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Aoe 2 screen/colors get weird

I have a problem with the colors of the screen of age of empires 2. When I first installed aoe2 the screen looked fine, even when I set the screen resolution at 1024 x 768. However, after a few days the colors all of a sudden went weird (grass became more reddish, water purple). At first this was only the case when i had the screen resolution at 1024 x 768, but now it is this way almost all the time, even with smaller resolutions. Sometimes when I start a game the first few minutes the screen looks normal, but then it always gets weird again. I only experience this 'color problem' with aom2 and I'm using windows vista.
I hope someone is able to help.
Thank you in advance!

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  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith May 11, 2010

    Hi Emma, Are any other games or applications affected by this colour change? I will try my best to solve this Thanks Steve :o)


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Hi Emma, its a problem with the Aero Glass feature of Windows, I also have the same problem on Windows 7. To solve it I've found if you run the following in a batch file it works.

taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
Start explorer.exe

Open Notepad and paste the above into it, change the age2_x1.exe to empires2.exe if you only have age of kings. and save as "ColorFix.bat" or what ever .bat << important. This simply closes Windows Explorer while the game runs removing the glass and starting when it exits. I've found disabling the themes under compatability does not fix it.

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