A few days back, I installed windows 7 on my computer and it was really awesome. But when I tried to play Age of Empires 2, I faced some color issues even though the game worked. So, I searched the net for a solution to this problem and finally found it out.
Let me explain the two methods below:
Before that, change the name of the .exe file (the one which you use to open the game) to age2_x1.exe to make the understanding of the illustration easier.Method 1: Using Batch file
1. Open notepad and save it with the file name RunGame.bat
inside the folder where the .exe file is located. By doing this, you are creating a batch file
2. Again open it and write the following in it
taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
3. Save the file in the format "All files".
4. Then go to the folder and open RunGame.bat . Doing so will kill the explorer.exe program during which the task bar, the start up menu and all the desktop icons will get killed (inactive). The game will get started and the color problems will be solved.
Note that, while playing the game make sure to close all the other programs.Method 2:
This method is to directly use command prompt to kill the task of explorer.exe.
1. Open command prompt by typing "cmd" in the run box.
2. Then go to the desired folder in which the .exe file is present. For example, if your game in inside D: drive - Games - Aoe2, you can reach the destination by typing,
3. Then type the following:
d:\Games\Aoe2>taskkill /f /im Explorer.exe (This kills the task of explorer.exe as mentioned above)
Ignore the sentence in the bracket while typing. Your game will be opened shortly.Important note:
After finished playing the game, do not
close the command prompt before typing the following:
This is because, if you close the command prompt without running Explorer.exe, the monitor will be empty and you will find no way to bring them back. However, if you closed it by mistake, you can restart the computer.
Hope this article has helped you. Have a good time playing the game!
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