I have been a fan of this game for years and in the past have continued to be able to play it whenever i have upgraded my PC. Within the last year or so though i have been unable to get the game to work on my windows 7 desktop (3yo Packard Bell). Both AOE1, Rise of Rome and AOE2 Kings will install but fail to open once installed. I can however run the game sucessfully on an old XP desktop (Compaq), albeit with graphics issues.I have tried running the games in compatability mode for Vista XP an even 98 to no avail. What could be wrong? Has some update or patch to the OS or associated systems made the games incompatible with my system or is the game just too old for a modern PC? Any ideas? Would be nice to get it going again and not have to hang on to an old pc just to play it.Thanks
Experience: BeginnerOS: Other
In compatibility options, have you tried the other tick boxes? Some of them can be helpful in getting older systems to run, it's worth trying with each of those.If that doesn't help, try disabling the Aero theme entirely by switching to Windows basic temporarily, to see if that helps as sometimes Aero can cause problems with older games.
I switched the theme from aero to basic and both games worked first time without resorting to compatibilty modes. Does this mean that i cant personlaise my desktop if i want to run the games? Would changing the background/desktop wallpaper mess things up again by taking the appearance setting s out of basic mode?One issue i have with running the games in windows 7 is the graphics which in AOE2 particularly are not as they should be. Are there any further settings that can be changed to put this right?Thanks
I switched the theme from aero to basic and both games worked first time without resorting to compatibilty modes. Does this mean that i cant personlaise my desktop if i want to run the games? Would changing the background/desktop wallpaper mess things up again by taking the appearance setting s out of basic mode?
The wallpaper can be changed without dropping back into Aero, just don't change the theme back. You can always save a custom theme for Aero and one for Basic, and switch between them easily. It's worth trying the tickbox under compatibility to disable visual themes, that may also work without you having to go to the Basic theme.
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One issue i have with running the games in windows 7 is the graphics which in AOE2 particularly are not as they should be. Are there any further settings that can be changed to put this right?
Buy Age Of Empires 2 HD?
Seriously though, I'm unsure because I haven't played any of the AoE games, so not only do I not know first hand what they're meant to look like, I also don't know of any specific workarounds other than just Googling it myself.
Re: AOE palette bug-AOE1 and AOE2 use 8-bit indexed colour palettes. What this means is it get's to choose 256 colours fro a larger set and then use those.The issue is that, with windows and 256 colours, 256 colour modes work by way of asking applications what colours they need. Applications can then say to windows “Well, I would like these colours, but at the very least, I need these ones” and Windows will do it's best to preserve the palette colours for all applications.AOE and AOE2, for example, have their own set of 256 colours that they use for everything. Normally, since it 's a full-screen, foreground application, this has no issue, because nothing else is usually holding colours hostage in the palette.Windows 7 (and Windows Vista as well) I believe, however, do. There are some palette colours that Windows Explorer (eg. the taskbar/start menu application) refuses to let go of, which makes for weird magenta outlines and bits of weird colours.The solution for windows Vista and 7 is to kill explorer.exe before you launch it. I personally use a batch file:
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe”C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft GamesAge of Empires IIempires2.exe”echo press any key to restart explorer…pausestart explorer.exeThis will kill explorer, start the game, and then when you finish wait for you to press a key in the command window, and then restart explorer. This same technique is required for appropriate visuals in many older games that use 256 colour modes. (Command & Conquer being just one other example).