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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.
- Navigate to the following URL: http://www.ensemblestudios.com/gameUpdates.aspx
- The page looks something like this
- Select your Language from the red links provided.
- In English, select the red text that reads “Patch 1xx-1.14”
- Internet Explorer will prompt if you want to download/run the patch. Click Run.
- The browser takes a few moments to download the patch… when complete, the patch will begin to extract.
- 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.
- 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.
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