Alright, so after help from Rhett and option.iv I was finally able to get DayZ running, through Steam, in a customized window mode resolution. Details will follow below later tonight. Overall, it wasn't too complicated once Rhett figured it out.
EDIT: Step-by-step guide for installing a retail (in this case Gamefly digital) copy are below, this is assuming you purchased Arma 2: Combined Operations
:1. Download Arma 2 & Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead2. Install Arma 2
(I chose C:\Program Files\ as my base path)
--2a. Install Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead (same folder/path as Arma 2).3. Download & Install Patch(es)
--3a. Download patch 1.50-1.60
, and/or patch 1.60-1.62
--3b. Install patch 1.50-1.60 first if necessary, otherwise install patch 1.60-1.62. Installing the patch(es) is easy, simply extract the .zip contents to a separate folder and then run the .exe to initial the patch process. The on-screen instructions will guide you the rest of the way.4. Download & Install "Beta Patch"
--4a. Download the latest "Beta Patch
". This will be the first .zip file at the top and will also be the largest build number.
--4b. Installing the patch is easy, simply extract the .zip contents to a separate folder and then run the .exe to initial the patch process. The on-screen instructions will guide you the rest of the way.5. Download & Install DayZ
(about damn time!
--5a. Download the latest DayZ "Manual installation" build
(scroll to the very bottom) from the official site. (You can also grab the torrent version which is below the manual installation section).
--5b. Installing the DayZ mod is easy, simply extract the .zip contents to a separate folder, and label this new folder "@DayZ" (no quotes). Inside the newly created "@DayZ" folder you will want to create another folder called "Addons" (if one doesn't already exist) and move ALL files into this new folder. Now you need to move the enter "@DayZ" folder to your Arma 2 installation. My path looks like this: "C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\@DayZ\Addons" but yours may be different based on operating system and folder/drive setup. All that is important is "ArmA 2\@DayZ\Addons".
--5c. Download & Install DayZ Commander
to keep your DayZ mod up-to-date. Once DZC is installed, go to "install/update" at the top and click "install" next to DayZ mod (build #) if necessary. This step is optional.
You can manually update DayZ should you choose to do so.6. Add Game to Steam
--6a. Load Steam and go to Games >> Add a Non-Steam Game to my Library, and then browse to your installation folder and select "arma2oa.exe". Steam will now add Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead to your Steam Library (locally).
--6b. Find "ARMA 2 Combined Operations" in your library and then right-click and click Properties. Find the Target and replace what you see with the following:
"C:\Program Files\Bohemia Interactive\ArmA 2\arma2OA.exe" -mod=Arma2;EXPANSION;CA;@DayZ -beta=Expansion\beta;Expansion\beta\Expansion -nosplash
(include quotes). Click Close when done.7. PLAY
--7a. If all goes well, you can click "PLAY" in Steam and Arma 2 will launch. If it is a success, you should see a black screen with the DayZ logo, followed by DayZ in the top right corner once the game loads.
--7b. Click on Expansions on the main menu and make sure DayZ has a green box next to it. If it does not, click on @DayZ and click Enable. Otherwise click @DayZ and then click OK. You will return to the main menu where you can click Multiplayer and should be taken into the server screen. Pick a server and enjoy
*Note: You will need at least 25 GB of free space to install Arma 2: Combined Operations. 17 GB will be your final installed folder size, the extra 8-9 GB is for extracting files during installation.
Edited by SynGamer, 15 September 2012 - 12:30 AM.