Many friends ask me “How to install Counter-Strike?” and “What are system requirements for installing Counter-Strike?

So, I am writing a step by step tutorial on installing Counter-Strike 1.6 on a Windows based computer.


System Requirements:

The minimum requirements for running Counter-Strike 1.6 are a 500Mhz Processor, 96MB RAM, 16MB video card and around 512MB of free disk space.

However, the specifications for a smooth gameplay would be an Intel Core i3 Processor, 2GB RAM, 1GB video card and around 2GB of free disk space.

For superb results, I recommend the following system specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i7
RAM: at least 4GB
Video Card: at least 2GB *
Hard Disk: at least 4GB free space **

* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 would be great
** Enough for lots of maps and cached files



These installation steps are tested on Windows XP/2003/7/8



Extract all files from zip file in any folder.

Run cs16full_v7.exe.

Run cs16patch_full_V21.exe .

In case you get file missing errors during the setup, just ignore them!

Press next on each step until the setup is completed.


A shortcut named “Counter-Strike 1.6” would be created on your desktop once the game is successfully installed.


Enjoy playing Counter-Strike 1.6 :)


PS: If you get any errors following the above steps, please comment below and I will try to find a solution!