It Came From Red alert! is a mod that brings the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert into Red alert 2: Yuri's Revenge. All versions require Red alert 2: Yuri's Revenge V1.001. The current, and likely final, version is Pre-release Candidate 1 (PRC1) which does not require any additional community patches. The mod originally started as a coding-only mod so that I could play something resembling Red Alert with the newer interface features like right click scrolling and turned into something way beyond that. It's been consistently popular since the first version was released with a steady trickle of views and downloads even to this day. Thank you all for the kind comments the mod has received over the years and I'm sorry I never managed to finish it, especially as it got so close to being totally done.
There have been a few people who've had difficulty with uninstalling It Came From Red Alert! (or rather it uninstalling itself), this appears to happen if the launcher fails to add all the files correctly and it definitely happens if you click the wrong option when you exit the mod. This article is to help you deal with these eventualities.
Posted by DazJW on Jan 22nd, 2010
There have been a few people who've had difficulty with uninstalling It Came From Red Alert! (or rather it uninstalling itself), this appears to happen in the rare event that the launcher fails to add all the files correctly and it definitely happens if you click the wrong option when you exit the mod. This article is to help you deal with these eventualities.
You can also encounter problems if you have another mod, or remnants of one, still installed - Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge is an old game which accepts mods in an old fashioned way so it can't handle having numerous mods installed at once. So ensure you have a "clean" Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge directory with just the Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge game files and the NPatch files (if you have installed NPatch).
Firstly how ICFRA! should work:
When you run the ICFRA! .exe file you downloaded the launcher program will appear, when you click on the 'Launch' button to run the mod the program will add files to your Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge directory to temporarily transform Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge into It Came From Red Alert!
After playing the mod you exit the game in the normal way (via the main menu) and will be presented with this box:
You are given this option to facilitate the creation of maps for ICFRA! which can't be done without the files being left installed. If you were going to do some mapping you could either leave this window open for the time being, do your mapping, exit the FinalAlert 2 mapping program and then click on the 'Yes' button to remove the mod files or click on the 'No' button to leave the files installed while you map.
If you do not want the files to be left in the Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge directory you should click on the 'Yes' button.
Should you accidentally click on the 'No' button, or have intentionally left the files installed for mapping and now want to remove them, you can uninstall the mod by running the launcher application again, then clicking the 'Launch' button to launch the game - when the main menu appears simply exit the game and you will be given the option to deactivate the mod.
It would seem that very rarely some part of this process can fail and lead to the mod not being correctly installed or uninstalled, I suspect this could be linked to a corrupted download but I'm not sure.
If you suffer from problems ingame (invisible units and buildings seems to be the main symptom) you should exit the game and deactivate the mod, then run Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge without the mod installed (via your usual shortcut, NOT by the ICFRA! launcher application). Hopefully the uninstall will work properly. If it doesn't you may have to do a manual uninstall of ICFRA! which, fortunately, is more straightforward than it sounds.
If you think a manual uninstall is necessary go to your Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge install directory, mine is 'G:\Games\Command & Conquer The First Decade\Command & Conquer Red Alert(tm) II\RA2' but yours will very likely be different. You are now going to delete some files so you may wish to make a backup of your Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge folder prior to doing so.
If you installed ICFRA PRC1 or PRC1z you need to delete the files listed in the image below:
If you installed ICFRA BR3 you need to delete the files listed in the image below:
Deleting these files will return Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge to normal operation. If it does not then there is something else causing problems with your copy of the game and unfortunately the only sure solution is to reinstall the game.
If you installed NPatch you may wish to uninstall that also.
If this hasn't soured your opinion of the mod and you wish to try again then I would recommend redownloading the ICFRA! launcher application just to be sure it isn't corrupted and keep a clean backup of your Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge folder so you can restore it easily if you need to.