Command & Conquer: Generals

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
Command & Conquer: Generals
Command & Conquer: Generals cover
EA Pacific[1][2]
Zero Hour EA Los Angeles
macOS (OS X) i5works[3][4]
Electronic Arts
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows February 10, 2003
macOS (OS X) April 14, 2004
Command & Conquer: Generals guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Generals on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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
Command & Conquer: Remastered TBA

Key points

Small but dedicated community.
Framerate tied to gamespeed.

General information

C&C:Online - fan-hosted multiplayer server replacement (Windows version only)
EA's Official Command & Conquer site
Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition. Updated for compatibility with modern systems. Multiplayer is not compatible with the Windows and original OS X releases.
macOS (OS X)
Icon overlay.png
Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with Origin Access Basic.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Deluxe Edition includes the base game and the Zero Hour expansion

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch v1.0.4 (English, French, German) is the latest patch for the OS X version. [7]

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.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\english
  2. Move, delete or rename the Movies folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.command.conquer.generals.appstore/Data/Documents/Command & Conquer Generals/User Data/
~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.command.conquer.generals.appstore/Data/Documents/Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour/User Data/

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\Save\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data\Save\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.command.conquer.generals.appstore/Data/Documents/Command & Conquer Generals/User Data/Save/
~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.command.conquer.generals.appstore/Data/Documents/Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour/User Data/Save/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes

Video settings[edit]

In-game options screen.
In-game options screen.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game options screen for Zero Hour expansion.
In-game options screen for Zero Hour expansion.
In-game advanced video settings for Zero Hour expansion.
In-game advanced video settings for Zero Hour expansion.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Top-down view nearly orthographic. See Camera height.
Add -win to the shortcut target.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or GeDoSaTo.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Edit AntiAliasing value in options.ini
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Cannot be disabled.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30 FPS cap. Game time tied to frame rate.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Higher resolution[citation needed]
  1. For Generals, open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\Options.ini
  2. For Zero Hour, open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data\Options.ini
  3. Change the Resolution line to your liking, like this:

Resolution = 1920 1080

Camera height[edit]

Adjust camera height[citation needed]
  1. For Zero Hour, go to <path-to-game>\Data\INI and paste the file GameData.ini into this folder
  2. You can get a modified version of this file on Mod DB
  3. Change the height of the camera to your liking, like this:

MaxCameraHeight = 800.0 DrawEntireTerrain = Yes

And for vanilla Generals it doesn't work.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Only scroll speed can be changed
Mouse sensitivity
For scroll speed.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Uses whatever your speaker layout is for the default playback device. Only tested on Win10 w/ Origin Edition. (When using Dolby Digital Live on a Sound Blaster Z)
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
An uncensored version of C&C Generals was shortly sold. The censored version, titled "C&C Generäle", is more widely available and known and uses separate patches.
Brazilian Portuguese
Traditional Chinese
Not available in P.R.China.
Fan translation by «DK team»

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4. For required ini tweaks see profile introdution. Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.
Zero Hour has its own profile.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Official services have been shut down; use GenTool.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 6667, 28910, 29900, 29920
UDP 4321, 27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game does not start (Origin)[edit]

Disable Origin In Game[citation needed]
  1. Select the My Games tab in Origin.
  2. Right-click Generals/Zero Hour and select "Game Properties".
  3. Check the "Disable Origin in Game for this game" option.
  4. Click OK and launch the game.

"Technical Difficulties" error[edit]

This problem occurs on modern systems; one of the methods below should fix it.
Error message
Error message
Set Windows XP Service Pack 2 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the properties of generals.exe or one of its shortcuts.
  2. Enable Windows XP Service Pack 2 compatibility mode.
  3. Restart the game.
Fully reinstall[8]
A full reinstallation appears to be the solution that works for most users.
  1. Uninstall Zero Hour (if you have it)
  2. Uninstall Generals
  3. Reboot
  4. Install Generals
  5. Patch Generals
  6. Install Zero Hour (if you have it)
  7. Patch Zero Hour (if you have it)
Edit Options.ini[9]
This solution involves editing Options.ini.
Set AntiAliasing = 6 (maximum) for AMD/ATI or AntiAliasing = 4 (maximum) for Nvidia.
  1. Open options.ini if it exists, or create it if it doesn't.
  2. Replace its contents with the following and save your changes:
AntiAliasing =
DrawScrollAnchor =
GameSpyIPAddress =
Gamma = 50
IPAddress =
IdealStaticGameLOD = High
LanguageFilter = false
MoveScrollAnchor =
MusicVolume = 55
Resolution = 800 600
SFX3DVolume = 79
SFXVolume = 71
ScrollFactor = 50
SendDelay = no
StaticGameLOD = Low
UseAlternateMouse = no
VoiceVolume = 70

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
OS X only.
Shader Model support 1.4 [citation needed]
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Install the version 1.0.4 patch for Intel support.


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video (Windows), QuickTime.framework (macOS)
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 3870
Nvidia GeForce 330M
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
OS X requirements are for the Mac App Store version


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[5] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[6]