Command & Conquer

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This page is for the original 1995 game. For the 2020 remastered version, see Command & Conquer Remastered Collection.

Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer cover
Westwood Studios
Current Electronic Arts
Original Virgin Interactive
Release dates
DOS September 26, 1995
Mac OS (Classic) December 18, 1996
Windows March 10, 1997
Metacritic 94
Monetization Freeware, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Europe, Africa, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer on HowLongToBeat
Command & Conquer on IGDB
Command & Conquer guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer on MobyGames
Command & Conquer on Wikipedia
Command & Conquer 1995
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor 1997
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 2000
Command & Conquer: Renegade 2002
Command & Conquer: Generals 2003
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 2007
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 2008
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising 2009
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight 2010
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection 2020
Renegade X (unofficial) EA

Key points

Informally known as Tiberian Dawn.
Re-released for free in 2007.
Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 fan patch is highly recommended to install.
If you want a modernized C&C experience, check out OpenRA.
Language support can be further extended with language add-ons.
CD/ISO installer is 16-bit and doesn't run under modern systems; it's better to download fanmade installers instead.

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
CnCNet (multiplayer replacement)
Command & Conquer section on
Command & Conquer section on C&C Communications Center
Command & Conquer section on
v1.06 patch discussion


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
The Windows version is often called the Gold Edition and is fully patched. It's also available as part of The First Decade.
Mac OS
The Ultimate Collection, bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Covert Operations Retail version was only released for the DOS release, but the files work with the Windows release.
Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations.

Unofficial downloads[edit]

OpenRA includes a modernized open-source version with its "Tiberian Dawn" mod.
CnCNet installer is a bare-bones version optimized for multiplayer (small size, portable). Missions, music and cutscenes are omitted. The music and map editor are downloadable inside the CnCNet settings.
Nyerguds' installer is a more fully-featured version which includes singleplayer missions (including Covert Operations and PSX/N64 missions) and soundtrack from the get-go. Cutscenes are available at Mod DB.

Essential improvements[edit]

1024x768 resolution with the Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 compared to earlier versions.
1024x768 resolution with the Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 compared to earlier versions.


Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06[edit]

Not needed for the unofficial packages.
This patch contains:
  • A large amount of fixes (changelog)
  • Support for newer Windows systems (including 64-bit)
  • LAN and online playability up to 6 players (includes new CnCNet lobby)
  • Support for higher resolutions
  • No-CD option
  • Missions from PSX and N64 versions and The Covert Operations
The site also offers Music Upgrade Pack if you installed the game through CDs/ISOs.
Support for regular installation, The First Decade and The Ultimate Collection.



1.22 is the last patch for the DOS version. Note that the game's Covert Operations expansion upgrades the game to v1.20, which is not quite the same as the final v1.22. Some of the later DOS releases of the game come prepatched at v1.22.
European versions' alternate languages, German and French, have different versioning, meaning their final versions are called v1.20. This is equivalent to the English v1.22. They can be downloaded here and here.


DOS32A is a more advanced extender and open source replacement to DOS4GW. It can improve both performance and stability of Command & Conquer.

Command & Conquer has DOS4GW bound its executable. Use the command sb /r game.dat to replace it.

Hidden Options Enabler[edit]

Allows enabling hidden options within the game. Most useful perhaps it the ability to increase the netgame player limit to 6 and allow 1v1 game with AI players. More info here.

Console levels[edit]

Conversions of the N64 exclusive levels can be found here whilst the PlayStation versions can be found here.

Play without the CD[edit]

You can boost the performance of DOSBox by running the game without the CD mounted. To do so copy the cd's contents (or at least it's most important files, SCORES.MIX and movies.mix) to a folder inside the game's virtual C drive. Launch the game with the parameter -cd[cd contents folder]. Note it is recommended to use the SCORES.MIX from The Covert Operations cd if you have the addon. You also may need to merge the different movies.mix files to get all the cutscenes, depending on your version of the game.


scb13ea_fix solves a crash issue with the map 13ea.
C&CToss enables the missing grenade "woosh" toss sound.

Game data[edit]

External video settings (for the fan patch).
External video settings (for the fan patch).

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\conquer.ini
Windows <path-to-game>\*.ini[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
conquer.ini contains normal game settings.
ddraw.ini contains CnC-DDraw settings (added by the fan patch).
cncnet.ini contains CnCNet settings (added by the fan patch).

