Where can I get the latest WinUAE?
Have a look at our collection of official UAE sites.
What version of Windows is supported?
You need Windows 7 SP1 or later for WinUAE 3.6.0 or later, which includes support for DirectX 11, also hardware level 9.1 or higher (most Windows 7 capable GPUs are supported), all Direct3D9 mode features are supported, variable sync is supported. However, the CPU must support SSE2!
Can a PC read Amiga floppy disks?
Yes, if you have two floppy drives and the new Disk2FDI program which will read Amiga Disks and write it to FDI format which is compatible with WinUAE.
For the PC to read Amiga disks directly, extra hardware will need to be purchased which can read (or write) Amiga disks easily. The ISA Catweasel floppy controller can be used on the PC to read (or write) Amiga disks. Further information is available from the web site at Individual Computers.
How can I troubleshoot AmigaOS startup?
Start UAE and immediately press both mouse buttons when the main window is shown. In the Amiga Early Startup select "Boot without Startup-Sequence", try disabling drivers or settings that may cause the problem.
What are ADFs, ADZ, LHA, LZX, DMS, ZIP and Z files?
Compression or disk image file formats. Please check our Glossary for explanations of these acronyms.
You can download all the Amiga (de)archivers from here: Amiga Archivers for use within WinUAE or try X-Arc from Aminet for use in Workbench.
Can I emulate a Hard Disk?
Yes, that is possible. You can either specify a directory on the PC's hard disk e.g. C:\UAE\AmigaHD or you can specify a hard file. The advantage of a directory is that you can copy files directly from the PC site into the directory for immediate access by the Emulator. For hardfiles you can use the Amiga's long filenames, file comments and protection flags. For a hard disk to be bootable, make sure you copy the whole Workbench disk including hidden directories. Some programs work better with Hard Files than directories.
For more information see Hard Disk page.
If using Workbench 1.3, it is now possible to use HardFiles if you copy the FastFileSystem file to the WinUAE ROMs directory first (0.8.22r1 or later).
The HDF may not be recognized on boot, in which case, boot off a WB2 or later disk to format it, then WB1.3 can then see it.
Why does the uae_german keymap not support Âµ or â‚¬ Symbols?
Recommended is the use of german_keymap_new.zip and input set to anything other than compatibility mode.
What are the differences of CD drivers?
- Fails if you mount more than 1 CD drive (all devices show the same CD content)
- Seems to be a bug in AsimCDFS, because it happens on real Amigas as well
- Set the MaxTransfer size to 0x10000 (65 kb) in the mountfile
- This make cacheCDFS working and not display the read/write error Requesters
Why does WinUAE not accept my hardfiles or show only CLI with my standard configuration?
This happens if another instance of WinUAE is running. It is not allowed to use the same hardfile with multiple WinUAE sessions at the same time. In very rare situations a crash could happen and prevent WinUAE from releasing the hardfile. In this case, free the file manually or reboot Windows. If WinUAE takes long to boot you can switch on drive LEDs in the GUI. If the hard drive LED is on you know the hardfile is valid.
I have several Amigas - can i use the Kickstart from them?
Follow the instructions on the Create Image Files page.
After resuming from hibernation, the Amiga clock shows the wrong time?
Use the Amiga program timehack to fix this.
Can I use native Amiga Hard Disks with WinUAE?
WinUAE 0.8.22 or later can read Amiga Formatted hard disks directly via the Hard Drives tab on WinUAE. Click on Add Hard Drive and it will list any connected Amiga hard drives or any empty hard drive space to add to WinUAE. On older emulators, you could only access hard disks via the AFFS file system on Linux or a third party program such as ADFOpus.
Can I access Amiga CDs via the Emulator?
Yes, Amiga CDs use the same file system for CDs as the PC i.e. ISO9660 except that it uses the Rock Ridge extension for long filenames, PCS use a file system called Joliet for long filenames. CacheCDFS can read all these formats.
There are two ways to access Amiga CDs:
- On the Hard Drive screen of WinUAE, click 'Add Directory' and then enter the volume name of the CD and the drive letter of the CD-ROM drive e.g. D: (without the slash). Use the Diskchange <device> command in a Shell if you change CDs (type Info for list of devices).
- You can install the CacheCDFS CD-ROM drivers from either AmigaOS3.9 CD or a third party driver such as AmiCDFS. You need to enable uaescsi.device on the Misc tab before starting WinUAE and enable Logging to determine the Unit numbers (see WinUAElog.txt file) for your CD-ROM drive. When you install the drive make sure the device is uaescsi.device and the unit numbers match the unit numbers in the log file.
What limitations can I expect from using WinUAE?
