FEATURES: Technical Support & Help Guides – Installing Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Counterstrike & The Aftermath

This guide will show you how to install Command & Conquer: Red Alert and its Counterstrike and The Aftermath expansion packs on modern operating systems, with different sections covering different releases of the game.

I have the retail CD version.

  1. Insert either Red Alert disc to your CD/DVD drive, or mount the ISOs from the freeware release using Daemon Tools / PowerISO / MagicISO or equivalent tool. Check this guide to see what this means (but don’t use it to install the game, this guide is more up-to-date).
  2. If you are not using Windows XP, exit the autorun and run setup.exe from the disc’s setup subfolder as administrator.
  3. Install the game as you normally would.
  4. Repeat steps 2-4 with the Counterstrike and The Aftermath discs.
  5. Patch the game to version 3.03p-Iran using the latest version of FunkyFr3sh’s setup. Choose the following option: “Patch existing installation”.
  6. Apply your desired settings (resolution, graphics levels…) from the RedAlertConfigFull.exe file that you now have in your Red Alert directory.
  7. If you are not using Windows XP, browse to the directory you installed the game to and set ra95.exe to always run as administrator and in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  8. Run the game.

I have the freeware version from CnCNet.

  1. Download and install this release. Choose the following options: “Full Web-Installation CD1”, “Install CD2”.
  2. Apply your desired settings (resolution, graphics levels…) from the RedAlertConfigFull.exe file that you now have in your Red Alert directory.
  3. Run the game.

I have the The First Decade version.

Although the installer of The First Decade enables you to select the games you wish to install, this guide assumes that you intend to install C&C: Red Alert and its expansions only. For a more complete solution, check out the guide titled Fully Updating The First Decade.
  1. Insert your The First Decade disc to your DVD drive.
  2. If you are not using Windows XP, exit the autorun, and run setup.exe on the disc as administrator.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen. Choose a custom installation, and for the time being, select C&C: Red Alert, Counterstrike and The Aftermath to install.
  4. If you did not disable User Account Control on your computer, install The First Decade to a folder which is NOT Program Files (x86).
  5. Wait for the installation to complete.
  6. Patch the game to version 3.03p-Iran using the latest version of FunkyFr3sh’s setup. Choose the following option: “Patch existing installation”.
  7. Apply your desired settings (resolution, graphics levels…) from the RedAlertConfigFull.exe file that you now have in your Red Alert directory.
  8. If you are not using Windows XP, browse to the directory you installed the game to and set ra95.exe to always run as administrator and in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  9. Run the game.

I have the Origin version from The Ultimate Collection.

  1. Download and install the game from the Origin client as you normally would.
  2. After the installation is complete, right-click on the game’s cover in your Origin library, click “Game Properties” and disable Origin In-Game/cloud saves. This will prevent Origin from overwriting any manual edits to the game.
  3. Apply Bibber’s fixed launchers for The Ultimate Collection.
  4. Patch the game to version 3.03p-Iran using the latest version of FunkyFr3sh’s setup. Choose the following option: “Patch existing installation”.
  5. Apply your desired settings (resolution, graphics levels…) from the RedAlertConfigFull.exe file that you now have in your Red Alert directory.
  6. If you are not using Windows XP, browse to the directory you installed the game to and set ra95.exe to always run as administrator and in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  7. Run the game.

Download cnc-ultimate-collection-launchers.zip (23.7 MB)

Finishing touches and notes

You will be required to choose a graphics renderer in the RedAlertConfigFull.exe tool. There is no one solution, as different renderers work better in different computer configurations. Experiment with this until you find the one that works best for you. This tool will also require you to enable no-CD mode if it is not already ticked.

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