How to Make Red Alert 2 Work on Windows XP

Written by edmund lukavics
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"Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" is a real-time strategy game developed for Windows 95. Because it is an older program, you will run into installation errors when attempting to install "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" on a PC running Windows XP. This issue can be resolved by using the built-in Program Compatibility Mode feature in Windows XP. Using this feature will allow you to install and play "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" on a system running Windows XP.

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  • "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" installation disc

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  1. 1

    Insert the "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" installation disc into your computer's disc drive.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Start" menu button, then click on the "My Computer" shortcut located within.

  3. 3

    Double-click on icon for the disc drive that contains the "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" installation disc. This will allow you to view the contents of the disc.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the "Setup.exe" file located on the installation disc, then click on "Properties."

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    Click the "Compatability" tab located at the top of the "Properties" menu.

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    Click "Run This Program In Compatibility Mode," then click "Windows 95" from the list of options.

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    Click "Apply," then "OK" to save the changes.

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    Double-click on the "Setup.exe" file to start the installation process. Follow all on-screen installation prompts to complete the installation.

  9. 9

    Double-click on the "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2" shortcut on your desktop once installation is complete to run the game.

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