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[URL=""][/URL] Getting the Classics to Work in Windows XP One of the questions people ask the most on forums and in chat (even chat that's not C&C related! Really!) is "How do I install Red Alert 1 (or C&C: Gold) on Windows XP?" This guide will answer those two questions. Just so you know in advance, yes, it most certainly is possible to play C&C and Red Alert in Windows XP. Red Alert can even be played multi-player across the Internet in Windows XP! For Red Alert and C&C Single-player, all that's required is checking a few boxes and installing a few patches. (By the way, the original "Windows RG" parody of Windows ME can be found here).
On the whole, I'm going to keep this as simple and easy as possible, so pardon my excessive use of pictures. These instructions were created using Windows XP; if you're using Windows 2000 there will probably be slight differences, but if you're using Windows 2000 you're probably smart enough to recognise those differences anyways.
Note: This guide explains how to install and run the Windows or "Gold" version of C&C (aka C&C 95). A guide to installing the original DOS version was written by Nyerguds and can be found on hosted site C&C Meets Star Wars.
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Windows 2000 note To get the old executables (EXE) files to work under Windows 2000 and Windows XP, we're going to use a feature of Windows 2000 SP2 and Windows XP called "compatibility mode". Windows XP users have this feature enabled by default, but users of Windows 2000 (and only users of Windows 2000) must first install at least Service Pack 2 (SP3 is the latest). Once you've installed SP2 or SP3, you must then perform the following, as detailed in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 279792.
  1. Make sure you are logged on to Windows 2000 as a user with Administrative priviliges (or as the Administrator account itself). If yours is the only account on the system then it's probably an administrator account. Administrators accounts can make any changes in the control pannel, so if you can do that then you're an administrator.
  2. Open the start menu and click on "Run..."
  3. Type: regsvr32 %systemroot%\apppatch\slayerui.dll
  4. Hit Run (or press enter)
That's it. Now you have compatiblity modes available to you.
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Select Tools -> Folder Options If you're a Windows "newbie", then you may get confused by the following instructions that ask you to make a shortcut to setup.exe simply because when you open the CD-ROM, you see several setups, but nothing ending in .exe. The exe part of a filename is called its extension, and by default Windows hides the extensions of file types that it recognizes (exe being "executable" is one such type). Windows pros always turn this useless feature off. To do so, open up any folder and go to tools->Folder Options. Click on the "View" tab and remove the checkmark next to "Hide extensions for known file types" (you may also want to select "Show hidden files and folders" as well for true l33tness).

Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" You should have no trouble finding setup.exe now.
AUTOEXEC.NT issues We'll be using Windows XP "compatibility mode" feature to make C&C and RA think they're being run in Windows 95. Sometimes, this feature doesn't work. I'm not sure how this happens, but a surprisingly large number of people have said they get a bizzare error involving a file called Autoexec.nt when they try to use compatibility mode. If you have this problem, it's not a big deal. Grab your XP CD and refer to Microsoft Support Base Article 324767 for instructions on fixing the damaged compatibility mode files.
Installation The install steps for the two games are practically identical. If you perform this set of steps just once, you can re-use the shortcut to install all the games and their add-ons (Covert Operations, Counterstrike, and Aftermath). First, put a CD in the drive. Close the "autoplay" menu that comes up.

Close the Autoplay menu. Next, go to My Computer and right-click on the CD-ROM drive containing your C&C disc. Select "open".

Go to My Computer, and select Open (click for larger image) Find SETUP.EXE. Right-click on it and select "Create Shortcut". Windows will tell you that it can't place a shortcut here (since it's a CD-ROM, and you can't write to a CD-ROM); it will ask you if it should place a shortcut on the desktop instead. Say yes.

Find Setup.exe and select "Create Shortcut" (click for larger version) Locate the new shortcut on the desktop. Right-click on it and select "Properties".

Locate the new shortcut and open its properties dialog box Go to the "Compatibility" tab of the properties box. Check the box labelled "Run this program incompatibility mode" and select "Windows 95" from the drop-down box below it. Click OK.

Enable Windows 95 compatibility mode for SETUP.EXE Now, double-click the shortcut to SETUP.EXE to install the game(s). Some things to remember:
  • DO NOT let any of the discs install DirectX! The version(s) on the discs are INCREDIBLY out of date and the default is to install them. Windows XP is pretty decent at protecting itself from stupid installers, but you don't want to take any chances. Actually this is a specific application of a good rule for installing stuff in general: don't blindly click "next" without reading.
  • On a related note, you probably also have a much newer version of Adobe Acrobat, so don't let C&C/RA install that either.
  • You don't need to reboot after installing any of the games, even if they tell you to.
  • The install order goes as follows: Red Alert, then Counterstrike, then the 1.08 patch (if necessary, see below) then Aftermath, then the 3.03 patch (see below), then Westwood Online (see below). If you install Counterstrike after Aftermath then you run the risk of messing up your Red Alert executable since Counterstrike includes an older version and you'll have to uninstall and then re-install everything.
  • Go ahead and install Westwood Chat from the CDs, but be aware that the version(s) on the CDs are horribly out of date. This means that some of your shared Internet components for the two newer RTS games (Red Alert 2 and Tiberian Sun) may get overwritten and you may have to re-install them. We also have downloadable versions of Westwood Online in our WOL files area although they're kind of useless at the moment since WOL for the older games is just not working (use GameSpy Arcade instead)
  • Installing the games is probably going be very slow; this is because of the way compatibility mode works.
Playing Like installing, the instructions for modifying the shortcuts to be able to play C&C and Red Alert are basically identical. I'm going to be using the C&C shortcuts, but it's exactly the same instructions for the Red Alert shortcuts; just replace "C&C" with "Red Alert".
First, open the Start menu. Browse to "All Programs", then "Westwood", then "Command & Conquer Windows 95 Edition". Right-click on the shortcut labelled "C&C Windows 95 Edition" (i.e. the one that will start the game if you clicked on it) and select "Properties".

