How To Play Road Rash On Windows 7 Without Color Problem

Road Rash is motorcycle racing game developed by Electronic Arts for the Windows 95. The Road Rash game features 5 stages or levels namely The City, The Peninsula, Napa Valley, Sierra Nevada and The Pacific Highway. In the demo version of Road Rash there is only one stage which is The Peninsula. The Road Rash game is completely not supported on Windows 7 64 bit, because the game is too old to be run on newer Windows OS like windows 7, windows 8 and windows 8.1. When this game is run on these Windows OS then we will get a Road Rash color problem in which everything looks like a 16 bit bitmap image in which game graphics are not visible, instead we see some random colors on screen while playing Road Rash.

Road Rash can be played on Windows 7 & Windows 8 64 bit with Road Rash color fix file. In this tutorial I will teach you how you can play Road Rash (1995) on Windows 7 64 bit and Windows 8.

Create Road Rash Color Fix File

Before playing the game you have to create a color fix file and place it in the game folder. To create the file follow the steps.

Copy the following code and paste it in notepad.

taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
ROADRASH.exe
start explorer.exe

Now save the file as ROADRASH.bat. Its done, now paste this file in the RoadRash game folder.

Play Road Rash On Windows 7 64 bit And Windows 8 Without Color/Graphics Problem


  • Download Road Rash for windows 7 64 bit full version.
  • You have created RoadRash color fix file above. Place this file in the game folder and open it. The game will run without graphics problem.
  • Extract the file. In the game folder you will find two files named as 'ROADRASH'.
  • One of them is the .exe file and other one is .bat file.
  • Double click to open the 'Roadrash' registry file and add Roadrash entries in the Windows registry. If you do not perform this step then you will get an error 'You need to install the before you can play it'.
  • Now open 'ROADRASH.bat' and start playing the game. See the image below.

Note : If you open the ROADRASH.exe a file with a biker icon then you will get color and resolution problem. Run the game through bat file only to avoid color problem.

Note: RoadRash 95 also works without any color problem on Windows 10 even if we don't use the color fix file. The only problem is that there would be no background music. The game will show 'MIDI error' on launch.

How Does Road Rash Color Fix File Works

In Road Rash game we get color problem because of the Windows 7 'explorer.exe' file. The color fix file when executed terminates this explorer.exe and starts the game. When game is closed the explorer.exe process is started again. The explorer.exe process gives color problem in Road Rash in Windows 7. When this process is terminated we do not any color problems.

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Watch The Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial below.


Play Road Rash On Android

You can play this game on your android phone or tablet. To play this game on android, read this article.

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97 comments:

  1. It says i need to install the game before running it..!
    i have done the registry yet its showing this...:/
    pls help
    running 8.1

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    1. double click on regedit file, and enable compatibility mode in application settings, then launch roadrash.bat. If you feel any problem, tell me again.

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  2. Hey I ran it in the compatibility mode and double clicked the registry file. Its still having the same problem as above. What to do?

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    1. do you have a cd rom drive on your pc.

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    2. The same problem. I do not have one.

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    3. Same problem, registry change didn't help. I do not have cd-rom if this is important in some way..

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    4. yes cd rom is necessary. If you don't have it then use daemon tools to install a virtual cd rom on your pc. Then roadrash will work.

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    5. hi abishek, i've benn following your tutorial on how to play this game but i still cant play this game. yes i've installed daemon tools and ran it in comp mode. just to be clear, i selected the comp mode on windows '95. but it still says i need to install the game.

      help me please :(
      please help me :

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    6. there is a 'Regedit' file in the roadrash folder. Double click it to add the roadrash entry in the Windows registry, then you won won't get error like 'you need to install the game before playing'. Then after doing this double click 'Roadrash.bat' to play the game. Do tell me if it works.

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    7. sadly it's not working, but i do appreciate the help. maybe i'll just give upon this, but still it bugs me, i've followed the tutorial thoroughly but still not succeed. ugh, what is wrong with my laptop.

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    8. OK give me some time I will come up with a solution.

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    9. Negara, I have updated the download link with roadrash installer. Now download the exe file, install it and enjoy the game..

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    10. WOOOOOOOW thank you so much!! i can play the game now!! it's really working *_*

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    11. Its good to hear that its now working for you.

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  3. Thumbs up for u Bro- Really i was fed-up after searching a lot of pages- finally i got the solution.

    Great Bro.

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    1. Thank You its good to hear that it worked for you. if you liked the article please share it.

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  4. Yaa it worked perfectly Abhishek................Thanks a lot for this..............

