Command & Conquer

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Command & Conquer
Command and Conquer Coverart.jpg
Release dates
August 31, 1995
Mac OS
March 10, 1997
Command & Conquer at WineHQ
 Command & Conquer at Wikipedia
Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010

Key points

Information Also titled as "Tiberian Dawn"
Advantage Re-released for free in 2007.
Advantage Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 fan patch is highly recommended to install.
Advantage If you want a modernized C&C experience, check out OpenRA.
Advantage Language support can be further extended with language add-ons.
Disadvantage CD/ISO installer is 16-bit and doesn't run under modern systems; it's better to download fanmade installers instead.

General information

More information C&C Communications Center forums
More information CnCNet
More information Command & Conquer Wiki
More information Patch discussion


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM details are not known Disc checkCD/DVD key (no activation) Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Generals.
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Command and Conquer: The Covert Operations Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations. DOSWindows

Unofficial downloads[edit]

Information OpenRA is a modernized open-source version of C&C. Also includes Red Alert and Dune 2000 modes. See OpenRA for more information.
Information CnCNet installer is a bare-bones version optimized for multiplayer (small size, portable). Missions, music and cutscenes are omitted. The music and map editor are downloadable inside the CnCNet settings.
Information Nyerguds' installer is a more fully-featured version which includes singleplayer missions (including Covert Operations and PSX/N64 missions) and soundtrack from the get-go. Cutscenes are available at

Essential improvements[edit]

1024x768 resolution with the Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 compared to earlier versions.

Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06[edit]

Information Not needed for the unofficial packages.
Information This patch contains:
  • A large amount of fixes (changelog)
  • Support for newer Windows systems (including 64-bit)
  • LAN and online playability up to 6 players (includes new CnCNet lobby)
  • Support for higher resolutions
  • No-CD option
  • Missions from PSX and N64 versions and The Covert Operations
Information The site also offers Music Upgrade Pack if you installed the game through CDs/ISOs.
Advantage Support for regular installation, The First Decade and The Ultimate Collection.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\*.ini
Mac OS
Information conquer.ini contains normal game settings.
Information ddraw.ini contains CnC-DDraw settings (post-patch).
Information cncnet.ini contains CnCNet settings (post-patch).

Save game data location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\savegame.***
Mac OS

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

External video settings.
In-game video settings.
Information These are video settings alongside the fan patch
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg The maximum map size is 1488x1488.[1]
Playing on higher resolutions might cause visual artifacts.
Multi-monitor No native support False icon.svg
Ultra-widescreen No native support WSGF Incomplete.svg
4K Ultra HD No native support WSGF Incomplete.svg The maximum map size is 1488x1488.[1]
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix Set in ddraw.ini

  1. Go to ddraw.ini:
  2. Set: windowed=true, width, height = equal to computer resolution, border=false


Information The resolution settings in ddraw only stretch the image; to set internal resolution, you need to run CCConfig.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Set in ddraw.ini

  1. Go to ddraw.ini:
  2. Set: opengl=true, vsync=true

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping No native support See here (Google Docs) for keybindings.
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller support No native support
Touchscreen optimised No native support

Audio settings[edit]

External audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Music and sound
Surround sound No native support
Subtitles No native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support No native support
French Native support Native support No native support Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
German Native support Native support No native support Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Italian Native support Native support No native support Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Japanese No native support Native support No native support Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Polish Native support No native support No native support Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Brazilian Portuguese Native support Native support No native support Partial audio; use Language add-on.
Spanish Native support Native support No native support Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Advantage C&C patch adds support for multiple languages. Download them from PCGamingWiki repository.


Information It's assumed you have CnCNet installed.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native support 6
Online play Native support 6

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking No native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated Native support See:
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP No native support

Issues unresolved[edit]

Information This list assumes you've installed the patches. If you experience a new issue, please create a thread at the CnC-Comm forums.
  • The game has some minor problems with missions that are smaller than the game resolution. This is nothing to be worried about, you can "fix" it by pressing Escape.
  • When playing in any resolution higher than 640x400, you can't place buildings with a placement height of only one cell on the lowest row of cells on the map.

Issues fixed[edit]

Information If you have problems with The First Decade or The Ultimate Collection, be sure to check this FAQ at EA forums.

General fixes[edit]

Fix Check these if you haven't

Information If you have not found a fix, be sure to also check:
  1. If you have installed the patches properly.
  2. If everything in the compatibility tab is unchecked.
  3. If you have enabled "Back buffer in Video memory" and disabled "Allow hardware filled blits".
  4. If you may be able to initiate the game/lobby with administrator privileges.
  5. If you may be able to run it using a different renderer or enabling/disabling "singlecpu" in ddraw.ini
  6. If you may be able to run it by disabling cnc-ddraw (may introduce some other issues like scrambled colors).

Crash after overheating[edit]

Fix Enable "singlecpu" in ddraw.ini[2]

Game is laggy after installing the patch[edit]

Fix Change the renderer in ddraw.ini[3]

Game speed/Map scroll rate issue[edit]

Fix Set the slider in-game

  • While in-game, press Esc to open a menu, press game controls and move the game speed slider to adjust the game speed or scroll rate slider to adjust the scroll speed.

"Unable to set video mode" error[edit]

Fix Change the resolution

Information There are 2 ways how to fix this error:
  • Change the resolution.
  • Enable windowed mode.
    • If you really want to play fullscreen, you might want to check how to enable Borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

No music in the CnCNet version[edit]

Fix Go to CnCNet lobby and download the music in the settings

Scrambled colors (without ddraw.dll)[edit]

Information Ddraw.dll within the fan-patch already fixes that issue. However, if the game needs to run with ddraw.dll turned off and this appears, then this is for you.

Fix Use palette fix

See Rainbow color problems in older games for solutions.

No videos after installing the patch[edit]

Fix Download the videos

  • If you happen to have the game on CD, that means No-CD option is turned on. Either turn off the option, copy movies.mix from the CDs into the installation folder or just download the videos.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 3
DOS video modes MCGA, VGA
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Westwood Online


Advantage C&C has support for external maps, both multiplayer and singleplayer.
Advantage CnCNet includes its own online map directory.
Information Map editors can be downloaded inside CnCNet's game options.
More information - Mapping discussion


Advantage Thanks to dedicated C&C community, there are a couple of re-implementations and total conversion existing.


Information Multiplayer-focused (Classic and new missions are being added with each release) recreation that tries to modernize the classic gameplay of older Command & Conquer games (and Dune 2000).
Advantage Multi-platform
Advantage Re-imagined interface

Total conversions

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0 95
Processor (CPU) 486 DX2 66 MHz Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB 800 MB
Video card (GPU) MCGA video card DirectDraw compatible video card
1 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 C&C Gold Project 1.06 FAQ - Notes on the new resolutions
  2. C&C Comm Center - C&C overheats my laptop
  3. C&C Comm Center - CnC95 laggy and unresponsive after gold edition patch, help!