Run AoE II in Window?

By Rakkeyal
Feb 22, 2008
  1. Is there a way I can play Age of Empires II (conquerors) in a windowed mode?

    It just doesn't seem like I have time to play the game on it's own anymore, so I was wondering if I could (with windowed mode) do a few things at once.

    Thanks :D
  2. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    If the game doesn't have an option, you can try right clicking the desktop shortcut and under the Shortcut tab. In the Target area, go to the end and space once and put in -swindow

    If this doesn't work, let us know. Then again, let us know if it did. ;)
  3. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter


    No it didn't work :(
  4. Exceeder

    Exceeder TS Rookie

    right click on the icon properties and next to target type -window
  5. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Still no dice

    Thanks for the responses though :)

    Other ideas?
  6. babyantony

    babyantony TS Rookie

    laptop switiching on problem

    dear Sir
    I have hp laptop presario v6000
    On swithiching on led indicators all lit. But the screen is blank./window xp is not booting. battery and power ok. plead advise for troubleshoot.
    hello everybody
    thanks baby antony
  7. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey, no offense..but this is my topic :(
  8. Exceeder

    Exceeder TS Rookie

    have u tried is there an option in the graphics of the game to run windowed mode.
  9. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, there isn't an option specifically for windowed mode. However, I know that the game is old enough that it doesn't take up that much memory or is very hard on the processor. So it shouldn't need to be full screen, if I can manage to figure it out.
  10. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    If you right click on the exe and check the options it might be in there, I have a feeling a game like that wont run in a window, I've tried ittbefore with no luck (only similar games)
  11. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, it wasn't an option on the EXE, I tried.

    All well, I was hoping it'd work.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Tried -w in the target line instead of -window? Also, tried pressing Alt+Enter?
  13. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    neither of those work either :(
  14. Exceeder

    Exceeder TS Rookie

    ok ive installed the game and yes none of those options work

    sometimes in some of the older games they didnt make a windowed mode..
  15. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    you can try running it in vmware or similar.. that way you can have the game "full screen" on the virtual pc, but the virtual pc is windowed on your normal desktop..

    although a problem would be to have access to another copy of windows to install in it and you wouldn't know how well it will run inside a virtual pc environment untill you've tried it...
  16. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sounds fairly complicated. Maybe I could look into a duel Monitor deal for myself.
  17. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I agree that that would be better. Maybe just look around for a second-hand monitor. If you have a graphics card capable of two connections, it will be cheper to use it.
  18. Rakkeyal

    Rakkeyal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my card has two ports, so one would assume it can support duel monitors.
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,424   +142

    Acually i run starcraft in windows mode at home works fine. The same might work for AOE 2. Its desinged as a generic direct x something windowed mode launcher. Its not very good havn't tried it on anything else but.....
  20. Exceeder

    Exceeder TS Rookie

    starcraft is different to AoE 2
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,424   +142

    its still the same basic idea, run a 3D accelerated directX application in a window.
    nope they are not the same but mostly only in the gameplay, Starcraft is better :) but they still use the same basic programming (i think) to run the game, specifacly concerning the window in this thread
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