Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

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    "How to play AoE II on Windows 7 -- see Summary"

    April 6, 2012  |   By GamerKing


    Great game. I played it for two years.


    Graphics are outdated, and if you try playing it on Win 7 they will look even worse. But see the fix below. This works for the FULL game, I assume it will work for the Demo offered here.


    What follows is the official word from Microsoft on how to play this game with Win 7. I certainly makes the graphics more acceptable.

    Simply turn off Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) after starting the game. Then, Alt-tab into the agem. Of course, after playing use Task Manager to turn Exporer back on again.

    Create a batch file to do the above for you.
    1. Open your text exitor -- eg Notepad. Do not use Word!
    2. Enter the following into Notepad:
    taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
    Start explorer.exe
    3. Save the file in the same folder where AoE II is installed..probably C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II.
    4. Save the file as AOE2.BAT -- or anything you wish as long as it ends with .bat and not the default .txt
    5. Right click on the file.
    Select Send to
    Select Desktop (create shortcut)

    Now you can play the game any time you wish, it will automatically turn off Explorer while you play the game, and will turn it back on for you when you are finished.

    Just in case you don't know what happens when you turn off Explorer, be aware that it removes your desktop icons etc. So you screen will look blank. However, if you screw up--not to worry, just reboot and all will be well.

    Enjoy the game.

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