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:
- Game update v1.1 (exe) | Alternate download link (zip)
- Game update v1.2 (exe) | Alternate download link (zip)
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.
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.
PS: Please let us know if you got this to work with Black and White 2: Battle of the Gods as well.