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Ressolve color issues with some older games like Road rash or Age of empire 2 in windows 7

Road Rash in windows 7


Here's how to fix color issue.....

When i upgraded into windows 7, I found that some of my old favorite games like Road Rash or Age of empire 2 has serious color issue in windows 7. I could play the game but the color was fully messed up .I searched for the solution over the net....after some research ,i came to know that explorer.exe was the culprit. The new explorer in windows 7 messed up the color of these older games. So here's what did i do.......

You have to create a batch file in your games installation directory that kills explorer.exe ,starts your game and restarts explorer.exe . follow this........

       1.Open notepad or your favorite text editor

       2.Type 'taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe' and press enter

       3.Type 'xxxxxx.exe' and press enter,[where xxxxxx.exe is the executable file to run the game]

       4.Type 'start explorer.exe'

       5.Then click File>save as....

       6. File name should be like 'xxxxxx.bat' , select "all files" in the save as type drop down menu

       7.Remember to save the file in your installation directory. If you create the file in another directory then cut>paste the file in your installation directory.

       8.Double click the batch file you created to run the game ......

Hope this helps.................


rimit on January 02, 2016:

still colour problm in bonkheads please email full solutions


arjun on March 24, 2015:

it is not working

King of The Road on January 25, 2015:

Worked for me too ;) 10x

that's a good one on December 14, 2014:

I already knew the principle. Also good for Age of Empires 1 & 2 menu &

game fuckup

Kishor on September 01, 2014:

Thnks it worked

PHANEENDRA KUMAR on August 15, 2014:

But, Euro Truck Simulator game 2008 version is not working by using this technique. Please suggest me how to resolve for Euro Truck game colour problems

Pranab Jyoti Das on July 22, 2014:

Thanks..... Its working...

Mandar on June 30, 2014:

thnxx man gr8

Bilash on March 10, 2014:

tnx a lot man

pulkit on February 02, 2014:

i have windows 7 64bit... tried ur solution.. didn't work.. pls help

vaseem on February 01, 2014:

its working thanks you

sharan zuse on January 04, 2014:

it is not working

jaishankar on December 31, 2013:

amazing trick, it worked like a charm, thanks bro

saudo on December 30, 2013:

i've problem to save game... how can i do?

RubanS on December 26, 2013:

It works... Thnks whoever u r. I owe u

sachin on December 26, 2013:

it works thanks dude

nasir on December 17, 2013:

That really worked. Thanks a lot brother.

Shirxa Hashmi on December 16, 2013:

still color issue :(

RAKESH on December 02, 2013:


AMIT on November 25, 2013:


Tard on November 16, 2013:

thx dude, that helped!!!!

sss on October 25, 2013:


sami on September 20, 2013:

you are awesome

justin on September 06, 2013:

ok so i downloaded the game fromm a website i cant find the exe file

RAJ on August 30, 2013:


taskkill /f /im explorer.exe


start explorer.exe

ashwin on July 21, 2013:

amazin!!! i was a bit lame in the beginning... gave xxxxx.exe inside the file... then realised and gave the actual name of the application file..!!!

thanx a lot!!! great job!!!

Sudesh on June 26, 2013:

@Hirofunshi thnks for the file

joco on June 14, 2013:

Hey,i have problem with save game?

Hirofunshi on May 19, 2013:

Alternatively go to https://www.box.com/shared/tb5l5l2yzz0g0qhxtgh8

download the file extension it is on the top right corner.

then paste it to the the root directory.

double click or run as administrator.


hamidrazamemon on April 19, 2013:

now also it dosnt fix

Ahmed Helal on April 18, 2013:

thank you

MadMax on February 08, 2013:

Thanks. Works Like Charm... Great Help...

aldred on February 07, 2013:

its not working.and i didn't understand what is directory

BK on January 22, 2013:

Thanks a lot !! you saved the day...

other fixes like setting compatibility, etc does not work.

DJANGO on December 30, 2012:


Rinku on November 14, 2012:

This is great...

Awesome tips!

Many thanks

Rohit on October 13, 2012:


BowG on August 16, 2012:

If it doesn't work (like it was the case with me) try this (adding the /wait option)

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

start /wait ROADRASH.exe

start explorer.exe

Partha on July 14, 2012:

It Works


Raj on June 02, 2012:

Did not work for me. even i have tried everything that you told. I have saved it to my game installation directory also...game runs but color problem is same.

below is the code

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe


start explorer.exe

sarthak on June 01, 2012:

what is drop down menu n where is the installation directory

jing on February 25, 2012:

thanks due

Saleh on February 14, 2012:

its not working:[ I end the explorer procecess but still it has horibble colors now what should i do

ananymous on February 12, 2012:

u r a frrrr

Thank u..:)) on February 12, 2012:

Thanks a lot dude...

gvsfad on February 11, 2012:

Thanks a lot man. you rock and it works great!

M W R BAIG on February 05, 2012:


imnotsweet on December 05, 2011:

go to task manager and end the explorer process..then open run n browse to the roadrash directory n run the original roadrash exe...it wl work normally

zuber on November 29, 2011:

not worked for me... its showing windows cannot find the .bat file... n asking to rename and try again... after doin tat too its not startin... plz help....


Rij™ on November 26, 2011:

Thanks for helping me revive my childhood all over again.

You're the man.

Epic Roadrasher on October 28, 2011:

Thanks man.... EPIC

Samrat on October 08, 2011:

Thanks - its 100% correct

Libin on October 08, 2011:

Great !!! Thanks a lot

Player on September 08, 2011:


Thanks a lot. :) :) :)

nitish on September 03, 2011:

pls help!!! am not gettin dat!!!!!!@

Harry on September 01, 2011:

Works great buddy!!!!!!!!

thanks a ton!!!!!!!1

Mukesh Mandal on August 25, 2011:

U are simply great Thank u so much

Daniel Lemes on July 13, 2011:

Great tip, thanks a lot!

sudhir on July 12, 2011:

thanks buddy

Jagge on July 09, 2011:

Thanks, it runs fine now. But I cant save anymore in RoadRush, can you?

ILAY on July 07, 2011:

Thanks a lot - problem has been solved

abc on July 03, 2011:

It does work for me,it just turn off when I start it

kadas31 on June 29, 2011:

It didn't work for me fellas.....

jcf9 on June 28, 2011:

amazing works just like the old times...............how did u know what to do?

Cool on June 25, 2011:

I did everything.Even the game ran through the newely made file but the same problem persist.Plse mail me the file at ultimatefashion108@yahoo.com

SPiRiT on June 12, 2011:

that's brilliant...

selim silva on May 27, 2011:

thanks man

ashraful-islam (author) from Bangladesh on May 13, 2011:

installation directory is the directory where your game exe remains...... say you installed age of empire under d:\aoe and the game exe that you double click to start the game is in that directory- then place the bat file in d:\aoe\

asif on April 08, 2011:

i'll try but exit in directory

and still this problem

plz sent me a proper file to my mail address


afriin on March 20, 2011:

what is installation directory? i don't know..please temme..

iJz on March 13, 2011:

Thanxxxxxx works 100% :)

Daniel on February 01, 2011:

Thanks great work

GERARD on January 05, 2011:


roadrasher on December 22, 2010:


roadrash on December 14, 2010:

great tip... thanks a lot...