Red Alert 2 Windows 8 Fix


The famous RTS game Command & Conquer – Red Alert 2 by Westwood Studios was released on October 2000 but there are still many who consider this game a must.
Westwood Studios was bought by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1998, and closed by EA in 2003.
With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 the game Red Alert 2 stopped working.
Follow these next few steps to Fix Red Alert 2 on Windows 8 x32 and x64 bit.

The following instructions were tested on Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge with the official 1.001 Patch

Red Alert 2 Windows 8 Fix

INI Files

  • Open RA2.INI, RA2MD.INI with any text editor and go to the [Video] block.
  • Add ‘VideoBackBuffer=no’
  • Set the ScreenWidth, ScreenHeight to your resolution.

For example a 1920×1080 HD Resolution:


Compatibility Mode

  • Right click gamemd.exe and go to the “Compatibility” tab.
  • Click “Change Settings for all users”
  • Mark the Compatibility Mode and set to WinXP SP3
  • Mark Reduced color mode and set to 16bit
  • Mark “Run this program as an administrator”

Red Alert 2 Windows 8 Fix

Red Alert 2 Windows 8 Fix

Run the Game.


If you still have issues with the game then you might need to install NPatch.
Download the first file and install it.
Repeat the Compatibility Mode settings from the previous step.



16 thoughts on “Red Alert 2 Windows 8 Fix

  1. Robert C.

    After endless hours of searching for a cure, I finally got it to work right using the steps above. You are a savior. For all you people out there that believe we should all throw away our old games that we like, forget you. Yuri’s revenge is a timeless game that is still enjoyed by many even to this date,

  2. Krystian

    mhm… after some time my ra2 stops ; p So… VirtualBox + xp and every thing works perfectly :]

    Greetings from Poland! :D

  3. firdaus82

    thanks bro.. i can play this game.. but how about play on LAN.. i can`t play bro.. please help

  4. Khaqan

    Dear Adam,
    I used all your steps and game started but when i started skirmish mission, everything went boom and game was over.
    I tried several plays. Same thing happened always. Kindly if you can assist in that I shall really appreciate it thanks.

    Plus im trying to install from a setup of RA2 and the setup doesnt work on my win 8. Says it doesn’t support.
    Help me there too.
    Thank You

  5. TwistedMonkey

    Well…. it doesn’t work foe me, I got ra2 and yuri’s revenge but every time I klick on them I can chose but if I klick on ra2 or yuri’s revenge they don’t start…. please help me


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