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In Topic: C&C Red Alert 2 - Windows 8, Windows 10 Fix

15 October 2017 - 07:33 PM


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.



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.


-          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:


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..