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Disable Vista Games Explorer from auto-adding games

Q: Disable Vista Games Explorer from auto-adding games

Does anyone know how to keep the Vista Games Explorer from automatically adding entries for games? I currently have a completely empty VGE and upon launching any of my games via double-clicking their exe, VGE creates a new entry once the game is closed. I already unchecked both "Download information about installed games" and "List most recently played games" in the VGE options window but that didn't help. I have a third party program that lets me add my own custom entries so obviously I'd like to add them manually so I have more control over fine details. I know that the automatically-created entries can be hidden after the fact, but that really clutters up the third party editor since it displays all games in its list, hidden or otherwise. Any thoughts?

A: Disable Vista Games Explorer from auto-adding games

Hi have you found a solution??? I have to manual add shourtcuts to Executor, Launchy or the startmenu(for search to work). it's very irritating..

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is there a way to make vista auto switch to basic theme when starting a d3d game and auto re-enable aero when exiting a game..sort of what 3dMark does when u start a benchmarrk... reason: some games stutter when i have aero on while playing games.. when i disable it..dx10 games like crysis playing a hell of alot smoother.. any help appreciated thanks..

A:Auto disable aero when playing games?

somehow problem seems to have lessend a bit ..i've been able to leave aero on and play games..although i noticed a HUGE performance gain when trying the WIN 7 Beta 1.. alot better gfx performance hardly any stutters at all in ALL games! cant wait for 7 RETAIL!

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This problem has occurred "somewhat"(I don't know when exactly) recently. I used to be able to play full screen games just fine but now (for some reason), everytime I launch a full screen game, it auto minimizes.

When I alt+tab back(or click the game icon on the task bar), it remaximizes the game but quickly gets minimized after a second.

Games play fine while in "windowed" mode(Warcraft 3, etc).. Full screen keeps minimizing.

I use Windows Vista Ultimate (64 bit):

Nvidia GeForce 8300(onboard video card).
I've done scans with Avast, Malware Bytes, and Super Antispyware and they all found nothing.

Three months ago(same system), full screen games played fine however I was on sort of a "full screen" gaming break, so I only recently tried playing full screen games like Warcraft 3 and this is when I encountered the "auto minimizes" problem.

The only major difference(between the time full screen games worked and now) is Avast 5. I upgraded from Avast 4.8 to Avast 5, other than that, there were no other major changes with the computer I am on.

Avast 5 is on Silent/Gaming mode, and I tried disabling all the shields temporarily to see if it would fix the issue but it didn't.

Does anyone have any ideas(or need anymore info that may help)? Any help will be appreciated, thanks.
Edit: I found a solution(though still looking if there is another way to "fix" this issue) - Right click on a program shortcut(or progr... Read more

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I am facing problem while opening games through games explorer ,
when i right click on any games it is showing SAVED GAMES and if i click on any game it is navigating to saved games folder

Please Suggest .


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I'm a new user here as in I just registered, but I've been around the forums for a while here watching various threads and learning various things from the forum.

I'm not sure of where should I post this thread, so I just posted it in gaming since it is about gaming well, here it goes...

Anyway; I have a vista ultimate x64 machine, I built it on my own for gaming specifically. It's about a year old now.

Everything runs smooth and without any problem in my copy of vista, Except the game explorer. I really liked and I thought it's very useful, especially for me, a gamer.

Whenever I try to run a game via the game explorer, I get this error;-

although I can run the games normally from their directory or from a shortcut on the desktop.


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This problem just started today. The games explorer will not start a new game; it will only try to start saved games (even when there are no saved games). I checked all of the settings and could find nothing that should cause this behavior. The only way I can start a new game is to go the the exe file and start from there. I suppose I could start a saved game, if any, and then go to the menu and start a new game from there. However, I would like to fix this problem. I have a Dell furnished CD for Windows Vista, but I don't know if one can reinstall only the games. I surely do not want to reinstall the OS.

A:Vista Games All Want to Start Saved Games

I just discovered I have the exact same problem. I have Vista Ultimate (x64). Played Spider Solitaire last night, now it is gone.

Gee, could have something to do with the 17 MS updates that were installed last night?

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Do any of you know what command or Shortcut link I should use to access Vistas Game Explorer?

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

thanx in advanced!!

A:shortcut for Vista Games Explorer required

If you mean the one under the start menu,
Click on it and hold, then drag to where you want it.

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Hi I have a friend who just bought a new computer about two weeks aog. She is running windows Vista Home Basic. The problem she is having involves yahoo games. I am not familiar with vista at all.

She is using internet explorer 7 with java that she installed for vista

When loading the games the java platform will not load

However when i installed a different broswer the java platform ran with the browser and i was able to lead the games and play them however some of the buttons were kinda faded out like as if you could not use them.

I tried all kinds of things and can't get it to work. Any ideas and i would also like to know about which types of browsers are compatible with vista.

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Hey all, first post so please forgive me if this is in wrong section
Im wondering if it is possible to add the games from Ultimate to an Enterprise version of 7 ?
If so how do i do it
Thanks in advance

A:Adding Games

Sorry for double posting !

I was a nOOb at 7
All i had to do was enable them in windos featues :/

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I just added DSL (SBC Yahoo) to my home PC, and now no games will run, and system performance stinks. I also added a netgear wireless router.

The specific games are Europa Universalis (EU) and Carmen Sandiego Jr. Both worked properly days before DSL was added.

When starting up EU, the program starts its normal loading process, but keeps minimizing itself. After 2 or 3 minimizations, the program hangs. Video and Audio work as expected during the loadin process, except for the minimizations, of course.

The system is extremely slow for all purposes, and is prone to hanging periodically. The SBC DSL tech has no ideas here, other than to point out that the PC is 3 years old.

The DSL and wireless services themselves are working great.

Any ideas?

My system specs are:

Win98, Dell Dimension 500cx w/ 500 MHz Celeron, SBC Yahoo DSL with Netgear wireless router.

I appreciate any suggestions.

A:Why won't games run after adding DSL?

try disableing the sbc/yahoo browser in startup and just use ie explorer. that should help

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Hey there, my problem is this: My eyesight is pretty bad, so I use Rocketdock and its 'bubble the icon' feature to help me navigate around my desktop.

I had Microsoft's Spider Solitaire added for about a month or so - after a loooong search through my windows files for the exe. path (it was buried deep, and dragging the icon from my 'games' folder was no help) - but after a windows update last night, it will no longer activate from my Rocketdock.

The path seems to be the same, but nothing happens when I activate it.

Does anyone know what I can do to get Spider Solitaire working with my Rocketdock again?

A:Adding Microsoft Games to RocketDock

I recieved an email from The Windows 7 Forums that gave me some solid advice.

"Welcome to Seven Forums Afterthotz. Delete the current shorcut on your dock. 2 methods you can use to get a shortcut to your desktop.

Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games and right click on the spider shortcut, and click create shortcut. Drag that to desktop.

OR, Start> All Programs> Games. Left click on spider icon and drag that to your desktop.
Once you have the shortcut, drag that to your dock. See if that works."

