Half-Life Retail Update

Half-Life Patch

It's here. It's good. The final version of the Half-Life Retail Update! Available in three flavours, one for the Half-Life package, one for Counter-Strike Retail and last but not least for the standalone game Gunman Chronicles. Review the changelog below for additional details. Please make sure to check the system requirements before downloading the Update.


Version (Final) <20/11/2007>
Half-Life and Counter-Strike version

- Added a complete new set of Engine DLLs, featuring blue-transparency fix
- Added Steamless Team Fortress 1.6 (v1.0_final)
- Added Enhanced Graphics Engine (EGC v1.1), featuring bloom effect to improve realism
- Added HLBoom protection
- Added listenserver listing support
- Added modserver support
- Added WON2 Protocol won2://, to enable joining a server from a link
- Added WON2 Updater (through 'sierraup')
- Added Primary Masterserver selection
- Fixed 'Blue'-transparency bug
- Fixed SFX_T bug
- Fixed a number of small issues with CS
- Updated woncomm.lst with WON2 Patch for Players v2.8
- Updated PingTool WON2 Edition

Version (Final) <20/11/2007>
Gunman Chronicles version

- Initial version for Gunman Chronicles
- Added listenserver listing support
- Added modserver support
- Added WON2 Server Network support
- Added PingTool
- Added HLBoom protection
- Added WON2 Updater (through 'sierraup')
- Added Primary Masterserver selection
- Fixed transparency bug
- Fixed a number of small issues with GC

System requirements

It should be noted that, in advance of installing the corresponding update package, Half-Life should atleast be updated to v1.1.1.0 and Counter-Strike Retail to v1.0.0.5. For more information, see the Release Notes. Gunman Chronicles does not require any additional updates prior to installing. In addition upgrading is possible from Half-Life v1.1.1.1 and the Release Candidate version of

Please note: For some components of the Update to work, you are required to have the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 installed. You can download this package free of charge from Microsoft. See links below.

Counter-Strike Retail and Gunman Chronicles

A revised version of the update package for Counter-Strike Retail and Gunman Chronicles is being developed. Meanwhile, the patch can be safely used with Counter-Strike Retail (although some of the patch's functionality will not work, such as WON2 URL launching). Owners of Gunman Chronicles should treat it as a MOD by copying the 'rewolf' folder from the game folder to a Half-Life or Counter-Strike Retail installation that is updated with the package.


The SFX_T fix (half-life.exe) requires administrative privileges - if you have a limited user account, you will need to elevate your account to use this patch. The patch is not necessary to play Half-Life, but is intended to fix the SFX_T crash bug most common on Sven Co-op. You can disable it by using hl.exe instead.


Windows Compatible.NET Framework 2.0 (size: 22-45 MB)

.NET Framework Version 2.0 x86 version (Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003/R2)
.NET Framework Version 2.0 x64 version (Windows XP x64, Server 2003/R2 x64)

Required to be installed before installing the patch. Windows Server 2008/R2, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users do not need to install this package.

Windows CompatibleHalf-Life Retail Update (size: ~50 MB)

BEFORE CONTINUING, make sure you have installed the Half-Life v1.1.1.0 patch first. If you haven't yet, follow this link to download it. Counter-Strike Retail users should download the v1.0.0.5 patch prior to installing this update. Installing the v1.1.1.2 patch without having v1.1.1.0 installed first will result in a corrupted installation. Should you have ignored all these warnings and installed the latest patch anyway, you can correct this issue by installing v1.1.1.0 first, after which you install v1.1.1.2 again.

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