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  5. it gets stuck on registering fonts

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  6. When I am clicking on app its initializing the game but than its getting close automatically

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    1. Download the installer and install the road rash game first before playing.

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  7. Installed the game, put in the bat file, ran the reg file, no luck. Tried running the bat in Win98 compatibility, tried setting the exe in compatibility then running the bat, still nothing.

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    1. What error are you getting? The tutorial is working on Windows 7 as you read the comments of others saying that they have installed the Road Rash game and playing it. What is the error message, tell me I will try to help you.

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    2. I don't get any error message, I run the file, the screen goes black then returns to normal. Windows Explorer seems to crash and restart, too. I am running Win7 64bit

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    3. You are running the game in Windows 98 compatibility mode. I think this is the reason why your roadrash is not running. Disable the windows 98 compatibility mode then again run it. If still not working then set the compatibility mode to windows vista or windows 7, but first disable compatibility mode and check whether game is running.

      If the game is still not running then your graphics card may be not supporting the roadrash game. What's your PC' graphics card. Is it Nvidia or AMD.

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  8. I can't download road rash game file from the link provided above. When I click on the link there's no option of downloading it. I have downloaded the color fix file.
    Please help!

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    1. Click the link. Then after loading it press 'CTRL+S' to download the file.

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  9. sigh stupid google acc wont let me comment.. ill try it last time. i followed exactly your tutorial game works fine in menu but always when i start a race colours go bad again. Only weird black/white colours. Can you help me please

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    1. You have to launch Roadrash.bat not Roadrash.exe. If it doesn't help then do the following.

      1. Open the roadrash folder and press shift then right click then choose 'Open command window here'.
      2. Then type this following command.

      taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
      ROADRASH.exe
      start explorer.exe

      The press enter. Game will run perfectly.

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  10. Hi again, i made a small video could pls tell me what i did wrong thank you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR8X3SiCXpo&feature=youtu.be

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    1. I have watched the video. Which version of windows you are using. Seems like that your graphics card is not supporting roadrash 95. I have tested this tutorial on my notebook and its running without any problem on windows 7 64 bit.

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    2. you can talk to me at 'facebook.com/pcnexus1' or join me on Google+.

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  11. HI! sorry for late reply i am using windows 7 64bit aswell. Do you think you can still help me? if it helps you my notebook doesnt work with that kill explorer trick, few months ago i wanted install worms 2 which uses the same kill explorer tactic and it didnt work. i think its just my notebook tryed install worms on another and it worked perfectly. what can be wrong :(

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    1. Here is a final solution.

      1. Open task manager and click the 'Processes' tab.
      2. Here find 'explorer.exe'. Click on it and then click 'End process'.
      3. Now click "File>New Task(Run...).
      4. Click browse and locate the 'ROADRASH.exe' file. Do not use the .bat file. Click 'OK' to run the game.
      5. After exiting the game click 'New Task'. Type 'explorer' to get back windows explorer.

      Thats it.

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  12. Did not work. Only thing that changed is when i start the race an error will pop not letting me ride so i alt tab and there is and new error window with: Bad or missing data i press OK then new error window with: MIDI error i press OK again and then i can go for ride. With bad colours ofc. Looks no Roadrash for me :(

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    1. Either the 'explorer.exe' process is still running or your graphics card has issues with Roadrash.

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    2. explorer exe isnt running for sure, its graphic card probably. My graphic card is ATI Radeon (TM) HD 6470M if it helps.

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    3. Try running the game with integrated graphics. Your graphics card may have issues. It will work on integrated motherboard graphics or Intel HD graphics.

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  13. The music and videos do not work, I was hoping someone would have a fix?

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    1. What is your PC hardware configuration. Have you checked your video card. Nvidia, AMD cards are not supported.

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  14. Thanks for the game!
    the link to the color fix file seems to be broken.
    Anyway I got it from another site. It works
    But the game doesn't let me save! How do I fix that?

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  15. Are you sure the file was *this* small ? I came across some files as large as 400mb+ So what's the deal here ? Extreme compression ?

    Does this contain music, cut-scenes & everything that the original CD had ?

    I've yet to try this. I've begun downloading. I'll check back if i run into some problem. BTW Thanks for putting together such a simple guide.

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    1. This is only game with music. It doesn't have cut scenes.

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  16. I can't believe the timing.

    I was done with the installation and just about to download the colour fix when I stumbled upon a broken link. The link for the colour fix is broken, mate. Check that.

    Meanwhile, I'll try Googling it.

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    1. Updated the tutorial please check. Read it completely.

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  17. Can it be played in Windows 7 - 32 bit?

