thats because of a copy right bug- you need to uninstall all traces of ra2
^^ I think your right. I've been looking up some stuff on-line... Seems like its some sort of anti piracy method implemented by Westwood, no CD protection or something like that.
I own the game like three times, the original release (which I can't find), Command & Conquer: The First Decade (I sued the serial code from this to register with XWIS), as well as Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection on Origin (which I used to install the game).
So I will try un-installing & re-installing using "The First Decade disc" rather than through Origin & see if that makes any difference.