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Automatic installation (recommended)
OpenRA will prompt you to install the original game content the first time that you launch a mod. This process occurs automatically from inside the game: the game client can download a minimal set of game files from the internet, or copy the full game content (including music and movies) from an original install cd.
On the first run the game will ask whether you want to download a stripped down version automatically as both the full motion video and music soundtrack are optional. For a wholesome multimedia experience you should copy the complete *.MIX content from the original game CD. Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn have been released by EA Games as freeware. You can download the CD-Images:
- Baxxster's C&C Gold Mirror (NOD and GDI)
- ppmsite.com C&C Gold mirror
Please keep in mind that the CD extracting algorithm is hard-coded to those CD-Images. Localized installation CDs and expansion packs will not work.
Note for users of 64-bit Windows: The original RA installer is 16-bit and so won't run on 64-bit operating systems. This can be worked around by using the Red Alert Setup Manager. Make sure you apply the no-CD protection fix so all the files needed are installed to the hard drive.
There are various other distributions of Red Alert already where you can also grab the content from:
Same goes for Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn: