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PostSubject: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   13/1/2013, 16:14




EE2 - Empire Earth II and Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10


Empire Earth 2 is compatible with Windows 8, however sometimes new "explorer.exe" doesn't allow you to maximize the game.
Empire Earth 2 works on Windows 8 only if the screen settings that u have selected in the game are suitable to the screen resolution of your system.
For example if your system uses screen resolution: 1024x768 and Empire Earth 2 uses 1024x768 - the game will work fine.
To check what screen resolution Empire Earth II uses - open a file settings.cfg with notepad. The file is in C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Sierra\Empire Earth II\settings (C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Sierra\Empire Earth II The Art of Supremacy - for expansion pack: Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy).
Current screen resolutions with unofficial version 1.4:
//// = real display resolution
Quote :

displayMode = Res800x600x32  /// =  800x600
displayMode = Res1024x768x32  /// =  1024x768
displayMode = Res1152x864x32  /// =  1366x768
displayMode = Res1280x960x32  /// =  1600x900
displayMode = Res1280x1024x32  /// =  1280x1024
displayMode = Res1600x1200x32  /// =  1920x1080
Player: "Tbez" found a solution on answers.microsoft.com
Unfortunately his solution doesn't work with Empire Earth II if we want to play online, via LAN.
That's why I created a new ".bat" file (currently ".exe") for Windows 8 users, available to download here:


INFORMATION: Unofficial Patch 1.5 has been released! Unofficial Patch 1.5 supports 42 screen resolutions and solves all Windows 8 / 8.1 problems, so the FIX is not longer needed! Click here to download UP1.5 (Click)
Empire Earth 2 and Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 FIX - Works with GameRanger:
Version: 4.0, Last update date: 02.08.2014.
To download open a link and wait for 5 seconds, then click "Skip Ad" button in top-right corner:
Click to DOWNLOAD EE2, EE2X Windows 8 FIX
Mediafire.com
Mega.co.nz

Total downloads of version 4.0 (since 04.08.2014):


Download and save the file anywhere. It's not necessary to save the file into Sierra/Empire Earth 2 folder! Then just turn it on.
WARNING! Windows 8 / 8.1 SmartScreen may block this "unrecognized app from starting". The file is harmless, here is Anti-virus scan for the file: EE2.EE2X-Windows8-FIX-by.DrMonaLisa.exe. If you're still unsure about it - simply don't download / use the fix.
If you get the SmartScreen message, click on: "More info":

And then on the: "Run anyway" button.

How it works?
The program detects (every 5 seconds) if EE2.exe is running, but when you press any key it detects immediately.
When it detects that you started EE2.exe (for example the game on GameRanger started) - it kills explorer.exe (which is causing the problem on Windows 8 ) :

After that program is checking every 30 seconds if EE2 is still running. If it's not, then program turns on explorer.exe.
You can wait < 30 seconds or you can press any key to start explorer.exe immediately:


I hope this program will help Windows 8 users to play EE2.





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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   24/1/2013, 03:51

Old versions:
Empire Earth 2 and Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 FIX - Works with GameRanger:
Last update date: 26.12.2013.
Download:
Code:
Mega.co.nz:
http://adf.ly/bGG04
*//* or *//*
Dropbox.com:
http://adf.ly/bEKNf
Download and save the file anywhere. It's not necessary to save the file into Sierra/Empire Earth 2 folder! Then just turn it on.
(Update 20.05.2013: Save the file to your Empire Earth II folder if you want to use auto-maximize feature)

Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 FIX - Works with GameRanger:
Last update date: 20.05.2013.
Download:
Code:
Mega.co.nz:
http://adf.ly/bH7uR
*//* or *//*
Dropbox.com:
http://adf.ly/OS3ZV
Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 FIX - Works with GameRanger:
Last update date: 20.05.2013.
Download:
Code:
Mega.co.nz:
http://adf.ly/bH82h
*//* or *//*
Dropbox.com:
http://adf.ly/OS3mZ
Download and save the file anywhere. It's not necessary to save the file into Sierra/Empire Earth 2 folder! Then just turn it on.
(Update 20.05.2013: Save the file to your Empire Earth II folder if you want to use auto-maximize feature)

How it works?
The program detects (every 5 seconds) if EE2X.exe is running, but when you press any key it detects immediately.
When it detects that you started EE2X.exe (for example the game on GameRanger started) - it kills explorer.exe (which is causing the problem on Windows 8 ) :

After that program is checking every 30 seconds if EE2X is still running. If it's not, then program turns on explorer.exe.
You can wait < 30 seconds or you can press any key to start explorer.exe immediately:



If you like my work, you can donate me with paypal! Thanks!


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Leader (Dr.MonaLisa)
Ministry of Game Affairs
Department of Control and Complaints

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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   12/4/2013, 07:41

Hi El Presidente,

I just wanted to say thank you for the patch. I really appreciate it.

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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   13/4/2013, 02:24

karlboogie wrote:
Hi El Presidente,

I just wanted to say thank you for the patch. I really appreciate it.

Karl.
You're welcome :Smile2:
I'm happy that people are using my FIX :)


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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   16/5/2013, 05:07

strange when I download it, it says that its dangerous and malware any idea why?
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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   16/5/2013, 15:24

jac619 wrote:
strange when I download it, it says that its dangerous and malware any idea why?
Are you sure you're downloading a .bat file?
The links are protected with adf.ly. You have to open a link, wait for 5 seconds, then click a button in top-right corner:

After you download the .bat file you can open it with Notepad, to check what's inside.

There is virustotal scan for Windows 8 FIX files:
https://www.virustotal.com/pl/file/7e11bb9b801bc14d3527c0f433117fdd6f67a39e732630ec66931daff52f06b9/analysis/1368710762/
https://www.virustotal.com/pl/file/ae0474479adba38d20d607065fa735ef8d89c3603bdda7181ff09632ed0d9720/analysis/1368710840/


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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   16/5/2013, 20:28

I know how to use adfly and its actually SmartScreen Filter saying it dangerous not my antivirus and with the link you posted then that means that im simply getting a false positive. Thanks MonaLisa
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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   16/5/2013, 22:08

Oh, SmartScreen alerts are usually false, they appear everytime you download a file from an unknown source :)


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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   18/5/2013, 15:27

UPDATE: 20.05.2013
The last version of Windows 8 FIX didn't work correctly with all Windows 8 PCs.
The last update fixed the following errors:
- Windows 8 FIX kills explorer.exe even when the game is not running.
- Windows 8 FIX doesn't start explorer.exe, when you exit EE2.exe (or EE2X.exe).

The last update added the following new features:
- Empire Earth II auto-maximize when you use Windows 8 FIX. (Works only if EE2-Windows8-by.DrMonaLisa.bat is in your Empire Earth II directory)

The new version is NOT included in Unofficial Patch 1.4.
If you downloaded Windows 8 FIX before 20.05.2013 - you should re-download it.

The new version has been included with Update 2.0 for Unofficial Patch 1.4:
http://www.easywinclan.forummotion.com/t1636-ee2-1.4


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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   24/9/2013, 02:55

1.when I get out, the screen is black
2.what about EE2 gold version? I have tried and it does not run
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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   24/9/2013, 17:10

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1.when I get out, the screen is black
2.what about EE2 gold version? I have tried and it does not run
Hi! Thanks for posting!
1. When exactly the screen is black? When you turn off Empire Earth II? Please use ALT+TAB to change the program when the screen is black.
2. I'm not sure, but I think the Gold Edition uses only Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy, so please download the fix for EE2-AOS:
http://www.easywinclan.com/t1603-windows-8-81-fix#18744
If it doesn't work, then maybe your version of EE2 uses a different .exe file.
To check it, please go to a folder where you installed the game, and then find the name of the .exe file which starts the game.

It's possible that you have to start EE2 Windows 8 FIX with Administrator rights, to do this:
- Click with the right mouse button on: EE2X-Windows8-by.DrMonaLisa.bat
- Click: "Run as administrator"

If your problem hasn't been solved, please give me more details what's exactly happening after you run the .bat file.


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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   25/9/2013, 14:55

1.thank you. It works very well
2.You are young but so good :)
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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   25/9/2013, 17:01

Thank you :) I'm glad it works :)


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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   17/10/2013, 00:07

To: Dr. MonaLisa
I am really struggling to figure this out. I do not know how to download this patch, and I'm a little fuzzy as to how to run it after I download it. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. One of my favorite games growing up as a kid, and now as a college student, need something to do when I'm really bored. Haha
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PostSubject: Re: EE2 Empire Earth 2 Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX | EE2X Empire Earth 2: The Art of Supremacy Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 FIX - Works with GameRanger   17/10/2013, 03:49

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To: Dr. MonaLisa
I am really struggling to figure this out.  I do not know how to download this patch, and I'm a little fuzzy as to how to run it after I download it.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  One of my favorite games growing up as a kid, and now as a college student, need something to do when I'm really bored. Haha
Okay, so:
1. You should download a file named: "EE2-Windows8-by.DrMonaLisa.bat" (from the first post).
2. After that copy and paste this file, to the folder where you installed your game. Defaut it is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Sierra\Empire Earth II
3. Then start this file (EE2-Windows8-by.DrMonaLisa.bat). You should see the same window as in screenshots from the first post.
4. Start your Empire Earth II by file EE2.exe or desktop icon named: "Launch Empire Earth II"
5. Explorer.exe should turn off, and your game should maximize automatically. If it didn't maximize then use alt+tab to maximize it manually.
6. When you exit the game wait less than 30 seconds, and explorer.exe will turn on again.
Remember to don't close Windows 8 FIX window before explorer.exe turn on again!

If you have got EE2 Gold Edition (with expansion pack: Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy), then download "EE2X-Windows8-by.DrMonaLisa.bat" (from the second post), and start the game by file: EE2X.exe instead of EE2.exe.

I understand that it might be hard to understand, but you can always download  "Unofficial Patch 1.4 (2013)" from this topic:
http://www.easywinclan.com/t1636-ee2-ee2x-empire-earth-ii-unofficial-patch-14-2013
After you install it, you'll see a new icon on your desktop named: "Empire Earth II 1.4 - Launcher". Just double click it, and Empire Earth II should start with Windows 8 FIX.
If you're playing Multiplayer, for example by GameRanger, you can do this trick:
http://www.easywinclan.com/t1636p15-ee2-ee2x-empire-earth-ii-unofficial-patch-14-2013#19153
Then Windows 8 FIX will always start automatically when the game start.


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