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synaptix

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Which AoE are you trying to play? I'm playing AoE3 without problems on Windows 8 DP 8102 with no compatibility mode set.
 

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Kytopia

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Windows 8 With age of empires 3?

It does not seem to work for me on windows 8
when i open it it seems to crash or somthing
i tried changing it to run in windows 7 mode but that didnt work
any help?
 

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synaptix

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It does not seem to work for me on windows 8
when i open it it seems to crash or somthing
i tried changing it to run in windows 7 mode but that didnt work
any help?

Are you talking about the compatibility warning it gives you? If so, just ignore it and run anyway.

If it's an error, could you please post a screenshot of the error? It may help people to help you.
 
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xsilverxdark

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Does AoE 1 work? Me and my friend play multiplayer on that one when he's here
 

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vrosa

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I wouldnt bet, in AOE 2 the colors of objects change, the water was dark, and the field yellowish
 

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Hopachi

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AOE 2 in Windows 7 x64 has bad colors: pink water and stuff.

I tried it in DP x86 and the colors were good :cool: ingame works good, only the menu's were bad :(. Maybe it's an issue on Win7 and Win8 x64 editions?

I'll try it in CP x64 but as vrosa said it's not looking too good for now for AOE 2 (or lower).
 

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PsYkOn4uT

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i have the same problem, its not showing any errors, im even runnign in compat mode. the only thing that happens when i try to play is. "Protection Stub" in task manager starts using up about 3/4 of my system resources for about 5 - 7 minutes then the splash for the game will come up, Windows changes the display res and then AOE process terminates or freezes.


2GB RAM - Only Using about 500mb with just windows running

AMD Athlon Dual Core QL-62 2.0ghz

On a lappy with nVidia GeForce 8200m
 

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Hopachi

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Hi there,

Some time ago I tested AOE2 in Dev Preview x86 and it works well ingame (worked even in Virtualbox with good colors).

I tested AOE2 in Windows 8 CP x64 in VMware Player. I can say that it works just as well as in x86.
The menu's are changed in color (as always) but it works well ingame.

To begin this is a screenshot of AOE2 match in Win7 x64 SP1:
aoe2-win7x64.png
That's the pink water I've been complaining about + the rest is also bad-looking.
The screenshot (printscreen) looks worse than what you normally see when you play. There are with no doubt issues (graphics is old with 16bit color or lower). => Surprisingly when you enter the game: The menu looks OK.

Now this is the menu in Windows 8 CP x64:
aoe2-menu.png
The colors are diffrent than normal.

Now for ingame:
general:
aoe2-land.png
looks good

Trees:
aoe2-forest.png
good, as expected

But most importantly water:
aoe2-water.png
very good (looks normal) (compared with the mess from win7)

lake:
aoe2-lake.png

The game in x64 couldn't start. The fix was to add extra registry settings to Wow6432Node:
regsettings.png

The game works well in Windows 8 x64.
Age of Empires 2 (v.2.0a) works well without compatibility settings (only the registry fix needs to be applied if not working well without).
So for me it can be added to the list of working games in the well known thread here on the forum.

That's it

Hopachi
 

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aditiagarwal

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Hey .. I am also having issues while installing on windows 8. The games get installed but the end it gives an error "1628 failed to complete installation". I am able to play age of empire III but not able to install the Asian dynasty :(

Please help !!

I have tried various fixed but with no useful result like
1. Updating the Install Shield
2. Doing a fresh install
 

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Hopachi

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Hey .. I am also having issues while installing on windows 8. The games get installed but the end it gives an error "1628 failed to complete installation". I am able to play age of empire III but not able to install the Asian dynasty :(

Please help !!

I have tried various fixed but with no useful result like
1. Updating the Install Shield
2. Doing a fresh install

The game probably has compatibility issues on Win8.

You can try to install the required msxml packages and directx9c.
Then run the game's installer in compatibility mode where it's designed to work: Vista, 7 or XP.
 

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Hopachi

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I copied the installation folder from my Win 7 computer to Win 8 and it just ran as if it had been installed. No problems so far.

That's a good fix. Yep!

If there are any other (minor) issues you also need to export the game's registry settings from Win7 registry (to do all properly what the installer should have done). But this is not always required, only in some cases.
 

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Enigma

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I am going to provide what I believe to be a failproof and idiotproof solution for all 3 AOE games, without needing to muck around with virtual machines, compatibility modes, etc, and after going through alot of headaches and spending months getting these games to work perfectly. my advice is a mixture of what is seen above. However, i do not gaurantee it will work for everyone else.

For AOE 1: Make sure to install the game as Administrator, and make sure to select the Full option when installing. For some reason a regular/Microsoft account with administrator privilidges may not be able to install the game, sometimes the installer will hang at the end (99/100%) when attempting to copy EULA.RTF. My solution for this is to activate the hidden Administrator account (net user administrator /active:yes at an elevated command prompt), log in to that account, run the installer as Administrator, and then log out. If you do not wish to keep the Admin account active then simply issue the net user administrator /active:no command at an elevated command prompt when finished. Make sure you download the latest patches for AOE and its' Rise Of Rome expansion from Microsoft Age of Empires and The Official Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome, and then apply them. I would also use no-cd cracks just to eliminate a bit of hassle, but this is entirely individual preference. To fix the color issues you can either kill Explorer.exe before starting each game (which will prevent you from using any functions related to Explorer, or accessing the Taskbar, etc).......... or you can use an app called Windows 7 DirectDraw patcher. This patcher puts an entry into your Registry that fixes the color issues. Just make sure you backup each entry with the Registry's Export function (File> Export), because they have a tendency to disappear if you don't, or the color issues may still be present. You can download the patcher from http://static.macuyiko.com/files/w7ddpatcher/w7ddpatcher.zip. Or you can just download my attached .reg files and import them into your Registry (if you think they're malicious then just open them with any text editor and check the contents for yourself).

For AOE 2: Also make sure to choose the full install option, and apply the latest official patches (Aoe of Kings, Microsoft Age of Empires II: Age of Kings), (The Conquerors Expansion, FilePlanet: Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors 1.0c update). And optionally use no-cd cracks. There is also a widescreen patcher by BoekaBart that will allow you to use any resolution you want, get it from http://www.boekabart.net/aoe2wide/latestpatcher/AoE2WideSetup.msi. It needs a no-cd crack to be able to patch age2_x1.exe for widescreen support, this is mandatory. The patcher refuses to recognize an original uncracked exe. But not just any crack will work the one you need is at Age Of Empires 2: The Conquerors No-CD Patches & Game Fixes- GameBurnWorld. Get the one that says "AGE OF EMPIRES 2: THE CONQUERORS v1.0c [ENGLISH] NO-CD/FIXED EXE #2 (977KB). Before running the patcher make sure to set your screen res to whatever res you would like the game to use (in the Control Panel for Windows, not the game). This will determine what res the patcher chooses. Then run AoE2Wide.exe (as admin) from whatever folder you installed it to (preferably in the same folder as the game). It will create a file in the game's root folder, rename it to age2_x1.exe and replace the original age2_x1.exe (located in the age2_x1 folder). Then uninstall the patcher and any other files it created, it isnt needed at this point. Backup age2_x1.exe afterwards and also make a copy of the .drs file (its' name will have numbers in it) located in the Data folder. Those are the only 2 files you need. Then run age2_x1.exe (wont work with empires2.exe), select the highest listed resolution in the options screen at main menu, and launch any campaign. Voila, widescreen enabled! You will also need to use the DirectDraw patcher for AOE2, it has the same color issues as AOE 1.

For AOE 3: I'm not sure if this will work on the retail version, since mine is Steam version, although I'm sure it will. For this you will not need cracked files, the latest patches for these games remove the need to insert the disc. Install the original AOE 3 first, and then Warchiefs, and then Asian Dynasties. And once again apply the latest patches for each game (Ensemble Studios: Age of Empires III: Game Updates, Age Of Empires, and
Age Of Empires). You will also need to install MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3 (Download MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 3 (Microsoft XML Core Services) from Official Microsoft Download Center, get msxml.msi and msxmlcab.exe, and then run msxml.msi. Then check Windows Update and download any available updates for this. Afterwards run the game, it will warn about a codec or similar being missing, just ignore it and tick/check the box that says to not mention it again. The game should run normally. If you dont hear the background music while at the main menu then that is an indicator that your system is missing a codec, you might want to consider getting a codec pack like K-lite. If not then dont worry about it.

If this helped then please give thanks spent about an hr writing it out and double checking for mistakes.

DISCLAIMER: I do not support piracy, please only use this info for legal copies. The cracked files and reference to them do not infer any support of law-breaking. I simply use them to make gaming easier, and I prefer Steam for my games anyways.

You can get all the fixes and files listed above from https://dl.dropbox.com/s/5cxdmtrm57..._WhaqCoKVmX2pmkaGJB9oVu6tpN-2wukFFf5r4Ig&dl=1

You will need 7-Zip to open/extract it.

Well, back to some Absolution action!



EDIT: I just noticed that AOE 2 HD Edition is being released exclusively to Steam early next month, have a look at Save 10% on Age of Empires II HD on Steam. For around $20 to $25 it's yours if you preorder. I definitely plan to buy it. None of the above fixes should be necessary for this version ( I hope, anyways).

I also used my own advice for the 1st 2 AOE games that I obtained from Wal-Mart, they sell a bundled edition called AOE Gold that contains the 1st and 2nd games as well as their expansions. The games are not fully patched to the latest version though, so you will still need to apply those manually. I couldnt get the games to recognize the Gold discs after installing the patches, so I used cracks instead. But my advice should still work on any original retail installation media besides the Gold edition.
 
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matjaz1962

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hello! i've got a problem with aoe2hd and aoe3 that i bought on steam in a bundle for 25euros. when i click on aoe2hd icon the launcher starts up then when i hit Play nothing happens and i dont know what to do. when i try to play aoe3 i get a black screen with a couple of clicking sounds for a few seconds then nothing happens and then i have to ctrl+alt+delete to get out of the game. i was asking on steam about this problem and no one has answered me so i found this forum and i hope someone has a solution. help me please?
 

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Enigma

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@ Matjaz1962: Sorry, I cant help with those, since I've never had those issues. The best I can recommend is to try reinstalling the games, check the games' cache files via Steam, and try setting the games' executables to Run As Administrator (Right-click, go to Properties, tick the Run As Administrator checkbox, click, Apply, then OK).

Hope that helps!
 

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Enigma

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Try "obtaining" (I'll leave the definition open to your interpretation) a retail copy of AOE3 and AOE2, then follow my advice above. They should work. If not, then your issues are beyond my explanation. But if they do work then the problem definitely lies with either your PC configuration (most likely) or with Steam. My copies of these Steam games work fine with no fixes necessary.
 

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matjaz1962

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i did get the aoe2 gold edition and it works fine with no problem. then i installed the aoe3 game that i obtained and i get the same result as aoe3 from Steam. and i did everything like you wrote. i dont know what is the problem,anyway thanks for your answer.
 

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