Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to play Age Of Empires II in Windows 8

So recently I had an itch to play Age Of Empires II - The Conquerors again, having never finished the campaigns yet. I tried it on my 64 bit windows 8 laptop and it just wouldn't work - I tried all sorts of settings, but the game would just start, then crash, without any explanation. I tried running it in compatibility mode with all versions of Windows possible, to no avail.

Too bad the Aztecs had no cavalry.

The solution that finally worked was, adding a piece of text to the target of the shortcut which runs it:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age2_x1\age2_x1.exe" NoStartup Msync NOSC Mfill 800

The issue was caused due to a direct draw conflict, which the added run parameters solved.

EDIT: This blog post is related to the original Age of Empires II, and not the Steam edition which runs on Windows 8 by default. Steam is awesome, and if you like Age of Empires II then get the HD edition here.