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  1. FIXED MY PROBLEM - Thanks to the person I can't find the link to anymore! I read looking for these files and then copy and paste them into the folder AGE2HD. I tried finding who had written to do this and I could not find the same place...bottomline, this fixed my sound issue and the erratic launching of Steam Age of Empires. Find these files and copy and paste them into the root folder AGE2HD (steam). If fixed my lack of sound and intermittent launch. (WINDOWS 10): D3DCompiler_43.dll d3dcsx_43.dll d3dx9_43.dll dsound.dll (I initially copied and pasted this and then I had sound that was messed up after a will. I then removed this from the root directory and sound was find after that) xactengine3_7.dll XAPOFX1_5.dll XAudio2_7.dll I'm not a pro and I don't know what these files do but that is what the guy had suggested. I was out of options when I tried it and now everything is fine on my MSI laptop with Windows 10. It launched all the time but did not have sound. When I copied and pasted these files I got sound that was fine but when the computer player would ask for resources the sound got all garble. I took a guess at removing the dsound.dll from that root AGE2HD folder and that fixed the garbled sound problem. I now have perfect sound too. I have a new iBuypower PC and everything has worked fine on that PC from day 1. It also has Windows 10. Not sure why the MSI GE62 with Windows 10 had a problem.
  2. I read looking for these files and then copy and paste them into the folder AGE2HD. I tried finding who had written to do this and I could not find the same place...bottomline, this fixed my sound issue and the erratic launching of Steam Age of Empires. Find these files and copy and paste them into the root folder AGE2HD (steam). If fixed my lack of sound and intermittent launch. (WINDOWS 10): D3DCompiler_43.dll d3dcsx_43.dll d3dx9_43.dll dsound.dll (I initially copied and pasted this and then I had sound that was messed up after a will. I then removed this from the root directory and sound was find after that) xactengine3_7.dll XAPOFX1_5.dll XAudio2_7.dll I'm not a pro and I don't know what these files do but that is what the guy had suggested. I was out of options when I tried it and now everything is fine on my MSI laptop with Windows 10. It launched all the time but did not have sound. When I copied and pasted these files I got sound that was fine but when the computer player would ask for resources the sound got all garble. I took a guess at removing the dsound.dll from that root AGE2HD folder and that fixed the garbled sound problem. I now have perfect sound too. I have a new iBuypower PC and everything has worked fine on that PC from day 1. It also has Windows 10. Not sure why the MSI GE62 with Windows 10 had a problem. Good luck,
  3. Here are more of the details of my problem. My laptop started with Windows 10 so it was NOT one of the complaints of folks moving from Windows 7 or 8 and then upgrading to Windows 10. I always had Windows 10. Windows forced updates on 9/30/16, 10/11/16, 10/12/16, and 10/20/16. I'm not clear which one of these updates killed my STEAM AOE HD but one of them killed it so it doesn't work. The updates were KB3176935, ....6936....6937....Security update for Adobe flash player, KB3194798, KB3199209. I think the issue was before 99209. Here is the sequence: 1) In STEAM and click on PLAY, system progresses to the first colorful Age of Empires screen. You have to click PLAY again at this screen. 2) The validation subscription screen comes up and you see the script. I see the WTM_Finish sign. You hear the music playing and then click on this screen to continue into the main game screen. When I enter the main game screen where you can select options, single player, multiple player, etc...most of the time the music/sound disappears. When this happens, the game is going to kick you out immediately or very shortly after entering the games. If you hover in this view it looks fine. Click on one of the icons and it will kick you out. I've found that if you click too soon on the #2 screen it will kick you out immediately. You have to wait for that to finish the subscription validation so you can hear the music and then click to get into #3. Now, out of pure frustration I've clicked through this 10-20 times and I found that 1 out of 20 or 1 out of 30 attempts the game finally starts and I can play the game. If I get to that final AOE HD screen for single player and multi-player and I can hear the music playing I know that I can play the game as used to. So, come on Microsoft! Let's help us out with a solution. This is why every other computer I have is a Apple Macbook because Microsoft messes this up and then just leaves us hanging with no solution. If others have found a solution please let me know. This is my favorite game and I can't play it since Microsoft FORCE THE UPDATES! I should have mentioned...I'm only trying to play single player against the computer. I've never played the multiplayer. I enjoy playing me against 5-6 other computer opponents. I did try to see if multi-player would work as part of my troubleshooting and I could not enter a game. Folks said they could see my ping so they could not start the game with me in it. Also, most of the time the game kicks out after clicking on the verifying subscription screen and never gets to that final screen. Sometimes it gets to that final AOE screen and then kicks out as soon as you click on an icon for single player. It always kicks you back into the main STEAM screen where you have to click PLAY again.
  4. Let me know what supports says. I still have unanswered requests for help. Just to be clear, my laptop came with Windows 10 installed and AOE HD worked fine until the updates to Windows 10 happened in the last 2-3 weeks ago. Those updates to my existing Windows 10 is what has killed my access to AOE HD. Very disappointing!
  5. I could use some help getting my AOE working again. I've always had WINDOWS 10 and AOE II HD worked fine through STEAM. WINDOWS 10 forced it's upgrades for the 50th, and the next two updates. So my WINDOWS 10 has been updated as of Oct 1 and is completely current. AOE II now won't launch correctly after these WINDOWS UPDATES. I can go into STEAM. Click on the AOE II HD icon and it will jump to the first screen as the music plays. When it transitions to the main screen that shows multi-player, single player, options etc...all sound stops. 3/4 of the time it will kick me out of this screen and send me back to STEAM. 1/4 of the time I can pick single player and it will start the game with no sound. Then anywhere from 10 seconds to 3-4 minutes it will kick me out and send me back to STEAM. So, I have not access to AOE II HD at this time. Any help on how to fix this? I've uninstalled STEAM and AOE II HD and that has made no difference. Thanks for the help.