To fix could not initialize graphics system.. directdraw for Age of Empires 2 we will need a tool called AoE2Tools.
Step 1: Download & Run AoE2Tools
(skip this step if you already use AoE2Tools)
Once it’s installed, Run a scan
Then after a few seconds, the button “2. Start” should be enabled for you to click it.
Step 2: Apply The Fix Through AoE2Tools
You can ignore any errors you see on AoE2Tools for now. All we need is to access the menu on the top left hand side of AoE2Tools
Right click AoE2Tools Shield > Voobly Medkit
Select “Fix Couldn’t Display Or DirectDraw Display Error” then hit apply button
Finally, Press “Download Now”.
Congratulations! Problem solved.
Still not solved? Get down to the comment section, I quickly read and respond to questions and queries.
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