Age of Empires III

The Complete Collection, with all expansion packs (and updates), that has been previously installed to a windows installation.

Application Details:

Version: Complete Collection
License: Retail
Votes: 3
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.16-staging

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What works

Everything. Without the CD.

Simply copy C:/Program Files/Microsoft Studios into your ~/.wine/drive_c. Then open age3y.exe. You'll need a Product key the first few times, which I found here.

Please note that sound and video may have problems at first, but in my experience after leaving the game running and opening it a few times, it eventually fixes itself. However this may have simply been the remedies below taking a long time to take effect. Until then, turn your graphics down, down, down (for me it was shaders to low, though now no longer :)) until you can actually see something.

What does not

  • mfc42.dll, quartz.dll, and d3dx9_36.dll are needed in Windows/System32, but in this wine version all i found missing was mfc42. Override it to "Native" in wine config.
  • Your product key may not fit in the initial dialog due to a font bug. To make it work, simply install the missing font with:
    winetricks corefonts

  • Although the sound works at first, if you ignore the "missing" prompt, it may stop. In this case:

There are a few ways you are able to get this file. Choose one of the following:

  1. Copy the file from an existing Windows install (C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32)
  2. Copy it from a Windows XP install cd by issuing the following command "wine d:/i386/expand.exe d:/i386/l3codecx.ax_ h:/.wine/" assuming wine has d:/ mapped to a cd drive with a Windows XP install cd and h:/ is mapped to your home directory.
  3. Install a codec pack with the file:
    -Download this file.
    -Run BCM1043.exe with wine, it will ask for installing Gecko HTML engine too, install it. After installing, it will create a folder called ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/BCM/. Copy the file under 'Codecs/DIRECTS/Fraunhofer/' to ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/.

Method 3 worked fine for me. All you have left to do is run:

wine regsvr32


What was not tested

Installing via WINE rather than copying a windows installation.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
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Additional Comments

== Changing IP address for LAN gaming == Create a file in the "My Games/Age of Empires 3/Startup" (location depeding on your winecfg settings) named: user.cfg Content: OverrideAddress="w.x.y.z" ("" are important!) == if game crashes upon start == DELETE ~/My Games/Age of Empires 3/Users/NewProfile.xml file in order for the game to start the first time, then turn on VSync in your graphics options

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 07 20216.16-stagingYes Yes YesGoldjes 
ShowmacOS 10.13 "High Sierra"Apr 14 20215.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldStevey Ellul Bonici 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 27 20205.7No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzehackerncoder 
ShowUbuntu 16.10 "Yakkety" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 02 20172.11-stagingYes Yes GoldJames 
ShowElementary OS FreyaJun 30 20161.9.13Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
34565 Setting shadows detail to medium or higher in Age Of Empires III creates a lot of colorfull artifacts UNCONFIRMED View

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