View Full Version : Original, I said ORIGINAL C&C

18-06-2010, 06:48 PM
I have XP Home, service pack 3.

All I can find is advice for the Windows 95 edition, or the Gold edition, or the 10 years decade edition or some other edition. The instructions I found didn't work and I've put every single *.exe on the disk into WIN95 compatibility mode. And I tried WIN98 as well.

The original C&C, that is the ORIGINAL C&C, on CD, not DVD, purchased in 1995, absolutely will not install under XP - black screen, crash to desktop, that's it. No, the disk is not scratched, I've copied the files off no problem.

And guess what - There IS no C&C95.EXE file - they are INSTALL.EXE for DOS, SETUP.EXE for Windows. What a heap of junk. Microsoft can't provide backwardly compatible drivers?

If I try to manually install it, either in Windows or DOS, same thing. Sometimes one of the files tells me there isn't enough disk space - HAH!

I got Red Alert working fine, along with a downloaded *.dll, but the original game, on the original CD disks, absolutely refuses to even install. I think something to do with 16 bit/32 bit?

Is there anything I can edit in AUTOEXEC.NT and CONFIG.SYS or what?

Could you possibly help in any way at all? I wouold be SO grateful.

19-06-2010, 11:36 PM
You must understand, there are two versions of the original C&C. There's the original first DOS release, and the later Windows 95 remake with higher resolution.

The original DOS release takes some effort to get working on XP. In my opinion, it's a lot easier to just download the full C&C95 (http://digiex.net/games-downloads/2929-command-conquer-gold-full-hard-disk-install.html) and play that.

If you really want to play the old original one though... I once wrote a guide for that.

21-06-2010, 01:10 PM
Sorry about that, here's the link: http://www.cncworld.org/?page=features/tutorials/tddosguide

21-06-2010, 07:38 PM
The guide's lacking a bit though... It says "copy the "install" directory into the directory you have just created." Shouldn't that be "the contents of the "install" directory"?

On a related note, the link to cnc2sw obviously doesn't work anymore, since the site went down together with all of PCNC's hosted sites. I moved the original guide here (http://nyerguds.arsaneus-design.com/cncstuff/cc1_dos_xp.html).