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  05:50:13  28 May 2014
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siresmall
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Game wont start (but it worked some days ago)

I can't get S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl to work on windows 8.1 64-bit. When I installed the game (6 days ago) it worked fine. It worked without any issues for several days. Then today when I boot my machine and try to start the game, it doesn't start but show a dialogue box that says:

"The application is not compatible with the installed operation system. Please upgrade to Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 or better."

The only thing I have done since I installed the game, is to update my nvidia graphic drivers.

See also:
http://www.eightforums.com/gaming/47085-s-t-l-k-e-r-soc-windows-8-1-problem-launching.html

Can anyone help me to get my S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl to work ?
  16:17:48  28 May 2014
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RK Roadkill
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Did you tried setting XP or Win Vista or 7 compatibility, and "Run as Administrator" option" ?
  07:06:32  30 May 2014
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siresmall
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This is what I tried

First ty for replying to my post. I posted here too (but no replies yet):

https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/747655/s-t-a-l-k-e-r-soc-problem-launching-/?offset=1
http://www.eightforums.com/gaming/47085-s-t-l-k-e-r-soc-windows-8-1-problem-launching.html

When I refer to windows 8 below I mean 'Windows 8.1 64-bit'.


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Did you tried setting XP or Win Vista or 7 compatibility, and "Run as Administrator" option" ?
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Here is a list of what I tried (in order) to try to solve the issue:

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1) Reboot and try to restart S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl (SoC).
2) Change compatibility settings for the program (tried all available (with/without admin) + reboot + restart SoC).
3) Tried to close down other programs etc.
4) Search the web like an idiot, where no one seemed to have my exact problem, and no solutions to similar problems seemed to solve my issue (note: I never tried to reinstall anything).
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None of it worked, so I created accounts on various forums that might be able to help and post my plea for help (as I did here).

I slept on it and checked forum replies, there were none. I wondered how come it didn't work, since the only thing I had done since SoC last worked was reinstall graphic drivers + assign a keyboard shortcut key to my browser. So I continued with a more drastic approach:

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5) Restore a system partition backup that was 5 days old (from before I installed the new nvidia drivers).
6) Check that SoC starts and work. It did.
7) Disable automatic windows updates, uninstall all nvidia stuff and reboot.
8) Check that SoC starts and work. It did.
9) Install new nvidia drivers (but this time make sure nvidia does not automatically install any updates or game profiles - I didn't do this before).
10) Check that SoC starts and work. It did.
11) Recreate my keyboard shortcut to my browser.
12) Check that SoC starts and work. It did.
13) Enable automatic windows updates.
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SoC still works several reboots later.

==> I am not sure why SoC wasn't able to start, as described in my first post. I think it may have been caused by nvidia being set to 'Automatically apply optimal settings updates'. If anyone is in contact with nivida, will you pls inform them that this may be an issue with SoC + Windows 8 (I will report it in the geforce forums)? If anyone finds out what caused SoC to stop working, then PLEASE reply here. <==

Some comments and rants - stop reading this post, as my rants are a little off topic (pls inform me if I am braking forum rules - then I will edit the post and delete the rants):

A) Microsoft / Microsoft Support
I am not going to waste my time with microsoft support - they have never, been able to assist with anything, except to activate windows. The support don't know their own systems, they bully you by saying 'We dont give support on that" or even though it's a window install issue "That's not what we do, sorry we can't help" or "That is not possible" (fx to create a system backup with a clean windows 8 install - but it is).

B) Windows 8.1 64-bit
After I installed the new nvidia drivers and rebooted, the mouse didn't work (Amazing right? This has NEVER happened to me in ANY operating system except Windows 8 64-bit - it has only happened once so far. I unplugged the USB mouse and plugged it in again - that fixed it. But it just shouldn't happen). I have never seen a modern OS as crappy as Windows 8. They removed most of my keyboard shortcuts, so now I have to use the mouse all the time - even if fx trying to change 'view' to 'details' in 'file explorer', I am forced to use the mouse (with my current knowledge of windows 8). When trying to quickly start a program in my start menu I am forced to use a shitload of key presses and/or the mouse to do stuff that should max require 2 or 3 keyboard presses. They made several applications full screen metro mode (like going back in time where we didn't have a window manager), without the option to run them in a window next to another window. They fail to grasp the concept of a window manager, one for a common stationary desktop plugged into the wall socket, and another for a smartphone on batteries, keyboard vs touchscreen, etc; no, they have to mix them AND remove the ability to only use the keyboard (I am not talking about the handicap options when referring to keyboard shortcuts). So it seems like we are back in time, where we have to create/find program to do the most common stuff, because they aren't in the operating system, or the ones that are in the operating system, doesn't work as they should. This has nothing to do with SoC - I am just so frustrated and disappointed with this operating system and the incompetence of Microsoft. Note that I have used and developed software with mainframe systems (so long time ago that I can't even remember the names), Dos, several different Unix systems, Windows3 to windows 7 and several Linux variants. Of these, windows 8 is the worst (only comparable in the irritation it causes to the mainframe operating systems).
  13:12:51  30 May 2014
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PCDania
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Good to see you got it working.

My take is some hiccup happened in Win8 when you upgraded the graphics driver.

Re. the UI in Win8. Microsoft currently seems to believe their customers should mostly rely on touchscreen and keyboard. Using a mouse is only for when the other input methods doesn't work (like when playing FPS games). This is okay on a phone and a tablet but counterproductive and illogical on a laptop or PC. So, you get a lot of mouse clicking because you don't have a touchscreen, on the other hand you don't get your screen smeared with fingerprints.

Personally I prefer neither and as I don't like the look of the Win8 UI and likes to take a look under the hood for a little tweaking, I'm staying with Win7 while wondering if MS has changed their mind with Win9 (set to hit the shelves in about a year, unless it gets delayed).
  19:28:55  31 May 2014
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siresmall
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06/01/2014 0:22:19
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The problem from the first post is back

The problem described in the first post is back. It turns out, that approximately 2 days after you install the game, it stops working, with the symptom described in the first post.

I haven't made ANY changes to windows or S.T.A.L.K.E.R since my last post (except for a couple of save game files - but the game worked the day after I created the save game files).

Does anyone know what is going on here and how to fix it ?

EDIT: Tried to debug the game, but I run into the copy protection "A required security module can not be activated. This program can not be executed.". Really not in the mood to spend hours disabling that. Does anyone have the OS detection source code, so that I can compile and debug it and see why STALKER thinks it's suddenly incompatible with the OS?
  23:33:11  15 December 2015
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Nyo_
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Despite this discussion being almost a year old, I just managed to fix the very same error just now, so I suppose it's reasonable enough to revive this discussion in order to clarify things to siresmall. I'm using Windows 10, and recently I had to face the dreaded incompatibility window, and I've come across your posts while trying to find a solution on Google. Well, I wasn't able to figure out what in the world causes that problem, but I managed to fix it in a fit of rage, and it's a bit simple.

The problem is somewhere in the .exe file, so you need another. Google for a Crack for stalker in google, make a copy of your original .exe file and substitute it for the crack. Simple as that but note however that downloading a crack can be seen as an act of piracy if you don't own the original game, so play it safe.

Managed to get my Stalker game working again with save files working and the lastest Oblivion Lost mod running like it should. I hope you can fix your game too.
 
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