How to Play Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth 2 - The Rise of the Witch-King without a CD
Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth 2 - The Rise of the Witch-King (RotWK) is a popular expansion pack for the real-time strategy game Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth 2 (BFME2). However, many players have encountered a problem when trying to run the game without inserting the original CD in their drive. This can be inconvenient, especially if you have lost or damaged your CD, or if you just want to save time and avoid switching discs. Fortunately, there is a way to play RotWK without a CD, by using a virtual drive software and a no-CD file. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
Download and install a virtual drive software. This is a program that can create a virtual CD or DVD drive on your computer, and mount an image file as if it was a physical disc. There are several options available, such as WinCDEmu, Daemon Tools, or Alcohol 52%. You can find the links to download them in the references below[^1^] [^2^]. For this guide, we will use WinCDEmu as an example.
Download the no-CD file for RotWK. This is a file that contains the data of the original CD, but without the copy protection. You can find it in the references below[^1^] [^2^]. It is a .mdf file, which is a type of image file that can be mounted by a virtual drive software.
Mount the no-CD file. With WinCDEmu installed, you can just double-click the .mdf file and click OK. This will create a new virtual drive on your computer, with a letter assigned to it (for example, E:). You can also use other software to mount the file, but you may need to open the program and find the option to mount the file to a new drive.
Run RotWK by double-clicking on the game shortcut. You should be able to play the game without inserting the CD in your drive. Note: If you continue getting the \"No CD in drive\" error message after running the game from the 2.02 Patch Launcher, just run the game from the actual shortcut that is created when you first install the game.
Enjoy playing RotWK without a CD! Note: if you restart your computer or shut down your mounting software for some reason, you will need to re-mount the game (see step 3 above) before running it again.
If you don't have RotWK installed yet, or if you want to update it to the latest patch version (2.02), you can follow these additional steps:
Install BFME2 (once installed, you don't need to do anything with it, except patching it if you wish).
Install RotWK. Use a random generated serial key from a key generator that you can find in the references below[^2^].
Use the no-CD guide described above.
Download and install 2.01 patch using the Game Updater. You can do this by going to Multiplayer > Online. You will automatically be prompted to download the patch. Note: you won't actually play the game via Multiplayer > Online, just use it to trigger the patch update.
Download and install 2.02 patch from the official download page that you can find in the references below[^4^]. This patch fixes many of the bugs and imbalances from the 2.01 version and also contains links for various language packs that may be useful.
If you have any questions or problems with playing RotWK without a CD, you can check out some of the frequently asked questions and answers in the references below[^1^] [^5^], or visit some of the online forums and communities dedicated to BFME2 and RotWK.
We hope this guide was helpful and informative. Have fun playing RotWK without a CD!