First off, thanks in advance for any help you can give and for all the work that has clearly been put in updating and maintaining this game. I haven't actually played Dune 2000 before, but enjoyed Dune 2 a lot in its day, and this caught my eye on an abandonware site. I'd love to be able to play it, but unfortunately my computer is too smart for me and can't let me do that. I'm concerned that it might start calling me Dave soon.
Anyway, I downloaded the full GruntMods 18.104.22.168 edition from https://www.gruntmods.com/dune_2000_gruntmods_edition/ (download 939) and opened the installer. I chose to install it on drive D rather than drive C, since drive C is my SSD and most of my software is on D. No problems so far, nor did I get any reports of problems throughout the unpacking process. I chose not to launch the game immediately and went to take care of something else, then a few hours later got back to it and tried to start things up. Here's where the problems started. Not only will the game not start, none of the files seem to have actually been installed on my computer. There are no start menu programs, nor shortcuts on the Desktop. The directory I chose for installation doesn't exist on my computer, as far as I can tell. I've made hidden & system files visible and still I can't find the game folders or files. I've tried to run the installer again and it tells me that the game's already installed and to please uninstall it and relaunch the installer. It's possible my virus scanner killed the installation process but didn't pop-up any notifications, I guess; I haven't been able to try it again with the virus scanner disabled, since the installer thinks the game is already installed. My guess is that there's a registry key I need to erase to install the game again, which would be automatically erased in the uninstall process had the uninstall file been created. Of course, if it had I might not have needed to ask the question in the first place. QED.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to get it working, or if nothing else does anyone know the registry key that the installer program uses so I can erase it and experiment further myself?