Question from JVeneer

Can GTA4 be run in windowed mode?

Yeah?

JVeneer provided additional details:

Nicely detailed..thanks muchly.

benou1233 asked for clarification::

I do what you write but when I start a error message come up.....and i'm not sure what's a quote....

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xche78x answered:

YES.
in C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV directory (this is the default install)
create a text file called "commandline.txt" (no quotes of course)
edit it and add the command "-windowed" (no quotes)
save the text file commandline.txt
launch the GTA4 game and presto it is forced to use window mode.

and since youre already add it
i recommend adding
-norestrictions (if you have a powerful pc)
-nomemrestrict (if you have lots of ram)

heres the full GTA4 command list
Tools

-benchmark: Runs the benchmark tool and immediately exits game.
-help: Display list of all command line options

Graphics

-renderquality: Set the render quality of the game. (0-4)
-shadowdensity: Set the shadow density of the game. (0-16)
-texturequality: Set the texture quality of the game. (0-2)
-viewdistance: Set the view distance of the game (0-99)
-detailquality: Set the detail quality of the game. (0-99)
-novblank: Disable wait for vblank (No Vsync)
-norestrictions: Do not limit graphics settings
-width: Set width of main render window (default is 800)
-height: Set height of main render window (default is 600)
-safemode: Run the graphics in the lowest setting possible
-frameLimit: Limit frame to interval of refresh rate (ex If refreshrate is 60HZ frameLimit 1 = Locks down to 60HZ)
-refreshrate: Set the refresh rate of main render window Warning - Monitor must support (ex. refreshrate 60)
-fullscreen: Force fullscreen mode
-windowed: Force windowed mode
-availablevidmem: Set amount of physical Video Memory(ex. availablevidmem 0.9)
-percentvidmem: Percentage of video memory to make available to GTA

Audio

-fullspecaudio: Force high-end CPU audio footprint
-minspecaudio: Force low-end CPU audio footprint

System

-noprecache: Disable precache of resources
-nomemrestrict: Disable memory restrictions
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just dont play too much with these codes, it can mess up your game
but of course you can just delete the text file and be back to normal.
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