These both created shortcuts on my desktop, but neither would allow me to activate the Spider Solitaire from my RocketDock... it kept giving me multiple errors saying that it could not find the path to the Spider_solitaire.exe

But - actually deleting the original shortcut FROM my RocketDock, and using one of the new shortcuts created instead, I was able to link the .exe file located way down in


(Where I orginally had to link from to make it work anyways, as shortcuts from the Games folder and Programs folder would not work) and now everything is back to normal. I appreciate the help - and would like to say that for the moment, I consider this problem 'solved'.

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I recently got a new computer, and i am trying to put my steam games back on it. I dont want to sit through steam downloading every game because that would take forever so what i did was i transfered some of my games strait over my network. They are sitting in the same place a steam game normally would "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common" but steam doesnt recognize them. How do i make it so steam will recognize them?

Thank you in advance!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6125 Mb
Graphics Card: Dual Nvidia GTS 450
Hard Drives: C: Total - 945109 MB, Free - 842412 MB;
Motherboard: Alienware, 046MHW, A00, ..CN697021350016.
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: Adding steam games

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I added 2 additional sticks of PC133 memory to a Soyo SY-6BA+IV MB and it causes 2 different games to lock up whereas with only 2 sticks the games were alright.

I ran 2 different memory testing programs (Doc Memory V2 and Mem386 Test V3) over 24 hours with each program and everything passed!

I tried the 2 additional sticks by themselves and all was fine. I tried the 2 sticks in slots 3 & 4 bythemselves and still fine. All sticks are PC133 I believe (not all the same manufacture), though the MB is PC100.

I then tried one additional stick and it was a borderline case. The games would usually work but with a struggle. As I was just over the limit.

The P/S is only a 250W, but the Porcessor is only a PII 450! Nothing overclocked! The videocard is a nVidea GeForce 2 MX from IO Magic (not great).

The games are Scrabble Complete (runs from the CD) and Trainmaster V4.2 (runs from the HD). Desktop is 1024x768 high color 75Hz. The O/S is Win 2k w/sp3.

It seems either the system has a limit of 256 or maybe a P/S issue, BUT all tests pass. Especially after 24 hours in the extended mode (I think that was what it was called).

A:Adding memory freezes 2 games

Most boards lose stability with all their RAM slots populated.

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My Razer Game Booster is not adding some games for me, eg. Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Assault Cube is anyone else have any problems with it or know of anyway I can add those games to the library?
A little bit about the gamebooster

A:Razer Game Booster Not Adding Some Games

I never had any luck with that software under iObit, it just gave me a virus, so I never used it ever since. People say they love it though. Despite downloading it straight from iObit I still got a virus. Weird.

To your question! The program is probably not compatible with those games just yet. Isnt there a way to create your own? Under launcher, what comes up when you click add? Sorry I am not familiar with it.

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is there anyone who had experienced being disconnected while on the game?

i always get auto disconnect when login to the game....
tried changing settings and checking my hardware & program but still i get dc....
by the way i'm using dial up connection......
and i'm playing lineage2 " the chaos chronicle "

i need your help guys!!

A:games auto disconnect

A lot of servers will auto-kick you if your 'ping' is too high. Seeing as how your using dial-up i suspect this to be the case.

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Ever since updating to my new Radeon HD7870 GHz Edition OC i have been having crashing issues.

Whenever i play a game, be it Diablo III, Sims 3 or whatever, the computer will crash to a black screen, the sound stutters, then it reboots itself.
This happens at random times, sometimes i can play for hours with no problem, sometimes it happens 10 minutes into the game. BUT ONLY DURING GAMES (so far)

I have taken the card back to the retailer thinking it was a hardware issue but they said they could find no fault.

msinfo32 does not show any error messages and i get no blue screen.

if anyone could help me with this i would be very greatful as i am unable to make any progress in any game while this is happening...

Much Appreciated

A:BlackScreen and Auto Reboot During Games

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Hi everyone.

I have a computer that was just freshly formatted. Its running XP SP3. Has all drivers/bios/hardware/windows updates up to date. It was formatted on thursday and since then, besides installing a couple programs and a couple games. It is completely clean.

Since that point I can't seem to fix this problem.

The computer seems to run seemingly ok with no issue. But once I start up a game (I have installed a couple just to see) it will run anywhere from a second - 10 seconds and then either restart with no BSOD or throw one.

Currently one of the BSOD errors I have is:

One I got about half hour ago was..

I checked out most of them and did run what they recommended. I have swapped out video card, the ram. Updated the Bios etc..

One reason I though was maybe it was over heating and that's why it auto restarted. I ran Prime95 and some "hot cpu tester pro". They both ran for a fair bit of time and the computer did not restart which leads me to believe its not a over heating issue?

Specs are:
CPU: Dualcore Intel Pentium D 930, 3000mhz
Motherboard: Asus PSWD2-E Premium
Ram: 3072 MB (DDR2-800)
Video: ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series

I have tried everything I could possibly think of and have no idea where to go from here... Could the mother board be bad? Kind of weird it runs all apps ok but crashes on games

Thanks for any suggestions or help

A:Games cause BSOD and auto restart

I don't think this is a mobo issue. It seems like a driver conflict with windows. Games are video intensive and try to use your video card to it's fullest. If the driver from the video card manufacturer isn't compatible with the game or loosly so with Windows, BSOD's can occur.

Did you check out these two Microsoft Support pages?

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I just tried Hydro Thunder Hurricane and found out it doesn't have an option for turning off the vibration.
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Does anyone know to disable this horrible feature in Hydro Thunder? (or in Xbox games in general)

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hi so here's the problem i start playing the game and either at the end of a cinematic or at explosions or simlar tings happen in game, the screen goes black "no blue screen" and a few secs later i get my bios loading screen.

im very sure it's a hardware issue, have reinstalled windows many times
i just need to know what i need to replace
moneys tight don't want to wast money getting parts i don't need
id like to know what tests i should run to diagnose the issue

so this only happens in some games for example
Bioshock 2 Sniper Ghost Warrior Shellshock 2
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Borderlands and more,
but there are lots of games this doesn't happen in

System specs
cpu intel core 2 quad q6600
graphics nvidia geforce gxt 260
ram corsair dominator 2x2gb ddr2
mobo gigabyte ep45-ds3
psu ezcool 700w

i have had this problem for a good few months now
and i cant put up with it anymore
any help will be much appreciated

A:pc auto restart issue while playing games

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I've almost got used to Vista now, but one of the things still getting in the way of me working is the auto-highlighting when u hover over folders (in details view).

I need just the folder to highlight when I hover over it. I think this is the old XP behaviour. Is this possible?

Right now the entire row highlights, even when I'm hovering over white space. This makes it very difficult to know when a folder is selected or not, it also makes it difficult to know when you're actually hovering over the folder or not (the right-click context menu only displays if I am, and the click+drag action differs depending on this, so it's important), it makes it difficult to click in white space to deselect, and so on.


A:Disable auto row-highlight in explorer

Hi sqwirral and welcome to the forums

Have a look at the following Tutorial Select Files - Disable or Enable Full Row Select

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ok, I just changed out my motherboard, power suply and processor and reformatted my os hardrive and reinstalled everything. downloaded all of the updates. Now when I log into an online game it freezes about 5 mins into the game, sometimes sooner.

I am running on vista 64 bit os.
I have a 8200 geforce mother board with its own 512 graphics.
also have grforce 1024 graphics card.
AMD phenom x3 64 processor.
500 watt power supply (not sure what brand)
2 gigs ddr2 memory.

