the install will still run in the background!
  4. When the install finishes, "The install was successful!" will be displayed. Please carefully read the information that is displayed, which may contain gotchas/extra tasks you may need to do.

Starting the installer

  1. Download the Mac Installer
  2. Double-click on the zip file to extract it (your browser might automatically do this after downloading)

    • Warning: Do not move the install.command file out of the extracted folder.

      Click here if you want to move the install.command file for some reason

      The zip contains two hidden files that are required by the installer. If you try to move the install.command file out of the folder, it won't be able to find them. If you really want to move the install.command file out of the folder, press ⇧⌘. (Shift-Command-Period) to temporarily enable showing of hidden files and copy the .7za and .aria2c files to the same folder.

  3. In the extracted files, look for a file called install.command (might also be called install).

  4. Right click on this file and choose Open
    1. If you get a "Operation not permitted" error, try following these steps to give Terminal the correct permissions.
    2. If prompted with a security prompt, choose Open
    3. If you cannot get the web page to load, run the install_safe_mode.command (might be called install_safe_mode) file instead
  5. Opening the installer will launch a page in your browser. This is the installer's interface.
    • Please note: if the page(s) does not load, try refreshing the page
    • Do not close the page

Using the installer

  1. On the web page that was just launched, click on the game you want to mod.
  2. Fill in your game path, and mod options as applicable, then start the installation.
  3. If you wish to stop an install that is in progress, you MUST either click the Quit Installer button, or close the terminal. If you just close the webpage, the install will still run in the background!
  4. When the install finishes, "The install was successful!" will be displayed. Please carefully read the information that is displayed, which may contain gotchas/extra tasks you may need to do.
If path auto-detection fails - Finding Game Path Manually

If game path auto-detection fails, you can follow these instructions to find the game path:

  1. Click the big green "Select Application (.app file) Manually (Open File Dialog)" button, just below the path entry textbox.
  2. A Finder window entitled "Please choose a game to install to" will open. We will leave it for now, but need it later so don't close it
  3. Open Steam, and navigate to your game list
  4. Right-click on the game you want to mod in the game list, and select "Properties"
  5. Navigate to the "LOCAL FILES" tab of the window that popped up
  6. Click "Browse Local Files". Another finder window will pop up, showing the game files.
  7. Locate the "Umineko1to4"/"HigurashiEp0X" file, which should visually have a proper game icon. Ignore the other files without a proper icon. These files have the ".app" extension, but the extension may be hidden.
  8. Drag and drop the file onto the previously opened "Please choose a game to install to" Finder Window
  9. Click the "Choose" button

For reference, the default steam folder is ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/, but yours may be different.

Linux Users: GNOME/MATE Desktop (Ubuntu, Fedora...) causes Game Crash - Workaround

GNOME Desktop (the default on Ubuntu) may cause Higurashi Ep.4 and upwards to crash the entire desktop when you start the game.

We've had varying reports - Ubuntu 19.10 with GNOME 3.34.2. seems to work (except for a crash in Tatarigoroshi on first startup). But previously we've had crash reports from anyone using GNOME. This happens even on the base game (without any mods applied).

If you have this issue, a workaround is to install XFCE desktop. You can follow this guide to install XFCE desktop (it can be installed alongside GNOME).

Please make sure you can launch the base game before applying any mods (please don't make any saves on the base game as they are not compatible with the mod).

Starting the installer

  1. Install the following using your distribution's package manager:
    • Python 3.7 and above
      • You can use Python < 3.7 and Python 2, but Chrome and possibly other browsers will require you to refresh the page sometimes for it to load.
    • Optional: Python Tkinter (This is required to use the file-picker in the installer. Just use autodetection/paste in the game path if you can't install this.)
      • Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install python-tk
      • Arch Linux: sudo pacman -S tk
      • Fedora: sudo dnf install python2-tkinter or
        sudo dnf install python3-tkinter
      • If your distribution is not listed, you may need to lookup how to install tkinter on your particular distribution
    • openSUSE users will need to install the package python-xml or the installer will fail with No module named xml.etree.ElementTree
    • 32-bit linux users will need the following
      • p7zip (get the 'full' version) sudo apt install p7zip-full
      • aria2 sudo apt install aria2
  2. Download and extract the Linux Installer
  3. Run the shell script called install. The installer will open as a web page in your browser.
    1. If you cannot get the web page to load, run the install_safe_mode script
  4. Opening the installer will launch a page in your browser. This is the installer's interface.
    • Please note: if the page(s) does not load, try refreshing the page
    • Do not close the page

Using the installer

  1. On the web page that was just launched, click on the game you want to mod.
  2. Fill in your game path, and mod options as applicable, then start the installation.
  3. If you wish to stop an install that is in progress, you MUST either click the Quit Installer button, or close the terminal. If you just close the webpage, the install will still run in the background!
  4. When the install finishes, "The install was successful!" will be displayed. Please carefully read the information that is displayed, which may contain gotchas/extra tasks you may need to do.

Note that we don't officially support the mods under Wine, so your experience may vary.

Running the installer within Wine works for some users, but not for others. It is more reliable to run the installer natively on Linux, then use the --asset-os option to install the Windows assets. You can do this following the below instructions:

  1. Please follow the normal "Linux" instructions, but stop before you run the install.sh
  2. Manually run python main.py --asset-os windows or python3 main.py --asset-os windows to start the installer
    • The terminal should print Warning: Force asset argument passed... if you've activated this mode successfully
  3. Continue the install as normal, pointing to your Wine install of the game

Power users can try a few different ways of running the installer on this page

Updating Games

To update your game, run the installer again for the game you want to update - remember to repeat your mod option choices as before. The installer should only re-install the updated components.

[❓] Game and Installer Troubleshooting

  1. For Install Problems, check the Installer FAQ to see if your problem is already answered.
  2. For Game Problems, Check the Higurashi FAQ / Umineko FAQ
  3. If your issue is not resolved, please proceed to the Support Checklist

Uninstalling Games

To fully remove the game and mod files, you must follow the below instructions:

  1. Navigate to the game folder. In Steam, you can do the following to show the game folder:
    1. Right click on the game in Steam, then click "Properties"
    2. Change to the "Local Files" tab
    3. Click "Browse Local Files..." and the folder should appear
  2. Remove the game "normally". You can use Windows "Add or Remove Programs", or use the Steam/GOG launcher (if you installed with Steam/GOG).
  3. Manually delete the game folder if it's not already deleted!

    You MUST do this step to fully remove the mod files! If you do not do this, the installer may not work on future installs, and the mod files will take up space on your computer. Steam is known to keep mod files during uninstall.

Optional: Uninstall Save Files

You may want to remove save files if you're having technical issues and want to start from scratch:

  1. For Higurashi, save files are kept outside the game directory. See FAQ: "Save File Locations" to find the save files, then delete them.
  2. For Umineko, usually the save files are kept in the mysav folder of the game directory, so they would already be removed. But see FAQ: "My save files have disappeared or changed unexpectedly" for more details.