European Air War Help Site (EAWHS)  4-28-2018




"New Life for European Air War, MicroProse's long-lived
World War II Air Combat Flight Simulator / Arcade Style Game"

This site and the EAW Mediafire file archive are designed for newcomers and old-timers alike. To help them technically by getting their EAW PC game up and running. To improve and maintain their interest in the game by providing shared resources and help. By cutting down on the amount of work and research one has to do to not only play it, but to customize it as well.


General Help Docs | Source Coded Help Docs


Forum Contact | Credit



This section is for the primary Help Documents.


General Help Documents
These help documents are typical for Stock EAW; v1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and
the FXEXE (see the FXEXE Patch Help Document in the next section)
They are full of Introductory and Troubleshooting information.

  • Manually Install - How to quickly install the game into Windows, patch it and properly run it, with Troubleshooting help. Also includes speed and compatibility advanced options.
  • Joystick and Remappable - Learn how to best setup your Joystick and Pedals, as well as to assign your key functions to buttons. Troubleshooting help provided.
  • Sound Help Guide - Almost everything sound related to the game. Troubleshooting help provided.
  • Inside The eaw.ini - Very detailed information and notes about the various settings inside the eaw.ini file.
  • Multiplayer - Information on connecting, joining and hosting. With information on how add-ons work in multiplayer.
  • A.I. Getting To You? - How to tweak the behavior of the A.I. by way of Update Rate, Make the A.I. smarter. Also, a section on how to get Wingmen to listen to your Commands with improved results.
  • 1.1 AND 1.2 - Details of the advantages and disadvantages of using one version over the other, along with tips. Also included is a section on other ways to help make the game harder or more challenging.
  • Missions - Information and details on how to use saved mission files to your benefit and technical info.
  • Flight Testing and Training - Very basic suggestions you can try or should know about flying in EAW. Also Tips on how to do some unique things with the game.
  • Known Bugs and Feature Ideas - Focusing on bugs that are there in v1.0, 1.1 and v1.2. Also Known Video Problems are included that are basically the result of old hardware code in the game. From incompatibility with newer hardware to performance rating of the game. A detailed bug and featured list is included.


Source Coded Code Group Independent Versions Help Documents
 These help documents are typically for Custom SRC Mod v1.28+.
They are showcasing the new abilities and features in the topic title area.
You should also review the standard General Help Documents listed above for introductory help.


This section is for the game, source coded and modified types, which includes the official and independent game patches.

  • Full Review (MPS EAW) - A very rich and detailed review with specifications of this great game. Incorporated into the review are the changes from the two official MPS patches.
  • MicroProse Patches - A reprint and reformat of the list of changes of the only two official MPS EAW Team patches, the list contains most of the changes there where actually made in v1.1 and v1.2.
  • HexEdited Patches - Some of the various hex edited eaw.exe's replacements that fix problems and some that introduce some features, typically based on v1.2. A few are based on v1.1.
  • FXEXE Patches - An independent build of the game. This help document contains the details on this fascinating special effects version of the EAW game. Not only is the exe modified, but game data as well. Includes self contained additional help information.
  • CodeGroup Patches - An other independent game. This help document outlines many of the changes done through their closed source code. Full of details, but unfortunately lacking some of the changes and versions.


This section is for the downloads.

My  EAW MediaFire  File Archive: (Go here to browse and download files I have maintained for EAW) - Note however you will not find any of the core source coded modifications packages nor the manipulated FXEXE core downloads available on my web site as they change frequently with exe test versions and game data updates. Contact the authors of those modifications to obtain the core files.

A little history; I started this archive back in 1999 to 2002 as a personal project. Then I drifted away from EAW after that. 12 years later when I was using Windows 7, I decided to see if EAW would run on it, the answer to that is yes it does. So since May 2015 I have been re-archiving what the EAW community had and has to offer, using existing web sites, the wayback machine (old sites), what pilots send me and the Tally-Ho stored EAW community web sites and files that Sandbagger has saved over the years since 2002, fondly called "The EAW Grail" by some of the old timers. (You will find 85% of the files I have are from Tally-Ho but in different forms; such as archive size, file name and location.) I decided at some point to combine all these sources and post them online in a newly organize structure ever since. Below is a link to a descriptive help page that links folders on Mediafire, those folders contain the files.

