How to fix Starcraft's bad colors or color problem

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This is an instructable for fixing the bad graphic colors in Starcraft if your running Windows Vista or Windows 7.

There are 3 ways to do this, screen resolution window, run in Compatibility Mode, and a .bat file.

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Step 1: Screen Resolution Window

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First, open the screen resolution window by right clicking on your desktop and going to screen resolution.

Now just run starcraft and it might work. If it doesn't try the next solution.

Step 2: Compatibility Mode Part 1

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Right Click on your Starcraft or Starcraft Brood Wars application or shortcut and click on properties. You should see something like the picture.

Now click on the Compatibility tab.

Step 3: Compatibility Mode Part 2

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Now click on all the checkmarks and run the program. There will be something to ask if you want to continue, just press "ok".

If this doesn't work you might want to uncheck the first box. You might want to try many different combinations.

If this doesn't work, try the last solution.

Step 4: .BAT solution

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First, open notepad from your accesories.

Now copy this code into it:

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
C:\"Program Files"\Starcraft\Starcraft.exe

And save it as Starcraft.bat. Make sure not to put starcraft.bat.txt. Now double click on the .bat file.

AFTER YOU QUIT, THERE WILL BE NO DESKTOP OR TASKBAR. Simply use Ctrl+Alt+Delete to get the taskmananger and click New Task. Now put in explorer.exe. Everything should be normal.

Step 5: Conclusion

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I hope this helped. If none of the solution worked, sorry! Thanks
mmd874 months ago

The last one with the .bat file works for me on my laptop, but not on my tower. But thanks a lot!

areeand10 months ago

Thank you very much..

it's worked

graneri3 years ago
To make this a little easier for those unfamiliar with Task Manager, you can add two more lines to your batch file to automate the process of restarting explorer.exe

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
C:\"Program Files"\Starcraft\Starcraft.exe

Using this in your .bat will close explorer, run StarCraft, and when you close your game, it will restart explorer and bring back your desktop.

This has been tested on Windows 7 x64 Pro SP1
tcroix graneri1 year ago

I am usually not one to gush but all day I have tried all these reg fixes and stupid bat files, none of them worked, until I tried yours.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Delax graneri1 year ago
Thx man this helped me alot!
itsmypie3 years ago
Paste this into a ".cmd" file, this is the only thing that actually worked for me...

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Starcraft\StarCraft.exe"
start explorer.exe

-Or, manually shut down and restart your explorer.exe
mbreukel3 years ago
is this for bad colors ingame? i had a similar thing with Age of Empires 2 which looked really creepy on W7. i fixed it with a small program called PalletteStealerSuspender( just open the program and fill the location for the .exe, and play without any distorted colors
mrluck3 years ago
Thank you for this amazing fix. I have windows 7 64 bit and i ran into an error stating it can't find starcraft.exe. If you have this problem paste this into the .bat file.

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
C:\"Program Files (x86)"\Starcraft\Starcraft.exe

Thank you once again, I hope this helps somebody.
jhamby1 mrluck3 years ago
ACTUALLY, Thanks mrluck, I realized I hadn't added the x86 to it. It seems to be working now. YES!
jhamby13 years ago
none of these work. I love starcraft, but f**k Blizzard for trying to force me into purchasing SC2 by not adding any fixes or patches. This is bull...
jivjago5 years ago
Also, play with compatibility mode. I got Starcraft to work in Windows 7 perfectly by Checking all the boxes on the Compatability tab and   running it for windows 98/ME.
Berserk875 years ago
 I had the same issue when I was trying to play starcraft a couple years ago, I figured it out myself quickly, but hopefully this is helpful for others that didnt know how to fix it.

Waiting for starcraft 2 :]