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C&C Ultimate Collection & Windows 10

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C&C Ultimate Collection & Windows 10

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Hello,


your kind advice is highly valued before i purchase C&C Ultimate Collection. i have two questions:


1. can i play it with Windows 10? as i have noticed alot of complains about this issue
2. can i play the old revisions of the game (command and conquer generals + command and conquer generals zero:hour)?


thank you in advance

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@majeds14

 

1. You have to realize this is a tech support forum; only people with problems come here, which might give a slightly skewed perspective. I rather suspect most people who buy the bundle don't have too many problems. That said, the pinned threads on top of the forum here do have a bunch of general advice to make the older games run better on newer systems. For all of the games, it's advised to disable the "Origin In Game" feature in the game's settings in the Origin client program; the system simply doesn't work with any of the C&C games, and destabilizes a lot of them. Besides that, you might need to find the game folders and tweak the compatibility modes on the games' executable files a bit to get them all working right.

 

2. With "older revisions" do you mean the original CD/DVD versions, or just the older games? Because C&C Generals is still about ten years away from the actual oldest games in the series, y'know.

 

Generally, the games that will give the most problems are usually those in the middle of the series; those that start using Windows features that have changed since then. The very oldest games, namely Command & Conquer 1, Red Alert 1 and Tiberian Sun have all been upgraded with community-created unofficial patches that fix a lot of their bugs and compatibility problems, and Red Alert 2 uses more or less the same game engine as Tiberian Sun, so a lot of the tech support for that is similar to TS. I'm personally more well-versed in this generation of the games, and these are the patches I advise for them:

Command & Conquer 1:

Red Alert 1:

Tiberian Sun:

Red Alert 2:

  • The graphics system patch DDWrapper is known to solve the "black screen" issue.
    Download the zip file and extract "ddraw.dll" and "aqrit.cfg" into your game folder. Then, open the configuration file "aqrit.cfg" in Notepad, change the "ForceDirectDrawEmulation" option to 1, save the file, and the game should work.

Do note that the first three games are freeware; the pages I linked to for them should also have the full game download on them somewhere. For RA, it's part of the same installer, but you have to make sure to check the boxes in the wizard to include both game discs. For TS, you just have to scroll down in the forum thread a bit to find it.

 

 

As for C&C Generals... I advise looking around the sticky threads here and following the advice on compatibility modes and such.


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Re: C&C Ultimate Collection & Windows 10

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Hero

@majeds14

 

1. You have to realize this is a tech support forum; only people with problems come here, which might give a slightly skewed perspective. I rather suspect most people who buy the bundle don't have too many problems. That said, the pinned threads on top of the forum here do have a bunch of general advice to make the older games run better on newer systems. For all of the games, it's advised to disable the "Origin In Game" feature in the game's settings in the Origin client program; the system simply doesn't work with any of the C&C games, and destabilizes a lot of them. Besides that, you might need to find the game folders and tweak the compatibility modes on the games' executable files a bit to get them all working right.

 

2. With "older revisions" do you mean the original CD/DVD versions, or just the older games? Because C&C Generals is still about ten years away from the actual oldest games in the series, y'know.

 

Generally, the games that will give the most problems are usually those in the middle of the series; those that start using Windows features that have changed since then. The very oldest games, namely Command & Conquer 1, Red Alert 1 and Tiberian Sun have all been upgraded with community-created unofficial patches that fix a lot of their bugs and compatibility problems, and Red Alert 2 uses more or less the same game engine as Tiberian Sun, so a lot of the tech support for that is similar to TS. I'm personally more well-versed in this generation of the games, and these are the patches I advise for them:

Command & Conquer 1:

Red Alert 1:

Tiberian Sun:

Red Alert 2:

  • The graphics system patch DDWrapper is known to solve the "black screen" issue.
    Download the zip file and extract "ddraw.dll" and "aqrit.cfg" into your game folder. Then, open the configuration file "aqrit.cfg" in Notepad, change the "ForceDirectDrawEmulation" option to 1, save the file, and the game should work.

Do note that the first three games are freeware; the pages I linked to for them should also have the full game download on them somewhere. For RA, it's part of the same installer, but you have to make sure to check the boxes in the wizard to include both game discs. For TS, you just have to scroll down in the forum thread a bit to find it.

 

 

As for C&C Generals... I advise looking around the sticky threads here and following the advice on compatibility modes and such.


Like most people helping out around this place, I am a volunteer, not an EA employee. I'm just here to help. If my answer helped you, please give XP. And if an answer solved your problem, be sure to accept it as solution.
I will not help with game questions sent as private messages; those questions belong on the boards where everyone can see my answers.
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I keep trying to download the funkyfr3sh's set up for red alert 2 and it wont allow my to click patch existing installation.

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