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  18. When I try to run the game it tells me it can not find primary language file and closes. I installed everything using the .exe file and followed the instructions for the .bat file. Any advice?

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  19. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    easiest fix ever!!!!!!!!! :D

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    1. Thanks, Is there anything more we can help..

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  20. hey my OS is windows 7 32 bit .but i cant play it says install the cd and then use

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    1. Install the game first and then double click the registry file in the game folder. The game should run.

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    2. SAME PROBLEM OF MINE.....CAN'T PLAY THE GAME...ERROR CONTINUOS TO SHOW 'CANNOT FINE ANY CD-ROM'..MY WINDOWS IS 7

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    3. You need to install the game first. I have tested this and it is working. If you are still getting this error then please scan your system registry with CCleaner and remove unused entries. Hope it helps.

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  21. using windows 8.1 i executed ur file then not able to launch game cd rom error

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    1. Have you installed the game, followed all my steps? If it is still not working then there might be a graphics card issue or some compatibility issues. Wait for 2-3 days I will upload a video on youtube showing how to play this game.

      I will update you with the link. You can join me on YouTube.

      www.youtube.com/user/pcnexus1

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  22. hi Core,

    i've play this in win10-x86, but is no sound anyway,

    please reply

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    1. It may not be compatible in windows 10.

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  23. It's Working!!! Thank you so much!!! Really helpful!! :D (y)

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  24. Hey,
    im using a samsung note book so there is no cd rom... actucally i have downloaded and extraxted the roadrash file folder and when i play this game it shows "cant find any cd rom.. please help me

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    1. Install the game, no need of cdrom. Also double click the registry file.

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  25. It Really works..!!!But if the game is installed in other directory(not in C:) then explorer.exe won't start after the exit of the game...so do this modification...
    taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    ROADRASH.exe
    start C:\Windows\explorer.exe

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    1. Both commands are working fine. You can check it yourself. Go to command prompt and reduce the directory to C:\ by using cd.. command. Then either type 'start explorer.exe' or 'start C:\Windows\explorer.exe'. You will get the same result.

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  26. Is this download link still working Abhishek? Please let me know :)

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  27. How to open this game on Windows 10 64 bit ? When I tried to open the game it showed

    start explorer.exe - See more at: http://www.pcnexus.net/2014/01/how-to-play-road-rash-on-windows-7-64-bit-color-problem.html#sthash.tzEmh09k.dpuf

    Please help me

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    1. I haven't tested this game on Windows 10 yet.

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  28. This Game is not working on Windows 8.1 64-bit OS ,i have followed every step of yours clicked registry file and opened bat file, but it is not working :(

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  29. it's not working on windows 8.1 64 bit OS, tried every step

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  30. hey there, i am not able to play this game even after following all directions. please help

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    1. Wait, I'll post a video tutorial within two days that will clear all your doubts.

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    2. Please go to this link and watch the video tutorial. Newer computers may not support this game.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bjGN9gSIMI

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  31. Thank you so much!!! It worked for me ....

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  32. Road rash.exe has stopped working. On win 10 64 bit. Tried everything as u said. No hope.

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    1. Haven't tested the game yet on Windows 10. RoadRash is a very old game it may not support the Windows 10 environment. You can play it on android though. Read below.

      RoadRash on android

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  34. Replies
    1. What error are you getting on opening the regedit file in the roadrash folder. Game work without regedit entry in most cases.

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  35. hi abhishek, tried everything - .bat file and all, but the colour problem is still persisting..bro pls help !!

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    1. Which version of windows you are running. This is not tested by me on Windows 10. First open task manager and stop the 'explorer.exe' process. Then run the game as new task with correct location. I hope it will work. Please check the video in the tutorial given above.

      You can also play this game on android. Link given in the post. If nothing works then reply to this thread and I will try to troubleshoot the problem.

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  36. why video is not playing after winning???

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    1. PC version doesn't have videos. Please play the road rash android game for full videos. Read the tutorial below.
      http://www.pcnexus.net/2016/06/how-to-play-road-rash-game-on-android.html

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  37. Hey abhishek. I did as per above instructions still no luck. When i load the batch file, It loads a bit and then nothing happens. It returns to desktop screen. Please review

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  38. Pls give me the link to download road rash full game for win7 32bit

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    1. The game link that I have given in this post also works on 32-bit Windows 7.

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  39. Hi Abhishek, I am running the game in win 10 but it is not working ... I have followed all the steps above ... Can u pls help here ... Or can you please give me the link where I can download the game completely and run to play .. pls

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    1. I will try to find a fix for this and will let you know.

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  40. Wow, it really works!
    Thanks for the game

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