Ressolve color issues with some older games like Road rash or Age of empire 2 in windows 7

Road Rash in windows 7

Here's how to fix color issue.....

When i upgraded into windows 7, I found that some of my old favorite games like Road Rash or Age of empire 2 has serious color issue in windows 7. I could play the game but the color was fully messed up .I searched for the solution over the net....after some research ,i came to know that explorer.exe was the culprit. The new explorer in windows 7 messed up the color of these older games. So here's what did i do.......

You have to create a batch file in your games installation directory that kills explorer.exe ,starts your game and restarts explorer.exe . follow this........

       1.Open notepad or your favorite text editor

       2.Type 'taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe' and press enter

       3.Type 'xxxxxx.exe' and press enter,[where xxxxxx.exe is the executable file to run the game]

       4.Type 'start explorer.exe'

       5.Then click File>save as....

       6. File name should be like 'xxxxxx.bat' , select "all files" in the save as type drop down menu

       7.Remember to save the file in your installation directory. If you create the file in another directory then cut>paste the file in your installation directory.

       8.Double click the batch file you created to run the game ......

Hope this helps.................

Comments 75 comments

roadrash 6 years ago

great tip... thanks a lot...

roadrasher 6 years ago


GERARD 6 years ago


Daniel 6 years ago

Thanks great work

iJz 5 years ago

Thanxxxxxx works 100% :)

afriin 5 years ago

what is installation directory? i don't know..please temme..

asif 5 years ago

i'll try but exit in directory

and still this problem

plz sent me a proper file to my mail address

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ashraful-islam 5 years ago from Bangladesh Author

installation directory is the directory where your game exe remains...... say you installed age of empire under d:\aoe and the game exe that you double click to start the game is in that directory- then place the bat file in d:\aoe\

selim silva 5 years ago

thanks man

SPiRiT 5 years ago

that's brilliant...

Cool 5 years ago

I did everything.Even the game ran through the newely made file but the same problem persist.Plse mail me the file at

jcf9 5 years ago

amazing works just like the old did u know what to do?

kadas31 5 years ago

It didn't work for me fellas.....

abc 5 years ago

It does work for me,it just turn off when I start it

ILAY 5 years ago

Thanks a lot - problem has been solved

Jagge 5 years ago

Thanks, it runs fine now. But I cant save anymore in RoadRush, can you?

sudhir 5 years ago

thanks buddy

Daniel Lemes 5 years ago

Great tip, thanks a lot!

Mukesh Mandal 5 years ago

U are simply great Thank u so much

Harry 5 years ago

Works great buddy!!!!!!!!

thanks a ton!!!!!!!1

nitish 5 years ago

pls help!!! am not gettin dat!!!!!!@

Player 5 years ago


Thanks a lot. :) :) :)

Libin 5 years ago

Great !!! Thanks a lot

Samrat 5 years ago

Thanks - its 100% correct

Epic Roadrasher 5 years ago

Thanks man.... EPIC

Rij™ 5 years ago

Thanks for helping me revive my childhood all over again.

You're the man.

zuber 5 years ago

not worked for me... its showing windows cannot find the .bat file... n asking to rename and try again... after doin tat too its not startin... plz help....

imnotsweet 5 years ago

go to task manager and end the explorer process..then open run n browse to the roadrash directory n run the original roadrash wl work normally

M W R BAIG 5 years ago


gvsfad 5 years ago

Thanks a lot man. you rock and it works great!

Thank u..:)) 5 years ago

Thanks a lot dude...

ananymous 5 years ago

u r a frrrr

Saleh 5 years ago

its not working:[ I end the explorer procecess but still it has horibble colors now what should i do

jing 5 years ago

thanks due

sarthak 4 years ago

what is drop down menu n where is the installation directory

Raj 4 years ago

Did not work for me. even i have tried everything that you told. I have saved it to my game installation directory runs but color problem is same.

below is the code

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe


start explorer.exe

Partha 4 years ago

It Works


BowG 4 years ago

If it doesn't work (like it was the case with me) try this (adding the /wait option)

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

start /wait ROADRASH.exe

start explorer.exe

Rohit 4 years ago


Rinku 4 years ago

This is great...

Awesome tips!

Many thanks

DJANGO 4 years ago


BK 4 years ago

Thanks a lot !! you saved the day...

other fixes like setting compatibility, etc does not work.

aldred 4 years ago

its not working.and i didn't understand what is directory

MadMax 4 years ago

Thanks. Works Like Charm... Great Help...

Ahmed Helal 3 years ago

thank you

hamidrazamemon 3 years ago

now also it dosnt fix

Hirofunshi 3 years ago

Alternatively go to

download the file extension it is on the top right corner.

then paste it to the the root directory.

double click or run as administrator.


joco 3 years ago

Hey,i have problem with save game?

Sudesh 3 years ago

@Hirofunshi thnks for the file

ashwin 3 years ago

amazin!!! i was a bit lame in the beginning... gave xxxxx.exe inside the file... then realised and gave the actual name of the application file..!!!

thanx a lot!!! great job!!!

RAJ 3 years ago


taskkill /f /im explorer.exe


start explorer.exe

justin 3 years ago

ok so i downloaded the game fromm a website i cant find the exe file

sami 3 years ago

you are awesome

sss 3 years ago


Tard 3 years ago

thx dude, that helped!!!!

AMIT 3 years ago


RAKESH 3 years ago


Shirxa Hashmi 3 years ago

still color issue :(

nasir 3 years ago

That really worked. Thanks a lot brother.

sachin 3 years ago

it works thanks dude

RubanS 3 years ago

It works... Thnks whoever u r. I owe u

saudo 3 years ago

i've problem to save game... how can i do?

jaishankar 3 years ago

amazing trick, it worked like a charm, thanks bro

sharan zuse 3 years ago

it is not working

vaseem 3 years ago

its working thanks you

pulkit 3 years ago

i have windows 7 64bit... tried ur solution.. didn't work.. pls help

Bilash 2 years ago

tnx a lot man

Mandar 2 years ago

thnxx man gr8

Pranab Jyoti Das 2 years ago

Thanks..... Its working...


But, Euro Truck Simulator game 2008 version is not working by using this technique. Please suggest me how to resolve for Euro Truck game colour problems

Kishor 2 years ago

Thnks it worked

that's a good one 2 years ago

I already knew the principle. Also good for Age of Empires 1 & 2 menu &

game fuckup

King of The Road 2 years ago

Worked for me too ;) 10x

arjun 23 months ago

it is not working

rimit 14 months ago

still colour problm in bonkheads please email full solutions

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