20 Jun 2017

How to get Black & White 2 to run on Windows 10

Why won’t Black & White 2 run on Windows 10 you ask? Well, there are many reasons but there is a workaround and it’s very effective. I cannot guarantee this will work if you are playing the game from a cracked version, and many people have run into problems that way, but if you use the legit installation CDs or get them off eBay, this should work perfectly. Bear in mind that the game itself was always a little bit buggy even on the operating systems it was designed for, so it will never be perfect, but this is just as good as the original in my opinion.

First, you will install Black & White the regular way using your CD / DVD and legitimate key. You will notice that the game won’t run at all, not even in administrator mode. So, download these patches and install them in the correct order:

  1. Game update v1.1
  2. Game update v1.2

Now, Black and White 2 uses an Anti-Piracy measure called SafeDisc v4 DRM. With the release of Windows 10 Microsoft removed support for SafeDisc and has also released a disable patch for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. So to get around it you need to be able to run the game without the CD / DVD. Download the No Cd Fix.

Extract both files somewhere on your hardrive using WinZip or WinRar or similar. Cut and paste the 2 extracted files to:
C:\Program Files\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2
or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2
depending on where the installer placed your game.

Make sure you didn’t also copy the folder ‘no cd fix’ – you only want those 2 files inside it.

This will replace the files including the original exe that runs the game so that it no longer looks for the install disk whenever you run it. From here on out you will run the game from White.exe. You can create a shortcut on your desktop or wherever you like.

Happy gaming!

Comments

  • Galadain
    July 30, 2017 Reply

    The link to the no cd fix does not work. Just attempts to download install software. Please send me an alternative download.

    • olivia
      October 27, 2017 Reply

      Hi Galadain, It looks like the old links weren’t working anymore. I am now hosting all the files to my own dropbox so the link should work now. Good luck!

  • unknown
    October 28, 2017 Reply

    Hi,

    so the anti piracy drm made it impossible to progress in a few ways in the game if u would use a cracked version.
    One of the Biggest “bugs” is that the children wont age or the people wont even produce children in your town.
    Is is there a way to fix that?
    The problem is still existing after doing whats described in that aricle.

    BG

    • olivia
      November 26, 2017 Reply

      Oh wow! Really bizarre! I haven’t run into this problem because I just couldn’t get my cracked version to work at all (after my original disk cracked) and ended up buying another copy on eBay for $5. Let us know if you find the workaround BG.

  • James
    November 12, 2017 Reply

    Thanks olivia!

    • olivia
      November 26, 2017 Reply

      No probs! 🙂

  • Mebiusu
    November 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi!
    Just followed this little tutorial and wanted to let you know that it works great! I’m running on a fully up to date Windows 10. Thak you so much!

    • olivia
      November 26, 2017 Reply

      That’s great to know! Love your work btw.

  • Jeebus
    December 6, 2017 Reply

    Any idea if you still need to put in the CD key with this method? I’ve still got my old disc from the days of yore, but the manual with the CD key has gone awol.

    • olivia
      December 6, 2017 Reply

      Yup – I’m pretty sure I had to use the CD key. You might be able to buy a key off eBay. I found a disk with a key for $5 shipped, after my original broke.

  • Michael
    December 15, 2017 Reply

    i followed all guide lines and directions and still wont work on my windows 10, do i need to reinstall it after downloading everything?

    • olivia
      February 16, 2018 Reply

      Yes, I would try a process of elimination including reinstalling from scratch. I also cleaned up my registry using cCleaner. Also, this won’t work for anyone who is using a cracked version of the game. Make sure you get your hands on an original CD with a real CD key. I got mine off eBay for $5.

  • Apex
    December 17, 2017 Reply

    thanks to you i have been able to play Black &White for the first time, I didn’t run into any problems with following you instructions

  • Deathly Lemon
    January 6, 2018 Reply

    I did the tutorial and read back more than once to see if I had missed anything. I still can’t seem to get the game to run, even after restarting my PC and reinstalling the CD fix

    • olivia
      February 16, 2018 Reply

      I would try a process of elimination including reinstalling from scratch with a cleaned registry. I cleaned up my registry using cCleaner. Also, this won’t work for anyone who is using a cracked version of the game. Make sure you get your hands on an original CD with a real CD key. I got mine off eBay for $5.

