How to Create a CoD4 IWD File

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How to Create a CoD4 IWD File
Call of Duty 4 IWD files can be found on the original game disc. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

Call of Duty 4 (CoD 4) is a first-person shooter game that uses IWD files to compress game data and hold program resources such as levels, animations, textures and in-game movies within a single file. There are many IWD files in a CoD 4 game installation, but each IWD is labelled uniquely. The CoD 4 IWD files are located on the software's original disc in a folder titled "Resources."

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Call of Duty 4 disc

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    Power on your computer and log in to your operating system user account. Select the CoD 4 game icon and start the game. If you are missing any IWD files and need to create them from the original game disc, the program will display an error telling you specifically which IWD files it requires for play. Take note of the specific IWD files you need to create.

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    Insert your Call of Duty 4 original game disc and click "Start" then "My Computer." Open the disc in your browser and navigate to the "Resources" folder. All CoD 4 IWD files are stored in this location. Select the IWD files you need and right-click them. Click "Copy."

    How to Create a CoD4 IWD File
    Place your original CoD 4 disc in the disc tray. (notebook keyboard with open tray image by Ferenc Szelepcsenyi from
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    Go to "My Computer" and double-click the "C:\" hard-drive. Click "Program Files" then "Activision" and select the CoD 4 installation folder on your PC. Double-click it then double-click the folder titled "Resources." This is where you will create your new IWD CoD 4 files. Right-click anywhere within the "Resources" folder and click "Paste." Your PC will create new IWD files from your original CoD 4 disc and copy them to the game installation folder. Allow the file copy process to complete before running the game.

    How to Create a CoD4 IWD File
    Wait for the IWD file copying process to reach 100 per cent completion before attempting to play CoD 4. (100% satisfaction guaranteed belt image by patrimonio designs from

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you have enough free space available on your hard drive before attempting to copy additional IWD files from the CoD 4 disc.

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