Age of Mythology initialization failed

If you have set your resolution to be larger than what your monitor can support you might encounter the Age of Mythology Initialization Failed error. This error has also been known to be caused by out of date directX or video card drivers. The message you’ll get is:

Initialization Failed

Unfortunately if your resolution is too big for your screen you can no longer start the game to change the resolution back. There’s a workaround to this though:

  1. Right click on your Age of Mythology shortcut and select properties.
  2. Add the xres=640 option. Under the shortcut tab of your properties menu, in the target field add a space and then the following option after the location of the .exe file:
    E.g. “C:\Program Files\Age of Mythology\aomx.exe” xres=640. This option will force your game to run with the lowest supported resolution: 640 x 480.
  3. Start the game from this shortcut.
  4. Change your resolution in game and remove xres=640 from your shortcut. If you don’t remove the xres=640 option it will continue to override your ingame resolution. After you’ve removed this option and changed your in game resolution, try restarting the game again and see if you’re still experiencing the Age of Mythology initialization failed error.

Occasionally this error has been seen to be caused by other issues as well. If you find that the above fix didn’t solve the Age of Mythology initialization failed error try checking the official Microsoft Support Ticket for more information. If you’re still having issues or have found a better solution please it the comments below.

    May 9, 2013 at 9:13 am


    July 12, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Perfect it worked :)

    August 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Oh GOD! Fu*k Microsoft support, this site rulez!

    September 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    There’s no ‘target location’ when I go into Properties. There’s a ‘Location’ but I can’t edit it. D:

      Once you’ve opened the shortcut properties, you have to go to the Shortcut tab in the properties window to change the Target:

    October 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm


    October 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm


    Awesome, thanks for the help!! :D

    December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    i does not work how do i fix it

      I need more details than that to help you. What kind of error message are you seeing, what operating system are you on, what have you tried so far? Have you looked at the Microsoft Support Ticket for the game? This issue is in rare cases caused by something other than a screen resolution issue.

        joshua shirey
        July 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

        so i did the xres=640 but the program still will not start up and i still get the Initialization failed popup

    January 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    When i try and edit it i get “the folder ‘”C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology”xres=640’ specified in the Start In box is not valid. Make sure that the folder exists and that the path is correct.” Help D:

      You’ve almost got it. You’re missing a space between the path and the option. In your case, it would be:
      ”C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology” xres=640

        April 8, 2014 at 3:08 am

        Please help me !
        I make what you said and the error still appeared …
        When i put rez. 640 at the shortcut and i start the game it don’t play in 640 rez..

          Can you paste your error message here as well as the path your put in the target field of your shortcut? It will help determine what the issue is. If you’re seeing this error it’s because Windows doesn’t like the file path you gave.

          One thing you could try is removing the double quotes AKA “” from this path. If you copied the the path from the web the double quotes you got could be special characters that won’t be parsed properly by Windows. Try something like this in your target field instead:

          C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology xres=640

          Hope that fixes it!

    Help me please!
    I do what you wrote, but it keeps saying “Initialization failed”
    However when I tried to write in the target field and pressed OK, it displayed this message: “The name “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology Gold Edition\aom.exe”xres=640 specified in the “Target” field isn’t valid. Verify if the name and way are well written.”

    My PC is in Portuguese and I tried to translate the message.

      You’re getting this error because you don’t have a space between the path to your exe and the xres option. Try something like this instead:
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology Gold Edition\aom.exe" xres=640
      If that doesn’t work, try taking out the quotes (“”) as well.

    June 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Tried everything still same error, can you upload a video to make it clearer

      There are a few videos on youtube already (not mine). Try this one All you’re doing here is adding xres=640 in your target field in the shortcut tab of your AOM shortcut. This forces the game to run in a small resolution.

    June 21, 2014 at 6:26 am

    “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\aomx.exe” xres=640
    I typed this in, and it doesnt work. It does start in 640 x 400 resolution, but when i have chenged the resolution in the game, removes the “xres=640” and restarts it the “initialization failed” message pops up again

      You’re getting the error because the resolution is too large. Try first setting it to 640×480 through the game options and using that. If it works try larger and larger resolutions until you get the error.

