Well I recently started playing Cossacks again, since it's still in my top 3 overall favorite games, ever.
I've done a few hours of research on every forum I could find. A few other people had the same issue with installing Mod1, but I never really saw a solution. The issue being, the extractor/installer crashes. The error is "enumerating archive 0 files found", and then it crashes. One guy on one board I found, said he installed it on another PC and copied the files over, since the game does launch whether it's in the registry or not, and I have tested that fact. For instance, I had Imperia mod installed and working fine, then I copied the folder into another folder with a different name. I then uninstalled Cossacks from the registry, but Imperia still runs.
Anyway, my problem is, the only other PC in the house has the same problem now, and it installed MOD1 years ago without any problem at all. Is this an SP2/SP3 issue? Both PC's are using XP, and the only difference between the other PC now and that same PC back when I was playing Cossacks regularly years ago is windows updates. Otherwise it's the same thing. Imperia mod installs no problem, but I REALLY want to try Davout's OC mod. Imperia is amazing, but I have heard the same about OC. For more information about this, I have tried the basic remedies (install MOD1 from my BTW disc, I even downloaded the 1.35 installer from here). Both versions of the installer crash with the same error message. I also have been installing Cossacks (and uninstalling) to the default directory, as some of the mods required that. Reinstalling, wiping every directory out, cleaning my registry out, I have tried everything I have read. The only thing I can think of is that the service packs on XP in the last few years have caused this problem. Is there any other solution to this? VERY annoying. Imperia includes MOD1 in the install, but OC does not, and there is no other way to play it. I wish I never uninstalled the game years ago (on the other older PC) when I had Mod1 working fine.
Any information would be appreciated, and I know how old this game is, but it still rules.
Added (02/February/2011, 7:29 Am)
Update #1, I found an old laptop here that I thought was dead, but it's working. It has xp sp1. Mod1 installed immediately. Wierd, right? I am attempting to copy the folder over to my real desktop pc and and see what happens. I took note of the target path in the installed Mod1 shortcut, as it will need to be created. It reads C:\Program Files\Cossacks - Back to War\clancher.exe" modmode=cmo , assuming the install was in the default folder.
Let's see. I wish CDV would have released a patch for this.
Added (02/February/2011, 8:45 Am)
Update #2. It worked. Overwriting the folder did the trick. I am so lucky that old laptop booted up, otherwise I would have been SOL. OC MOD installed without a hitch afterward. Scotland is cool!
I will be keeping a hard copy of the installed MOD1 folder as a backup now in case this issue ever pops up again.