Playing Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge on Windows 10

In this tutorial im going to show how to play Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge on Windows 10. Both can work “out of the box” after install, but that’s not always the case. You might see graphic errors where all he textures are green, you might get black screen, alt+tabbing crashes whole game, cannot play windowed, etc. but again we have to thank the active community that has made fixes to these.

This tutorial will work with Origin installation and it works if you have installed Red Alert 2 or Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge from original image files or CD.


Files:
C&C Ultimate Collection FIXED Launchers
https://bibber.eu/downloads/cnc-ultimate-collection-launchers/

Red Alert 2 – 1.001 patch
http://files.bachsau.com/Westwood/redalert2/update/RA21006EN.EXE

Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge – 1.006 patch
http://files.bachsau.com/Westwood/redalert2/update/YURI-1001-ENGLISH.EXE

cnc-ddraw
https://github.com/CnCNet/cnc-ddraw/releases

Installing Red Alert 2 on Windows 10

Note. If you are going to install Yuri’s Revenge expansion pack, you have to install Red Alert 2 first and after installation skip straight to the Installing Yuri’s Revenge part. 

1.Install Red Alert 2 from your preferred source. Origin or original image files.
Note: Origin version is already patched, so you don’t have to do it manually.

2. After Red Alert 2 installation you have to patch the game to 1.006  (Yuri’s Revenge expansion pack will do this automatically).

3. Download and install RA2 1.006 patch from this link: http://files.bachsau.com/Westwood/redalert2/update/RA21006EN.EXE

4. Go to section Installing cnc-ddraw to Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge

Installing Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge on Windows 10

Note. You have to have Red Alert 2 installed before.

1.Install Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge from your preferred source.
Note: Origin version is already patched, so you don’t have to do it manually.  

2. After installation you have to patch the game to 1.001. (Origin version is already patched.)

3. Download and install RA2 Yuri’s Revenge 1.001 patch from this link: http://files.bachsau.com/Westwood/redalert2/update/YURI-1001-ENGLISH.EXE

4. Go to section Installing cnc-ddraw to Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge

Installing CnC-DDraw to Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s Revenge

CnC-DDraw is GDI, OpenGL and Direct3D 9 re-implementation of the DirectDraw API for classic games for better compatibility with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and Wine. CnC-DDraw fixes many of the graphical bugs in the Command & Conquer games that use 256-color full-screen DirectDraw as graphics system. It was specifically developed for Command & Conquer Gold and Red Alert, but was developed further to support other games.

CnC-DDraw gets around game bugs by means of a ddraw.dll file put in the game folder, which then receives and handles all graphics output from the game instead of the real DirectDraw system. The CnC-DDraw dll then displays the graphics on a graphics surface which uses either GDI software rendering or OpenGL.

Besides the fixing of palette-related bugs, CnC-DDraw also contains options that allow extra game features like windowed mode, stretching of the game surface to custom resolutions, and frame rate limiting.

1.Go to this site: https://github.com/CnCNet/cnc-ddraw/releases and download latest cnc-ddraw.zip and extract the zip file after downloading.

cnc-ddraw.zip content


2. Copy Shaders -folder, ddraw.dll and ddraw.ini to Red Alert 2 installation folder root.


3. Open RA2.ini and RA2MD.ini files from Red Alert 2 installation folder.

RA2.INI and RA2MD.INI on Red Alert installation folder


4. Add these lines below to both of the ini files. Put your preferred resolution to ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight values.

[Video]
VideoBackBuffer=no
AllowHiResModes=yes
AllowVRAMSidebar=no
ScreenWidth=1920
ScreenHeight=1000
StretchMovies=no

Add video configs to RA2MD.ini file


5. (Optional) If you want to run Red Alert 2 or Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge on Windowed mode, you can do it by opening ddraw.ini file and changing windowed=true and border=true.

ddraw.ini file on Red Alert 2 installation folder
Running Red Alert 2 windowed


6. Right click Ra2.exe and RA2MD.exe files and check from both files Properties -> Compatibility tab, and that there isn’t any compatibility settings enabled.

7. Start game and enjoy

Installing working multiplayer on Red Alert 2 and Yuri’s revenge on Windows 10

CnCNet provides working  multiplayer solution for both games.

1.Download multiplayer patch from this link: https://downloads.cncnet.org/CnCNet5_YR_Installer.exe


2. Start the installer when download is complete and follow instructions.

CncNet Yuri's Revenge installer


3. Start Red Alert 2 CnCnet from shortcut and update it to latest version.

CnCNet Yuri's Revenge update

4. Play online and enjoy

Problems 

If you have any problems when installing these games, please write comment below.

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