    July 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    hello, i’m from Korea where the English language isn’t mother language. so… can i request you : to make this resolution with “picture enclosed”

      Sorry I don’t think I understand :( Do you mean you want a screenshot of the properties menu where you set the xres?

      If you like, send me your comment in Korean, and I can ask on of my friends to translate.

    Laura Grimsley
    July 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Hiya! I have put this into the Target: “C:\Program Files\Age of Mythology Extended Edition\aomx.exe” xres=640

    And it’s still coming up with the error? I am running it on Windows Vista, and the screen starts off small but then the error comes up straight away and closes the programme.

    Is it just my version of windows that i#m running?

      This post was for the original Age of Mythology. Extended edition is slightly different with different options and different requirements. From a quick read through this post you could try adding the following after your target instead (640 is apparently too small for AOMEE):
      +window xres=1280 yres=1024

      Keep in mind, you must have a DirectX 10 supported video card for AOMEE to work. I would install the latest DirectX and video card drivers as often the cause of the error seems to be a corrupted driver.

      One final thing to try would be to add this option as well to your shortcut:

      Let me know if any of that works

        December 2, 2014 at 3:38 am

        Thank you alot man, God bless you! That helped me… Wasnt able to play for a month, all official steam forums stayed quiet.

      For those who are asking about Initialization error which is on going on Age of Mythology Extended Edition, there is a solution for them, I found after a very hard struggle to play this great game.

      First of all you have to install the game and install the game update from

      This is an Italian website, So you should first translate it throw google or other search engines.

      Download and Install only Update. (Nothing Else)

      After installing update, Copy crack contents from the “Crack” directory given in the update folder.

      After on download and install Visual C++ 2012 and Visual C++ 2013 (Because I have download and install both one) From given links.

      2012 :
      2013 :

      After Installing Visual C++, Right click on game shortcut on the desktop and click on properties.

      Select Compatibility From the upper menu and check the “Run this program as an administrator” and click on apply.

      Here all done now. You can play this game now. These are the steps, which work for me. If your game not works you can check another box from the properties of shortcut “Run in 640X480”.Now you should pray for your luck. I can only ask about telling you this tutorial. Good luck.

      Good luck. Good luck all the gamers.

      Rahmat Ali. (A proudly Pakistani.)

    August 1, 2014 at 6:42 am


    Your post help me with error but cant put 32bits in game just can put 16bits… HOw i can run game in 32 with 1366×788?

    i this Target: D:\Jogos\AOM\aom.exe +window xres=1366 yres=768 +forceD3D9

    if u can help me i´ll be great! :)

    Good post!

        August 1, 2014 at 10:15 am

        i already solve problem… i download and install Age of Methology extended edidtion :D

        Everything wroks now… Thanks anyaway :)

    September 28, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Wow, this worked for me! Thank you!!

    September 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Wonderful man, it worked, was desperate for a long time now.

    December 29, 2014 at 4:21 am

    It doesn’t work, I don’t believe it has to do anything with screen resolution but DirectX… I use Windows XP x64 1024×600 with DirectX 9.0c (latest supported version for XP)

    January 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

    i did everything you said, but it still says that i have the error

    January 16, 2015 at 11:02 am

    hi there i have tried every thing but i keep getting the error

    February 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    it did not work when i typed xres=640 but when i typed xres=800yres=600 it worked!!!.
    maybe because I a running windows 8 or something

    now lets all play togever

    download game ranger at and play online with me. run it on the age of thyology titans version

      April 21, 2018 at 4:53 am

      it worked,thank u very much

      Tharun Parykshyt
      February 26, 2021 at 2:07 am

      thanks frend

    March 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I didnt manage to make it work on AOM Extended Edition :/
    Already tried everything you said on comments:
    +window xres=1280 yres=1024 +forceD3D9

    I have a 1920×1080 screen size…
    I think it might mbe my onboard cheap gfx card. But I played AOM Titants normally…

    screenshot (in portuguese):

    really good site, you help people a lot :)