My os is on a samll 40 gig hard drive, but it worked before on the same drive.
I have all the cach going to anoth 300 gig drive.
I have also tryed using just the graphics on the motherboard and tryed the graphics card alone, have all of the drivers, but still no luck.

A:[SOLVED] Computer frezzing on online games after adding new hardware and reinstalling

take the side off the case and look at the psu label and post

exactly what do you have here

I have a 8200 geforce mother board with its own 512 graphics.
also have grforce 1024 graphics card.

your underpowered by how much there is no way of knowing without the correct information

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By signing EULA, you have allowed Windows 10 to disable counterfeit games and hardware that are not authorized
According to the Microsoft’s new Services Terms effective August 1st, Microsoft can stop you from using unauthorized hardware or from playing counterfeit games. Microsoft services such as Office 365,, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox Live, MSN, and Bing are also covered by the new services terms.
The terms are also applicable to software using a Microsoft account, which would mean that it would also have an effect on most Windows 10 users. Majority of the users use Microsoft’s latest OS with an account from the Redmond company, even though when they have an option to use it without an account.
Windows 10 can disable pirated games and unauthorised hardware
I do not have a problem with MS disabling pirate software, BUT, I am the only 1 who decides what hardware is or is not authorised NOT MS.

A:Windows 10 can disable pirated games and unauthorised hardware

Now that everybody knows, gamers who play pirated games will probably stick with Windows 7. I agree with you though.

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Updated EULA terms let Microsoft invade your Windows 10 computer in search of counterfeit software.Click to expand...


A:Microsoft can disable your pirate games and illegal hardware.


"The document linked to is the "Services Agreement", the EULA for Windows 10 is a completely separate document. The Services Agreement has an explicit list at the end of it, showing what services it applies to. It relates to a specific list of Microsoft's online services."

simple ... Don't sign in to OneDrive, or Windows Live, or Zune Market, and the Services Agreement doesn't apply to you whatsoever.

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Hi all,

I have recently upgraded my GPU from AMD HD 7750 to NVIDIA Geforce GTX 750 Ti (with dual fans).

I tend to face issue when playing higher end games. The game starts out fine usually but then auto restart after a while. Sometimes, there is no signal to my monitor instead.

Before, I have no issue playing Witcher 2 at medium settings but started facing this problem when trying out Lords of the Fallen, even at low settings.

My idle temperature of my GPU is around 43?C while during gaming, the highest it reached is 70?C.
CPU wise, idle is around 35?C while gaming is 60?C (max).

My desktop PC is customized build with specs:
Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Intel Core i3 CPU 530 @2.93 GHz
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 750 Ti
Motherboard: GIGABYTE H55M-S2
PSU: PowerWide ATX-430W
Ram:4GB Kingtson Ram KVR13N9S8/4 x2

Any advice? Thanks!

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After the 10/9/2016 windows 10 update, some of my video games have become capped at 40 fps. Yesterday prior to the update, all games were running smoothly at high fps (I have a geforce 755m). Today, I tested it with League of Legends, CounterStrike Global Offensive, and TF2. League and CSGO both run at 40 fps, while tf2 doesn't have an fps cap. I tried restoring to the previous version of windows, but that didn't work. I tried reinstalling the games, but that didn't work either. VSync is already disabled, and i tried disabling HID compliant devices but that didn't work either. If anybody could help, or share a similar experience, that would be great, thanks!

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Not sure if "focus" is the right term here, but anyway. I use "list" view almost exclusively so this may not be an issue with other views. But one of my beefs with W7 is: if you're viewing a folder that has multiple rows of files or sub folders; then you click on of the the folders that's more to the right of the window and the entire contents of the window reorients itself so what you clicked on is now more towards the left area of the window. Know what I'm saying?

Here's a before and after of what I'm talking about....

Open Window...

Now I click on a file that's slightly out of view and it does this without me touching the slider at all.....

Yuck, how do I make it stop this? Is that possible?

A:Disable Auto-Focus in Windows Explorer

the situation you are describing is common to all versions of windows (at least as far back as XP).

simplest solution...make the window 'bigger'

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First off I used the forum search function and didn't fins any threads addressing this issue so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicated topic and I somehow missed it.

I have disliked this "feature" since windows 7 and I see they still have not restored the ability to manually sort without having to give every file a "tag". Note: I do not want to use windows live essentials as I hate photo gallery, so this is not an option. I used to be able to arrange my photos by dragging and dropping them next to another similar photo and it would snap to grid where I dropped it. This helps me eliminate duplicate pictures. I found this ink for windows 7:

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums

However it says very clearly at the beginning not to use it for any other OS versions. Does any one know if this works for windows 10 as well or if there is a way to do it in windows 10? I would prefer a 3rd party program as oppose to editing my registry if it can be helped (all the things that need "fixing" for customization in windows 10 seem to always suggest a reg fix, but I am afraid to edit my registry too much).

I appreciate any help.

A:Disable Auto Arrange in Windows Explorer

Hello Chronia,

Here's the Window 10 version of that tutorial.

Auto Arrange in Folders - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

If you like, we have an extensive Tutorials section here.

Windows 10 Tutorial Index

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We have WINDOWS XP OS on my system. We have a problem with auto refresh in windows explorer.
We have a folder that is mapped to network location. We have this problem only with the network mapped drive.
As soon as we rename any file, the file is moved to the last in the folder. We do not want this behavior. The file
should be in the same place where it was before renaming.

For example,
we have the following files in the folder in the same order

if we rename the file 'fgh.pdf' as 'fghxyz.pdf' then the order will be
we do not want this type of behavior. The file should be at the same place where it was before renaming.
Any ideas to disable this behavior?

Thank you in advance,
Raheem MA

A:How to disable auto refresh in Windows Explorer

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In explorer, if you click your DVD drive and there's no cd in it, it gives you some "insert a disc" message and auto ejects.

I find that extremely annoying because I will sometimes misclick the DVD drive and it pops up when I don't want it to. I'm not dumb enough to willingly click on an empty DVD drive, I will open it up myself before doing that.

How do I disable autoeject?

A:How to disable auto eject when no CD found in explorer?

I think I might have a registry script. I know there is one for hiding the CD -ROM drive, but I;m not sure about ejecting

Give me a moment

Sorry,. this is all I found:
NoAddFromCDorFloppy - Hide "Add a program from CD-ROM or disk" option

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Hi everyone.
I am hoping someone can help me as well. I also had been saving up for about a year.. and bought the following system:

P4 2.8C 800mhz fsb
ASUS P4C800 Deluxe
1 GB Geil PC3500 Dual Channel DDR C2.0
WD 120GB Special Edition 8mb cache HDD
Vantec Stealth 420 watt PSU
borrowing Geforce 2 ti420 until i get my ATI radeon 9800 PRO with 256mb DDR.

I have 8 fans in my case, and using ARctic silver.
my idle temp is 40C, 104F right now. Games get it up to 57C, about 143F.

mobo stays nice and cool at about 34C the whole time.

