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
The Covert Operations
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
The Aftermath
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Yuri's Revenge
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Zero Hour
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Kane's Wrath
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[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.

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
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game options screen.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Silver.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Hackable Add -win to the shortcut target.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate 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
Mouse acceleration Impossible Can only change scroll speed
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Impossible


In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible


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

Issues fixed[edit]

"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" This error can be resolved on all versions of Windows by setting RA2md.exe and Yuri.exe to run in Windows 98/ME compatibility mode and/or forcing to run as administrator (in compatibility tab) for all users.

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.

Improve graphical performance[edit]

To improve performance for modern video cards, add this line into the [Video] section of your RA2.ini and/or RA2md.ini files:


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