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\savegame.***
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame.***[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
DOS save games not compatible with C&C Gold.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes


External options menu (for the original release).
External options menu (for the original release).
External video settings (for the fan patch).
External video settings (for the fan patch).
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
A fan patch is required. The maximum map size is 1488x1488.[1]
Playing on higher resolutions might cause visual artifacts.
4K Ultra HD
The maximum map size is 1488x1488.[1]
Field of view (FOV)
A fan patch is required.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
A fan patch is required. See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
A fan patch is required. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game normally limits to 60 fps, and is advertised as such on the game box.
The maximum game speed option runs the game at the maximum speed the CPU can manage, without any limiting on frames or gameplay speed. This insane speed is not particularly useful for playing the game, though, and the lower speeds have no real benefits from running higher than 60fps.[citation needed]

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Set in ddraw.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ddraw.ini.
  3. Set: windowed=true, width, height = equal to computer resolution, border=false


The resolution settings in ddraw only stretch the image; to set internal resolution, you need to run CCConfig.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Set in ddraw.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open ddraw.ini.
  3. Set: opengl=true, vsync=true


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See here (Google Docs) for keybindings.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


External audio settings (for the fan patch).
External audio settings (for the fan patch).
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
The DOS version of the game actually supports stereo sound despite not appearing as an option in the setup program. A guide explaining how to enable it can be found here.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Installed by patch 1.06, audio only from Fan mirror #2.
Retail only.
Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Brazilian Portuguese
Partial audio; use Language add-on.
Unofficial; use Language add-on.
Fan voice-over by «ENPY Studio».
Fan translation and full dubbing by TSF, download.
C&C patch adds support for multiple languages. Download them from PCGamingWiki repository.


External multiplayer settings (for the fan patch).
External multiplayer settings (for the fan patch).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Versus
Uses IPX protocol. Use the Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 fan patch to enable modern LAN support.
Online play
6 Versus
The original multiplayer service is no longer available. Use the Command & Conquer Gold: Project 1.06 fan patch and to re-enable support.

Connection types

Issues unresolved[edit]

This list assumes you've installed the patches. If you experience a new issue, please create a thread at the CnC-Comm forums.
  • The game has some minor problems with missions that are smaller than the game resolution. This is nothing to be worried about, you can "fix" it by pressing Escape.
  • When playing in any resolution higher than 640x400, you can't place buildings with a placement height of only one cell on the lowest row of cells on the map.

Issues fixed[edit]

If you have problems with The First Decade or The Ultimate Collection, be sure to check this FAQ at EA forums.

General fixes[edit]

If you have not found a fix, be sure to also check:
Check these if you haven't[citation needed]
  1. If you have installed the patches properly.
  2. If everything in the compatibility tab is unchecked.
  3. If you have enabled "Back buffer in Video memory" and disabled "Allow hardware filled blits".
  4. If you may be able to initiate the game/lobby with administrator privileges.
  5. If you may be able to run it using a different renderer or enabling/disabling "singlecpu" in ddraw.ini
  6. If you may be able to run it by disabling cnc-ddraw (may introduce some other issues like scrambled colors).

Crash after overheating[edit]

Enable "singlecpu" in ddraw.ini[2]

Game is laggy after installing the patch[edit]

Change the renderer in ddraw.ini[3]

Game speed/Map scroll rate issue[edit]

Resolved by using frame-rate limiter in the fan patch, but this may cause an unresponsive in-game menu.[citation needed]
Set the slider in-game[citation needed]

While in-game, press Esc to open a menu, press game controls and move the game speed slider to adjust the game speed or scroll rate slider to adjust the scroll speed.

Mouse pointer stuck at screen edge[edit]

Check disable display scaling on High DPI settings in compatibility options[4]

"Unable to set video mode" error[edit]

Change the resolution[citation needed]
There are 2 ways how to fix this error:
  • Change the resolution.
  • Enable windowed mode.
    • If you really want to play fullscreen, you might want to check how to enable Borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

No music in the CnCNet version[edit]

Go to CnCNet lobby and download the music in the settings[citation needed]

Scrambled colors (without ddraw.dll)[edit]

Ddraw.dll within the fan-patch already fixes that issue. However, if the game needs to run with ddraw.dll turned off and this appears, then this is for you.
Use palette fix[citation needed]

See Rainbow color problems in older games for solutions.

No videos after installing the patch[edit]

Download the videos[citation needed]

If you happen to have the game on CD, that means No-CD option is turned on. Either turn off the option, copy movies.mix from the CDs into the installation folder or just download the videos.

Cannot Alt+Tab[edit]

Download and install Project 1.06

From Launcher settings, set Renderer to either OpenGL or Direct3D 9.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 3
DOS video modes MCGA, VGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Human Machine Interface (HMI) audio drivers
Cutscenes VQA
Multiplayer Westwood Online Only in Macintosh and Gold (Windows) versions, absent from original DOS release.


C&C has support for external maps, both multiplayer and singleplayer.
CnCNet includes its own online map folder.
Map editors can be downloaded inside CnCNet's game options. - Mapping discussion


Thanks to dedicated C&C community, there are a couple of re-implementations and total conversion existing.
  • OpenRA - Open Source recreation that tries to modernize the classic gameplay.

Total conversions

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 486 DX2 66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) MCGA video card
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).