[Guide] [How to fix] Unable to save in-game settings? Come here

SirPanoCFESSirPanoCFES Worthy
edited June 4 in CrossFire Guides
I am posting this thread because many people tend to have this problem regularly, particularly on Discord.

You can test 3 options: One should work.

#1. Keyboard not compatible with CrossFire West.

This method (#1) only works and applies if you receive this message:

If you don't get it, please bypass this step. Go to #2 or #3.



If you are using a QWERTZ (German) keyboard, please ensure you tick the box saying "German" in the game options. If you are using a QWERTZ (German) keyboard and the English box is ticked/checked/marked (or as you want to call it) in the game options, you will receive the previous message.

Both must be on the "same page."

QWERTY = English (at in-game settings and the Keyboard layout on Windows.)
QWERTZ = German (at in-game settings and the Keyboard layout on Windows.)

Consider the following: CrossFire West only supports English (US) QWERTY keyboards and German QWERTZ keyboards (If you have not selected the correct option in-game settings, this will not work).

It will help if you have a real English (US) QWERTY keyboard. You can try this method, although it is recommended to have a real one:

Check the configuration on Windows (Control Panel / Language).
Step 1: Go to the Start button and open "Control Panel."
Step 2: Choose the option "Clock, Language, and Region."
Step 3: Select "Regional and Language Options," and in the "Installed Services" section, click "Add."
Step 4: If your keyboard is set to "French" (AZERTY) change it to "English US/UK" (QWERTY) or German (QWERTZ)."
Step 5: In the "Keyboard" section, choose "English (US) QWERTY and apply the changes by clicking "OK."

This is AZERTY:


This is QWERTZ:


This is QWERTY:


#2. System.dat. Uncheck the "read-only" property


Uncheck that box (Read-only). You may have that file (system.dat) set to "read-only," and the game cannot write into it. If so, that's why the game can't modify or change these parameters on the settings.

  1. Go to the CrossFire folder on My documents.
  2. My Documents, please.
  3. Find the file called "System.dat."
  4. Right-click/properties and uncheck "read-only" and try clicking "Save changes."

#3 Windows Defender.
If these steps do not work, try this method: Windows Defender has a new option or feature called “Controlled Folder Access (CFA)” on Windows. You must turn off/disable this feature on Windows Defender Security Center or another antivirus. By doing this, you will be able to save the game settings again.

PD: Make sure you do it outside the game.
#4 Microsoft OneDrive.
It's simply: disable/turn off Microsoft OneDrive on Windows.


  • SerxzSerxz Beginner
    I already have the QWERTY keyboard English and I still receive the message to check my keyboard type,, the system.dat file in documents also the read-only is unchecked.. the controlled folder access of the anti-virus is already turned off.. however nth seemed to resolve the issue,, any other suggestions?
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