This DR focuses on boekabart's AoE2Wide patch (compatible with Conquerors v1.0, 1.0c and the unofficial 1.0e).
User StepS reported a possible alternative solution for widescreen support: Userpatch 1.1 (currently in beta).
Thanks to boekabart for this solution...
How It Works: It changes the effective resolution of the 1280x1024 (or 1024x768, 800x600) choice to your desktop resolutions (but other options are possible), by changing some of the occurrences of 1280, 1024 and related numbers inside the binary.
It also changes all interface graphics to the right resolution by duplicating some lines and repeating the rightmost pixels.
It writes a new exe and a new version of interfac.drs, both with a different name. The patched exe refers to this new interfac.drs, not to the original one. You can't lose anything.
After running AoE2Wide, you will get a link (batch file) on your desktop that links to the new, hi-res AoE2 !
It works on NoCD versions only, since the original exe's are encrypted and therefore unpatchable. 1.0, 1.0c and 1.0e supported.
.Net 3.5 SP1 is required, but the supplied MSI will install this for you if necessary.
http://www.boekabart.net/aoe2wide For all downloads, sources, screenshots, binary
Donate HERE: http://www.boekabart.net/aoe2wide/donate.html If you're looking to support the past and future development of this patch!
If you install (msi) or download the patcher, make sure you put the files in a subfolder of your AoE2 game directory, or it won't be able to find the right files.
See further in this topic for more details and instructions.
If you have some color issues under W7 or Vista, you may try this solution by de Bill...
Download this file...
Focus to readme file (included) and "suspend delay" option. This corrects black background after game is exited!
With this color FIX, do not use batch file. Just take your own generated age2_x1_AAAAxBBBB.exe from game root folder, rename it back to age2_x1.exe and move or copy to Age2_x1 folder in your game folder.
Simpler solution to the colour issue: http://aok.heavengames.com/blacksmith/showfile.php?fileid=11108