Can I Play Age of Mythology on Windows 10?

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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Even if a lot of people play the latest, modern games, I’m sure that there are a lot of you who still like to play some old-school game from 2000s, which reminds you of some point of your life. Well, Age of Mythology is definitely a legendary game, and there are people who still play it today.
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Age of Mythology is affected by driver issues

But where does the problem occur? You were able to play this game for years, and on various Windows operating systems, but long story short, you won’t be able to play it in Windows 10.

I know a all fans of this game will be disappointed, but that’s just how it is. But why? The thing that prevents you from playing Age of Mythology on Windows 10 is the secdrv.sys driver, which isn’t compatible with Windows 10. And since this feature is necessary for playing Age of Mythology, you won’t be able to run it on Windows 10.

This isn’t the case with Age of Mythology only, as people reported that they’re unable to run a lot of older games on Windows 10. So, even if Microsoft put emphasis on gaming in Windows 10, it looks like the company didn’t have a lot of understandings for gamers who play old games.

How to play Age of Mythology on Windows 10

There’s actually a way to playAge of Mythology and other older games on Windows 10. You can install it on a virtual machine, like VM Virtual Box, which runs an operating system older than Windows 10.

But, unless you have one very powerful computer, and you really want to play this game, we don’t recommend you this solution, because it will overload your computer’s memory and other resources.

Also, you can buy the Extended version of the game from Steam, which was released in 2014, and it should work fine in Windows 10. So, the game will be slightly different, but you’ll still be able to play Age of Mythology on your computer.

UPDATE: The last patch that Age of Mythology received was in May 2016. The update added a series if important bug fixes and improvements to the game. Keep in mind that it’s been more than two years since Age of Mythology got many update. Meanwhile, many bugs and issues may have been identified but they remained unpatched.

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2015 and was revamped and updated in October 2018 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • I have a problem. I bought this game in PC DVD ROM format but now that I have bounced the computer and has windows 10 I can not play.
    What can I do to be able to play again without having to buy it in steam?

  • Start Age of Mythology with /safemode in the Launch Options for Steam or the shortcut Properties for non Steam. Working for me right now.

  • dude i upgraded to Win 10 and i can play AoM Titans normally (i had it installed in Win 8.1) but guess what… i can’t play AoM:EE from Steam (the “modern” version) ever since i up to Win 10, and i can’t even comment on Steam because i won this game on a raffle on twitch, so yeah, oddly enough AoM:EE doesn’t wan’t to load on Win 10 (i have it on another computer with Win 7 and it runs fine), but the old games, AoMTT runs well from the beginning