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Windows 7: Command & Conquer Generals Launch Problem Solved

26 Aug 2016   #11
marrs101

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

My problem is, that the installation, what goes down seemingly all right, does not create anything in the /My Documents, like the other games. Most people talk about what to do to fix the "running the game" problem once you located the files in /My Documents. But I don't have anything there related to C&C Generals! Do you have any idea why is that happening?
Having admin privileges is not my priority issue right now. That will come later, I'm sure.
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26 Aug 2016   #12
marrs101

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
secdrv.sys

Looks like I found a solution to my problem:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3086255

Under the "Known issues in this security update"

Give it a try, worked for me!
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21 Jan 2017   #13
Ricky1

W7 x32
 
 

Just got mine working.

When naming the file "options.ini". Don't forget to enable extensions for known file types (folder and search options - view - untick hide extensions for known file types).

Otherwise the file will actually be "options.ini.txt". took me a while to work out where I was going wrong
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18 Apr 2020   #14
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Guys, can you clarify,
WHAT IS THE EXACT PATH FOR SAVING IT? Please?

The OP makes no sense:
Quote:
save it in the c&c data map
Are you still talking about the Documents > c&c generals data? Or are you talking about the main installation folder? If you're talking about the Documents subdirectory, there is no "map" folder. There's this directory:
"C:\Users\[..]\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\Maps"
Is that where we're supposed to save it?

So far I've placed this options.ini file with the indicated lines into the folders:
"C:\Users\[..]\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data\Maps"
and
the main game directory

Still doesn't work. When I try to launch the game nothing happens at all. It doesn't even open and then crash. It just seems to do nothing.

I do have it set to compatibility mode for WinXP SP 3. And running it as administrator.

Am I still missing anything?
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19 Apr 2020   #15
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have CC Generals installed and when I'm on my desktop I'll have a look. I don't even recall having to create an ini file to get it running, but maybe I did. The one issue I'm now having myself is that when I create a building with a dozer all buildings immediately blow up and I immediately lose. This was never the case before.
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19 Apr 2020   #16
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, I checked what I have and the options.ini files are in both the following directories.

C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data

C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data

It's not placed in the maps folder. Just the main profile folder for the game. And I don't see the options.ini file in the installation path either.
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4 Weeks Ago   #17
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Okay, I checked what I have and the options.ini files are in both the following directories.

C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data

C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Data

It's not placed in the maps folder. Just the main profile folder for the game. And I don't see the options.ini file in the installation path either.
Thank you for verifying that.

Okay, it still does nothing when I try to launch the game. No error message, no crash. Just nothing happens at all when I try to launch it. What else should I check?

Is your compatibility set like this?


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4 Weeks Ago   #18
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

EDIT:

Ohh, I got it! Ok it has to do with what marrs101 said. The link in marrs101's post isn't very clear. This is a good overview of the issue:
How to Play PC Games That Require SafeDisc or SecuROM DRM on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista

However, while the description of the root of the problem in that How-To Geek article may be illuminating, the given solution doesn't actually work. Simply typing “sc start secdrv” into command prompt doesn't work. You get error 1058. You need another command first.

The actual command sequence required is:
Code:
sc config secdrv start= demand 
sc start secdrv
See below. Then, after you're done playing you can turn it back off:
Code:
sc stop secdrv


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4 Weeks Ago   #19
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad you found the solution. Now I just need to figure out why building a building with a dozer causes the buildings to explode.
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3 Weeks Ago   #20
fr0zensphere

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

That's a crazy bug! I finally just played it for the first time after getting it to work, and everything is normal. No exploding buildings...

Is your game patched to the latest version?
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