    April 9, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    PLZ Help me. I have Aom Extended Edition.There was a problem before that it used to always ask dll files.So i downloaded and put the files in the folder.Now it tells intialization fail.So i typed xres=640.But still it didnot help me. :(

    July 20, 2015 at 1:30 am

    This may be late to post here but none of this fixed the error. This worked for me: xres=800 +noIntroCinematics

    August 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

    thanks buddy, it worked for me :)

    September 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hi, I’m new here. I recently found my copy of AOM Gold edition, and tried to install it. It installs correctly, but before it even gets to the opening cinematic, it closes and I get an Initialization error message that goes away immediately. I have tried every solution I could find online, plus a few of my own. None of them seem to work. This fix got the closest, and the game at least shows up for about half a second, but it still won’t work.

    I have an HP Pavilion g7, 6gb RAM, AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon HD graphics (1.90 GHz). I’m on 32 bit Windows 7 Professional SP1. Does anyone know any other fixes, or is my computer incompatible?

    I have tried the above fix, starting with safe video/sound, starting on lowest possible resolution, lowering my computer’s resolution, starting in all compatibility modes, and uninstalling/reinstalling AOM several times.

      Try starting it via something like this:

      aom.exe xres=1024 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2

        September 17, 2015 at 2:23 pm

        That solution gets farther than any others, but still won’t work. I’m thinking the disks may just be faulty. Just to be sure, do I put all of that after everything that is in quotes under the target in properties?

          Yeah an example would be something like this in your target field:

          C:\Program Files\Age of Mythology\aom.exe xres=1024 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2

          That disables a lot of graphical features in case there’s a compatibility issue with your gfx card. If that doesn’t work try checking this link for a list of known AOM issues:,26961,,20&st=recent

    For example on my PC my resolution was very high (HD) so the game refused to start with the same error.

    I used the following command to run AOM in windowed mode:

    “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\aom.exe” +noIntroCinematics +window

    And if that doesn’t work, use the following command to run AOM in safe mode:

    “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Mythology\aom.exe” xres=640 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2

    October 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Hey! So I tried every solution on this page. I have zBook and running WIndows 7. According to the specifications, my computer should run this game just fine. In fact, when I installed it one year ago, it worked. But now, every time I try to run it, the menu appears, and when I click play, it sometimes says launching Age of Mythology: The Titans, but then it disappears and nothing happens. No error message, nothing. Anyone knows what to do?

    November 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Help! I have tried every solution on here and it is still not working. Age of mythology works fine but when I launch Age of Mythology the Titans Expansion it gives me this initialization error message. Im pretty sure the screen resolution or size is not the problem because Age of Mythology works fine. Any Ideas?

    December 5, 2015 at 4:16 am

    hi, can you please help me. i did the xres=640 thing and i was able to make it passed the cinematics but after loading, all i get is a black screen. i hope someone can help me with this. i’ve been trying to make this game work for a very long time.

      Try this full set of options all at once: xres=1024 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2

        December 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

        I have the same problem, but when I try this options, there still occurs an error ”Intialization failed”. Do you know what to do?

          Sorry for the late reply,

          Did you try to add those options in the comment above yours?

    Johnathon Gilliam
    June 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I play Age of Mythology regularly on my computer. However, after getting a new adapter so I could play online, I downloaded the new Windows 10 system and all of a sudden my game keeps getting the ‘initialization failed’ message. I tried the method listed above, but it is not working. Please help!

      Johnathon Gilliam
      June 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Never mind, just tried one of the solutions you gave to someone else in the comments and it worked! Thanks, your awesome!

        I’m glad it worked for you! Just out of curiosity which additional solution worked?

    June 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Im trying to install AoM Titans. I followed every step, but when i try to run it, a windows message pops up: “Windows has stopped working”
    I dont know what to do. I’ve downloaded the app that downloads the DLLs (aio210) and i tried your tutorial, but nothing works.

    So frustrated :/

      That doesn’t sound good at all. I’ve never heard of Windows crashing when the game runs.

