The Age of Kings cd 2.0a no cd patch, will show your version as CD 2.0a (you need like 1 cd for 3 players to launch an online game).
Note : This patch won't work if you play on Voobly (you don't need cd on Voobly, as they have their own CD VLY version).
After you downloaded the zip file, extract it, and execute the install program ; Take care to check that the install destination folder is the same than AOE2 . This version provides bugfixes like:
The official 2.0a patch from Microsoft. It includes all the enhancements listed above, but you will need your CD to be able to play online games .
The Age of Kings cd 2.0b patch, used on Msn Gaming Zone years ago, it can make your version CD 2.0b ( 2.0b is always CD 2.0b ), and you can also switch to 2.0a version (not CD 2.0a, unfortunately).
It provides more bug fixes and security (cheat blocking) fixes, basically it is better than the 2.0a version, but less known, so it is less used.
To install it, follow the instructions mentioned above, your version will be CD 2.0b after, and you should logically have a submenu in your Start menu, named Patch Configuration which is the changer utility in use to change version 2.0a / cd 2.0b.
The age of empires 1.0c no cd patch, switchable version to cd 1.0e / cd 1.0c patch for The Conquerors. 1.0c was the final official released patch by Ensemble Studios, it fixed many bugs and balanced units. Before 1.0b bombard towers were able to defeat armies of rams easily; after 1.0b and 1.0c, cavalry archers and bombard towers were balanced to be less powerful. The graphics of the armored Korean turtle ship were also modified.
There is a shortcut to it in your start menu, once you installed it, called aocconfig, in use to change the version according to your needs ). It includes several game enhancements and fixes.
The official 1.0c patch for The Conquerors, by microsoft provides all the 1.0b ( unused ) patch enhancements, plus some other bugfixes.
The 1.0d patch .
Forgotten Empires is an expansion for Age of Empires 2. As it is an expansion, you will need the original Age of Empires II The Age of Kings and The Conquerors to be installed before you can install Forgotten Empires. This extension brings many new things in the game, including:
Actual version is 2.2, you only need to download the installer and run it, to update your Forgotten Empires installation. There are most likely no version or patch problems with FE.
The Age Of Chivalry: Hegemony is an expansion adding new technologies, military units, to aoe2 games. It's based on The Conquerors Expansion Pack ( alternative link: ModDB Link).
The aoe2 map repository . More than 1400 scenarios to download for Age of Kings and The Conquerors, including the most famous ones ; PTO, Radical blood, winter blood, Castle bloods, smosh, chaos blood, U da Prey, many RPG maps, and more.
Theses files will correct a color bug, sometimes causing problems on Windows Vista and Windows 7 with a registry key. Pick the correct REG file according to your system : 32 bits or 64 bits.
A pack of 999 taunts for age of empires 2, an old one that is mostly used on Age of Kings.
A pack of 999 taunts for age of empires 2, this one is more used on The Conquerors, it can be used for fun as well as a voice command tool.
This only works on The Conquerors. It will let you apply your real screen resolution in game ( If your screen does not allow more than the maximum aoe2 selectable resolution, 1280x1024, its useless ).
A good game launcher that will let you play many games online including all age of empires and age of mythology series.
Another platform to play age of empires 2 online, main differences with gameranger is that it has been made for age of empires 2 basically, so there is more people ( 95% plays The Conquerors expansion ). The average skill level is higher too.