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Game won't launch, windows vista, admin privileges


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My game won't launch as it says that I need to log in as an admin, but I am an admit but still it won't let me launch gta 3, vice city launches fine without problems same ant gta 3 used to as well until recently, I would show a screenshot, but I don't know how

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Do you have both games installed in Program files or Program files (x86)?

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Where did you get the game from? And in which folder is it installed? (is it in Program Files, which is what Tomasak is asking above?)

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I got the dish version I don't know where I is installed, how do I find out?

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Right Click the File you use to launch III and select 'Open File Location'

 

What have you tried so far? Is there anything you have done recently that may have stopped it from working - Such as editing game files or installing modifications/trainers?

 

It'd probably be worth reinstalling the game if you haven't already.

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Seem to be in the program files

No mods or trainers used as I don't know how to install them, one save file downloaded but that was ages ago and the game ran perfectly afterwards

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Igor Bogdanoff

Seem to be in the program files

No mods or trainers used as I don't know how to install them, one save file downloaded but that was ages ago and the game ran perfectly afterwards

Both GTA3 and Vice City?
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Seem to be in the program filesNo mods or trainers used as I don't know how to install them, one save file downloaded but that was ages ago and the game ran perfectly afterwards

Both GTA3 and Vice City? no just gta 3, vice city was installed in rockstar games,

Try deleting the gta3.set file in the 'GTA3 User Files' folder in Documents

what is this going to do? It not anything too important is it?
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You should try deleting it anyway, it has been known to fix several problems people have with GTA III. And a new gta3.set will be created next time you launch the game, so you won't be damaging any files.

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You should try deleting it anyway, it has been known to fix several problems people have with GTA III. And a new gta3.set will be created next time you launch the game, so you won't be damaging any files.

ok I tried that but no luck :( anything else I could do?
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Did you try re-installing the game? Preferably to the same directory as VC if that has no issues.

I'll try re-re-installing no it.

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Nope doesn't work ( also it turns out that vice city is also in the program files

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Do any messages show up when you start the game (apart from the admin login message)? What happens when you log in with an admin account?

 

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Cont do any of this as I'm not on windoes 7

 

I'm on iPad air

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Okay, well when you get back on your PC. Try posting a screenshot of the message that shows up when you run the game.

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As I can't upload a screen shot, I'm going to quote what it says

 

 

Access Denied X

 

X Please login with administrator privileges and try again

 

Ok

It looks like that with no other messages

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Thanks for the exact message. I think I may have found a solution.

 

From what I can tell, the reason your game crashes is because of a security update. Apparently it blocks a component that is used in many old CD-based games; when you try to run the game with the CD, the error message that you described shows up.

 

There are two ways to fix this issue:

1) If you are using the CD version of the game (which I expect you are), you can download the Steam version of the game instead. I think you can enter your CD key in Steam and not have to pay for the game again.

2) You can follow the steps described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article to disable the update that causes the error. To make it easier for you, I've outlined the steps you need to take below:

 

Option 2

1) Navigate to Start > All Programs > Accessories

2) Right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator"

3) Paste the following commands into the Command Prompt (to paste in the Command Prompt, simply right-click anywhere in the black window). Press the Enter key after pasting each command.

 

sc config secdrv start= disabled
sc stop secdrv
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\secdrv /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
The first and third commands disable the "secdrv" service, the second command stops the "secdrv" service.

 

 

Hope this helps! :^:

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Thanks for the exact message. I think I may have found a solution. From what I can tell, the reason your game crashes is because of a security update. Apparently it blocks a component that is used in many old CD-based games; when you try to run the game with the CD, the error message that you described shows up. There are two ways to fix this issue:1) If you are using the CD version of the game (which I expect you are), you can download the Steam version of the game instead. I think you can enter your CD key in Steam and not have to pay for the game again.2) You can follow the steps described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article to disable the update that causes the error. To make it easier for you, I've outlined the steps you need to take below: Option 21) Navigate to Start > All Programs > Accessories2) Right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator"3) Paste the following commands into the Command Prompt (to paste in the Command Prompt, simply right-click anywhere in the black window). Press the Enter key after pasting each command.

sc config secdrv start= disabled
sc stop secdrv
reg add HHLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\secdrv /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
The first and third commands disable the "secdrv" service, the second command stops the "secdrv" service.Hope this helps! :^:
do I just put them all on the same command or do I do them all in seporate commands?
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Same command Prompt window, different commands. So, after pasting the "sc config secdrv start= disabled" command, press Enter. Then paste "sc stop secdrv" and press Enter, and so on.

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The first command worked perfectly thank you but I get the message after pasting the second command,

[sC]vChangeService FAILED 1062:

 

The service has not been started.

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That's okay. Run the 3rd command, then reboot your PC and try running GTA III!

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That's okay. Run the 3rd command, then reboot your PC and try running GTA III!

ok I'll try that but I won't be able to do that until Saturday or Friday depending on which time zone your in
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No such luck on the 3rd command, I get the following ,message

 

ERROR: Invalid key name.

Type "REG ADD /?" for usage.

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No such luck on the 3rd command, I get the following ,message

 

ERROR: Invalid key name.

Type "REG ADD /?" for usage.

Oops! There was a typo in the command. I fixed it though, try running it now.

 

reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\secdrv /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

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