I have a major problemm.
It is like the other persons on this board, My games (Army Operations, Medal of Honor, Allied Assault Spearhead)
Either freeze up mid game, or crash to desktop.. but more common, it will just crash then reboot itself. It always does this when I exit the game, and sometimes just randomly while I play. Then when It gets back into windows, it says "the System has recovered form a serious error"
I thought it was the video card, so I borrowed a GeForce 4 ti4200, and installed the drivers from, the same thing happened. I am currently using a Geforce 2 ti 420, until i get enough for my ATI radeon 9800pro, but it cant be the video card unless it is the drivers, cuz i switched them out, and it did the same thing. I installed SP1, I dont have my chip overclocked, PAT is off, HT is enabled. Everything in my computer is brand new, except the vid card. I am running WINDOWS XP PRO with SP1.
Please, anyone ... Read more

A:(Solved) Critical error, Games Crashing, Auto Reboots!?!?! PLEASE HELP

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Hey all,

I have a laptop which from purchase crashes while playing games. There is no blue screen, just a straight turn off and restart. It judders and glitches all over the place before at some point giving up.

I have tried memtest, sisoft burn-in, placing big fan underneath and just about everything i can think of. Also updated chipset drivers, BIOS, sound-card.

The VGA card is a Geforce 6600 Mobile and has the latest driver i can find on the support page for the laptop.

It has been formatted once and still no difference.

The only explanation i have at the moment is a possible psu problem.

Any ideas would be a big hand! Thanks

A:Crashes in games, auto-restart, no blue screen: HELP NEEDED

how old is the laptop?

when issues occur during games, usually its heat related or memory problems

try putting your laptop raised on all four corners to help air flo

cooling pads are also available for these machines


it also could be either the inverter or power cable going to your screen.

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I am using a program called Nvidia Inspector to fix this issue with games such as Tomb Raider. But GTA 4 is giving me a hard time.I have tried everything, even Nvidia Inspector does not help in detecting Nvidia Graphics Card.I have an Acer Laptop with Optimus technology which seems to be the cause of this.I welcome any fix or solution.I can even try overclocking. I just want to run GTA 4 on my laptop.

A:Games Auto Detecting Intel HD instead of Nvidia dedicated memory...

For future reference, please fill in all the details in your system specs using the User CP
From what I understand, whenever you enter the game, it switches to your integrated video card instead of the added one? If that is the case, make sure that you have the priorities right in BIOS. I'm not an expert in laptops, just a shot in the dark.

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Hi all!

I have a habit of whenever looking at cluttered folders (Program files) to press the key of the first letter of the file i want (say Mozilla firefox, i press letter M).

This works fine in XP, ubuntu, pretty much everything. But windows 7 rather "searches" for things with the letter M, which has a several second delay on my PC which i don't like and/or need.

Does anyone know how to disable this auto-"search
" feature?


A:Disable auto-search whenever i press a key in windows explorer?

Perhaps number 51 will help

Windows 7: 77 Windows 7 Tips

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I would like to disable the feature of internet explorer 9 automatically going to full screen when you drag a window to the top of the screen.  I find that behavior very annoying.  I frequently drag windows to the top of the screen to reveal underlying
windows, and when IE 9 automatically goes full screen on me, that defeats my purpose of dragging that window out of the way.  If I want to resize the window, I'll resize it.  If the window is sized how I want it, I don't want it going free spirit
on me and resizing itself.  I want my interface to do what I tell it to do, not what it wants to do. 
How do I defeat this feature (bug)?

A:Disable internet explorer 9 auto full screen

Learn about your OS.   E.g. press Win-F1 and enter:  snap

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Hello people

I always need to rename lots of subfolders so i do this by alfabetical order, the problem is that sometimes i rename a folder from "aaa" to "Files 06-10" and then when i finish renaming explorer auto refresh it and the folder goes to the "F" folder section.

How do i disable the auto refresh in windows explorer?

A:Can i disable Windows Explorer auto folder refresh?

I would also like to do so for the very same reason.

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So I've just gone from Vista to Windows 7 and was wondering a few things:

- In Vista's Windows Explorer you could change the order of files and then click Name or Date modified, etc at the top and it would arrange them in order again. I really loved this feature and find the Windows 7 instant auto arranging. What's the best way to get these features in Win 7?

- I liked some of the folder icons in Vista and really want the one below in Windows 7, what's the best way to get it:

Thanks for your time

A:Windows 7 - Best/easiest way to disable auto arrange in Win Explorer

Did you click on this yet ? You would probably have to install an icon theme pack. Better to post in the customization section.

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In XP you could hold down the shift key after logoff to prompt a logon screen. This does not work in Vista - Is there another key to use or process to do this.


A:HELP - How do I disable auto logon in Vista

Hello anthonyofsd, welcome to Vista Forums!

Have a look at step #5 in the tutorial at the link below.

Logon Automatically

Later Ted

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I got rid of the WildTangent games console that came on my Toshiba computer, however, the games still show up. I have carefully removed registry entries related to it(making a backup of the registry) and they still remain. I have also used Revo Uninstaller Pro and removed what it found. What am I doing wrong, I know they aren't doing me any harm, but they annoy the @!#$$ out of me.

A:Solved: stupid WildTangent games and categories still show up in my games folder

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I was under the impression Vista was supposed to automatically download game information from and display the game's information when you click on the thumbnail? My Vista hasn't done that since I installed BF2 and I haven't been able to manually add information using VGEE because I accidentally deleted the BF2 information and haven't been able to get another games information to show up since!

A:Games folder doesn't update with information about newly installed games.

It was my understanding that only games with the "Games for Windows" tag will show up in the games folder like you are talking about. I could be wrong tho.

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Could anyone help me with this? I'll experience random, what seems to feel like, lag spikes, which aren't actually lag spikes while playing games. I'd be playing in offline mode against the computer and I'd have smooth gameplay for minutes before hitting this "lag spike" which would last minutes before it goes back to normal gameplay for a few minutes and then back to a lag spike, and this cycle would continue. This is for games that are extremely below my computer specs as well, so far, this has occurred with TF2 and alien swarm. my drivers are all updated, is this perhaps a software problem since problems with playing games only occurred once i went from windows XP to windows Vista months ago.

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Hello, I try to play old and new Games on the HP ZBook 15 G2 but each time between 2 - 15 minutes the Game freezes while the sound is still playing for at least 5 minutes until I can play further. It seems like the graphics card is buffering something like on a Video stream until I can continue playing. The Games work perfectly before and after this kind of game freeze. Is this a known issue?What could be the issue? Usually Games should either lag, being slower with less fps, have screen tearing, etc. but somehow buffer a Game for minutes until it works completely fine again is new to me. The same Games work on a much less performant HP 840 G1 Notebook but of course I need to turn down the graphics options depending on the Game. What is also odd it seems in general there are issues with using ALT+TAB to get to Windows while in a Game which works fine on my other PC. Hardware: Intel Core i7-4810MQ CPU, 16GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA Quadro K2100M What I tried:I installed the latest Windows 10 64-Bit Version with all updates, used the HP Support Assistant Tool to install every Update it found. After the issue still there I later tried to install the latest Intel Graphics Driver from the Intel website ( from July 2016), the latest Nvidia Driver from the Nvidia website from the stable branch from October 21st 2016. Tried to disable the internal Intel Graphics Card but e.g. Battlefield 1 is then compla... Read more

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I started getting BSOD in August, but I fixed it on Sept 9th by updating my ethernet card. And my computer worked fine until an unexpected shutdown last night which was followed by a bunch of 0x9F problems, then 0x116 when I started up any game. I already did a disk check with /f and /r, and sfc /scannow. I also "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" error in Windows 7 or Windows Vista did this in which I changed the TdrDelay to 8. I had the latest graphic driver, but I went back a version of the driver to see if that solved anything, but it didnt. Attached is a couple of my blue screen reports. Any help is appreciated!

? Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (original OS installed)
? It came preinstalled but in December I had to replace the HDD cuz it was failing so I installed it through a disk on my current SSD
? Approximate age of system (hardware): 3 years
? Approximate age of OS installation (if you know): 9ish months
? Have you re-installed the OS?: not for this problem

? CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3720QM CPU @ 2.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
? Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 675M
? MotherBoard: MS-1762 BSS-0123456789 REV:1.0
? Power Supply - brand & wattage: Delta Electronics (idk how many watts)

? System Manufacturer : iBuyPower
? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) Valkyrie CZ-17
My SSD is: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500G


A:BSOD starting games, error 0x0000009F(not only during games) and 0x00000116

sorry, ignore the "Attached is a couple of my blue screen reports." part

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I just updated and rebuilt my PC and have reinstalled Win 7 64 bit and am constantly getting a BSOD while using the PC. Specifically while downloading/installing/playing games. I have also had the error occur just while surfing the internet.
From the program Blue Screen Viewer it seems to be caused by ntoskrnl.exe+7f1c0 and/or ntoskrnl.exe+7e769
I can not find any solution to fix this issue, I have updated drivers, I have ran the Microsoft memory checker, , I have changed out my memory, tried 2 other video cards, tried two different wireless network cards, now on wired connection, I even changed motherboards, got the errors on both SSD and HDD. The only things I haven't changed out is the PS and CPU, since I am using the PC to write this I am ruling out the CPU as the issue.

I have used Memtest86 and prime95 to test the memory and CPU, nothing is coming back with errors or issues. I did run driver verifier and got two .dmp files for some specific files but not sure what to do with those now. They are included in the attachement

It seems to be software/driver issue but I can not figure it out.

Any help would be great, thanks!

A:BSOD downloading games/playing games/using internet 0x00000007F

Your reports are not definitive and educated guess says that this is the cause of your problem
What is the asushwio.sys file?
Make a system restore point and then uninstall the associated software or update driver.

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I have
AMD ATHLON 64 4000+
ATI Sapphire Radeon X800 XL Hybrid (512 mb)
1 gb kingston ddr 400 ram
160 gb SATA Harddrive (Western Digital)
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe Motherboard
560 Watt Power supply
Windows XP Professional 64 bit-edition
7 different high power fans that keeps the computer cool

When I play doom 3, Half-life 2, F.E.A.R. or any other game utilising directx 9.0b and higher, the game crashes when I put all the settings to high. The weird thing is that it used to work just fine. Now, when games crash, it usually shows the whole entire screen, filling up with flickering blue squares. The sound keeps going on for about 10 more seconds, and then the sound freezes up too. When I press any button after this happens, The monitor flickers and then shows a screen that is bizarrely coloured. I am using Windows XP Professional 64 bit-edition

A:Help! All high-end games are not working! (moved from Games forum)

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A friend of mine is having bsod issues when playing certain games, example:

Rainbox six siege,
Battlefield One (BETA)
and a few others.

Wondering if anyone can give us a clue as to the cause.

Windows Format is done, but to no avail, memtest has been run, and disk checked.

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*didn't wanna list all the games I've tried and can't play*
Alright so heres the deal I got a laptop used/refurbished what ever and I used to be able to play 3-d games fine until about a year back (yeah I know awhile back) so I just used a different computer to play games but that computers harddrive crashed and it's driver is bad and was wondering if someone could help me fix it (gimme location of good driver for my computer and what not ) Heres the specs *straight from DxDiag*:
Operating system : Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600)
System model : Precision M60
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.70GHz
DirectX Version: DirectX9.0x(4.09.0000.0904)
Name: NVIDIA Quadro FX Go700
main Driver: nv4_disp.dll
Version: 6.14.0010.7811 (English)

I only put in what I think whoever wants to help would need to do so. Please tell me if you need more information

Thanks, Logan.

A:3d games (Flyff 12Sky, all aeria games) and many more won't work

It is a very bad idea to post your email address on a public forum as their is a 99% chance you will start getting spam from spambots. Why not just check back here?

What does it do when you try to play games?

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I am completely new to Windows 8 since I installed it today, and when I went into the X-Box games app, I couldn?t see any of my purchased games from GFWL, what gives? It would only seem logical or doesn?t it?

A:X-Box Games app and Games for Windows Live account merge?

Well, yeah I was hoping that would happen but at this time there is no merging yet but maybe in the future.
The Xbox games app shows your profile and scores and that is about it. I figure the reason is the games you bought are not Metro Apps which still uses a Client. Maybe the Client would be updated to Xbox Games instead since the client is not in the metro app thing.

I can say the Client works:
Download the Games for Windows Client | PC Games Client -

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I have a problem with my new computer that my dad and brother build for me! It works totally fine (able to run Photoshop etc), until I want to play a game (for example Aion or Guild wars 2 beta). Then it blue screen in no time and I have to restart my computer. It even blue screen while I try to patch the games.. Recently I have also noticed that right before it blue screens, it lose connection with my routern.

The blue screen doesn't tell me much. Only that it can cause damage to my computer and that the problem can be either my software or my hardware -.-

I have no idea what the problem is or what to do, so please help me! >_<'''

PS. My friends though it was my drivers, so I posted here. Tho another friend has told me that it is my RAM...

A:Blue screen while running games/patching games

Hi and welcome to TSF please see this Automatic Restart Windows 7 - How To Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows 7 that will allow you more time to see what the message say's
Also please follow the instructions here
and upload the files,I will move you to Bsod's,App Crashes and Hangs for further help

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I'm getting this new tablet for my birthday, and am wondering what games it could play.

here are the stats:
core duo p8700, 2.53Ghz
Intel 4500MHD GPU
A 12.1 inch screen, so GPU will have little pressure.
and a 250 GB hdd for what its worth...

I'm not getting it as a gaming computer, and not expecting much, but would love some estimates.

A:What games can i expect my What games will a Fujitsu lifebook T4410 run?

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Since i bought this rig a year ago i haven't been able to play any games that runs on the valve engine(half life 2, css, portal etc) more than a few seconds and then the comp reboots.
With Bf2 i can play max 30 minutes and Bf2142 maybe one hour then they crash exactly the same way as Valve games..
All other games i have tried runs without any problem, even the more demanding such as Crysis, Far Cry 2 and Dark Athena.
This is really anoying since the only game i bother about is BF and CSS.

My comp consist of:

cpu: q6600
gfx: 8800 gt 512mb Point of View
mobo: gigabyte ga-n650sli-ds4
ram: 4gb(2x1gb supertalent02 ddr2 pc2-8900u & 2x1gb dimm ddr2 pc26400u)
psu: 570 watt

Cpu temp is at full load 60c and gpu is at full load 70c, i added an extra fan to the gfx and set the fan to 80%. nothing is overclocked.
I tried with diffrent memorys, changed hdds, reinstalled a bunch of times, reinstalled windows xp 32bit, maybe 10 diffrent nvidia drives, also changed settings for the sound card but none of that made any diffrence.
Havent been able to test with other gfx.

