Try using compatibility mode.
Uninstall the game first. Then using compatibility mode, run the setup.exe or the autorun.exe or whatever it maybe in WinXP SP2 and in administrator mode. After you are done, right click on the C&C game icon and under compatibility tab, check 'WinXP SP2' and 'Run this program as an administrator'.
I found this ages ago to fix this same issue **FIXED**
Ok guys, found a fix. If anyone is having the same problems too, this will work for both XP and Vista, x32 and x64 if you're missing an options.ini file in My Documents for XP or User Name\Documents\ for Vista. If you're missing the options.ini file, do this and it will work!
Open your My Documents folder and add "options.ini" file (plain text file with renamed extension), then add the following and save the file: