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Hokutens FFXI Installation Guide

If you follow this installation guide and do not miss any steps you should not have any issues playing. Make sure to follow step by step.

Installing and updating FFXI

Download and install the installation files located at

Make sure you download all 4 files. Then run the first one which is the setup. 
When the setup is running to install FFXI, Make sure you check that you want to install PoL, FFXI, Rize of zilart, Chains, Treasures, and 

Once the Install is finished

Run PlayOnline and let it update.

  • After the update for POL is done and restarted it will ask you if you’re a New User or Existing User.
  • Choose Existing User using 1234567 as username/pass/account id etc.
  • Exit PlayOnline

Prepare FFXI by downloading the patch files located here

  • Once you download the patch files, Create a new folder on your Desktop and extract the patch files to the new folder.
Once the files are extracted to the new folder you created on your desktop, copy them all and go to: (the next step below)
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI\
When you navigated to the FFXI folder, Click on a blank space and paste the patch files. You should get a message to 
"Replace all files or overwrite them. Do This. Make sure you are replacing the files not the patch folder.

Repair FFXI Files

  • Run PlayOnline. On the left side of the screen click Check Files
  • If you get a separate popup window that says it’s launching the FFXI installer or asks for install discs you can just close it.
On the "Check Files" screen where it says "PlayOnlineViewer" click the two arrows (drop down box) and change it to "Final Fantasy XI". 
The "version" should be "UNKNOWN" *Note* if your not getting the "Unknown" version then you did something above wrong!
  • Click on the Check Files button.
  • PlayOnline will then check all the FINAL FANTASY XI files (usually takes about 15-20 minutes) and prompt you on what to do because it found errors.
  • You should then choose to fix the errors.
  • PlayOnline will then automatically start checking and repairing the files. This takes around 5-7hrs.

Post update (repair)

  • Once you’re done checking and repairing the files, (It may still say that the files did not fix)
navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\PlayOnlineViewer
  • Right-click the “data folder” and click copy
  • Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI, right click an empty space in the folder and click paste. You should now have the “data” folder inside your /FINAL FANTASY XI/ folder.

Connecting to Hokuten

Download the xiloader.exe file located here

  • Place the xiloader.exe in your POL folder (SquareEnix/PlayOnlineViewer)

If you have issues: Set pol.exe and xiloader.exe to run as administrator by right-clicking on them and going Properties, opening the Compatibility tab and clicking the Run as Administrator checkbox at the bottom of the window.

Download and install MSVC 2015 Runtimes x86

Download and install MSVC 2013 Runtimes x86

It does not matter WHAT OPERATING SYSTEM you have please only check and install the >>> x86 <<< version (Make sure you are only clicking the x86, 
no other boxes should be clicked)
  • Optional: Delete vulgar2.dic from PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI\data\dic to disable swear filters, as the setting does not get saved.

Download and install Windower

  • Create a profile, highlight your new profile, and click on the pencil icon to adjust your desired settings.
  • You can change the size of the UI by opening the windower and changing the UI Scale. For me on a 55 tv I use 1.3% moving the bar half way will probably make the UI in game too large, play around with it till your happy.
  • Click the pin icon to create a desktop shortcut
  • Exit Windower
  • Navigate to the new pinned icon, right click it and go to properties. Once open where the target line is, add this code instead of what is in there., then click apply –> code:
       " C:\Program Files (x86)\Windower4\Windower.exe" -p="FFXI" --executable=xiloader.exe --args="--server "
The name you chose for you profile should be in the code you just pasted to the target line.
Example(x86)\Windower4\Windower.exe" -p="Profile Name goes here" --executable=xiloader.exe --args= 
  • Launch Windower with your chosen profile
  • The xiloader window will open, where you can log in and register a new account. To create a new account, enter 2 and hit enter, then enter your username and password and confirm your password.
  • To log in, enter 1 and enter your username and password.
  • Once you log in, Final Fantasy will start and you can create your character, choose your starting town, and get playing!


Alternate Windower Configuration

Other stuff to do when starting out

  • Be sure to check out the Rules, and other helpful pages, which can be found on this wiki’s home page.
  • Make sure you add yourself to the closed facebook group for schedules of events and other happenings. [1]
  • Request a linkpearl (global chat item) from a GM, if one isn’t already in your inventory. Type “/sea all” into chat and send a message to any member if an admin isn’t online. If all else fails, write a post to the Facebook Group to request a linkpearl.
  • Use [this] guide to configure graphics.
  • Remember useful game information links such as FFXIclopedia and FFXI-Atlas.
  • Don’t forget to check out the @ Commands and other features on the Hokutens/Wiki

Thanks Syn! For the video!

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