GTA IV is an extremely demanding game when it comes to computer resources – perhaps one of the most graphic intensive game yet. And for those of us with average PCs, playing GTA IV can be pretty disappointing.
However, there are a few steps you can take to improve your gaming experience – even on a low-end PC.
Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV) is quite a large game – it uses almost 14 gigabytes on a hard-drive; therefore, when it’s installed on a computer, the files get “scattered” all over the hard-drive – causing delays (which results in lag) when the processor has to look for the files.
Fortunately, Microsoft has made available a neat little tool/file called Contig.exe (You can download contig.exe here). This file, when placed in any folder, will defragment (definition here) that folder. And as mentioned before, GTA IV’s installation folder is just littered with files that need to be defragmented. After using Contig for GTA IV, I gained about 5-8 fps (frames-per-second), which can make a huge difference in the gaming experience on an average computer.
However, using Contig for the first time can be a little confusing – as there are some specific steps that you have to take.
The following are the steps that you must follow in order to use Contig for Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV):
1. Download Contig.exe to your desktop. (You can find the download link here.) You must also download WinRAR. (Click here to download.) Both are very small files/programs, and won’t take very long to download.
2. Right-click on the folder that contains the Contig file and click Extract Here.
3. Find the folder where you installed GTA IV. This is usually somewhere in C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam.
(Tip: One way to find out where the game is installed is by right-clicking the shortcut to the game and then going to Properties. The location the game should be in the Target field.)
3. Right-click on Contig.exe (on your desktop where you downloaded it) and click Cut.
4. Right-click on an empty space in the GTA IV folder (step 2).
5. Click Paste.
6. Right-click the “new” Contig.exe file.
7. Click on Send To and then Desktop (Create Shortcut). This will create a shortcut on the Desktop.
8. Right-click on the Desktop-shortcut.
9. Click on Properties.
10. In the Target field/box, add a space, then this: -s (without the extra spaces) so that the end part should look like this:
11. Click OK and then double-click the Contig.exe shortcut on your desktop. Let the file finish its job and then run GTA IV.
You should notice a significant difference in the performance of the game.
Contig.exe will help improve the performance of any large game, as long as the original Contig.exe file (not the shortcut that you place on your Desktop) is placed in the folder where the game was installed.
Here’s a list of tips for improving game performance.