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HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND PLAY RED ALERT FOR FREE (XP)

For the thirteenth anniversary of Command & Conquer, EA officially released Red Alert for free download! This follows up on the success of C&C1's free release for the twelfth anniversary. As this is an old game it will only run in XP with modifications, but this guide will take you through it step-by-step (Thanks to Frankaz for the screenshots):

64 Bit Users: Players have reported success installing the game using the Red Alert Setup Manager v0.98 tool.

  • First you need to download it. The files have been released in their original format; one for Allied missions and another for Soviet missions, you only need one to play online though.
  • Download here.
  • The files have been compressed to save on filesize (and so EA can add unnecessary promotional material), you'll need to download and install WinRAR to extract them:

  • Double click the .rar file:
  • Double click RedAlert1_SovietDisc (or RedAlert1_AlliedDisc) twice:
  • Drag the .iso file and the XP_Patch folder onto your desktop:
  • Once downloaded and extracted you can either burn each .iso file to a CD, provided you have the correct software, or:

  • Download and install MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM.
  • Right-click the MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM Manger icon in the notification area,
  • Mouse-over Virtual CD/DVD Rom:
  • Mouse over J: No Media (the drive letter may vary depending on your individual computer setup),
  • Click Mount:
  • Browse to one of the downloaded ISOs and open it.
  • The autoplay window will now appear with a cheery "Welcome to Westwood" message, close it.
  • Explore the disk,
  • Double-click the Setup95 folder icon.
  • Right click on SETUP and select properties.
  • Select the Compatibility tab.
  • Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for: box.
  • Then select Windows 95 in the drop down window below.
  • Click Apply then OK.
  • Now double click SETUP.exe to install the game.
  • Untick the install DirectX option.
  • If you wish to play online you should choose to also install Westwood Chat.
  • Now the game is installed, you do not need to repeat this with the other file. The next step is to install the patch:

  • Open the XP_Patch directory we extracted to your desktop earlier.
  • Copy the patch file into the Red Alert installation directory, by default this is located at C:\Westwood\RedAlert
  • Double click on the patch to run the patch file. This will create three more files - Patch.exe, Patch.rtp, and Patch.txt.
  • Double clicking on Patch.exe will initiate the update process.
  • You should now be able to play Red Alert, however if you receive an error message follow these instructions:

  • Click on the My Computer icon.
  • Navigate to the Red Alert installation directory, by default this is located at C:\Westwood\Red Alert
  • Right click on RA95 and select properties.
  • Select the Compatibility tab.
  • Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for: box.
  • Then select Windows 95 in the drop down window below.
  • Click Apply then OK.
  • Red Alert is now installed and playable both off and online! If you encounter any other problems please refer to our bug fixing tutorials.

     

     

     



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