Electronic Arts will celebrate Command & Conquer: Red Alert’s 13th Anniversary by giving away the original Red Alert as a free download, compatible for Windows XP! The same version was included with the RTS collectors pack Command & Conquer: The First Decade. But if you didn’t get that, then from Sunday, August 31st 2008, you’ll be able to download it directly from www.redalert3.com starting 12:00 AM Pacific Time for an undetermined period.
Electronic Arts also announced that you’ll get a free copy of Red Alert 2 if you pre-order Red Alert 3 via the EA Store, GameStop or Best Buy. That pre-order also includes desktop wallpapers from women in the game, a Red Alert series retrospective, and an exclusive multiplayer map.
This old Red Alert 1 trailer shows what to expect: classic RTS goodness and campy cutscenes.
2012 Update: Red Alert 1 has been official freeware for years now, you can download it legally and for free with fan-made full online support at: http://www.redalert1.com.