Anyone else hade this issue and manage to solve it then please let me know, also greatful for all suggestions.

A:BF and Valve games crashing, all other games runs fine.

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I have looked online extensively but haven't found anything related to this issue. Whenever I play games (any game), five minutes into play the game will freeze for about a minute. Another five minutes later it will repeat the process. Does not matter which game or which settings I am using. My CPU usage goes up to 100% which I haven't noticed happening before, temps have not increased. Memory is at 30-40% usage.-Checked drivers and updated-Ran memory tests and checked for memory leaks, returns nothing-Ran tests on hard drives, no issues-Checked temps, all normal-Ran torture tests on CPU, no problems-Formatted hard drives and reinstalled OS and games to test, problem persisted-Checked all connections-Cleaned inside and out thoroughlyCPU, Motherboard, HDD, and RAM are all about 5 years old. Everything else has been replaced within the last year.Thank you.

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The autostart function is not working properly. When introduced a CD Rom into the drive, it has all the autostart functions for movies, pics, documents, but instead of starting the games directly, It allways ask me to open the file, movies or pics, but the game never starts automatically as It used to do in the past Windows versions, and in Windows 7 BEFORE SP1. It's imposible to play games that require the insertion of the disc into the CD Rom Drive, for the same reason. Any help will be very much appreciated. Thanks. Im running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and have a LG Super Multi Rw\DVD +R DL Light scribe multirecorder.

A:CD Rom Autostart games function not opening the games directly

AutoPlay - Turn On or Off

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Hello, first time poster looking for help as I can't diagnose my issue after trying numerous things. Currently when I play a game the BSOD happens randomly, I can go a whole day without it, or it can happen frequently. It happens the most when I close or exit a game, then it'll kick to a blue screen.

I really appreciate what you guys do and I hope I followed all the instructions right on how to post my logs and stuff, here's the attachment and some basic system specs:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
I have reinstalled to this computer numerous times.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad q9550 @ 2.83 ghz

GPU: Radeon HD 5770

Mem: 4 Gigs of Memory

Motherboard: p5n32-e sli nforce 680i chipset

A:BSOD Playing various games, closing games, no overheating.

Before we can even begin to find the underlying cause you need to update the following drivers. Especially asacpi.sys. Yours is from 2005

ASACPI.sys 3/27/2005 10:30:36 PM
Lycosa.sys 1/18/2008 4:51:42 AM
nvm62x64.sys 10/17/2008 5:01:06 PM
netr28x.sys 2/25/2009 11:02:09 PM
How To Find Drivers:

- search Google for the name of the driver
- compare the Google results with what's installed on your system to figure out which device/program it belongs to
- visit the web site of the manufacturer of the hardware/program to get the latest drivers (DON'T use Windows Update or the Update driver function of Device Manager).
- if there are difficulties in locating them, post back with questions and someone will try and help you locate the appropriate program.

- - The most common drivers are listed on this page: Driver Reference Driver Reference
Driver Reference Table

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i'm looking for online free games and download freeware type games, even a good virtual online game free , why ?, well this might sound real stupid but i dont care.

i like violent games , killem right away games, aggressive type games, when your a woman and at certain times you need a out-let, lol.

so the question is , what is a good killing game ?, noooo i dont do role play games, i want to kill stuff now, not plan and kill stuff later , lol, i want to kill now.

A:looking for free games, heres why, a woman in need of Violent games

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Hello all,

I recently made a new PC build, everything went fine and all drivers are up to date and the latest. However when playing ANY game in fullscreen i sometimes get a BSOD and if i Alt+Tab our of one it will 90% of the time BSOD. Latest 3b is the BCCode that i get, i have tried sweeping and reinstalling graphics drivers however this did not work. This problem doesn't happen with anything else and does not crash if i play in windowed or border-less, however i use a crossfire setup so i need to use fullscreen to use both GPUs.

Any and all help is appreciated.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 3b
BCP1: 00000000C0000005
BCP2: FFFFF8800F497F2D
BCP3: FFFFF88003D4D100
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

A:BSOD During Games and Alt+Tabbing from games in fullscreen (BCCODE 3b)

no one can help at all?

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I have been working with ya'll on fixing existing problems in my computer. All cleared up now, but I have a simple question. Am I pretty safe in going back and using places such as MSNgames, Yahoo games, etc. and playing the online versions? I feel they are pretty reputable sites, but want to make sure so I don't get into the "problems" again.

Also, my kids are signed up on toontown thru - we have paid for one month (only 4.95) but I don't want them to access it again, without knowing my computer is safe in those sites?

A:Are on-line games (not download games) safe?

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I was wondering about that if there's a some kind of conflict, or penalty if i want to play an original game on live (steam download) and later play another one but it's cracked. Let me explain i have some original games but i have one cracked that use games 4 windows, but i played it just offline so i don't have the need to go live with this one. The thing is that i uninstalled it long ago, but i want to play it again, so....if i install it again to play offline, would be a problem, conflict or penalty (like permanent ban or something) with my original games that i play online?
Need some answers please.

A:Cracked games conflict - Games for Windows

We can't help with cracked games.
If the game was originally registered on steam,then it is
still there.
All you have to do is install steam,login to your account and download it from "my games".

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Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT - Retail

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

A:Can this build support 100% of actual games and probably next gen games?

All these items are worth:

$995 shipped ($1000)

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Is there a way to reinstall WildTangent Games App - hp (Ver.  and  Games (in Start / All Programs)  in HP Notebook 15BA079DX? 

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I want to modify the GTA IV box art that is in the Vista Games Explorer...

To put it simply, the current GTA IV box art is boring as hell and looks about as pretty as ass... I want to 'jazz' it up a bit however i have NO idea where it is stored and so far all other forums have proven useless.

Thanks in advance

A:Modify Games Explorer box art

So nobody knows where to find the box art...

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My games explorer has suddenly stopped working when i try to open it a window opens then hangs and can only be closed using task manager, iv'e no idea where to start or what could be causing this can anyone help?

A:[SOLVED] Games explorer

Lets just confirm - you mean the "game explorer" that is accessed by going to Start -> Games.

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I'm wondering if it is possible to add a Minimum system rating, a Recommended rating and the Users computer's rating to home made games. Any help would be great. (Please tell me if this is the wrong forum ^_^ )

A:Adding a "Rating" to home-made games...

Originally Posted by roxasxiii

I'm wondering if it is possible to add a Minimum system rating, a Recommended rating and the Users computer's rating to home made games. Any help would be great. (Please tell me if this is the wrong forum ^_^ )

Microsoft pulls its information from, so doing a quick search of this site will get you the developer, publisher, and box art for your game and hopefully match their data in the future.

for games without the above info (self-created) try the editing tool:

You can try this to edit it:
vge.editor - ? Vista Game Explorer Editor

Further info (for adding games to the Game explorer):
A How To for Me: How to add games to the Windows Vista Games Explorer

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It only crashes when I play a PC game causing all the icons next to the clock to close forcing me to reboot the programs that are their.

