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Rise Of Nations Screen Flickering Problem On Windows 10

Rise of Nations is one of the best Microsoft strategy game from the early 2000. It simulates the human history where players have to build economy and military and expand their territories to be the leader of the world. Today its very difficult to buy a legal copy of Rise of Nations. But fortunately, Steam has published Rise of Nations from where you can download and play the game. It’s a multi-player game which can be played on a local network as well as on the Internet.

I still play Rise of Nations. One problem that I encountered when I upgraded to Windows 10 was that the screen would start flickering after starting the game and introduction videos. After searching the Internet and doing different experiments, I finally fixed the problem.

I am documenting the solution here so that the users who are still in love with Rise of Nations can play it on Windows 10 without any problem.


  1. Open the following file:
    C:\­Users\­<UserName>\­AppData\­Roaming\­Microsoft Games\­Rise of Nations\­rise2.ini
  2. Change the line VSync=1 to VSync=0. This should eliminate the screen flickering. If you are still encountering flickering, go to step 3.
  3. Change the line ForceAGPVBs=0 to ForceAGPVBs=1

That’s it. Hopefully this will get rid of the flickering problem in Rise of Nations game. If ever you mess up with your rise2.ini file, here’s the default file with the above changes.

Download rise2.zip

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About the author: Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching. Reach him at Twitter @usmank11

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  • danj June 1, 2018, 11:13 PM

    worked just perfect for me. Thanks

  • OJUS April 3, 2018, 11:47 AM

    thank you… this worked.. gamescreen is stable now.

  • Lasindu Nuwanga March 24, 2018, 6:41 AM

    Hey buddy thank you soooo much, as I was suffering with this problem. I even changed OS back to win 7, 8 to play this game. But sometimes I wanted win 10 for some other works. So unfortunately I had to install win 10 again, and I was missing RONTAP. But finally you gave me a solution and thnak you again…

  • Muthu March 18, 2018, 8:51 PM

    I doesn’t have a file in that name what should I do. i copied ur file it didn’t work

  • marc axel November 8, 2017, 12:46 PM


  • PAUL CASSEL August 8, 2017, 10:08 PM

    Thanks, just went to 10 and was sad to lose my fave game.

  • Emmanuel July 15, 2017, 4:22 PM

    Thanks very much for the info.

  • Yogi July 10, 2017, 3:05 PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have the same problem now it’s working fine..

  • Shazzy July 4, 2017, 2:36 AM

    Pasted the .ini file with the rise.exe where the nation, patriots and thrones exe are also found but the flickering still lingers… Is there any other place I could place it?

    • Muthu March 18, 2018, 8:59 PM

      Did you get solution for the problem if s plz share with me i have same problem

  • diodiodio July 2, 2017, 2:48 PM

    thanks man! it solved my problem as well! thumbs up!!

  • Gaurav Oberoi May 9, 2017, 7:52 PM

    Thank you so much !! It worked like a charm. Had been trying to get rid of this darn problem for so long.

  • Thabo April 12, 2017, 12:15 PM

    Thanks it really worked. I’m really glad.

  • Gbg February 20, 2017, 12:19 AM

    Great! It worked

  • mira January 20, 2017, 9:36 PM

    its working properly..

  • parth October 2, 2016, 11:28 PM

    Thank you very vvvvvvvv much buddy…

  • BnAn September 20, 2016, 1:58 PM

    Great work!Thanks

  • ddddd July 10, 2016, 5:11 PM

    thanks a lot

  • Deno June 13, 2016, 6:28 PM

    Thanks a lot buddy. I Love You :)

  • TheBreezus May 15, 2016, 12:52 AM

    This worked perfectly! Thanks!

  • Akhilesh May 10, 2016, 12:08 PM

    Hy, I cant find a ini file in the directory. there is only a dat file.

  • Chaitanya Sailor April 7, 2016, 10:07 AM

    Hell yes..it’s working…:)

  • Rory April 4, 2016, 1:32 PM

    My game isn’t working and there is no file with that was mentioned what do i do

  • prakash April 3, 2016, 6:03 PM

    my game was not working

  • arpit gupta February 26, 2016, 5:57 PM

    I searched the whole pc but there is no such file rise2.ini . what to do . i am trying to install rise of nations on windows 10

    • vikash March 5, 2016, 10:40 AM

      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Rise of Nations—search in this folder

  • muaz February 14, 2016, 10:27 PM

    worked, thnks mate

  • Culet February 2, 2016, 7:28 AM

    Thanks a lot!
    step3 made it work.

  • Pankaj Chauhan January 28, 2016, 5:45 PM

    Thanks Lot
    its working

  • Rakesh January 19, 2016, 1:31 AM

    /thanks, i thought i have to uninstall it but it worked

  • Stan December 27, 2015, 10:55 AM

    Thank you for the fix. I am a RON fan and still play the game. After I got a new computer with Windows 10 and installed RON on it, I solved the flickering problem using the technique you mentioned.

  • nishant December 25, 2015, 10:25 AM

    its not working i did what u told to do but its still flickering problem still there so what should i do plzzz tell me im big fan of this game

  • Miguel December 21, 2015, 8:50 AM

    Thanks brother you saved my night!

  • ahmad December 18, 2015, 1:51 PM

    thank you! worked.

  • Alessandro December 13, 2015, 8:59 PM

    Thank You – you helped me saving one of my favorites!

  • Bobalou622 November 23, 2015, 12:53 AM

    Thanks that fixed it!!!

  • Ahmed November 21, 2015, 4:10 AM

    Worked like a charm , u saved a gaming night with my friends from being ruined thx !

  • purpleturtle99 November 14, 2015, 12:17 PM

    Thanx it works for me 2

  • sohel-00971527806161 uae November 12, 2015, 2:24 AM

    bosss you are awesome ….thank you sooooooooo……much
    my problem is solved on windows 10…I liked your solution its great

  • Sujendra October 26, 2015, 3:15 PM

    thanks! Step 2 solved the problem

  • Steve October 24, 2015, 6:10 AM

    I made the changes and my screen still flickers. I even took replaced my file with the one you posted with no change. Any other suggestions?

    • Daniel October 27, 2015, 1:51 AM

      Me too!

      Didn’t even have the rise2.ini file…

      Adding yours fails to stop the flickering?

    • Daniel October 27, 2015, 3:06 AM

      Make sure you place it in the right folder! That was my mistake..Appdata was hidden…once i found it and replaced the .ini file it worked fine!

      • [email protected] November 19, 2015, 12:11 PM

        downloaded the new rise.inf with the default settings but that didnt stop the flikering. What next do i do? i didnt find the Appdata in the location. What is the “right folder” that you mentioned?

        • Mike December 17, 2015, 3:09 PM

          Paste the rise.inf in the folder where the .exe is present
          Worked for me

        • Shreeranga December 26, 2015, 6:51 PM

          Just change the values to 0 again (VSync=0,ForceStaticCursor=0) and place this rise2.inf file in folder where rise.exe is present. This worked for me.

  • K3nT October 14, 2015, 7:17 PM

    Thank you dude! It solved my problem (step 2) and I´m glad to play this game again :) You have great tips here!

  • ali October 13, 2015, 5:19 PM

    thanks buddy, it solve my problem.

  • Inferno October 10, 2015, 2:15 PM

    Thanks pal..it worked. You rock..

  • Esau Aceveco September 22, 2015, 6:44 AM

    Great. It worked!!!

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