      I would HIGHLY caution against using automated DLL download software. It is extremely common that this kind of software is malware/bloatware crap that doesn’t even fix your problem. It is a frequent target of scams because “DLL download” is such a common search term and really confusing problem for most users so it’s an easy way to spread their malware.

      If you get notified by the OS that you’re missing DLLs it can be tricky to find what you need. Search for the exact file along with the name of the program that’s trying to use it, try to avoid downloading any kind of auto-fixer/cleaner program. A single DLL can come in dozens of different versions and some may not even work for the program that is requesting them.

      Which DLL file were you missing?

      I would also uninstall the DLL app and AoM Titans and reinstall everything.

      Best of luck

    September 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

    thank you..

    October 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, I have been having this issue with The Titans for over 2 years now. Believe me I have tried so many ways to solve this issue from changing my screen resolution, giving myself ownership privilidges, starting the “safe video”, watching videos, and even reinstalling the game but nothing seems to help. What can I do to play this game?

      October 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I am trying to play the Titans expansion BTW

        What screen resolution change did you try? xres=640 should cover even the smallest of screens.

        If that’s not working it might be some kind of video card incompatibility. There’s a super low setting mode you can try by adding all of these to your target path xres=640 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2 Your target field should look like this when trying it out:
        “C:\Program Files\Age of Mythology\aomx.exe” xres=640 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2

        If that doesn’t work either, consider following the steps for the square water fix as it will overwrite the default video card configuration the game is using and might fix whatever graphical config is blocking your startup

    October 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hey there, please help me. I am a big fan of AoM series and have been playing them for years on my PC. I recently upgraded to the latest windows 10 and it even got the anniversary update. So i installed AoM Extended edition which I got thru torrent. It is the same pc I used to play before and it worked fine but now I get initialization error. I have tried the x res settings(ran as admin too) and everything that you said, please help I want to play it so bad.

    other details:
    Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 14393) (14393.rs1_release.160915-0644)
    Card name: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation – WDDM 1.0)
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel(R) GMA 3100
    Display Memory: 256 MB
    Driver Name: igdumd64.dll
    Driver File Version: 8.14.0010.2697 (English)
    Driver Version:
    DDI Version: 9Ex
    Feature Levels: 9_1
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.0

      Torrents can sometimes be buggy or not up the latest version. I believe there were some essential patches for titans (latest being 1.03) so make sure the version you have is up to date.

      Also please try this more comprehensive list of startup parameters xres=640 +noSound +noIntroCinematics bpp=16 +window +lowend +terrainHalfDensity +lowPoly -waterbump skipMipMapLevels=1 graphicDetail=2

        October 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        thanks for the quick reply! however I think the reason why the “extended edition” of the game doesnt work for me is because it requires a video card that can support directx 10+, which unfortunately my video card doesn’ it cannot be played..however, I downloaded and install the original AoM (not the extended one) + the titans and now I am playing the game with no errors or anything, only difference is steam and some graphics update but the game is the same and that’s the only thing I care about and thank you very much, much appreciated. cheers buddy!

          My bad I mixed your comment up with the someone elses. I didn’t realize you were referring to the extended edition.

          I also wasn’t aware extended edition needed directx 10+, thanks for letting me know :)

          I’m glad you’ve at least got the old game working again!

    June 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Don’t know if you’re still active on this thread but here goes:
    I can’t get AOMT Gold to start on Windows 10. I have AOM EE, and it works fine, but I want to install my Gold edition also to play some old recorded games.
    I read that I have to use the NO CD Crack, and with it I managed to get “Unable to get initial keys”. I tryed all 3 of the shortcut options with no effect.

    June 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I fixed it by overwriting aomx.exe with the fixed one found on google. Just search for aomx.exe fixed.

    August 25, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Thanks It works great

    December 15, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Hi I tried this and it didn’t work. Error message is “Initialization failed. Direct 3D initialization failed. Frequent cause is an old or corrupted driver. Please check the log file for more information.”

    April 28, 2018 at 9:16 am

    very good resolved my problem ty

    Tara Aho-Miettinen
    October 5, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Excellent! Thank you very much! Problem solved.

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