Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 Coverart.jpg
Release dates
October 23, 2000
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 at WineHQ
 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 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

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

General information

More information EA's Official Command & Conquer site
More information Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related


Source DRM Notes Keys Disc checkCD/DVD key (no activation) 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 & Conquer: Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations. Windows

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 above 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]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game options screen.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Silver.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor No native support False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable Isometric.
Windowed Hackable Add -win to the shortcut target.
Borderless fullscreen windowed No native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) No native support
60 FPS Unknown
120+ FPS Unknown

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.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support Can only change scroll speed
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion No native support
Controller support No native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
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


In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

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


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]

Fix 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]

Information This issue may occur when using the Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection version from Origin.

Fix 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]

Fix 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.
Information This will fix the base game only. For Yuri's Revenge, repeat the above 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]

Fix 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.
Information This will fix the base game only. For Yuri's Revenge, repeat the above for RA2MD.ini

Game runs too fast[edit]

Information Before using this fix, make sure the in-game "Game Speed" slider is adjusted properly

Fix Use the -SPEEDCONTROL command line argument[2]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
64-bit executable No native support


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