Open the properties window for the Start menu shortcut Now, do the same as you did for SETUP.EXE, above, when you installed the game: go to the "Compatibility" tab of the properties box. Check the box labelled "Run this program incompatibility mode" and select "Windows 95" from the drop-down box below it. Click OK.

Enable Windows 95 compatibility mode for C&C Gold Here ends the combined instructions. There are additional, different, steps for each of the games; see below. When playing the games remember you MUST use this modified shortcut to run C&C. You cannot use the autoplay menu. You also cannot use any other method to start the game. You can use other shortcuts to start the game but only if you modify them in the same way as you did this one (enabling compatibility mode for Windows 95).
Red Alert First, if - and ONLY if - you don't have Aftermath installed, you need the Red Alert patch (French, German versions). Once again, this is ONLY if you DON'T have Aftermath. If you have Aftermath (which is version 2.0) and you install this you will mess up Red Alert and will have to re-install everything (except the patch, which you shouldn't have installed in the first place). If you have Counterstrike, you should install Counter-Strike and then the patch (Counterstrike is version 1.07)
Next, you need the (unofficial) Red Alert Internet Patch (aka the "303" patch). The version linked by our FilePlanet download is the manual patch, which functions correctly. There is an "automatic" version of the patch that does not function correctly, so do not use it. This will let you play with 4 players online or on a LAN. This file (appears) to be for all versions of Red Alert. If it didn't work with your language-specific version, please let me know and I will try to see if there are other versions. This Internet patch is for all Red Alert users; whether you have classic RA, the Counterstrike add-on, the Aftermath add-on, or both Counterstrike and Aftermath.
To enable the 303 patch to work, you also need the latest version of the Westwood Online Software - if you don't install this yourself, after applying the 303 patch Red Alert will ask you to install it automatically, which will fail. Go to our WOL essential files section and grab the appropriate download. Once it's installed, you can now play on a LAN (see our Network Guide for info about setting up your LAN to play RA1 - there are a few "quirks").
You're almost ready to play online. Regrettably, due to the nature of Red Alert you cannot connect directly to someone just by knowing their IP. You must use a match-making service. The two that are available are GameSpy Arcade and Westwood Online. Go get GameSpy Arcade if you don't have it; it's by far the more useable of the two. If you hate ads or despise GameSpy, though, you can still use Westwood Chat. Red Alert's ingame WOL connection system won't work. You must use the separate Westwood Chat client. If you've gotten this far in the procedure, then you've already got the latest version of Westwood Chat, so no problems there. Fire it up from your start menu - there are still a few people playing RA online.
Once you've got WOL or GSA installed, you're ready to rumble. Both these match-making services work in essentially the same way. First, you gather everybody in the GSA/WOL chat room. Pick one person who will make the game once Red Alert starts (more on this later). Next, you get the matchmaking service to launch Red Alert. Behind the scenes, the service starts up a network emulation system that makes Red Alert think the Internet connections between yourself and the other players is really a classic IPX network. When Red Alert starts, go to Multiplayer -> Network game. Whoever was the appointed "game-maker" should host a new game and everybody else should join in. Once the settings are right, launch and play.
C&C: Gold UPDATE, DECEMBER 5, 2004: A way to play C&C95 over a network in Windows XP and 200 has been found! Read the Tech Troopers article, C&C 95-Over-TCP/IP in Windows XP.
Unfortunately, the patch that allows Windows 2000 and Windows XP users to play C&C Gold disables LAN play; apparently, you can still play by modem or serial, however. So, if you and a buddy both have modems, then go ahead and open up. Or, if you've got two computers joined by a null-modem cable, then that should work too. If, however, you've got a LAN or broadband Internet or your buddy lives in Nepal while you're in Morrocco, then you can't use those solutions (unless you want to pay $10 a minute in long-distance charges to play C&C). What we really need is something that will "emulate" a serial port (COM1, COM2, COM3, etc.) and pass information to and from it across the Internet. Thus, C&C will send stuff to COM3; the emulator sends it across TCP/IP to another computer; the other computer's emulator sends it to C&C via another serial port. I am currently looking into such a solution. I've almost got it to work, but something keeps going wrong. If I do manage to get it to work, I'll have it in another tech troopers article (and I'll modify this one to point to it).
Meanwhile, to be able to run C&C at all in Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you need to install the 2000/XP patch. This patch replaces a file, thipx32.dll, in your C&C95 directory with a new one that disables LAN play (in exchange for working at all under Windows 2000/XP).
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