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. 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
C:\Program Files (x86)\Lionhead Studios\Black & White 2
depending on where the installer placed your game.

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!


  • 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


    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.


    • 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

    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.

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