January 2015 - last edited October 2015 by Nyerguds
Some players have reported difficulties playing older Command & Conquer titles on a newer PC. The following steps should be sufficient to get your games running on Windows 8.1.
Run the game in Compatibility mode and as an Administrator
Older programs can be run on newer Windows OS versions by telling Windows to act like the older version they need. This is known as running the program in Compatibility mode. If you have a Desktop shortcut for the game, you can right-click that to get started. If you did not create a Desktop shortcut icon for this game, please navigate to the following folder location:
Within the game's folder, look for the game application itself, and right-click on it.
Whether you right-clicked from the Program Files directory or the Desktop shortcut, selectProperties in the right-click menu. On the window that opens, click on the tab for Compatibility.
Under Compatibility mode, check the box beside Run this program in compatibility mode for:, then select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) in the drop-down. If you are not offered Windows XP, then choose Windows Vista (Service Pack 1).
Finally, in the same window, check the box beside Run this program as an administrator. ClickApply, then OK.
Configure Game Properties in Origin
In addition to the changes you're making on Windows, there are a couple of minor settings to configure within Origin.
Run the game in 16-bit high color
This change is intended to accommodate the difference in the graphics between the older game and the newer system.
If you do not have a listing for 16-bit color in your options, that may be a limitation of your hardware or driver. This may ultimately prevent you from running the game, but please first proceed with the remaining steps below.
Create or edit the Options.ini file
There is a file the game looks for upon launching. If that file does not yet exist, the game will assume it can run at its standard, default settings. Creating or updating this file to the specifications below will tell the game the right settings to use when it tries to launch.
AntiAliasing = DrawScrollAnchor = FirewallBehavior = 1 FirewallNeedToRefresh = FALSE FirewallPortAllocationDelta = 0 GameSpyIPAddress = 0.0.0.0 Gamma = 50 IPAddress = 0.0.0.0 IdealStaticGameLOD = Low LanguageFilter = false MoveScrollAnchor = MusicVolume = 55 Resolution = Retaliation = yes SFX3DVolume = 57 SFXVolume = 51 ScrollFactor = 28 SendDelay = no StaticGameLOD = High UseAlternateMouse = no UseDoubleClickAttackMove = no VoiceVolume = 70
The "Resolution" line is best filled in with your desktop resolution. The syntax is simply "Resolution = 1920 1080"; width and height separated by spaces.
We hope these suggested workarounds enable your game to run on your newer Operating System. While we cannot guarantee older titles will run on newer computers, we are happy to offer solutions whenever possible to help you to keep enjoying classic favorites.
We have received scattered reports from users who are experiencing crashes upon start up or a hanging black screen when loading up Command & Conquer 4.
To solve this issue, we recommend running C&C 4 on Vista Compatibility mode with no service pack.
You should now try to run C&C 4.