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CnC Generals Zero Hour wont run on my windows 7 ultimate computer


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cncfreeze

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I installed command and conquer generals zero hour on my new windows 7 ultimate pc. I have been searching hours for a fix to get it to run. When I click play, the title screen comes up, sits there for about 20 seconds, and then says "serious error" and doesn't load. I have seen some fixes for vista users which include adding a log.ini file to the game folder and changing the compatability to windows xp sp2, and checking run as administrator. This doesn't work for me. My video card driver is update and I have Direct x 9.0 installed. I was also reading a vista fix that involved changing one of the registry files called 1Alternativ nycklar. However I can't find that file. I have tried reinstalling the game 3 times.

Computer specs: (built by a friend)

- windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
- ati radeon hd 4800 graphics card
- AMD Phenom II x4 965 Processor 3.41 Ghz
- 16 GB ram

If someone could find a fix I would be eternally grateful :)
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starjax

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the game is old enough that it may not play under windows 7. When you install that game, run the setup as admin (right click on setup.exe and select run as admin). Do the same to play the game by right clicking on the game shortcut.

if that doesn't work, Right click on file which starts the game... Properties ... Compatibility tab ... check Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose Windows XP
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I Have a Asus Quad Core 64 Bit (Im Running 32 Bit Windows 7 Professional) and had Video(Radeon HD4800) and Internet Connection (Multiplayer) problems. I am using Generals And Zero Hour Disks (Not Decades) What i Did to fix the Video was to disable Adobe Shockwave Flash Object Ver. 10.3.183.5 and this took care of the video problem ( Game would show startup screen then blackout and return to desktop). As for the multi-player connection issue (could not connect to Quick match or anyone in Custom match. I went to the control panel -System - System Protection - Advance Tab - Performance Settings - Data Execution Prevention and selected; "Turn on DEP for all programs......." and this Solved my Multiplayer connection issues!!.... Even if your problem is not identical to mine, I would STRONGLY suggest you try changing your Data Execution Prevention settings and hopefully this helps to solve your issues.. Good luck!

Note: The Original Generals And Generals Zero Hour Disks are (If im not mistaken) 16Bit Games which will install and work with 32Bit Operating systems, but will not work with 64Bit Operating systems. Im not sure if this is the case with "Decades"..

Edited by Steeltows, 15 August 2011 - 09:29 AM.

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George Hafiz Ħafiz

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Just spent a day getting this to work on Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit.

After installing/re-installing several times, here are the FINAL steps I underwent to get the game working perfectly! In addition, without needing the original CD.

Disclaimer: Whilst I legally own this game, I do not have the intention of carrying the disc around with me to play it on my laptop. Moreover I object to buying multiple copies of the game to have it installed on both my laptop and my desktop, so in addition, this installation also uses an unofficial ('Google sourced') CD key.

Right, so first things first, if you've arrived here after a few failed attempts, you need to clean up.

Step 0:

Uninstall Zero Hour and Generals. Delete the data folder out of 'Documents'. Download the free version of CCleaner and run the registry scanner. Fix all found issues and reboot. (I know, I hate rebooting but don't be impatient, follow this guide to the letter).

Step 1:

I have ripped the game discs (using SlySoft's CloneCD) and so at this point I created four disc drives using Virtual CloneDrive (also SlySoft) and mounted all four discs you get in the deluxe box set. I installed Generals using whatever working CD key I could find and did the same for Zero Hour, leaving the installation paths as default (Program Files (x86) since I'm on 64-bit windows).

Step 2:

Update Zero Hour to version 1.04. I don't know if this is necessary but I do it anyway.

Step 3:

Obtain a NoCD crack from gamecopyworld.com for version 1.04. Rename the old generals.exe and game.dat files to generals.ex_ and game.da_ respectively. Copy in the NoCD files from the zip you downloaded.

Step 4:

Open up Virtual CloneDrive and set the number of disc drives to 'Disabled'. This is an important step.

At this point I attempted to run the game, which failed. So I changed the compatibility settings to Run as Admin for XP SP3. It still failed, but I got the crash log which led me to this thread, so I am mentioning it here nonetheless.

Step 5:

Navigate to the data folder in your Documents directory. Create the file 'options.ini' and edit it, adding in the data given in a previous post in this thread. Save it and close the file.

Step 6:

Launch generals.exe directly from the Zero Hour installation directory. You should get a UAC prompt because of the compatibility settings (run as admin), say yes to it and proceed. The game launches!

Finally:

You should now have a working copy of CNC Zero Hour on your computer, completed to the extent you don't even need to use the game disc to run it. I tested an Easy Skirmish just now and it worked fine but these are preliminary results.

Good luck to the rest of you and post back if you have any issues, I will gladly do what I can to help you further.
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windows 7 isnt the problem I have windows XP and zero hour also doesnt work for me only generals work.
does anyone know what the problem is?
I know that many computers have a problem with zero hour.
ps: a friend of mine has windows 7 and generals+zero hour work for him.

Edited by dennis1248, 06 February 2012 - 10:12 AM.

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I am having the same problem. I am using an Alienware MX14 with all the latest video card. I am able to download generals and it plays fine. however when i tried to download zero hours, it state a serious error. Have done all the above interms of reboot, refresh and creation of a "ini" file but still faild. Any work around on this is so much appreciated.

Thanks
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