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#1 isosoclese

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 03:03 AM

I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing wrong but I can't seem to download any games to my desktop. I downloaded Portal back when there was that promo but it didn't work.To be more specific, I'd click the download button and everything seems hunkydory but when I try to launch, it quits on me. Same with Alien Swarm and Combat Arms (I have neither the money nor the desire to actually purchase games). I've wasted A LOT of time trying and failing to download these games.

I'm not sure if this is a hardware or software problem. I don't know what graphics card I have (technically it's not my computer). I already tried using ccleaner to fix registry errors (as suggested on another forum), but that didn't work. I read that viruses can cause issues with games, and I'm currently running some scans.

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 06:35 AM

Is this on the same machine you are talking about in another topic on what will happen if you the OS is not genuine? if so that could be the issue.
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:12 PM

Nope, it's on a different system (running on genuine windows xp).


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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:56 PM

If you're running on windows vista you have to remember to run everything through administrator. When playing steam games, you have to run steam through admin as well

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 04:12 PM

What if I am 1 of 2 admins on this pc? Would this still be an issue?


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Posted 07 August 2010 - 05:36 PM

No that shouldnt matter as long as you have AN admin account then it wont make a difference if there are 2 as lon g as you are one of them. As for the issue at hand, I don't know why you are having an issue, are you using steam?

Also (Because i had not seen it before) in response to this:

already tried using ccleaner to fix registry errors (as suggested on another forum)

I ask that you do not use this function of ccleaner or any other so called "registry cleaner", because of this:

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

:inlove: Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

:flowers: Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

:thumbsup: Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

:trumpet: Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

:bike: The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


Now as I say that that may be your issue but as i see it i don't think so. How/ where are you trying to download the games from, do they download then you cannot run them? Also check task manager when you click to try and run them see if they show under processes tab. :woot:

Edited by computerxpds, 07 August 2010 - 05:37 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:43 PM

..I have neither the money nor the desire to actually purchase games..
..technically it's not my computer..

Whoa dude. :D
Piece of friendly advice. Try another forum. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:46 PM

isosoclese,
When replying to a post, don't use the QUOTE button under the post, unless there is something specific in the post, that you want to quote.
Either use the button at the top of the page labeled Add Reply, or one of the 2 buttons at the bottom of the page, labeled Fast Reply, and Add Reply.
It keeps from cluttering up the board with unnecessary quotes.
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