I scanned with spybot and adaware and CWswedder.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 2:32:17 PM, on 7/18/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Neo\Desktop\515121\AIMExpansion.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\STOPzilla!\Stopzilla.exe
C:\Program Files\PeerGuardian pr14\PeerGuardian_1.99b_pr14.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Neo\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC... Read more

A:Explorer.exe crash when playing pc games

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I can't figure out why this happens. I can't open up a table in yahoo games. It says something about turning off pop up blocker but I know that it's not on. This first happened when I went to IE8 then I switched back to IE7 and it was working for a while but now IE7 is not working. I know I can use firefox to play but firefox uses sun microsystems java, but I like java virtual machine better. I tried uninstalling, reinstalling, I've checked all kinds of settings. What happens is when I try to open up a table in a game, the table will not load and it stays on a gray screen.

Anyone have any clue why this is happening? Is IE just blocking it?

A:Internet explorer and yahoo games

I suggest sticking with IE8. Tt is also compatible with more sites than any other browser.

Have you tried managing your add-ons? Try runninig IE in No Add-ons Mode. Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) - If this fixes the issue, then go to Tools -> Manage Add-ons and enable the add-ons one by one to find which one was causing the problem.

You can also try resetting Internet Explorer's settings by going to Tools > Internet Options and then the "Advanced" tab, and click "Reset..."

Does that solve your issue?

IE Outreach Team

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This is a video tutorial that i made on how to fix The icons in windows vista game explorer and put the missing box art in windows games explorer : HERE Created by me

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heres the thing before i did a clean install vista home basic
games explorer was updateing even was updateing battlefield 2
even thro its not for vista and now its not updateing any game i install

i have dial up and i know thats not the issue and the
( Download Information about installed games ) is Checked but will not
download any info i have norton anti-virus online installed which i got
from my isp netzero hi-speed 3g dialup and im thinking i might be
the anti-virus but will sure but i also think it might some other things

i have sp1 installed not sure if that be causeing it from updateing the
games explorer i have i think that sp1 changes how / or keeps games
explorer from updateing not sure if that is true or not but sure seems
like in my case

any help would be nice and i would be more then happy to true any thing at this point



p.s... pray for my mom

A:Games Explorer ( wont update )

hello again i need some help on trying to fix this i have no clue what it could be or
what could be keeping it from updateing

what could i try to fix this



p.s... pray for my mom

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hi i just got grant for the home access computer with windows 7 professionall and is parent controled etc with netintelligence i tried everything to fix my problem with facebook games it loads up and then internet explorer has stopped working needs to close website crashes and also on some other websites it has intel celeron processor 900 intel GMA4500M GRAPHICS 1gb memory could someone help me solve this problem for my daughter she loves playing face book games i've compared settings to mine on windows 7 home premium no joy

A:internet explorer crashing on games

Have you tried using a different browser?

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Hey everyone. Just have a quick question. I have searched for a solution but I can't seem to find anyone with the same problem. Whenever I open up the games explorer, it takes about 5 mins to load up. If I try to cancel it before it loads up, I get the pop up saying games explorer is not responding, the program may repond if you wait, and it gives the option to cancel process, or wait. Has anyone here encoutered this?

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This is what happened over the last few weeks. btw, theres nothing wrong with my hardware or anything. its been running fine..if slow..for that last 4 years.

1. I tried to download firefox 3 RC 3. when it was done installing, there were 3 firefox shortcuts on my desktop. one of them worked, the other 2 didnt. i downloaded and installed firefox 2 again, but the same problem occured. this time, when i ran firefox, it said firefox had encountered a problem.

2. after this happened, my explorer bar went bonkers and i got a message saying explorer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. i clicked more info, and it said it had to do something with the user32.dll.

3. While i was playing a game, my computer froze after ~15 minutes. I mean my computer completely froze. no alt-tabbing, no mouse movement.

4. i tried to play another game, and my computer also froze.

5. i did system restore, my explorer bar was ok, but firefox wasnt downloaded. (this is the day firefox 3 came out) i downloaded firefox, ran it. in the middle of browsing, my explorer bar encountered yet another problem.

now im running a panda scan, but im positive my computer doesnt hav any virus/malware. *sigh*

i can provide more info if needed.

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My Toshiba (previously had Win8.1 on it) had that WIldTangent games cr*p preinstalled on it. I have ClassicShell, since I still like the start menu it has. On it I just noticed the "games" button. I click it. It shows a bunch of links to WildTangent , which i never installed/wanted. I can hide them, but can't actually delete them. How can I remove the WIldTangent cr*p from my PC??

A:Completely remove games from explorer..

look in Programs and Features in your control panel, uninstall

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Yeah take a look your self.. You can see the window is maximized, but for some reason theres this empty space.. I've tried rebooting btw lol..

Any help is appreciated..

A:Empty space above games explorer?

re-size the window manually to fill the screen.

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I want to insert ESRB rating data into a game in the Games Explorer file (yes, it still exists) without using legacy game data. I tried to search for it, but nothing turned up. It's not really a major issue, but I want consistency when view the folder. Does anyone know how?

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My friend and I are trying to connect two Vista x64 laptops together to play CNC3. We can see each other in the lobby but cannot see the game when one of us tries to create one. We see the other disappear, but no game ever appears.
Firewall is off.
Connected via crossover cable.
Manually set ip.
Both have disc.
Set up wireless adhoc also,

Simply cannot see the game that the other person is hosting.

Please someone help. This should be simple!!!

A:Network CNC3 vista to vista can't join games.

Ok, nevermind. Found out that he needed the patch. That should have been obvious. I wasn't thinking anything of it because I needed the patch to even play and he was playing without it. Slipped my mind.

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I have vista Home premium Lite (aka i slipstreamed it) 32 bit but when i installed i was horrified to find that i had slipstreamed out the games so i rushed to my office to find my son eating my vista home premium disk - i ripped it out of his hands and rushed off to see if any data could be salvaged - none

Can someone post the complete list of games for vista and links to download them

P.s. Soz to the mods for duplicating

A:No Games In Vista

I'm not sure it's possible to download the games, they come standard with every Vista version, so I think you'll have to buy a new DVD. (not entire new Vista, because you have a key)

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Here is the system

intel mobod with 3.0ghz dual core cpu
4 gb memory
750w psu
bfg 9600 video card
sb x-fi extreme gamer

I have been having problems with games ever since i built this system. Warcraft 3 plays fine but Halo and BFME crash the computer. The screen goes blank and then locks up after only a few minutes of game play. I have to unplug the machine to reboot. I have tried everything I know. I bought a new large CPU fan that has a speed control and I used a big glob of arctic silver on the cpu. Temps stay around 40C to 48C during use. I have updated all drivers. I have switched memory, tested the memory. Adjusted virtual memory. The only thing I have not tried is to install a new PSU. The one in the system is 750w and all the settings match the game requirements. I have examind the rail reading in bios and they all match the specs. I do not have an additional PSU so I am trying to troubleshoot this without having to get another PSU. I have installed updates to the games, windows, and all hardware. All drivers are windows signed and I only have problems with those two games. I have also pointed a large fan at the case just to see if it is a heat issue and the same thing happens.

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance

A:Vista and Games

hi Melhoff and welcome to!

Have you checked the event-log for any information about these game crashes?
Have you also installed the latest directx redist? Download it here: Download details: DirectX Redist (March 2008)

Does either of these things reveal any changes?


