Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
|Publisher(s)||Microsoft Game Studios|
|First release date||September 30, 1999|
|Age of Empires||1997|
|Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome|
|Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings||1999|
|Age of Empires II: The Conquerors|
|Age of Mythology||2002|
|Age of Mythology: The Titans|
|Age of Empires III||2005|
|Age of Empires Online||2011|
|Age of Empires II HD||2013|
- A HD re-release of the game with updated graphics and Steam matchmaking is currently available.
- UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update adds support for widescreen/multi-monitor resolutions.
- The "Age of Empires Collector's Editon" can often be found on store shelves. It is the most cost effective way of acquiring the game, as it contains the following games on a single DVD-ROM:
- However, it should be noted that the DVD re-release of these games does not feature the Red Book audio stored as separate audio tracks on the original games' discs. As such, the game music will not be played while the DVD is in the drive.
 Patch 2.0a (The Age of Kings)
The latest patch for the base game is Version 2.0a.
 Patch 1.0c (The Conquerors)
The latest patch for The Conquerors is Version 1.0c.
 UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update
The unofficial UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update patch for The Conquerors adds many fixes including widescreen support, UPnP port forwarding, and various optional tweaks.
 Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires
Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires is an unofficial expansion which adds new civilizations, maps and other fixes.
 Save Game data
 Save game location
|Save game location||C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\SaveGame\|
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\Player.nfp
|Campaign files location||C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\Campaign\|
|Scenario files location||C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\Scenario\|
|Configuration files location||C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\config.xml|
- You will need to backup all of the above folders and the .nfp file to have all of your player data and progress.
 Save Game Cloud Syncing
 Video settings
|Widescreen resolution||See Widescreen resolution.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||See Borderless fullscreen windowed.|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)||See Borderless fullscreen windowed.|
Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update then set your resolution in-game. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are letterboxed 4:3.
Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update then set your resolution in-game. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are letterboxed 4:3. The main game interface is shown on the far left.
Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update and select Windowed mode support, then set your resolution in-game. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are windowed 4:3.
Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update and select Windowed mode support, then set the in-game resolution to the same as your desktop resolution. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are windowed 4:3.
 Input settings
 Network Issues
 LAN connectivity with Windows Vista/7/8
Setting the IP address to Static and the Default Gateway to nothing • Link
- A much simpler method is to install GameRanger or Voobly and use it for lobbying (thus making all of the above obsolete).
 System requirements
|Operating system (OS)||Windows 95||Windows 98|
|Processor (CPU)||166 MHz||450 MHz|
|System memory (RAM)||32 MB||64 MB|
|Video card (GPU)||SuperVGA 2 MB of VRAM||Nvidia TNT2 or Rage 128 16 MB of VRAM|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||300 MB||300 MB|
 Issues unresolved
 Dell laptop compatibility issues
On some older Dell laptop models (e.g. the M1530) an issue occurs where the OS crashes and a blue-screen of death is displayed. This issue occurs after a seemingly random amount of gameplay time (from <30 seconds to 10 or 20 minutes). Many things have been tried to fix the issue including changing graphics card drivers, limiting the framerate to mitigate overheating and running on virtual machines of different OSs (e.g. windows 98). As far as can be seen, this issue has never been resolved nor will it be, rendering AoE2 unplayable on the affected models of laptop. This issue can be mitigated by playing through Voobly.com game client and selecting 32-bit DirectX mode in the lobby options. It is actually caused by an unterminated loop in the graphic card driver. However, Age of Empires II HD (the re-mastered version of the game released in 2013) is unaffected by this problem.
 Issues fixed
 Windows Vista/7/8 Colours
See Also: Color Fixes For Older Games
Windows Vista/7/8 (NT 6.x) can have issues with displaying true colours in Age of Empires II correctly. This is because the game uses an outdated and no longer supported palette-based colour method. There are currently three available solutions to this issue.
UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update • LinkInstall UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update . This includes a color fix.
DirectDrawFix • Link
A small user made patch that applies the required compatibility fixes to the registry. The user account installing this fix must be an admin for the application to perform its updates.http://www.xomicron.com/software/directdrawfix/
Explorer.exe • Link
REM -AgeFix.bat taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe age2_x1.exe start explorer.exe
Windows 7 Theme • Link
Changing the aero theme can also remove the colour issue.
 MIDI Music
Copy files from demo version • Link
- Age of Empires II Official Microsoft Site
- Age of Empires Wiki Wikia for the entire series
- Age of Kings Heaven Community Site and Map Archive
- AoCZone Community Site for competitive gaming
- /r/aoe2 Age of Empires 2 Subreddit