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Welcome to Microsoft® Age of Empires® II Trial Version: The Age of Kings™!
This file contains information to help you install the Age of Empires II trial version. It also includes late-breaking information not included in the manual or in-game Help.
B.Installing the Age of Empires II Trial Version
C.Starting the Age of Empires II Trial Version
D.Trial Version Features
L.Age of Empires II Information
A. System Requirements
Multimedia PC withPentium 166MHz or higher processor.
Microsoft® Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows NT® 4.0 with Service Pack 5 operating system.
32 MB of RAM.
90 MB of hard disk space; additional 100 MB of hard disk space for swap file.
Super VGA monitor supporting 1024x768 resolution.
Local bus video card that supports 1024x768, 256-color resolution and 2 MB of VRAM.
Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointingdevice.
28.8Kbps modem (or higher recommended) for Internet* or head-to-head play.
Audio board with speakers or headphones.
To access the MSN Gaming Zone you need Internet Explorer 3.02 or later software or Netscape Communicator 4.0 or later.
*Internet access required for Internet play. May require payment of a separate fee to an Internet Service Provider. Connection time and local telephonecharges may apply.
B. Installing the Age of Empires II Trial Version
To install the Age of Empires II Trial Version, you must be using Microsoft Windows® 95 or later or Microsoft Windows NT® 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or later. (For information about how to get Service Pack 5, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/).
To install the Age of Empires II Trial Version
1. Turn on yourcomputer and start Microsoft Windows 95 or later or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or later.
2. Double-click the AOE2Demo.exe on the CD or in the folder where you downloaded the files, and then follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
C. Starting the Age of Empires II Trial Version
You can connect only to multiplayer games created with the same Age of Empiresversion you are using. For example, if you are playing the Age of Empires II trial version, only Age of Empires II trial version games appear in the multiplayer list, not Age of Empires or Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Expansion games.
To start the Age of Empires II Trial Version
Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Games, point to Microsoft Age of Empires II Trial, andthen click Age of Empires II Trial.
D. Trial Version Features
The Age of Empires II trial version gives you a taste of what you'll experience in Age of Empires II.
Included in the trial version:
The William Wallace Learning Campaign – Whether you are a master at Age of Empires and Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome or completely new to real-time strategy games, the William Wallacecampaign will teach you the basics, plus you'll see what's new in Age of Empires II. To play the William Wallace campaign, click Learn to Play on the main menu.
A Sample Random Map Game – This is the heart of Age of Empires II and the variations are endless. You start in the Dark Ages with just a Town Center, three villagers and a Scout. Build your empire to eliminate your two computer-playeropponents. To play, click Random Map on the Single Player menu.
Four-player multiplayer game – Using another sample Random Map, you can join your friends and battle your enemies on the MSN Gaming Zone. To play a multiplayer game, click Multiplayer on the main menu.
E. Getting Help
Information about Age of Empires II is in the in-game Help.
To display in-game Help
Pause your pointer over any...