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!

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