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I can't get Age Of Empires 2 to work.

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    windows 8

    I can't get Age Of Empires 2 to work.


    So i've had the game for almost ten years and it worked fine for ages but since I have gotten new computers it doesn't seem to work. I dont know if its the new computers or if its the OS. The game installs fine, but when I go to play it, it comes up with the loading screen but then stays at my desktop and thats it. just nothing. Ive heard that there is a new HD version out and am kinda wondering if that will fix it and if not, how else can i fix it.

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Yes. So it seems, that the HD version will work (Steam release) so check the requirements here:
    Age of Empires

    I remember that I got the classic release running (compatibility mode XP...) but the menu's have bad colors.
    Windows 8 with age of empires?

    Might wanna check this steps here:
    Windows 8 with age of empires?
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    I have "Age of Kings" and "The Conquerors" running here, but resolution is oddly locked @ 1024x768. Age of Empires III runs nicely. No compatibility setting needed.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    I have "Age of Kings" and "The Conquerors" running here, but resolution is oddly locked @ 1024x768. Age of Empires III runs nicely. No compatibility setting needed.
    That's right! Compatibility mode is not needed.

    The older release doesn't allow high resolutions and HD but someone made a resolution patch: See Enigma's post in my third link above. I didn't had time to test it yet.
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    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    I'm no expert PC user but I do consider myself quite knowledgeable, and I'm very confident in stating my belief that my instructions (which are already linked to in this topic by Hopachi) are nearly foolproof and idiotproof. Maybe there's a slim chance that what I posted wont cover some little know arcane problem/issue/error with the 1st 3 AOE games, but I doubt it, I do believe what I posted would cover most problems with these games. No VMs, no compat modes, etc for *ANY* of these games, at least for me anyways. Or you can just buy the Steam version of AOE 2. I'm really hoping they will re-release a High Def version of AOE 1 on Steam soon as well, but havent heard any rumors of that kind yet.

    Hope I helped!
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