Save the changes (but remember to keep it as a “” file) and close the edit window. Double-clicking on it should now kill and launch the game (don’t worry if your desktop looks like crap right before the game opens).
This method isn’t harmful to your system, although you might lose your open folders and directories when is terminated.It didn’t work for me, but could be the game version or my Windows 7 installation which broke it. The usual place to go when old games act odd on newer systems is the programs properties (Right-click on program icon and select “Properties”) window’s compatibility tab.There’s is a dropdown list of older Windows operating systems such as Vista, XP and even 95.Some people have reported that opening the Windows’ own screen resolution window before opening the game works to get rid of the weird colors.Here’s how it works: As I said, this might work to some of you.Under the dropdown list are several checkboxes: “256 colors”, “640×800 screen resolution”, “disable visual themes”, “disable desktop composition”, “disable display scaling on high DPI settings” and “run as administrator”.Here is what people have instructed to do in order to get the game colors working: This reportedly works for some people.The batch file is nothing more than a text file with a different extension so you can edit them in Notepad like you normally would. In this text file you can write all sorts of commands that the command line recognizes (yes, even a “ parameter to end the process without any confirmations or popup messages (which streamlines our process of getting to play the game). This batch file selects The Conquerors expansion’s executable file and launches it (change to “EMPIRES2.exe” if you’re not playing the expansion).In Windows 7 when right-clicking on a batch file you should see an “Edit” option. Line three then restarts the so we get our Windows’ file explorer back after closing the game.Fortunately some people have discovered several solutions of which some may work on some systems and installations while others seem to do nothing.Here I present three different solutions to fixing the broken colors in Age of Empires 2 on Windows Vista and 7.