  • Nate Dog
    January 19, 2018 Reply

    Hey, im getting an Error on the CD key fix. its giving me errors when i try to extract the fix into the B&W2 program files, saying it cannot open/delete output file. I think this is where you mentioned the White file i extracted replaces the original file. What do i do?

    • Nate Dog
      January 19, 2018 Reply

      NEVERMIND I GOT IT WORKING THANKS FOR MAKING A FIX TO A GAME I GREW UP WITH AS A CHILD.

      • olivia
        February 16, 2018 Reply

        I’m so glad! Please replicate the steps you took to get it to work, as it might help others who are struggling with it.

  • Chelsea
    January 23, 2018 Reply

    Is there a dumbed down version or maybe you can explain it to me? I got the downloads and installed them but I’m lost on the last step where you use 7zip and winrar and extract.. It’s like a foreign language to me. What do i do after installing the disks and updates? How do i extract the files??

    • olivia
      February 16, 2018 Reply

      Hi Chelsea, the No CD Fix is a compressed file to keep the size down. Files with the extension .zip need to be extracted/unzipped/uncompressed using a program like WinZip, 7zip or winrar. WinZip is the easiest one to use but it isn’t free, but the trial is. Once you have ‘unzipped’ the files to somewhere like your desktop, select the 2 files in the no cd fix folder, copy and paste them to either C:\Program Files\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2
      or C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2 depending on where the installer placed your game.

  • Lisa
    February 15, 2018 Reply

    Hi it is still asking for administrative privellages after doing all of this. Idk what to do

    • olivia
      February 16, 2018 Reply

      It sounds like something went wrong with the installation process where you need to completely uninstall, clean your registry and start again, or you are using a cracked version of the game. Either way you’re going to need to uninstall and start over. Please only use the real CD and a real CD key because these extra cracks only work on the real unaltered files. I got my CD off eBay.

  • Lisa
    February 15, 2018 Reply

    and it dosent do anything at all when i try to run it as administrator

  • Jenine
    February 26, 2018 Reply

    Hey this works really great on my pc but on my laptop it comes up with fatal error in task bar, a white screen and doesn’t display the error any ideas where I’m going wrong?

    • olivia
      March 27, 2018 Reply

      I wish I knew. Try to reinstall from scratch, after removing everything and running ccleaner or a registry cleaner to get rid of everything, and make sure you are using a legit copy of the game in CD or DVD format.

  • Haq
    March 4, 2018 Reply

    Hi, Everyone I have The Working version of Black And White 2, Today I’m just install the game into my pc and the game is totally smooth playing likes old days. Oh I’m playing this game at WINDOWS 10×64 ( v.1607 ). The installing was so easy, just click to install and done, no crack or patch required.

    • olivia
      March 27, 2018 Reply

      Wow Haq, where did you purchase this version of the game? The old version I have requires the patches and cracks to run on Windows 10.

  • tiffany
    March 16, 2018 Reply

    hey i downloaded updates found them in my files but cant paste because i cant find theC:\Program Files\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2
    or
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2
    just C:\Program Files
    or
    C:\Program Files (x86)

    • olivia
      March 27, 2018 Reply

      Try running a search on your computer for “Lionhead Studios” to find where you installed it on your computer.

  • aj
    March 28, 2018 Reply

    Hi, so when I’m installing my game on Windows 10it always stops at the same point and says “cyclic redundancy check” and with the patches you linked, I tried downloading them but it says I need to install the game first but that’s where I’m having the issue.

    • olivia
      March 30, 2018 Reply

      Seems like there is something wrong with the installer. Either the disk is scratched or you’re trying to install it from a copy. These patches won’t work with copies, unfortunately, only the original disk.

  • aj
    April 1, 2018 Reply

    Thank you, I’ve googled different methods for fixing scratched CD’s and hopefully they’ll work

  • Jake
    April 4, 2018 Reply

    I believe I’ve followed all of the steps correctly, however when i click on the “White” to play, it pops up for a nano-second before immediately closing, help?

  • Duncan
    April 7, 2018 Reply

    Followed the instructions and placed the extracted files into the B&W file. Ran the no CD crack and it still does not appear to work. Tried to run in compatibility wizard then tried the fix here. Have now tried each of the compatibility wizard options. Still no joy. Any suggestions?

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