Command & Conquer 2: Tiberian Sun is the sequel to Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn. Set in the early 21st century, Tiberian Sun once again pits the Global Defense Initiative (GDI) against the Brotherhood of Nod in a struggle for control of the planet.

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This tutorial shows how to make Command & Conquer: Tiberan Sun working on Windows 8 devices at (pseudo) fullscreen and without any lag. If these solutions do not work for you, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will try to help out in order to resolve the issues. ;)

Posted by sgfan206 on Oct 20th, 2013
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Tiberian Sun Windows 8 Fix

(at high resolution)

Well, after a long time of trying and actually being close to the status of losing my mind (including scream attacks and headdesks), I finally, FINALLY managed to get Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun to PROPERLY work on Windows 8 at (Pseudo) Fullscreen. Yes, this is right, no more lags, no more crashes (so far). Now the game actually plays like a charm.

TL;DR? Just skip the text part and switch over to the list of things to do. That list won't contain any explanations, though.

Let me show you the steps I took in order to get the entire thing done:

The first issue you might notice in Windows 8 is the one of missing menus. As in, you can enter the main menu, but as soon as you try to either start the skirmish
menu or the campaign selection, nothing happens. The only thing left to do is to press escape in order to cancel the program without having to shut it down.

Issue number 1 can be easily resolved. You need to download the Tiberian Sun Windows 8 Fix package. To do so, simply search for "", and you will
find the download link to get it. Or simply get it by following this link.Once you've downloaded the file, extract all files and copy / paste them into your Tiberian Sun directory.

As soon as this is done, you can easily start the game. By doing so, you will encounter issue number 2.The resolution is crappy like hell. Since you've (most probably) got a high definition screen that can handle resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 (such as mine), you might want your game in the same big resolution, right?

For this, you need to open the "SUN.ini" file in your Tiberian Sun directory. Simple Notepad.exe will do the trick. There, scroll down until you encounter the section [Video]. Set the "ScreenWidth" and "ScreenHeight" to your desired value. In my case, it is "ScreenWidth=1920" and "ScreenHeight=1080".

Done. Now, you can enjoy Tiberian Sun at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 ... NOT. Well, you might be satisfied with the result, but fact is - the game lags
intensively at this point. When moving the cursor or scrolling on the map, the game almost becomes unbearable to play.

Issue number 3 that is. And that one was hell of a thing to resolve. It's actually pretty simple (if you don't have to search for it all yourself, and if there is someone to tell you exactly how to fix it).

I don't know if there are any other ways how to resolve this. Fact is, though, at smaller resolutions, there is no lag at all. But, as you want to have the big resolution, I'll show you a way how to have a huge resolution AND play the game smoothly.

To fix the tremendous lag, simply create a shortcut to the main Tiberian Sun program which is "game.exe". Once done, right click the shortcut and select
"properties". There, you have to add "- win" at the end of the target line.

In my case, it is:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\EA Games\Command & Conquer Die ersten 10 Jahre\Command & Conquer(tm) Tiberian Sun(tm)\SUN\Game.exe" -win

This enables windowed mode. You might not really like a windowed mode as I can guess. Don't worry, it will be like fullscreen at the end of my explanation.

If you start the game via that shortcut now, you will notice that the game will crash. Well, that is because the Windowed mode does not support 32 bit colors. To resolve issue number 4, simply open the shortcuts properties again, then switch to the tab "compability".
There, check the box "Reduced Color Mode" and select "16
Bit Colors". Then, the game should start properly. And, you can actually play the game smoothly - until you move your cursor at the edge to scroll on the map. Because then the game crashes.

Issue number 5. At this resolution (1920 x 1080), the game will crash once you try to scroll around the map. Solution is simple - change the resolution again in
the "SUN.ini" file, to something like 1920 x 1000. That will prevent the game from crashing, and you can play it. More or less. There are still a few issues to resolve.

Issue number 6. You might have noticed that the background of your desktop is constantly interfering with your gameplay - and once you order your units to move at the lowest part of your screen, you accidentially hit the taskbar of the desktop and you're out of the game or have a lot of flickering going on.

Resolving this issue is pretty much impossible, but there is a workaround for it. Download the program "Cursor Lock" and follow the instructions (use Cursor Lock with "User Mode", cause it didn't work out for me to create a shortcut that includes the windowed and compability mode for TS).

done, you should be able to lock your cursor in the game itself. Now, it is almost perfect. Why almost? Cause, if you got a 1920 x 1000 resolution, you might notice that the game is a bit too much on the right side of the screen.

This last issue number 7 can be resolved very easily by setting the resolution of TS in the "SUN.ini" to 1900 x 1000. Then it is perfectly aligned, you got smooth gameplay and actually the best resolution available!

TL;DR version:

  • Issue Nr. 1 (missing menu): Get "" and extract files into your TS directory
  • Issue Nr. 2 (low resolution): Set resolution manually to the desired value in "SUN.ini"
  • Issue Nr. 3 (heavy lag): Create shortcut to "Game.exe", set on windowed mode (enter "- win" after target line)
  • Issue Nr. 4 (windowed mode crash): Set compability to 16 bit color mode
  • Issue Nr. 5 (crash during gameplay): Change ScreenHeight to a slight lower value (e. g.: 1000 instead of 1080)
  • Issue Nr. 6 (flickering screen): Get "Cursor Lock" and lock the cursor within the interior window
  • Issue Nr. 7 (screen too far at the right): Change ScreenWidth to a slight lower value (e. g.: 1900 instead of 1920)

In case these solutions / workarounds DID NOT work for you, please contact me and tell which of the issues are still remaining. I will then do the best in order to help you getting your TS to work.

Following these steps granted me a very well playable and enjoyable Tiberian Sun, so I think this should work for you as well. ;)

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Aro Oct 24 2013 says:

I am in debt to you, kind sir. Thanks to this tutorial I'm able to start modding again. :)

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sgfan206 Oct 24 2013 replied:

... wow. Thank you. I would have never imagined that this tutorial would EVER have an impact on the developing progress of Twisted Insurrection. ^_^

I feel honored. *bows*

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Aro Oct 24 2013 replied:

I had tried several of the fixes you mentioned before, but none of which were actually successful on their own (or with a few other issues fixed), but fixing all at the same time is a -near- perfect fix. There are still some issues, but now things are working to a REASONABLE state.

But yeah, no reason to thank me, thank you for bringing the resolution issues to light. I never thought that could have been the issue till today.

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Guest Mar 9 2014 replied:

Thanks to you I have enjoyed one of the greats once again.. TS plays perfect now. After reading through all this I have just discovered Twisted Insurrection. It has the same problems TS had: missing menus, super lag with higher res, crashing when scroll to sides. I can get it to run in full screen but lags.

If there is a page that I might have missed that directs these issues for TI please let me know.

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cis_101 Dec 12 2013 says:

BRILLIANT! I can't thank you enough for this. THANK YOU!!!

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sgfan206 Jan 22 2014 replied:

Directory means the folder that contains specific data, in this case all of the Tiberian Sun data.

If you play Tiberian Sun via The First Decade (C&C Collectors Edition), it can usually be found under "C:\Program Files\EA Games\Command & Conquer The First Decade\Command & Conquer(tm) Tiberian Sun(tm)\SUN".

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hevans9000 Jan 25 2014 says:

Hey there I get a problem when trying to add the "-win" argument to the Target on my shortcut, it simply says the path and filename are incorrect after adding "-win". Any suggestions? Running windows 8.1

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amberg30 Mar 27 2014 says:

it is still not working for me... not sure where to go from here. I'm still at the menu and cant go any farther. I am on windows 8 it is a touchscreen not sure if that matters or not though.

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sgfan206 Apr 1 2014 replied:

Did you download the TS_Win8fix package and extracted it into your TS directory? If yes, then the malfunction really could be related to your Windows 8 being on a touchscreen device.
I don't know if there is anything different, though.

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OKR297 May 4 2014 says:

Hi there.
First thanks for the tutorial it fixed my issue with the menus however the lag when moving the mouse won't go away even in Windowed mode. I followed your tutorial to the letter but the lag is really annoying and won't go away. Plus the cursor keeps flickering when I move it but that's not a serious issue.
I'm on Windows 8.1 64-Bit and using The First Decade version of Tiberian Sun.
Thanks for your help!

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robertpunshon Sep 12 2014 says:

hi guys,
ive tried the fixes but unfortunately couldnt get past issue 1. i downloaded the file extracted and copied and pasted into the directory. i tried to open the game and still no menu. its the 1st menu that is missing on my game. also i dont seem to be able tolocate the directory on my computer they only seem to be on the disc.


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MiguelMatos Sep 29 2014 says:

i´ve downloading the game but i even can install it. Help please.
When i try apperas a box telling "error to initialize" "Insert Disc"

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waltc Jan 19 2015 says:

Great...! Works exactly as described. Took some time, I know, and I am very appreciative! FYI, this is the first time I've been able to use the ddraw (Aqrit's) & libwine & wined3d dlls "fix" without my HD 7850 immediately crashing--I've tried to use the same combo with D3d mode in Beyond Divinity--and never could get it to run properly..! But *you* seem to have found the right versions of the libwine and wined3d dlls that will work with the AMD Catalysts (14.12 Omega)..! So thank you so much...;)

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rclay Sep 13 2015 says:

You're the best!!
Playing it now on Windows 10.

Only one problem, I've lost the serial code, I have the original cd.
Tis serial is blocked for internet. (got it from internet)
Is there any solution for this?

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