How to patch Age of Empires III with a no CD-patch

Difficulty: Moderately Easy          Time: Little

In order to patch Age of Empires III with a legal no-CD patch, follow these steps. Note: Patch 1.14 allows players to use the game without a CD. Please follow directions carefully.

  1. Navigate to the following URL:    http://www.ensemblestudios.com/gameUpdates.aspx
  2. The page looks something like thisimage
  3. Select your Language from the red links provided.
  4. In English, select the red text that reads “Patch 1xx-1.14”image
  5. Internet Explorer will prompt if you want to download/run the patch. Click Run.image
  6. The browser takes a few moments to download the patch… when complete, the patch will begin to extract.image
  7. After extracting, the Patch will automatically install, after having checked for a genuine version of the game. As of this article, Patch 1.14 is the most current and gets rid of the CD requirement for gameplay.
  8. After a successful completion of the patch install, a prompt will appear. The Age of Empires III will now be able to run without a CD.image
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10 thoughts on “How to patch Age of Empires III with a no CD-patch

  1. Hey Juan, thanks for this How To, it works great.

    Do you know, if this works for the expansion “The WarChiefs”, too?

    Thanks for an answer,
    Fuzz

  2. Quick question: I’m running Windows 7 and the patch pretends to be starting its download. However, I never got the “Are you sure” popup. In light of this, how do I download the patch?

    • Good question: As far as we know, the patches are bug-less. Meaning, if you have problems then you might want to reinstall your copy of Age of Empires. Then try to download the patch. You should the patch finish installing and then say, “Age of Empires III is up to date.”

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