Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 cover
Westwood Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 23, 2000
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

Multiplayer community is officially maintained by XWIS, with instructions on their website.[1]
Small but dedicated community

General information

Community maintained multiplayer support by CnCNet (only Yuris Revenge expansion)[2]
Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Generals.
Origin Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.006 fixes general bugs, network and exploit issues.

LAN patch (fan made)[edit]

The LAN patch lets you play LAN on Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 (and their expansion packs) in Windows 2000 and later by changing IPX protocol to UDP.

Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection Fixed Launchers (Origin)[edit]

An unofficial patch that provides a slight enhancement to the default launchers provided with the Origin release (fixes registry entries and allows command line arguments to function properly).

It can be downloaded from the developer's site.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes

Video settings[edit]

In-game options screen.
In-game options screen.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

For changing resolution open files RA2.ini and RA2md.ini with any text editor and type your resolution there:


Where ScreenHeight and ScreenWidth are your desired resolution.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Can only change scroll speed
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes


In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Requires LAN patch to function on modern Windows.
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 3840, 4005, 4808, 4810, 4995, 7000-7002
UDP (outbound) 1234-1237

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not start (Origin)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Red Alert 2/Yuri's Revenge and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

"player already have the same serial" error[edit]

This issue may occur when using the Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection version from Origin.
Add missing registry value
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Westwood\Yuri's Revenge
  2. Make a new string called Serial
  3. Enter anything as the string text (each player must have a unique entry).

"***FATAL*** String Manager Failed to Initialize Properly" error[edit]

Setting up compatibility settings
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Right click on the Ra2.exe file and select "Properties".
  3. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows 98/ME") and "Run this program as an administrator".
    • The options in the normal Compatibility view cannot be selected. Click "Change settings for all users" to make the modifications.
  4. Apply the changes and launch the game.
This will fix the base game only. For Yuri's Revenge, repeat these steps for RA2MD.exe

Black screen with switchable graphics[edit]

This occurs when the game engine tries to render in VRAM. To fix this, download Aqrit's ddwrapper and extract the ddraw.dll and aqrit.cfg files into the RA2 folder, where ra2.ini lies. Next, ensure that only these settings are set to "1" in aqrit.cfg:

FakeVsync                = 1
NoVideoMemory            = 1

Alternatively, simply download and extract the contents of this preconfigured fix into the RA2 folder. Also, consider using the performance fix as well.

Lag/low FPS[edit]

Modify the RA2.ini file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open the RA2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Under the [Video] section, add VideoBackBuffer=No to a new line.
  4. Save the file and launch the game.
This will fix the base game only. For Yuri's Revenge, repeat these steps for RA2MD.ini

Game runs too fast[edit]

Before using this fix, make sure the in-game "Game Speed" slider is adjusted properly
Use the -SPEEDCONTROL command line argument[3]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Westwood Online

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 266 MHz 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 350 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible