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#151 zampedie

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 03:33 PM

I downloaded xwiss game.  Followed patch instructions at the start of this.  Then I followed instructions in the you tube video link.  Finally, Game Works!!!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtwQ4qBPJMQ



#152 invincible

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 07:33 PM

Hi,

I have been having issues installing RA2 and getting it up and running.

I have tried to include a thorough run through of what i've done for reference. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

 

Prerequisite - Went to Control Panel and removed all programs either related to Westwood or Command and Conquer. I did this because years ago when I played C&C I thought something may have been left over that was causing issues. Also searched my computer for Westwood and Command and Conquer and removed anything I could find.

System set up:

I am using a Dell Inspiron laptop which has 2 hard drives; C and E:

C contains Windows (250GB total / 100GB free)

E is just storage (500GB total / 200GB free)

OS: Windows 10 Home

Processor: Intel ® Core ™ i5 CPU M 480 @ 2.67GHz 2.66 GHz

Display Adapter: Intel ® HD graphics

Installed Memory (RAM): 8GB

System Type: 64-bit OS

 

Steps followed

1.)    Download Red Alert 2 from: http://xwis.net/downloads/Red-Alert-2-Multiplayer.exe

a.       (File download Location: C:\Users\James\Downloads)

2.)    Ran file as administrator

a.       (File installed location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Red Alert 2)

3.)    Download Red Alert 2 compatibility fix from: http://cncftw.com/Data/2_Patches/Red_Alert_2-Windows_8_and_10_Fix.zip

a.       (File download Location: C:\Users\James\Downloads)

4.)    Followed steps exactly as described in the first post at: http://xwis.net/forums/index.php/topic/182360-cc-red-alert-2-windows-8-windows-10-fix/

a.       Extracted Downloaded file into the same download directory

b.      Opened Folder: Red_Alert_2-Windows_8_and_10_Fix

c.       Opened Folder: Red Alert 2 - Windows 10 Fix

d.      Opened Folder: Compatibility Database

e.      Right clicked and run as administrator .bat File: Double Click Me

                                                               i.      Clicked Yes to allow app to make changes to my device

                                                             ii.      C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe popped up

                                                            iii.      Pressed the Enter Key

f.        Opened Folder: Game Files

                                                               i.      Copied all

g.       Pasted all files into: C:\Program Files (x86)\Red Alert 2

                                                               i.      Provided Administrator approval when prompted

h.      For the following 4 files:

                                                               i.      Red Alert 2.exe

                                                             ii.      Ra2.exe

                                                            iii.      Mph.exe

                                                           iv.      Game.exe

i.         Applied the following Compatibility settings

                                                               i.      Ticked the box for: “Run this program in compatibility mode for - Windows 7”

                                                             ii.      Ticked the box for: “Reduced colour mode – 16 bit (65536) colour”

                                                            iii.      Un-ticked the box for: “Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution”

                                                           iv.      Ticked the box for: “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings”

                                                             v.      Ticked the box for: “Run this program as administrator”

5.)    Right clicked the file ra2.exe and ran as administrator

 

What worked

-          First loading screen showing the airships over the statue of liberty loaded.

-          Alt+Tab from the menu successfully brings me back to my desktop fine.

Problems

-          Initial menu screen shows, but no text or radar animation and no way to proceed. No buttons do anything.

One thing I have checked to see if “C&C Red Alert 2 - Compatibility Fix” was in my programs and features list and it wasn’t.

To try to solve this, I again right click and run as administrator.bat File: Double Click Me. The cmd window pops up but the text contains an error message this time:

“Error: couldn’t find file ‘C:\WINDOWS\system32\RA2-compatability-fix.smd’

To try to solve this, I copied the file: ‘RA2-Comaptibility-Fix’ found in:

C:\Users\James\Downloads\Red_Alert_2-Windows_8_and_10_Fix\Red Alert 2 - Windows 10 Fix\Compatibility Database

And pasted it to:

C:\Windows\System32
 

After this, I again right click and run as administrator.bat File: Double Click Me.

This time cmd window says installation complete and now when I check programs and features, I can see a file called’ “C&C Red Alert 2”

 

However, after running ra2.exe again, the same problem occurs. I get to the menu screen and nothing happens.

I have seen references to ddraw files helping out, but I haven’t done anything with these yet as there seem to be a various number of these mentioned over time.

Any suggestions?

If you want to play on Win 10 just do all of this and run game.exe . Works perferctly..



#153 Niek

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:48 PM

Uninstall windows 10.

 

 

 

Install windows Xp.

 

 

 

Best Windowns Ever.


 

 

 

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#154 TAK02

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 06:49 AM

Uninstall windows 10.

 

 

 

Install windows Xp.

 

 

 

Best Windowns Ever.


 

 

 

:smoke:

Seconded.

I say we wreck MicroBrains' Slaverhouse with some Apocs.



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:57 PM

Uninstall windows 10.

 

 

 

Install windows Xp.

 

 

 

Best Windowns Ever.


 

 

 

 

:smoke:

install MS-DOS and play SuperMARIO  :D 

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#156 fir3w0rx

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:16 AM

install MS-DOS and play SuperMARIO  :D

You mean MARIO & LUIGI? I used to love that game! It was better than all the official MS-DOS Mario games.
 
But back on-topic, another thing Windows 8/10 users can try is what FunkyFr3sh suggested:
http://xwis.net/forums/index.php/topic/184623-ddrawcompat-improve-game-performance-and-fix-win-810-bugs/

 

I just thought I'd add it to this topic before it gets lost in the forums.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:31 AM

You mean MARIO & LUIGI? I used to love that game! It was better than all the official MS-DOS Mario games.
 
But back on-topic, another thing Windows 8/10 users can try is what FunkyFr3sh suggested:
http://xwis.net/forums/index.php/topic/184623-ddrawcompat-improve-game-performance-and-fix-win-810-bugs/

 

I just thought I'd add it to this topic before it gets lost in the forums.

i just kidding, bro  :) 


But back on-topic  :p decision FunkyFr3sh works very well    :thumbsup:


Edited by iOS10, 11 November 2017 - 07:34 AM.


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Posted 11 November 2018 - 12:53 PM

BUMP:

chk out these DLLs. They work for both RA2 and YR, XWIS or retail:
 

https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=44960

https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=564264#564264

https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=44326


Edited by TAK02, 11 November 2018 - 04:46 PM.


#159 Ismael100

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 06:56 AM

What exactly does this fix? I want to know if my challenge is due to needing this update



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Posted 21 November 2018 - 05:22 PM

Unless you think you have problems with RA2 or YR or maybe even Tiberian Sun as smoothly as on the older OSs like Windows 95, 98, 2000 or XP, you don't need anything the three topics or the downloads in there.
 

Still, even if you don't have problems, you might still have some performance issues that aren't noticeable.

Or just chk out the topics just for fun...



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Posted 08 December 2018 - 11:40 AM

 

or this https://ppmforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=574752#574752




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