  • Community Addons and Files - A descriptive list of a vast amount of Add-ons, Mods and Tools available to read about and download. Includes some add-on installation help and troubleshooting details.

Here are some of my more recent file contributions:

  • Graphical MSSWFF2 Joystick Profile - Just messing around and came up with this graphic showing the assigned functions to the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick.
  • Quick Reference Key Sheet -  Black and white single page default keyboard command key sheet image for v1.28+
  • Quick Keyboard Layout Card - A colored default keyboard command card image for v1.28+.
  • Quick Reference Key Sheet 160 - Black and white single page default keyboard command key sheet image for v1.60+
  • Quick Default Key List - A RTF document listing the default keys for v1.2+. Based on MPS Demo Key Sheet.
  • Custom EAW Images - Some EAW subject matter images (EAW Logos, Boxes, Icons, CD Pictures, etc) that where touched up and can be freely used in your projects, like for making a new EAW web site with some EAW type pictures! (I update this file now and then when new pictures come in).



This section is for featured web links related to helping EAW virtual pilots.

  • EAW PC Game Links - This help document lists the web pages that support EAW in some fashion. Includes helpful links to find Wrapper, Controller and OS support programs for use in game compatibility as well as game reviews and MPS Official patch downloads.
  • EAW on Linux Help Site - Teaches you how to properly setup EAW on a Linux OS. Plus a v1.28 Download and other specific help images and information associated with your game.
  • Tally-Ho - Sandbagger's community archive of sites and files , that he has maintained and collected since 2002.
  • 352nd Fighter Group Virtual EAW Squad - They have been re-activated since 2016 and Fly a Custom EAWv1.50, which you can download and join the forum there.
  • European Air War DOT NET - Discover details about flying EAW online with the new FXEXE patch. Links to the Launchpad Warroom / Gameroom where you interact with EAW enthuses.



Forum Contact:
You may contact me with any help, feedback or questions.

  • Post or PM me (MarkEAW) on the CombatACE EAW Forum or on the SimHQ EAW Forum.
  • If something is not correct on this site or file archive, please let me know. I strive for correctness.
  • I'm looking for ANY EAW archived files or information to add to my web site or file archives; Can you find it with in you to search for your old EAW files from back in the day? I'm in desperate need of any that you old timer EAW pilots have sitting on your HD or backup CDs. I want to fill this open and Helpful Shared Resource before those files and the old time EAW players are no longer available. Please contact me to let me know where I can obtain your files. Thanks in advance.


People of the past and present EAW Community who helped with new information and files by contact. Thank You!
JACKSPRAT, VBH, Jel, Moggy, Wheels, Weird_Crapolla, Nick B., Col.Gibbon, MKSheppard, Crashin' Jack, Neal O., FsFOOT, Modred
For more Credits, please see the top of each page on this site. I try to include the names of people that I have read forum post from, notes, or been contacted by. That information is then inserted into my documents, either in one form or another. Sometimes I expand or correct the information given, if needed and if possible.


This archive is dedicate to my friend; my Dad, who influenced me in aviation in the first place, who I love and enjoyed playing simulations with. Thanks Dad! (That one "got to me" he said).

Also in dedication to the World Wide Community of European Air War (EAW) fans, who have kept improving this WWII Air Combat Simulator even without having the games source code (at the time) and even so learning that after market pressure forced the original developers to reluctantly move on to other projects.


The content of this archive is for a flight-simulator game and is a fan website only. It is non-political and is not intended as an endorsement of any political or historical view. Not endorsed by any official developer or publishers and their affiliates.

This Site in its structure and design (Started Feb 2016) and The Mediafire EAW folder file archive (Started: May 2015), are done by me. This archive and site can not be used for personal gain. It can not be sold.

MICROPROSE is a registered trademark and European Air War is a trademark of MicroProse Software, Inc. under Hasbro. MICROPROSE was a wholly owned subsidiary of Hasbro Interactive, Inc.
then publisher Infogrames, then publisher Atari, now publisher Tommo, Inc.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders. Uses Smacker Video Technology, Copyright 1994-1996 by RAD Game Tools, Inc. 3D models in Intro, AutoPlay screen and Hangars by REM Infografica TM.