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Windows 7: How to get Halo 2 working under Windows 7


15 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
How to get Halo 2 working under Windows 7

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 3.5.50.0) here Freeware Files.com - Download. OK….

1 – Install your copy of Halo 2 by doing a Customize Game install...

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MAKE SURE you choose Full install only, do not start...

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2- You will be asked to Activate the game, choose Activate later

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Game will begin installing...

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3- Once game is finished installing you should be done for now...

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however if it asks again to be activated, again, choose Activate later.

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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!

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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....

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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

Good Luck



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15 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Good guide this will help some people
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15 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Nice guide =)
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15 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks.

Don't know how many posts I've seen over the years of people trying to find a way to get Halo 2 working under 7. Now we have instructions that actually work. Finally
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18 Sep 2012   #5

Windows Ultimate 32-bit x86 Service-Pack-1
 
 

Thnxs!! Now I Can Install It Now To My Brothers Laptop )
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18 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks.

Please let me know if you have any issues with the instructions.
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30 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

I have done all up tostep 3 but in step 4 I do not see Microsoft Games For Windows - LIVE Redistributable. to uninstall. I have a new comp. with windows 7??
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30 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

You'll probably have to install it then.
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30 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

So o should install it then uninstall it??
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30 Sep 2012   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vett View Post
I have done all up tostep 3 but in step 4 I do not see Microsoft Games For Windows - LIVE Redistributable. to uninstall. I have a new comp. with windows 7??
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vett View Post
So o should install it then uninstall it??
If you've installed Halo then....

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!

So yeah, uninstall the Redistributable version, follow the rest of the instructions listed.



Once you start the game whatever needs to be updated just do so and go from there.

Let me know.
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