"Davidus Maximus" wrote:
I received this game for my birthday two weeks ago and I have been trying to get this game to work up until last night. The fix above saved me and I no longer have to go home and curse at my computer anymore. Thank you DRDOAK for your post...you are a life saver. I wanted to write this so I could confirm that this works and fixed both the invalid save game problem and the runtime error, and also I wanted to lay out the steps sequentially and concisely for people like me that want to be absolutely sure of what they are doing before touching the registry. I believe that both of these issues are connected but it seems to be addressed in the forums as seperate issues. The first time I loaded the game everything seemed to be fine until I started the first scenario in the Kingdom campaign....as the game was loading at the splash screen I would get the "Invalid Save Game....etc." error and then it would kick me out
. When I tried to relaunch the game I would then get the "C++ Runtime Error...This game has terminated in an unusual way...etc" message box or sometimes the game failed to launch at all. I tried everything that everyone else talked about such as updating drivers, defragging, runnning a registry cleaning utility, running Regmon but to no avail.
The tech support hotline told me to uninstall the game, create a new user profile and load the game under that new profile. This was the official course of action as of last week. This was a complete waste of time.
I followed the instructions of DRDOAK and about two minutes later plus a restart the game was up and running with no problems.
The best thing about this fix is that it does not require you to actually change anything in the registry itself. I also did not have to reload the .net framework just like DRDOAK suspected. I will lay out the exact steps I took for the sake of clarity and hopefully this can help someone else. I hope somebody from Tilted Mill sees this and clues in tech support so they can stop giving out the wrong advice. Hopefully the are already aware of this fix.
Steps to fix Invalid Save Game/C++ Runtime Error problem
CAUTION: MAKING CHANGES IN THE REGISTRY COULD CAUSE CATOSTROPHIC PROBLEMS TO YOUR COMPUTER. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING WITHIN THE ACTUAL REGISTRY KEY ITSELF UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERT. THIS FIX ONLY REQUIRES YOU TO ADD A PROFILE AND SELECT PERMISSIONS LEVELS. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. IT IS RECOMMENED TO BACK UP YOUR REGISTRY PRIOR TO DOING THIS.
1.) From the start menu click run
2.) At the command prompt type: regedit
and then click on run
3.) A screen should pop up with directory screen similiar to the windows explorer
4.) Scroll through the directory tree until you locate the folder: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
4.)Right click on the folder and then click permissions
5.)Click on the Group or User name: ADMINSTRATORS (if it does not exist click on ADD then type in ADMINSTRATORS then hit OK. Then click on it. In my case there was only one group or user name available. It was called EVERYONE. I am not sure if this was how it always was or it got changed when I loaded the game. I am assuming that the game does not recognize a user name or group called EVERYONE so that is why the game would not run)
6.)Then click the "Allow" box for "Full Control".
7.) Click APPLY then OK and then close the regedit window.
8.) Restart the computer.
9.) Relaunch the game
10.) Enjoy the splendor and wonder of Rome.
Long Live Caesar!!!!
**Note: the user profile under which you are logged should have administrator rights...just to be safe!!
I think it would be a good idea to put this in the other forms discussing the Invalid Save Game and Runtime errors (C++ This program terminated unsually...etc). I am new at using this forum stuff so could somebody help me with getting the word out. Thanks.
I included my dxdiag for reference.
Once again DRDOAK is the bomb!!!!