This guide will show you how to install The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth on modern operating systems.
I have the retail CD/DVD version.
- Make sure you have installed DirectX 9.0c by these guidelines before proceeding.
- Insert The Battle for Middle-earth disc to your CD/DVD drive. If you’re using the North American 4-CD release, start with disc 1.
- If you are not using Windows XP, exit the autorun and run setup.exe from the disc as administrator.
- Install the game as you normally would. Change to other discs as necessary if you’re using the North American 4-CD release.
- Patch the game to version 1.03, the latest official patch. You can use the English patch from our site linked below, or one of these mirrors for all languages.
- Install the unofficial 1.05 patch (at this point, you no longer need the discs).
- Install the unofficial 1.06 patch and its widescreen adaptation.
- Install the unofficial 1.09 patch (optional; multiplayer-oriented and changes a lot).
- Run the game.
Finishing touches and notes
After the first run, open Options.ini and change your resolution to something custom if the default ones are not to your liking. The file is located in:
- Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[USER NAME]\Local Settings\My Battle for Middle-earth Files
- Windows Vista and newer: C:\Users\[USER NAME]\AppData\Roaming\My Battle for Middle-earth Files