Originally Posted by melhoff13

Here is the system

intel mobod with 3.0ghz dual core cpu
4 gb memory
750w psu
bfg 9600 video card
sb x-fi extreme gamer

I have been having problems with games ever since i built this system. Warcraft 3 plays fine but Halo and BFME crash the computer. The screen goes blank and then locks up after only a few minutes of game play. I have to unplug the machine to reboot. I have tried everything I know. I bought a new large CPU fan that has a speed control and I used a big glob of arctic silver on the cpu. Temps stay around 40C to 48C during use. I have updated all drivers. I have switched memory, tested the memory. Adjusted virtual memory. The only thing I have not tried is to install a new PSU. The one in the system is 750w and all the settings match the game requirements. I have examind the rail reading in bios and they all match the specs. I do not have an additional PSU so I am trying to troubleshoot this without having to get another PSU. I have installed updates to the games, windows, and all hardware. All drivers are windows signed and I only have problems with those two games. I have also poin... Read more

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I bought a new laptop with vista that came with some games. I uninstalled these games but now I would like to get them back. Is there a way to find them and install them again?

A:games on vista

You'll need the Vista DVD. Then go into "Programs and Features" and add the games feature back in there.

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Vista 64 bit
Home Premium SP1
Quad Core
6 GB Ram

Is it possible to play Windows 3.1 games, such as Tetris?

If so, how?



A:Win 3.1 games on Vista

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Is there a way to transfer over the XP games, specifically solitaire, to the vista os ? Old version is much faster and runs smoother.
thank you.

A:Can I use XP games on Vista ?

Originally Posted by bj33813

Is there a way to transfer over the XP games, specifically solitaire, to the vista os ? Old version is much faster and runs smoother.
thank you.

Yes. Heres a link on how to do it: Running XP's Solitaire in Vista -

Basically, you have to have access to XP to copy over the exe file (Solitaire is sol.exe) and any required dlls which can be found in the Windows/System32 folder.

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I have just getting my laptop that has vista home basic i feel it is ok but i cant install any of my old games that i could run on old machines? I want to install:

The sims
The sims hot date
Theme park world ans hospital.
These games are only dated from 1998 but no new updates of the cd's are availible?

I feel like i have done everything but still i cant get the games to install, the game loads and it ask me to allow the program to install i press allow but it does not run anything after that?

Has anyone else had this problem or can you help me load these i feel i can not install anything on this computer??

Please help girl in need of playing some old games


A:Games and Vista!!

Hello Kelly docherty,

Have a look through these threads and see if anything helps. I'll will say there have been reports of probems with the Sims 2 under Vista. If you're talking about the first Sims, it could very well be that it may not be able to be installed under Vista. There are in fact quite a few games from that era that don't install or work under Vista

Again, you could look through these threads to see if something stands out, but bear in mind we're talking about the Sims 2. I would also suggest you Visit the forums at EA to see if there are work arounds or other suggestions with regards to running the original Sims, if that's what you're talking about.

The Sims 2, still confused?
Sims 2 problem. huge frustration

Good luck

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I just installed xp back becuase a compatabily problem with something else, I installed fs9 but for some reason fs9 plays much smoother on vista than it does xp why is that, considering most people say vista is awful for gaming. My machine isnt by any means top of the line e6300, x1950pro and 3 gigs 667 ram. But I get very close to the same framerates in fs9, halo etc... but it just plays much smoother overall .

A:Vista and games

sonictherevenge said:

I just installed xp back becuase a compatabily problem with something else, I installed fs9 but for some reason fs9 plays much smoother on vista than it does xp why is that, considering most people say vista is awful for gaming. My machine isnt by any means top of the line e6300, x1950pro and 3 gigs 667 ram. But I get very close to the same framerates in fs9, halo etc... but it just plays much smoother overall .Click to expand...
Vista has DirectX 10, while XP only has DirectX 9. This could have something to do with it, since 10 is a highly improved version. You proboly get similar framerates on other games becasue they likely dont use any of DirectX10's new features

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hi i have this old game settlers 2 veni vedi veci, and i want to play it on my vista PC but i don't know how, i have read about downloading that dosbox and i did but i don't know how to use it, so pls help if any one know what to do.

A:old games on vista

If this is what you have, then its compatible with Vista.

The Settlers® 2: Gold Edition -

This has veni vedi veci in the pack too.
Have you tried it on Vista ?.
Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

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Have lost my games - solitaire, hearts etc and cannot find any trace of them. I managed to get my audio back after one disastrous session. Can anyone let me know how to access a download of the games please. Thank you.

A:Vista Games

Hello Gman, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might double check in Windows Features to make sure that Games is checked. If it is, then uncheck it, click OK, then go back and check it again to see if it toggling off and on can restore them for you.

Hope this helps,

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i can not install games i do not have permission i already checked full permission i can not install xbox 360 controller because i do not have permission i can not install assassin's creed it says i do not have permission and i put my fallout 3 disc in and opened the drive it is gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A:games in vista

restart your computer into administrator mode go to user accounts, give yourself administrator rights, and then you can do all this and more

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Will 32-bit Games like CoD 1 and 2 Run on Vista 64-bit

A:32-bit games on 64-bit vista????

Yes, games that are 32bit could work on Vista 64 such as Call of Duty and Call of Duty 2. For a list of games go to

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I recently replaced my display driver and can no longer access any of the pre-loaded Vista games. When I try to open solitaire, hearts, etc. all I get is a quick flash on my monitor. Any ideas or suggestions?

A:No Vista games

Roll back the driver in device manager. See the attachment. Open up device manager and then the properties for your display adapter:

What gpu do you have?

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Hi guys, im confuse as i mange to install half life 2 and counter strike and it didnt bother asking for cd key? anyone know y?

A:Games in VIsta

You are using these through Steam right? You only enter the product key once through Steam and then it's tied to your account name.

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I have a new computer with Windows Vista and would like to use two of my all time favorite DOS games but can't do it. Is there a fix for this?

A:Vista Games

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Hi i have the most frustrating problem and i have no idea how to fix it.

I have 5 pc's (3 XP pro - 2 Vista business) networked together via a workgroup and they all see each other perfectly with no access problems. Now here comes my problem. when i first install a new game on my Vista (HP pavilion) laptop there is no problem with accessing and participating in LAN games on the network, however after about 2 - 3 weeks it just decides that it will no longer see the network games (single player unaffected) even though the other machines can still play the same network games (i have not tested the other vista machine because it needs to be buffed up a bit to be able to handel the OS i.e. vista very resource hungry)

This is seriously confusing because it was working perfectly and no settings or changes have been made (it can still access and share files with the other machines). i have tried reinstalling the games (this has happened with numerous games) but it still does not work.

if anyone has any idea how to fix this please help.

Thanks & cheers

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Hi, I just tried to run the game Oblivion and i got the following error This application has failed to start because d3dx9_27.dll was not found. What does this mean? I am running the game from a diffirent harddrive to one vista is installed on if that means anything.. Im also experiencing slow browser scrolling like when there is no graphic driver installed except that i do have a driver installed.

A:Games on vista

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I have heard that you can play dos games on vista with something called dosbox. I tried to run this program and it worked perfectly but I still don't know how to run my game on it. I am trying to play miner VGA, I can download it but when I try to extract the compressed folder it opens up to an empty folder. I am computer illiterate please help me get this game running on dosbox.

A:Dos games on Vista

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