Author Topic: Unofficial FH2 Standalone (almost) Installer (Updated 12/08/2018)  (Read 13923 times)

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Due to the lack of interest from dev team in making FH2 standalone, I decided to create installer which would simplify FH2 installation process, which is, from my experience, very tedious and counterintuitive, especially when compared to Project Reality.
 
Features
  • Supports all Windows version starting from XP SP3
  • Includes bare minimum of files from BF2, required to run FH2
  • Multi-language support (all languages availible in the retail game + Russian)
  • Automatic key generation from the current date/time and hardware (CPU/motherboard model, amount of RAM etc.), which provides for absolute uniqueness of the generated key
  • Installation of DirectX, .NET Framework 3.5 and FH2 Community Updater (last two are optional)

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Instructions:
  • Mount the downloaded ISO image file with WinCDEmu or similar software (bult-in in Windows 10), or just extract it anywhere with 7-zip, or any other archiver
  • Run the fh2_setup.exe installer and wait for the file extraction to finish.
  • PB Service installation window will pop up, follow the installation process and wait until it's finished.
  • Before you can jump into the game, you need to create an account. In order to do that, click on the desktop shorcut, which will open the launcher. Open the game, once it's loads, click on the “BFHQ”, then on “Manage Account". Fill all the required fields (email address isn't important, just make it up). Important notice: make sure you to write down password, as this is the only way you can restore your account!
  • Next, open the launcher again and open configuration window through "OPTIONS" submenu.  Open "Gameplay" tab and select newly created account in "Login as" entry.
  • You can join servers either from the in-game browser, or by clicking on the joystick on this page].

Preview:



Credits to:
  • Every single FH2 Dev, for bringing this mod alive and keeping the best mod of all times alive

The source code for the installer can be found here.
« Last Edit: 12-08-2018, 15:08:50 by radiosmersh »

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #1 on: 18-02-2018, 16:02:55 »
 Brilliant!!!

 Will this be periodically updated when new content is added?

Great Job RADIOSMERSH!!



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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #2 on: 18-02-2018, 16:02:33 »
Brilliant!!!

 Will this be periodically updated when new content is added?

Great Job RADIOSMERSH!!
Thank you! Yes, I'm planning to update it when the next patch will come out, which I hope will happen soon.
« Last Edit: 18-02-2018, 17:02:09 by RADIOSMERSH »

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #3 on: 18-02-2018, 17:02:45 »
Are the mentioned map packs optional or does it install everything there is?

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #4 on: 18-02-2018, 18:02:28 »
Are the mentioned map packs optional or does it install everything there is?
I considered making them optional, but decided to include them in the main installation and here is why: CMP is de facto part of the FH2 now, because you can't play online without it and Coop mappack adds a feature original release is missing. And actually, one of the reasons that inspired me to create this installer was the endless stream of questions in our Russian FH2 community literally like "Where can I find the Red Army?" (obviously, players were looking for EF maps in singleplayer, but there were none).

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #5 on: 20-02-2018, 20:02:36 »
Good work Radiosmersh!

Includes BF2?

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #6 on: 20-02-2018, 20:02:12 »
RADIOSMERSH

Good job! Russian-speaking players will be happy!

« Last Edit: 20-02-2018, 21:02:00 by Vietcong rus »

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #7 on: 20-02-2018, 20:02:36 »
Good work Radiosmersh!

Includes BF2?
Yes, but in a very truncated form: bare minimum required to play FH2. I deleted all unnecessary files, including levels folder, to minimize the size of the installer. Sorry, I should probably stated it more clearly in the description, will do it now.

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #8 on: 20-02-2018, 21:02:57 »
Are the mentioned map packs optional or does it install everything there is?
I considered making them optional, but decided to include them in the main installation and here is why: CMP is de facto part of the FH2 now, because you can't play online without it
Sure you can on non-CMP server, I haven't installed CMP and won't install it.

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #9 on: 20-02-2018, 22:02:53 »
Are the mentioned map packs optional or does it install everything there is?
I considered making them optional, but decided to include them in the main installation and here is why: CMP is de facto part of the FH2 now, because you can't play online without it
Sure you can on non-CMP server, I haven't installed CMP and won't install it.
Exactly this. And I found you saying that CMP is part of the FH2 now a bit offensive to be honest. It's not. It should be clearly stated. I don't mind additional bot support for 4 EF maps being included in this as it only a small addon to the official maps, but CMP should be optional.

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #10 on: 20-02-2018, 23:02:34 »
Are the mentioned map packs optional or does it install everything there is?
I considered making them optional, but decided to include them in the main installation and here is why: CMP is de facto part of the FH2 now, because you can't play online without it
Sure you can on non-CMP server, I haven't installed CMP and won't install it.
Exactly this. And I found you saying that CMP is part of the FH2 now a bit offensive to be honest. It's not. It should be clearly stated. I don't mind additional bot support for 4 EF maps being included in this as it only a small addon to the official maps, but CMP should be optional.

 Take it easy there Jan, im sure he meant its "included along with" FH2.


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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #11 on: 20-02-2018, 23:02:14 »
Doesn't matter as long as installer doesn't ask you if you want it and install it all together with FH2 stock content. And don't get me wrong, it's a great initiative and I love this makes FH2 "standalone". All I ask is an option to tick a box if you want installer add community made content to the mod.
« Last Edit: 20-02-2018, 23:02:27 by jan_kurator »

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #12 on: 21-02-2018, 04:02:43 »
Gotta agree with Jan.  Great effort, just needs tweaks like that.  FH2's CMP stuff is not an official part of the mod and should remain optional.

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #13 on: 21-02-2018, 09:02:50 »
 ::) Installer is not official either. You can always delete the maps.

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Re: Unofficial Complete FH2 Installer
« Reply #14 on: 21-02-2018, 14:02:23 »
Also, afaik, every CMP map is clearly labeled as such on the maps loading screen.
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