How to Play Age of Empire 3 Without a Disk

by Chappy Sinclair ; Updated September 22, 2017

Age of Empires 3 is a real-time strategy game. It features both a single player campaign and multi-player mode. Each of these are linked to an EXE (executable) file. As an anti-piracy measure, the game requires that you have the CD in the disc tray to run the game. However, using what is called a \"no-CD crack\", you can bypass the CD check and run the game directly from the EXE file. No-CD cracks do not cause damage to the game or limit the game's functionality.

Download the Age of Empires 3 no-CD crack that corresponds with the version of the game you're using. For example, if you're using version 1.2, you will need the 1.2 no-CD crack.

Click the \"Start\" in the taskbar. Select Search. This will open the search window.

Search for and open the main Age of Empires 3 directory. By default, this is \"C:\Program Files\Ensemble/Age of Empires 3\".

Copy the \"aoe3.exe\" file. Paste it into the same directory. This will create a backup of the file titled \"Copy of aoe3.exe\".

Copy and paste the no-CD crack into the main directory for Age of Empires 3.

Click \"Yes\" when warned that you would be overriding the original.

Click the \"aoe3.exe\" file to begin the game.

About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.

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