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windows 8 installing problem


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Hey, I got a new laptop recently. It is an i7 and gtx 850m.


Ok so I'm having trouble installing IV. I am using my own discs that I bought. I install the game fine. Then I log in social club and click on play. The disc 1 is inserted as it should be but nothing happens. A black screen pops up for a split second, it is just the cmd prompt which says "C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto IV\LaunchGTAIV.exe"


I have no idea what to do to fix this, any suggestions?


Update: Ok I tried something different. I clicked on GTAIV.exe instead of using LaunchGTAIV.exe. Then it said something about a missing xlive file. So I installed the xlive.dll from the xlivess-0.999b7 file. Then I tried GTAIV.exe again. It looked like the game was loading (went to a black screen) and then it said





Is it because I need to install this games for windows live too? I read somewhere that R* ceased multiplayer support, so I thought that gfwl wasn't needed anymore? Thanks.

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1) Uninstall GTA IV, and Games For Windows Live

2) Install a fresh copy of GTA IV

3) Download the latest update for GTA IV and install it. Click here to download.

4) Download and install the latest version of Games for Windows Live. Click here to download.

5) Restart your PC

6) Open the game from "LaunchGTAIV.exe"

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I have a question, after those steps.


I sign into Live and it says there is an update available. I don't press update right? Then I try to play and it says "Your profile was not completely downloaded. Please delete it and sign in again. You may have to restart your game before deleting your profile."


If I skip signing into gfwl, i'm able to play the game fine but I would like it to save progress.

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Try downloading the update then.

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thanks. I just ended up using xlive to replace gfwl and it worked, the game runs good and can save.

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