Improve Lag and FPS in Age of Empires 2 HD Edition – Disable Multiple monitors within Windows

Until Hidden Path gets a chance to fix this issue (which they are well aware of) the following steps may help you.

I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 bit, and have a PC beyond the optimal spec’s for Age of Empires 2 HD released on Steam this past weekend.

After initially installing it and loading it up, I noticed lots of FPS and lag in multi player and single player games.

I disabled multiple monitor support in Windows, and found that the lag and FPS dropped immensely.

How to disable multiple monitors

I have two monitors plugged into my PC right now. To disable the other and enable only one monitor:

Right click the desktop, go to Screen resolution.

See the screenshot below and ensure that in the Multiple displays section you’ve selected ‘Show desktop only on X’ (where X is the monitor you want to use in full screen).

A reference of how your screen resolution should look in Windows 7

A reference of how your screen resolution should look in Windows 7


After taking these steps the game is very playable for me, and quite enjoyable.

Thanks to Hidden Path for remaking this gem.


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