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Windows 8 CP and Gaming (Or, Why Won't My Games Work?!)


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#1 Darrian

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:01

I had this problem with the Dev Preview, as well, but I knew it wasn't meant for general consumption so I didn't make a big fuss over it. Now, however, it's just starting to get annoying. One of the big selling points of Windows 8 is that it can run all the same programs that Windows 7 can with no problems. However, this is clearly untrue if you're a gamer.

Now, while I used to steer clear of digital distribution, I've been using Steam for over a decade now. Because of that this may be a Steam issue, but I do not think it is. Many modern games will not work or will not work correctly, and here I'm going to detail 3 games that are particularly bugging me.

Bioshock 2 will not run at all. The launcher won't even launch. I think this is a securom issue, but since I get no errors whatsoever I cannot be sure. Yet Bioshock runs with no issues.

Batman: Arkham City runs, but the GFWL client does not load in the background. In fact, I believe this is an issue with every single game that uses GFWL. Some of them, like Arkham City, will run, but the client cannot be loaded and thus you can't sign into GFWL and play online. Also, since you're not signed into your GFWL profile, I believe that it's automatically forcing the use of a local offline profile, so you can't load your old save games.

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will not run. It crashes immediately upon launch. Street Fighter IV runs fine, aside from the previously mentioned GFWL issue. I'm not sure what's going on here.

The thing is, I'm sure if I went down all the games in my library I would find many more that cannot run or will not run correctly if they require GFWL. This is particularly distressing since GFWL is a Microsoft program. Yet I see no one else asking about solutions to these issues. Is nobody using Windows 8 a gamer? If anybody else has experienced these headaches and has discovered any sort of solution I'd love to know about it!


#2 dafin0

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:21

if you are running the DEV preview then that is why most games wont work. install the customer preview instead.

#3 OP Darrian

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:28

I am running the Consumer Preview.

#4 c3ntury

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:29

I can confirm that GTA IV doesn't work (due to GFWL I suspect?).

But Skyrim, Total Shogun War 2 and Mass Effect 3 worked brilliantly.

Bioshock also crashed for me mind you.

#5 OP Darrian

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:37

Yeah, I had no trouble with Skyrim or ME3, either. I think this is mostly a problem with GFWL games and possibly securom games.

#6 Omen1393

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:39

I would expect most games to work by release, I remember that when I was on the Windows 7 beta, most games didn't work. Punkbuster didn't even support Windows 7 until september of 2009 I believe.

#7 OP Darrian

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:43

I don't recall having much trouble with the Win 7 beta. If anything, perhaps a few games needed to be run in Vista or XP compatibility mode. Running games on Win 8 using Win 7 compatibility mode does not make them work. Anyway, I do not expect everything to run well until the final release, I know I'm using a beta product. I'm just amazed that nobody else is reporting any of these issues, when I know they are probably having them, and if nobody says anything now they aren't likely to get fixed until well after Win 8 is released with some sort of patch. However, if anybody knows of a workaround to get them working now, that'd be great, too.

#8 +Ryster

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 21:44

Indeed Omen. OP, don't forget that every time a piece of software crashes on WIndows 8, it sends an error report. These are extremely critical during an OS beta as it allows them to focus on the issues that most people are seeing. So make sure you choose to send error reports when prompted.

That said, don't forget that Windows 8 is in EARLY beta. The CP was it's progression from Alpha to Beta. Things like this are to be expected, and you can be sure that the Games for Windows Live stuff will be fixed maybe by RC, but certainly by RTM. In fact, isn't all the live stuff going to be built into Windows 8? I bet they'll patch all the GFWL games so they utilise W8's built in Live functionality.

Getting annoyed by the fact that beta software has bugs (shock horror!) is just stupid.

I'm just amazed that nobody else is reporting any of these issues, when I know they are probably having them, and if nobody says anything now they aren't likely to get fixed until well after Win 8 is released with some sort of patch.


Who says we aren't reporting them? Do you even have the connect beta feedback tool installed? I use it every time a piece of software crashes on W8, AND I send an error report. Do you? I don't see the point in complaining about crashes in a forum that Microsoft doesn't keep track of.

#9 OP Darrian

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 22:15

I'm not complaining about the bugs or crashes. I'm wondering why nobody else is talking about the issues they're having and wondering if anybody has made any progress in getting these games working, so I started this thread so people could report if they're having similar troubles and what solutions have been found, if any. This forum is usually abuzz with issues like these, yet with Windows 8 everybody is mysteriously silent unless they're bitching about the new start screen.

#10 +Ryster

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 22:23

Fair enough then.

So far I've had minimal issues. Only Command and Conquer Red Alert 2 (and Yuri's Revenge) from the "First Decade" pack have failed to work for me. I've reported both to Microsoft through the feedback tool.

#11 Tony.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 22:24

Sick of reading threads like this with every single Beta pre or post about Games/Applications/Some other crap that doesn't work.

This is a consumer preview or in other words, an open beta like Windows 7 had. The final goal for RTM is for everything to work this is why we have betas/dev previews so developers and so on can work out bugs. By installing a dev preview or beta you then agree to accept that somethings _will_ be broken, not work as it should or work just fine. If you have issues, go back to your previous install and wait for RTM or at least, for developers of the products/games you have a problem with fix this issues at hand.

#12 Eric

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 22:32

Right-click on the games in the Steam client, select Properties, then go to Local Files and click "Verify integrity of game cache."

I just tried BioShock 2 and it works fine, as do all my other GFWL games.

You also may need to update the GFW runtime... http://www.microsoft...ls.aspx?id=5549

#13 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 22:57

Sick of reading threads like this with every single Beta pre or post about Games/Applications/Some other crap that doesn't work.

If you're sick of reading them then don't. Everybody is aware of the risks and issues associated with running a pre-release operating system - in fact this forum is dedicated specifically to discussing such pre-release software. There are many people - myself included - who are running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview as their primary operating system and enjoying it. The vast majority of games and software run flawlessly and the operating system itself offers many very worthwhile improvements over Windows 7.

GFWL games work fine in Win8, as I was playing Bulletstorm earlier without issue. I also loaded up Bioshock 2 - which required activation beforehand - and it launched without issue. And I buy all of my games on Steam, so it's not a conflict there. The only games that I've had issues with are Crysis 2 (only works in DX9 mode) and LA Noire (doesn't work at all). I'm running the nVidia 301.10 drivers and they're working flawlessly, even though they're not officially for Windows 8 as the official drivers don't support the GTX680.

#14 notuptome2004

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 23:10

All the games you , mentioned run fine on my system even GTA 4 runs great as i have it running right this moment every game i own runs on windows 8 CP just fine steam or regular DVD based installs Edit: to the above poster LA Noire works fine on my system

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#15 McKay

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 23:11

I play a tonne of games with the Consumer Preview and have had no issues, however I haven't tried playing any of the games you listed so I don't know if you're having bad luck or Windows 8 CP won't run them.