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DirectDrawFix - Color Update

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(Updated on 01/01/13)
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scripter64
File Details
Version: The Conquerors
Current Version (date-time)
DirectDrawFix 20130101-154045

Introduction
Windows Vista and Windows 7 break color compatibility with certain applications that depend upon palette-based, 256-color graphics. Due to changes to DirectX and DirectDraw, the colors of these applications and games may appear distorted under these newer operating systems. This issue applies to both The Age of Kings and The Conquerors Expansion.

DirectDrawFix will allow you to resolve this specific issue by applying required compatibility fixes to the registry. Elevation is required for this application to perform its updates. Windows XP and earlier operating systems are already compatible and do not require this update.

System Requirements
Windows Vista or later operating system
Elevated user account privileges
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panel
Official Reviewer
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions5.0
"Directdrawfix" is, as of today, the best available solution to the vista/windows7 color problem that many of us have to face due to the incompatibility that the newer operating systems present towards older games such as AOE2.

Usefulness/Novelty: 5
There are several ways to get around the color problem, but none of them is nearly as elegant and annoyance-free as this one. Another utility that addresses this issue is Lord Basse's fix, but this new utility has the huge advantage that it does not require windows explorer to be killed upon opening the game, therefore you can ctrl-esc out of the game to browse your computer without having to restart explorer. This was one of the most annoying things I was faced with until now when designing in AOK, and I have a feeling I wasn't the only one.

Quality/Instructions: 5
As far as my experience goes, the utility is perfect. Upon opening it, it only requires you to select the .exe file that you want to fix. (age2_x1 in our case). After which... it's done! You can play the game with perfect colors, without having to bother with any .bat files, task manager or anything else! Instructions are not even needed in this case.

Additional Comments:
A very important utility for anyone who uses windows vista or 7, and will greatly enhance one's experience playing the game on either of those operating systems. If you are in that category, it is mandatory to download.
joeb11666
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions5.0
Usefulness/Novelty: 5
Can't believe I was using the Kill Explorer fix for so long. This works perfectly.

Quality/Instructions: 5
Simple, no bad stuff(virus/trojan/malware), so perfect that I think Microsoft should have had this fix when Vista was released.

Additional Comments:
Thanks scripter64
Possidon
Official Reviewer
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions5.0
DirectDrawFix is a tool that can be used to fix the Windows Vista/Windows 7 colour problem. Many of us have faced this problem due to new operating systems incompatibility with Age of Empire's 256-colour palette.

Usefulness/Novelty: 5
There have been a number of different colour fixes in the past, my personal favourite was to use Lord Basse's colour fix. But unfortunately the problem with that fix was that you have to close down Windows Explorer to be able to fix the problem. DirectDraw however, allows us to open up our original Age of Empires exe file without the use of any bat file. It allows us to open up the game normally without having to close Windows Explorer. This means you can still use the rest of your computer without having the exit the game every time, which for me personally became really annoying.

Quality/Instructions: 5
In terms of quality this utility is perfect. Every colour issue thrown at it is resolved perfectly. Kit is simple and effective and only requires a few clicks of the mouse. Simply select the exe you wish to fix and away you go. Instructions given are perfect and tell you exactly what to do.

Additional Comments:
Overall one of the most useful utilities to date, perfect for Vista/7 users. A perfect fix given and very simple to use. No need to kill explorer again. Highly recommend to any Vista/7 users.

Thanks for the great fix!
Possidon
JuniorJedi
Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions5.0
Super easy fix. Wery simple, fast and works just fine!

Also works w/o any problems with Star Wars Galactic Battleground with Clone Campaigns expansion.
Even with additional mods! Patches different .exes as well.

Thanks!

[Edited on 07/17/17 @ 04:07 AM]


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Rating
5.0
Breakdown
Usefulness/Novelty5.0
Quality/Instructions5.0
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Added:11/28/11
Updated:01/01/13