Final Fantasy VII is one of those games that you love to play even though the graphics are all outdated. But what if you could play the same old FF7 that you know and love with enhanced graphics? That's right, thanks to the dedicated hard-working people over in the Qhimm Forums there are unofficial 'patches' that you can get to enhance your FF7 experience. 

Before I start I would like to let it be known that I did not create any of the mods in this instructable nor do I credit for them.
Some of the mods that I would recommend are:

1) Aali's Custom Graphics Driver (Allows you to increase the game resolution. It's also needed for most of the other mods)
2) Phoenix Rejuvenation Project (Changes most characters in the game from their blocky sprites to more lifelike ones)
3) Team Avalanche's Graphical Overhaul (Improves both 2d and 3d game backgrounds, GUI's, etc.)

There are a lot more cool mods that you can get (such as 9999 Limit Breaker, that allows your HP/MP/Damage go beyond 9999) but this instructable will only cover these four. If you want to look into more mods have a look at the Qhimm forums or go to FinalFantasy7PC .

Okay, so what you will need for this instructable is:

1) A PC. (Not a mac or Linux)
2) Software to decompress .zip files. (WinRAR is free and easy)
3) An official FF7 game for PC (Not the Ultimate version)
4) The official 1.02 Final Fantasy 7 PC Patch

Step 1: Aali's Custom Graphics Driver

Aali's custom graphics driver is essential for many of the ff7 mods out there.  It allows you to edit some aspects of the game. 

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have installed the game in it's default location which should be something like 'C:\Program Files\Square Soft, Inc\Final Fantasy VII\'. Then run the install the official 1.02 Final Fantasy 7 patch . It's best to turn off the user account control for this but you don't need to. If you're having a bit of trouble in later versions of windows using compatibility mode and change to windows 98 (I know this game is  that old.) 

Also, for some reason you need to make sure that you have filled all the save slots filled (i.e save00.ff7 to save09.ff7) and the ff7input.cfg (this file is created when you first play the game). An easy way to this is play to the first save point then copy that file 10 times and rename it accordingly (i.e they will all be save00.ff7 so change to save01.ff7, save02.ff7, etc.)
Okay so know you're set up to start modding!

The .zip file containing Aali's custom Graphics Driver can be found here .
This mod is actually quite easy  just extract all the files into your Final Fantasy 7 folder in Program Files. Once you've done this run the FF7Config and you should get a message saying something like 'pass'. In the ff7_opengl.cfg file you can manually edit your preferences for the game. 

Now let's move onto some fancy looking mods!

<p>Just to clarify, a Mac would also work if you boot into Windows using Boot Camp.</p>
<p>This instructable is depreciated, I recommend getting the newer mods here: <a href="http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=tfk37ok5tng289sra1c245vg80&topic=13212.msg183580#msg183580" rel="nofollow">http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=tfk37o...</a></p>
<p>The link for Aali's custom driver is a 404 and I tried to find another mirror and they were all dead too! Please help me because Squeenix is too stupid to actually make a remake.</p>
This instructable is depreciated. I recommend using the 'Tifa Bootleg Installer' to install any mods for FF7. More info can be found here: http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=tfk37ok5tng289sra1c245vg80&amp;topic=13212.msg183580#msg183580
i can't download the patch.. it says &quot;File not found Firefox can't find the file at http.....&quot; can you please upload your patch?
Can you use all of the mods at the same time?
Does this work with the new downloadable version of FF7?
Unfortunately not, but in my opinion the new version ain't as good as the modified one.
I really like to play the modified version but I only have it downloadable form :(

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