How to get LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth 2 (BFME 2) working on Windows 10

Hi folks,

Thanks for visiting Old School Game Blog. 🙂

Back in 2014 I made a post about how to get Battle for Middle Earth running on PC’s with Windows 8. Since then I have purchased a new system and that one is running Windows 10. Unfortunately it does not come with an optical drive, but I’m going to get an USB-one very soon, so that I can install this game. However, in anticipation of this, I’ve been doing some research on solutions for getting Battle for Middle Earth II running on Windows 10.

A user called Lisulis posted this solution in the Windows help forum:

Hi All,

I have found a solution for windows 10! So the options.ini file creation does work. You just need to make sure you actually put an .ini (configuration) file into it and not create a text file. You cannot just create a text file and rename it options.ini!

Here’s what I did:

  • Search in your C: drive for “.ini”
  • Copy any .ini file into the game folder located at (C:)>Users>your username>appdata>roaming>game folder
  • Rename the file to “options”, open in it notepad or notepad++ and replace existing text with what is below this. Hope this works for you!

AllHealthBars = yes
AlternateMouseSetup = no
AmbientVolume = 50
AudioLOD = High
Brightness = 50
FixedStaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
FlashTutorial = 0
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
HeatEffects = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = Low
IsThreadedLoad = yes
MovieVolume = 70
MusicVolume = 70
Resolution = 1920 1080
SFXVolume = 70
ScrollFactor = 50
StaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
TimesInGame = 54
UnitDecals = yes
UseEAX3 = no
VoiceVolume = 70
[info] = Lotr.csf

*Note: You may have to change the resolution

Thought I’d post it here in case someone was looking for a solution to this problem. 🙂 Please let me know if it works or not.

I will let you know how it goes as soon as I got it installed myself. 😉

Source: Windows help forum


  1. I have an original CD of BFME2, everytime game is instaling without any problem but when I want to open it the whole program is crushing. (The program stopped working) I did a file “options,ini” except that I put it not into Appdata one (cause I didn’t have in there a folder “My Lord Of The Rings…files) but in Program Files (x86)> Electronic Arts> Battle For The Middle Eart II. I thought is going to work, but it didn’t, stil the program wasn’t responding. What I should do to fix this problem? ((Also sorry for my English, but I am from non-english speaking country))


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