Error "Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw" when trying to open Age of Empire II

Hi,

um I was hoping some smart guy here could help another friend in need? My problem is that aoe 2 wont work. I bought the collectors edition from eb for $10, installed all the ones on the disc (aoe (1), aoe (1) expansion and aoe 2 aok and aoe 2 aoc expansion) and the install worked everything was good until I tried playing the game it said exactly this: Could not initialize graphics system. Make sure that your video card and driver are compatible with DirectDraw. Now Im pretty sure they are compatible, as I am running vista (so it should be compatible? right?). Could someone plz help?? Thnx :)

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Hi,

 

·        Do you get this message immediately when you try to open the game?

 

Age of Empires II is compatible with Windows Vista. Refer the below mentioned link.

Windows Vista Compatibility Microsoft Age Of Empires II: Conquerors

 

Method 1: Try updating the computer`s graphics drivers and check if the issue persists.Also, look for the latest chipset drivers. You can log on to your computer/motherboard manufacturer website for the same.

Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly

 

Make sure you have the latest Windows Updates installed. Check for the optional updates as it may have the required drivers.

Install Windows updates

 

Method 2: Try creating a new desktop shortcut and check for the issue. To do this:

 

a)      Right-click the desktop, point to  New and then click Shortcut.

b)      Click Browse and go to the location Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires.

c)      Click the  Empires.exe file.

d)      Now click  Open\OK, Next and then Finish.

 

Note: Delete the existing shortcut on the desktop if you have, before attempting this method.

 

Regards,
Syed N – Microsoft Support
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