EE - Empire Earth and Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10
Empire Earth and it's expansion pack (The Art of Conquest) doesn't work good on Windows 8 / 8.1, however there are several ways to FIX all the problems with the game. This guide is copyrighted by: Dr.MonaLisa. You can copy the content of this guide to the other forums/websites, but please post a bibliography (the URL to the orginal topic):
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SOLUTION 1 - NeoEE Patch.
1. Download and install the newest version of NeoEE patch from: http://www.neoee.net/update
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2. Your game should work fine, if it's not working, check SOLUTION 2.
SOLUTION 2 - Graphics bugs on Intel HD GPU.
* This solution will work only if you have got the second GPU from Nvidia.
* Go to Nvidia Control Panel, Click the right mouse button in a free place on your desktop, then select "NVIDIA Control Panel" from the list:
* Follow the numbers from screenshots:
1. Click on "Manage 3D settings";
2. Click on "Program Settings";
3. Click on "Add" button;
4. Find Empire Earth or/and Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest;
5. Click on the "Add Selected Program" button;
6. Click on the button under: "Select the preferred graphics processor for this program";
7. Select: "High-performance NVIDIA processor" from the list;
8. Click on the "Apply" button.
* If your game still doesn't work correctly, please check SOLUTION 3.
SOLUTION 3 - Changing graphics settings.
* It will work only if you are able to start Empire Earth (or Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest) with no error on startup.
1. Start Empire Earth or Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest.
2. Go to: "Game Settings".
3. Follow the orientation from the screenshot:
- Select "Direct3D Hardware TnL" from the list;
- Select the maximum possible screen resolution (with 32bits);
- Click on the "OK" button to save the changes.
NOTE: Your screen resolution won't be changed in the MENU, the new screen resolution will work only after game start (Single Player or Multiplayer).
* If you're still having problems with EE, please check SOLUTION 4.
SOLUTION 4 - Using another .EXE file (experimental).
* This solution solved my problem with Empire Earth, however I'm not sure if it really helps.
* You will need to have: Empire Earth: The Art of Conquest installed.
1. Download this .exe file:
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3. Run file: "EE-AOC - Win8.1 FIX (experimental).exe" and change graphics settings described in SOLUTION 3.
4. Exit the game, and start the game from the normal NeoEE .exe file (EE-AOC.exe). The game should work fine.
SOLUTION 5 - Deleting "DX7HRDisplay.dll" and "DX7HRTnLDisplay.dll" from the System32 folder.
1. In Windows Explorer click on the: "View" tab and then check the "Hidden items" checkbox and the "File name extensions" checkbox.
2. Go to the "C:\Windows\System32" folder, and delete files:
* Low-Level Engine.dll
Delete only if any of the listed above files exists in that folder. Remember: DO NOT delete those files from your EE1 installation folder.
3. Now the game should read *.dll files from your installation folder, instead of system32 directory.
SOLUTION 6 - Start the game using 3d-Analyzer.
1. Download and install 3d-Analyze http://www.3dfxzone.it/dir/tools/3d_analyze/download/ (find Size: 874KB Status: Not Archived and click the "save" icon).
2. Install/unpack the program to a folder on your Desktop (for example name it: 3DAnalyzer).
3. Start 3DAnalyze.exe as administrator, click the "Select" button, and then select a .exe file of Empire Earth 1 (or it's expansion pack), EE.exe (sometimes Empire Earth.exe) or EE-AOC.exe.
4. Check option: "Force max. pixel shader version 1.1", and click on the "RUN" button.
5. The game should start using the virtual graphics card, and graphics problems should be not present.
NOTE: If you can't start EE1 + NeoEE patch using 3D Analyze, try to re-install EE1, and this time don't install the NeoEE patch. Then try Solution 6 again.
If your game is still not working, please check the "Windows Reliability Monitor" report: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/how-to-use-reliability-monitor
Find an error with "Empire Earth.exe" or "EE-AOC.exe" and then click on: "View technical details". Then paste a report in this topic.