Depending on your hardware and operating system, none, really. WinUAE exceeds the capabilities of most hardware Amigas.
Can I use the mouse wheel?
Yes, but like on a real Amiga, you need the Freewheel tool from AmiNet.
How do I create a blank disk for saving files or games?
Go to the Floppies Drives and click the button "Create Standard Floppy" for use in Workbench or use "Create Custom Floppy" for some games to save files to..
I have all my floppy drives full, how do I change disks?
How do I save the current "State" of a game?
Press F12, go to the Misc screen and click 'Save current state' which will save the state as a .USS file. Use 'Load a save-state snapshot' to load state file. There are also keyboard shortcuts available.
Why should I buy Amiga Forever CD or AF Online?
Unless you have access to a real Amiga, or have bought a Kickstart and Workbench disks, there is no other legal way of getting the OS for your emulation. The software is the property of Amiga Inc and only they can license it to companies. Cloanto, have a license, to distribute Amiga Emulation with Kickstart ROM files and Workbench images from CD or from their web site. The CD also includes some popular Amiga Software, a complete Workbench hard disk setup, MPEG videos of Jay Miner's speech and the Deathbed Vigil (last days of Commodore), Amiga Explorer network program etc.You can also boot from the CD direct into the Emulator without the need of a host OS using KX Light.
For easy access, you can download the online version for as little as $20, you get Kickstart and Workbench 1.3 and 3.0, PPaint 7.1, an easy setup menu system, Amiga Explorer and the Emulation programs themselves. These would cost a lot more if bought separately. For beginners, it is ideal to set up an Amiga on your PC within minutes than having to search the web for them and fiddle with setups to get it to work!
To check it out and get your copy visit Amiga Forever.
Can I access the Internet through WinUAE?
Yes, you can through the PC's Internet connection by enabling the BSD socket library support feature on the Expansions page in configuration.
How can I make or see inside ADF files without using an emulator?
You need ADFOpus or ADFView which will allow you to create and explore and manipulate the contents of Amiga Disk Format images easily. ADFOpus also features a DMS-ADF-ADZ image converter as well. Both tools can be found in our links section.
Why does my program / game not work correctly?
First make sure your UAE configuration matches the game's requirements. Very old games depend on specific versions of Kickstart, processor and memory. See Example Configurations for a list of the most common Amiga configurations. If you still have problems then download a patch from the Patch & HD Installers Page or WHDLoad, which can degrade the Amiga to such a state that the program will run correctly. You will probably need to get the latest AmigaOS Installer from Aminet to install these tools.
Where can I download a good Workbench set up with useful programs?
Get the latest AmiKit which includes Directory Opus and many utilities including AmiStart, AMPlifier, Antiword, Apdf, AWeb, ClassAct, Eagleplayer, EvenMore, FFmpeg, FreeDB, HippoPlayer, Hollywood Player, HomeBank, IBrowse, ixemil, KingCON, MagicASL, MagicMenu, MCP, Midiplay, MUI, NetSurf, MUIBase, NewsCoaster, PerfectPaint, Picasso96, PFS III, Scalos theme, ScummVM, ShowAmiga96, StormMesa, SysInfo, TTEngine, twittAmiga, Warp3D, XPKMaster, YAM, and many others.
When I run WinUAE, I get an error DINPUT8.DLL not found?
Please update your OS and WinUAE. If you are intentionally trying to run an old WinUAE version on an outdated Windows, you need DirectX 8 or later installed. Run DXDiag.exe to see what version you have installed.
How do I create a bootable floppy (real or ADF)?
There is a dedicated guide for this.
I have a Workbench disk but no Install disk, how do I install Workbench?
You can download UAEInstall.adf disk which has some AmigaDOS or Installer scripts to install Workbench for most Workbench versions including 1.3 to 3.1.
If you have the AmigaOS 3.9 CD-ROM, you can boot from the \Emergency-boot folder via the Hard Drives, Add Directory option.
For AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition, you can find instructions online.
Is there an emulator for the AmigaOne or PPC processor?
There is a Classic Amiga emulator for the AmigaOne that comes with AmigaOS 4. Winuae 4.0 or later now supports PowerPC (PPC) processors using the CyberStorm PPC or Blizzard PPC expansion accelerator boards, along with Picasso IV Zorro for graphics, Blizzard PPC SCSI-2 HD Controller for Hard disk support.
Unfortunately, you cannot use uaescsi.device, uaenet.device, bsdsocket.library, PC drives or removable drive options as they are not compatible with PPC emulation.
What is the folder "displaydrivers" for?
These are the picasso96 UAE drivers. It is usually safe to ignore the drawer. The latest Picasso96 installer has working display drivers included.
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