I have the original CDs for RA2 & Yuri's Revenge (expansion) but the setup programs do not work (neither autorun.exe nor install.exe). (I've tried both the Allied and the Soviet disks.)

Googling it gives lots of newsgroup postings but either there is no clear explanation or other people claim the instructions do not work.

How can I install and run this great game on Windows 10?

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    The Origin version does work on Windows 10, but this is a last resort as it would involve 1. Spending money & 2. Using Origin. Sep 22, 2017 at 14:02
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    I couldn't even get the Origin free giveaway of Red Alert 2 to work. On the very first moment of the very first level Tanya would die instantly, no matter how many times I started a new game. Possibly EA have fixed it on Origin now, but I really wouldn't fancy the chances of getting the original executables to work on Windows 10.
    – Bobulous
    Sep 22, 2017 at 18:34

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If you can find the .exe files then there is something you can do to get them working. I have the complete red alert collection on Origin and i couldn't play them as well. I found this article that shows you how to set up the compatibility settings for the .exe files that should get them running again. I haven't tried to play mine in the last few months what with work getting in the way but the fix should still work okay.

EDIT:: If you can't get the applications to install then try this article instead.

EDIT (Thanks Frank):: The first article linked uses the compatibility options that Windows has built in. Right click on the program, select properties and there should be a "Compatibility" option where you can tell windows which operating system to point at.

The second article is similiar but instead of using the compatibility option in the properties window of a program instead type "Run Programs made for older" and you should see the option for the compatibility wizard appear. Using it is very simple. First Click the "Advanced Settings" option at the bottom and then click on 'Run as Administrator' from there the wizard will scan your computer and produce a list of all of the programs installed. If you then select the option for 'Not Listed' at the top and you can then navigate to the install.exe or autorun.exe of your program on the CD and it will attempt to find the best compatibility options to make it run.

  • Thanks, I did see that article but I think that is appropriate after the installation. I could not even get the game installed. Oct 2, 2017 at 9:31
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    really? that is very strange. I'll have a look at mine when I get home and see if i can't find something out.
    – Mac Man
    Oct 2, 2017 at 9:43
  • @Wikis I just installed Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge on my laptop, its a custom machine with Windows 10 Home and its downloaded and installed no problem. You might have an update for Origin thats preventing you from downloading them
    – Mac Man
    Oct 2, 2017 at 9:56
  • You may be right! I installed Origin to install the Uprising expansion pack to RA3. On the other hand, I'm not trying to download but install directly from the original CDs. Oct 2, 2017 at 10:21
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    Please summarize the relevant information from the pages you have linked to. That way, if ever those pages go down, your answer is still useful to future readers.
    – Frank
    Oct 2, 2017 at 11:48

I've had similar problems installing old games from their original discs to Win7 and got around the problem by setting up a virtual machine using VMWare. You would need an old o/s like WinXP but its very easy to setup and run and old games work great.

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