Finally!!! A fix for getting Halo 2 working under Windows 7.... Credit for this find goes to this video
... Halo 2 for Windows 7 Installation Tutorial 100% Fix - YouTube
. I'm just making the fix easier to find, clarifying the instructions, and providing images.
Now... I’m aware that there are a lot of pirated copies of this game out there so be warned we do not support or condone pirating and that discussion of pirated material gets a ban. I'm just stating the rules.
That said, I can’t say this works for pirated copies of the game, but it does work for legitimate copies.
Alright, first thing you want to do is get an older version of Games For Windows Live (LIVE 184.108.40.206)
here Freeware Files.com - Download
1 – Install your copy of Halo 2 by doing a Customize Game install
... MAKE SURE
you choose Full install only, do not start
2- You will be asked to Activate the game, choose Activate later
Game will begin installing...
3- Once game is finished installing you should be done for now...
however if it asks again to be activated, again, choose Activate later
BTW YOU WILL
have to activate the game so those without a Product Key.... you're wasting your time here!
4- Now... Go to the Control Panel
, Programs and Features
, and look for Microsoft Games For Windows - LIVE Redistributable.
This is the version that was installed with Halo 2 and NEEDS
to be uninstalled! Do not, repeat, do not
uninstall Microsoft Games For Windows Market Place
! This is the latest version that should have been/should be installed on Windows 7.... AND, Halo 2 will require it as you'll have to be signed into live to play or update the game!
5- Anyway once the old version of GFWL is uninstalled, install the version you downloaded earlier
Once you're done with installing the file you've downloaded you can start the game. You will be required to activated and register the game. And you will be asked to sign into Games For Windows Live (Market Place). Bottom line follow the on-screen prompts and enjoy the game. I just finished part of the first level and the game looked and ran well thus far. Things to note....
1- For me the game is running in full screen at a resolution of 1920 x 1080
2- I'm not running in any type of compatibility mode or Admin mode.
3- You can install on a different drive (I did).
4- The game just works