This .zip file has the following versions of Age of Empires/The Rise of Rome Expansion:
- AoE 1.0b (empires.exe)
- RoR 1.0 (empiresx.exe)
Unpack the zip and copy/paste the empires.exe or empiresx.exe in your default Age of Empires directory, usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires. Overwrite the original empires.exe and/or empiresx.exe files (you can make a back-up first, not required). You are now running the AoE 1.0b and RoR 1.0 versions.
Why downgrade to AoE 1.0b or RoR 1.0?
If you have the AoE 1.0c or RoR 1.0a patch installed, or playing using the Collectors Edition of the game, you might experience crashes when loading a saved game when playing certain scenario's or campaigns. This can be frustrating to designers who use Missile objects in their works, made available through the Enhanced/Composite Editor (.dat files). If this is the case, please downgrade to these earlier versions of the game, in order to load a saved game like normal and continue without crashes or bugs.
These are also perfect for those who have no cd-rom drive on their computer or laptop and are therefore unable to play the game, as these files do not require the cd-rom to play. Remember to support and buy the game.