Posted by on June 24th, 2010 at 3:04 pm | 16,799 views

So how many of you still play StarCraft on Windows 7 with the colors all messed up? To be honest, this doesn’t really matter, because once you start a match, all the colors will be fine. The colors are only weird before, and after a match.

But, if you really want to fix this color problem manually, just follow the steps below:

  1. Start StarCraft
  2. Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager
  3. Find explorer.exe and click End Process
  4. Alt+Tab to get back into StarCraft

After you’re done playing StarCraft, you need to re-open explorer.exe:

  1. Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager
  2. Click File > New Task
  3. Type “explorer” and press enter

Now how was that? Wouldn’t it be better if there was a script to close and re-open explorer.exe for you? Well, guess what? You can make one! Here’s how:

  1. Open Notepad
  2. Copy and paste these 3 lines into Notepad:
    taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
    "C:\Program Files\StarCraft\starcraft.exe"
    start explorer.exe
  3. Make sure that 2nd line in Notepad is where your StarCraft is located, otherwise change it
  4. Click File > Save As, and name the file as ColorFix.cmd.

If you are having trouble creating the ColorFix.cmd file, you may download it below:

Windows 7 StarCraft Color Fix (352 bytes, 4757 hits)

Now you can go enjoy your StarCraft with normal colors!

  • fad3d

    thanks man it realy helped

    however i sure there is a patch i used before reinstalling windows
    can’t recall wich one is

  • Mike Brink

    This worked great! only down side is, if you have folders open it will close them. Worked on my windows 7 x64 in compatibility mode: windows xp ser pack 2. And everything clicked BUT color and windows size.

  • Phil

    Worked perfectly on my laptop with windows 7 x64. I also made a tweaked version for Diablo I.

    Diablo I has the same issue with colors. so I replaced the Starcraft directory location in the file with the diablo directory location. Diablo I also now looks normal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Wint/100000431453834 Jonathan Wint

    it’s a nice work around THANK YOU!

  • Sta8is

    OMG Thank you SO VERY MUCH, it REALLY worked!! All the other threads “click all settings on compatibility, leave screen resolution window open” etc didn’t work out for me but this did! :) Thanks so much again.

    Knowing so little about programming makes me feel so dumb…:/