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How to customise Desura shortcuts for your games, a short guide.

Posted by feillyne on Aug 2nd, 2011
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How to customise your Desura game shortcuts, a short guide. This is also a solution to any problems with running mods for Red Alert 3 or any other game that has support for commands/parameters (such as Quake).

1) Right click the game and select Properties

2) Now type in -ui command in your User Launch Options and Save (note that -ui works only for RA3 and C&C3 and not for any other games):
User Launch Options


1b) and 2b) When using Steam, right click the game, select Properties, set launch options..., type -ui, click OK to save the settings. Now you should be able to launch the RA3 config application through Steam.

Steam Launch Options
(Please note that this example/command is for RA3 only, not Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. ;-))

3) Desura now should launch a configuration window instead of the main game, to run a mod installed via Desura you may need to select Game Browser and then tab Mods
RA3 launcher

That should be an answer to any problems when running mods directly via Desura as long as these mods were installed correctly by the app.

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yeo14 Sep 22 2011 says:

Thanks!But when I did the -ui command and saved it, the configuration window did appear but how did you do the Game Browser? I didn't see the option in the window.

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yeo14 Sep 22 2011 says:

Or is it because the disk for Red Alert 3 you used is the original version and not torrent downloaded?

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blahblah454 Oct 19 2011 says:

I did everything, I can get the mods to show up but when I try to launch it just loads and then goes back to the ui screen. I tried downloading several mods and it always does the same thing.

I had a friend try it on his computer and it does the same thing, just doesnt go anywhere when you try to launch.

This is through steam

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feillyne Oct 21 2011 replied:

Did you use Steam to make a shorcut with the -ui command? Desura rather won't handle it.

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blahblah454 Oct 21 2011 replied:

I used the "add a new game" through steam, added the RA3 launch file and edited the shortcut to inclide the -ui.

It launches the ui screen just fine, I can go to the mods section and select any mod that I want. However, when I hit the launch button it just doesnt do anything, the game never actually loads.

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medve Jan 17 2012 says:

so where do i get this in origin version?

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne Jul 14 2012 replied:

You just need to create a shortcut of RA3.exe and then add -ui command at the end of the target field (right click the shortcut -> properties -> target field).

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poultey12 May 10 2012 says:

This still doesn't work for me, I tried the Upheaval 2 mod and the Paradox mode with this. I put -ui in the main C&C RA3 lauch options, tried to launch the mods and a huge list of adresses with errors came up, then i tried adding -ui to the mods and tried to launch, same thing, finally I only put -ui in the mods and took it away from the main one, same thing AGAIN! It comes up with the launch screen thing like in the background of the last pic, but no option for a Game Browser, only a Replay Browser and other things, I use Windows 7 and have installed RA3 with the CD, not download.

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feillyne Author Subscriber
feillyne May 11 2012 replied:

Have you updated your RA3 to the latest patch? Patch 1.12?

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Xworrior Aug 17 2013 says:

How do you do this with the Origin launcher?

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Xworrior Aug 17 2013 replied:

i have the ultimate collection.

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