How to Install Generals Zero Hour on Windows 10 and 11
Generals Zero Hour is the expansion pack for Command & Conquer: Generals, a real-time strategy game released in 2003. It adds new factions, units, maps and modes to the original game, as well as improved graphics and gameplay. However, Generals Zero Hour is not compatible with Windows 10 and 11 by default, and requires some fixes and patches to run smoothly on modern systems. In this article, we will show you how to install Generals Zero Hour on Windows 10 and 11 step by step.
The first thing you need to do is to get a copy of Generals Zero Hour. There are three main versions of the game that you can use:
Retail version: This is the original CD version of the game that comes with two discs. You will need to have the base game of Command & Conquer: Generals installed before installing the expansion pack.
The First Decade version: This is a compilation of 12 Command & Conquer games that includes Generals and Zero Hour. It comes with a single DVD disc that contains all the games.
The Ultimate Collection version: This is a digital version of the game that you can purchase and download from EA Origin. It also includes all the Command & Conquer games in one package.
You can choose any of these versions according to your preference and availability. However, we recommend using the Ultimate Collection version as it is easier to install and update.
Step 2: Install Generals Zero Hour
The next step is to install Generals Zero Hour on your computer. The installation process varies depending on the version of the game you have:
Retail version: Insert the Zero Hour disc 1 to your CD/DVD drive. If you are not using Windows XP, exit the autorun and run setup.exe from the disc as administrator. Install the game as you normally would. Patch the game to version 1.04, the latest official patch.
The First Decade version: Insert your The First Decade disc to your DVD drive. If you are not using Windows XP, exit the autorun, and run setup.exe on the disc as administrator. Follow the instructions on the screen. Choose a custom installation, and for the time being, select C&C: Generals: Zero Hour to install.
The Ultimate Collection version: Install the Origin client from here. Log in with your EA account or create one if you don't have one. Purchase and download The Ultimate Collection from here. Launch Origin and go to My Game Library. Right-click on Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection and select Game Properties. Under Launch Options, type -noshellmap in the Command Line Arguments box. Click Apply.
Step 3: Download GenPatcher and Apply Fixes
GenPatcher is an all-in-one application that updates Generals Zero Hour to run correctly on Windows 10 and 11. It applies a number of fixes to the game, such as resolution settings, compatibility modes, registry entries, anti-aliasing options and more. It also installs GenTool, a utility that adds features such as widescreen support, online multiplayer, anti-cheat and more.
To use GenPatcher, follow these steps:
Download GenPatcher from here.
Launch GenPatcher as administrator.
Click on Apply Fixes button to apply all the necessary fixes to the game.
Click on GenTool button to install GenTool if you want to play online or use additional features.