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Windows 7: Game installs but won't start. Worked before though

04 May 2016   #1
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 
Game installs but won't start. Worked before though

Hi all,

I've been itching to play an old game (MVP Baseball 2004). I know, I know, but nostalgia rules here. I installed it and played it last year (I think, maybe 2 years ago), and everything worked fine (I'm sure one of the random HP/win 7 updates is to blame).

I reformatted since then and recently tried to install it with no luck. Well, it installs, but when I try to play it, I click "Play", the button and the screen it's on disappears, and then nothing. I've tried various executables, and another option tells me I don't have the proper administrative privileges (I'm an administrator). I installed that "take ownership" thing a while back (not sure if that helps).

And, before you hate, the MVP series is really the best for gameplay IMO. Newer games have better graphics, but the actual baseball seems a bit off. Please help, I've got pouch of chewing tobacco, a bag of seeds and some gatorade waiting for me to get started!

Things I've tried:
  • Reinstallation of game 2x
  • Made a new user account (Also administrator)
  • Tried running as an admin with multiple different compatibility settings

Things I'm contemplating:
  • Dual-boot with windows XP (just for the game, but wonder how it'll affect my win7 game controller). But, to be honest, I'm worried I'll F up my win7. I can handle driver installs, so if you have any ideas how I can get that done the easiest, please let me know.
  • Sledgehammer

If you've got any advice, including whether or not I should just do the XP dual-boot, I'm interested. I'm decent at working with PCs/ software, but nowhere near the level of you guys.

Cheers,

Matt

PS/ FYI: system specs just added


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06 May 2016   #2
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 
Some other notes

Hi all,

I figured I'd post a few other interesting notes:

Some programs refuse to start (like this one), so I doubt it's program specific. I wonder if that's why people read my super-interesting dilemma, but didn't have any input(?). Anyway, I'll try to open a program, see a brief command prompt window (too fast to read, and the timing is different each time, so screenshots have failed thus far, but then it disappears with no program activity. Nothing shows up in the task manager either.

Also, any input on the dual boot idea? Is that something I can handle with ease, or are there issues I need to worry about (aside from drivers). I'm worried the win7 option may be affected.

Also, would that xp install affect a win7 "joypad". I assume there's a driver, but then again, I assume software that worked in the past should work in the present!

Thanks for any input.
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06 May 2016   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The problem is not the game. It's a new incompatibility between Win 7 and the copy protection for the software that you are trying to load.

Last year, Microsoft removed support for SECDRV, a copy protection scheme used on older software, thus rendering this software unloadable. It affects mostly games. However, there is a way around it.

See post #4 in this thread for the workaround:

FIFA 14 doesn't work after Windows reinstall
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07 May 2016   #4
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 
Tried and failed, did I miss something?

Hey Mellon,

Thanks for the reply. I tried the secdrv command with the space added, but got the following messages:

"[SC] OpenService Failed 5:

Access is denied."

and, so I tried the second command anyway:

"[SC] StartService Failed 1058:

The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled device associated with it."

My "account" has administrator privelages, so I'm a bit confused here.

EDIT*** I also tried accessing the elevated command prompt, to no avail. When I right-click and then select take ownership (no run as admin option), it flashes up, and then disappears. I saw a post a while back about a file for an elevated prompt. I'll look into that. I'm not sure if that's going in the wrong direction, but I don't know what else to try!
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07 May 2016   #5
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

When you ran the commands did you use a normal CMD window or one with administrative rights?

I think that even though you are logged in as an administrator you'll need to select administrative rights for programs etc.
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07 May 2016   #6
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi Boris,

I tried the elevated command prompt, but it appears and disappears in less than a second (sort of a flash). So, I tried making a shortcut to "%windir%\System32\cmd.exe" (and substituting my path of course), but the same thing happens. In the non-elevated prompt, with an administrator account, I get the error codes stated above in my edit. I assume this goes a bit deeper, eh?

I should note, I added that take ownership thing a while back, and now I don't have run as admin options in right-click windows. I assume that sort of replaces it, but I swear the problems have only occurred after that modification.

***EDIT START***
I also should note, the "flash", where a screen pops up and goes away, has been happening for some time. Other programs have done the same, but then will randomly work later. But, I can't figure out how to stop that elevated prompt from disappearing.
***EDIT END***

Thanks again!
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07 May 2016   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The elevated command window will disappear when the batch file has completed, IIRC. After you've run the first batch file, try the game. Does it start?
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08 May 2016   #8
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 

I'm sorry; I should've clarified: The elevated command window disappears before I can type anything into it. It literally flashes up, doesn't hand around long enough for me to be able to read any text, and the goes away just as quickly. So, I can't really do anything with it.

I made batch files for those commands, and get the same result:

"[SC] OpenService Failed 5:

Access is denied."

and, so I tried the second command anyway:

"[SC] StartService Failed 1058:

The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled device associated with it."

After that, I tried to run the game. I assume by now you know that didn't work! But, here's what did happen in case it helps. I tried the shortcut on the game cd-rom (lol, I actually used one of those/ not even a dvd back then). I was asked if I wanted to play; YES. The UAC window popped up, and I clicked whatever meant "yes, do this". Then, it disappeared and nothing happened. Nothing in task manager changed either.

Is there a way to force the batch file to use an elevated prompt? Or, do I have something corrupt? I assume a registry edit wouldn't be wise if I have to keep switching it back and forth? What about services? Could I use that to make the changes?
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08 May 2016   #9
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 

I also should note that windows explorer has stopped working a bunch recently. I've just pushed through it b/c I didn't have any time to fix it (or deal with any hurdles during the fix). Now, I have some time, so I'm willing to dig deeper. I'm sorry for not mentioning it before, because I feel like this is a larger problem than just a game not working!
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08 May 2016   #10
mreppert2418

windows 7 64bit
 
 

I attached a screenshot of what happens when running an elevated command prompt. I spent a few minutes getting that screenshot because it pops up and disappears (it maybe stays for a 1/10th of a second) before I can do anything.

Is there a way to modify the shortcut to keep it up? I tried the /k thing.


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