Service Depot: CnCNet’s Guide on Installing Red Alert on Windows, Mac and Linux

Red Alert 1 Installer (RA1installer.exe) allows you to install/patch/repair Red Alert on any modern operation system! All different language versions are supported (English/German/French).

This guide for installing Red Alert on Red Alert on Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 / Linux / MAC (32 & 64bit) was originally written by FunkyFr3sh and found on the CnCNet Forums.

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When you start RA1installer you will have the following options:

  1. Web Installation:
    This feature downloads the freeware ISO files directly from the official EA server(or mirrors) and installs em automatically (you don’t need to have any games files, everything is included)
  2. CD Installation:
    Just insert the red alert CD, start the installer linked above (do not use the installer on the cds!), pick CD Installation and choose the driveYou can also install the game via the freeware release files RedAlert1_AlliedDisc.rar/CD1_ALLIED_DISC.ISO and RedAlert1_SovietDisc.rar/CD2_SOVIET_DISC.ISO, just select Full CD Installation and browse to the folder that contains the files (you don’t need to burn the files to a cd or mount them, RA1installer will take care of all that)
  3. Patch existing installation:
    Patches an existing installation (TUC, TFD, etc..)
    The installer will automatically find the installation folder for The Ultimate Collection/The First Decade/previous installation. If it doesn’t find it or you want to patch a custom Red Alert installation then select the right folder as Destination Location.
    The Patch function will be disabled if the game wasn’t found in the selected folder.

To all Norton/Symantec users, don’t panic when you get the “WS-Reputation” alert, it is not a virus (it just means low reputation) get more info about it here: scan results:


  • Does a complete install with videos/music including no-CD patch
  • Adds High Resolution Patch (Full HD 1920×1080)
  • Installs the game in the language of your choice (English/German/French/Spanish)
  • Works on Windows XP Vista 7 8 10 32&64
  • Installs the Aftermath and Counterstrike expansions
  • Online Support with hundreds of players every evening (via CnCNet)
  • LAN support (via CnCNet)
  • Complete automatic Full Game Web-Installer
  • Adds CnC-ddraw (increases stability/Video stretching and more)
  • Adds Map Editors (edwin + raed)
  • Adds interior Theater fix (fixes invisible ore and bibs)
  • Patches the game to 3.03p-Iran
  • Adds optimized hotkeys including tutorial
  • Adds DDwrapper (like CnC-ddraw but faster)
  • Adds Configuration tool (from Iran/PortableRA)
  • Compatible with ARDA
  • Adds Red Alert Launcher
  • Adds Additional Campaigns

Optional Extras:

YouTube Tutorial


  • Iran: 3.03p-Iran, Config, Launcher..
  • hifi: cncnet, ddraw, patches..
  • tore: – Home of the RA1installer
  • Nyerguds: Various files and contributions
  • AlexB: Various ideas/files taken from his Arda project
  • ddwrapper
  • Understorm: IPX to UDP LAN patch
  • CChyper: Plenty of RA-code research and contributions to 3.03p-Iran
  • seven: Hotkeys
  • [CCG]epsilon: spend a lot time with me to create the Spanish language pack
  • Boris: Help with the Russian language pack (old)
  • Electronic Arts: for making Red Alert 1 freeware
  • ISTheme free Inno Setup Theme tool
  • The following people helped to translate the installer:
    GiftS, Pichorra, Lovehandles, [CCG]epsilon, Traymen, PlokiteWolf
  • Custom Campaigns:
    23-Down: Deadly War / Andrew Griffin: Flame Dancers: Genesis

Older versions of the installer
RA1 installer 1.61 (9MB) English/German/French/Spanish
RA1 installer 2.10 (11MB) English/German(censored)/German(uncensored)/French/Spanish/Russian

German Title: Command and Conquer: Alarmstufe Rot ( Gegenangriff + Vergeltungsschlag )
French Title: Command and Conquer: Alerte Rouge ( Missions Taïga + Missions M.A.D. )

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