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You only need to drop the cncnet5.dll file in your game directory along side ares. And then  use https://github.com/CnCNet/xna-cncnet-client. And edit ClientConfiguration.ini in Resources

[Settings]
GameExecutableNames=Syringe.exe
ExtraCommandLineParams= "gamemd.exe" -SPAWN -CD -LOG

This will get you playing offline skirmish.

If you want to play online you will have to add your game in the code here https://github.com/CnCNet/xna-cncnet-client/blob/6608d57c07fd99a4d5a04a9333f881d9847bd176/ClientCore/CnCNet5/GameCollection.cs

Don't name your game/chat channels anything that starts with #cncnet because those are reserved for officially supported mods.

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I tried following these instructions, but I could not locate any file called ClientConfiguration.ini. I did, however, find one called ClientConfiguration.cs and an ini file that was called ClientDefinitions, but the former contained barely comprehensible coding and the latter, when attempting to edit it the way instructed, resulted in the game simply not functioning. It will attempt to load the skirmish mission, then crash. I followed the error boxes suggestion and uninstalled/reinstalled the game, ARES, and CnCNet client fresh, but this did not fix the issue in the slightest.

https://imgur.com/a/DA82mwH

I either get an error message telling me the main executable has stopped functioning, DTA client has stopped running, a black screen and/or crash, or it just refuses to do anything. I've tried several approaches, placing files in different areas (only _after_ verifying that none of the usual compatibility setting tricks worked and after a full uninstallation and retry of the instructed method had failed me multiple times), etc. Yes, I know to run everything as administrator. I jumped through all those hoops years back when I modded for another game and gained access to an actual administrator account to give myself full permissions. I always set a program to run as admin by default and I even click the "run as administrator" by force of habit for added redundancy. I've updated the necessary Windows Framework Redistributable (and re-updated and re-re-updated) including everything else on this PC, restarted my computer several times. I have only MalwareBytes and Windows Defender and both are disabled while attempting this. Unmodded and without Ares, I can run CnCNet just fine. I can run Ares by itself just fine. I can run Yuri's Revenge by itself just fine.

Closest I manage to get is when I set the renderer to DDrawCompaq[sp?] it will launch the game... as in Yuri's Revenge. Complete with EA Satan's logo, the intro video, and taking me to YR's main menu screen. I set up a match to be brought to a new menu to set up a match. This has been a migraine.

=================LATEST ERROR LOG=================

Spoiler

05.03. 23:31:25.213    ***Logfile for Yuri's Revenge client***
05.03. 23:31:25.217    Client version: 2.2.1.0
05.03. 23:31:25.217    Loading settings.
05.03. 23:31:25.231    Initializing updater.
05.03. 23:31:25.235    Update mirror count: 1
05.03. 23:31:25.235    Running from: clientxna.exe
05.03. 23:31:25.236    Operating system: Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0
05.03. 23:31:25.236    Selected OS profile: WIN810
05.03. 23:31:25.237    Removing partial custom component downloads.
05.03. 23:31:25.238    Checking for the existence of FinalSun.ini.
05.03. 23:31:25.238    FinalSun.ini doesn't exist - writing default settings.
05.03. 23:31:25.239    An exception occured while checking the existence of FinalSun settings
05.03. 23:31:25.240    Writing installation path to the Windows registry.
05.03. 23:31:25.441    Initializing GameClass.
05.03. 23:31:25.564    InitGraphicsMode: 1360x768
05.03. 23:31:25.685    Checking local file versions.
05.03. 23:31:25.688    Loading maps.
05.03. 23:31:26.070    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.071    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.071    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.072    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.073    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.073    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.074    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.074    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.075    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.076    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.076    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! MainMenu\button.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.156    Attempting to parse INI\Battle.ini to populate mission list.
05.03. 23:31:26.156    File INI\Battle.ini not found. Ignoring.
05.03. 23:31:26.157    Attempting to parse INI\BattleE.ini to populate mission list.
05.03. 23:31:26.157    File INI\BattleE.ini not found. Ignoring.
05.03. 23:31:26.173    Saved Games directory not found!
05.03. 23:31:26.252    Reading statistics.
05.03. 23:31:26.288    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.290    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.290    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.291    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.291    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.292    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.294    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.294    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! none
05.03. 23:31:26.308    Hardware info: AMD FX(tm)-8320 Eight-Core Processor            (4 cores)  Video controller: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 
05.03. 23:31:26.530    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! getready.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.541    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! getready.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.541    MultiplayerGameLobby: Saved games are not available!
05.03. 23:31:26.722    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! getready.wav
05.03. 23:31:26.723    MultiplayerGameLobby: Saved games are not available!
05.03. 23:31:26.735    AssetLoader.LoadSound: Sound not found! getready.wav
05.03. 23:31:27.299    CheckForUpdates()
05.03. 23:31:27.301    Checking version on the server.
05.03. 23:31:27.302    Trying to connect to update mirror http://downloads.cncnet.org/updates/yr/
05.03. 23:31:27.828    Downloaded version information, parsing.
05.03. 23:31:27.837    Server game version is 4.26, local version is 4.26
05.03. 23:31:27.837    File identifiers updated.
05.03. 23:31:27.838    Checking if custom components are outdated.
05.03. 23:31:37.523    Writing spawn.ini
05.03. 23:31:37.536    Writing map.
05.03. 23:31:37.536    Loading map INI from C:\Program Files (x86)\EA Games\Command & Conquer The First Decade\Command & Conquer Red Alert(tm) II\RA2\Maps\Yuri's Revenge\Fight.map
05.03. 23:31:37.542    About to launch main game executable.
05.03. 23:31:37.553    Writing settings INI.
05.03. 23:31:37.568    Waiting for qres.dat or Syringe.exe to exit.
05.03. 23:31:48.384    GameProcessExited: Parsing statistics.
05.03. 23:31:48.384    Parsing game statistics.
05.03. 23:31:48.388    DTAStatisticsParser: Failed to read statistics: the log file does not exist.
05.03. 23:31:48.388    GameProcessExited: Adding match to statistics.
05.03. 23:31:48.392    Skipping adding match to statistics because the game was cancelled.
05.03. 23:31:48.406    Saved Games directory not found!
05.03. 23:31:51.384    Exiting.
05.03. 23:31:51.385    Saving friend and ignore list.
05.03. 23:31:51.388    Saving friend and ignore list.

 

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