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Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 4/22/2021 9:12:15 PM   
TheDiaz

 

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Hello. Ic ome with a problem from my game.

After the last windows 10 update, Distant Worlds Universe stopped working. I don't get anything else other than the launcher to start to game, but the game doesn't open. I get no error message or no crash log.

WHat I have tried so far:
Activaed Direct Play on windows features. (Was activated before trying to play after the W10 update)
High DPI setting
Start as Admin
Disable start movie

Thanks in advance.
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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 5/18/2021 2:32:39 AM   
Malagant

 

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Same problem.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 5/18/2021 2:39:23 AM   
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Same problem.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 5/24/2021 6:53:17 AM   
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I had the same issue - Launcher starts, you click "Play Distant Worlds", then nothing happens. No error message. Just nothing. Since I hadn't played DW on my current PC, this was the first time I'd tried it in at least a year, maybe two.

First give this a read:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/261470/discussions/0/540742399466842060/

Some basic things to try, but it's a little out of date as it hasn't been updated in 7(!) years. None of it applied to me, but it's worth a try.

My issue seemed to be Windows Media Player that's been removed from Windows 10 in one of their recent "updates". Microsoft have also altered the method to restore it, so google will generally tell you the old method to restore it, which doesn't work. Never download it from a 3rd party, that's just asking for trouble.

So here's what I did to get it working on my system:

1. Make sure your DirectX drivers are up to date. Go to:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=35
The web-based DirectX installer should automactically download. Run it. If you're missing anything it should install.

I wasn't, but I also play a lot of older games on my potato PC, so have most stuff older games require anyway.

2. (Re)Install Windows Media Player (WMP). Follow Microsoft's instructions here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-windows-media-player-81718e0d-cfce-25b1-aee3-94596b658287

That's it. Got DW running at least. If it crashes after this, you should at least have more to go on than "nothing" which a missing WMP gives you.

You can automatically skip the opening movie by editing the startup.ini file as described here:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/261470/discussions/0/540742399466842060/?ctp=12#c2266943550301476523
Some say that fixed their problem with the game not starting, but it didn't work for me by itself. Just reinstall WMP as above, at least you can watch the intro that way and skip it in future.









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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 6/3/2021 2:58:24 AM   
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Chris's solution worked. i had to activate WMP and now the game opens. Thanks.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 7/7/2021 8:01:48 PM   
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Same issue, same solution.
Thanks Chris!

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 7/19/2021 11:20:03 PM   
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Ditto for me.
Computer upgraded to Windows 10 64bit.
ALL the DW games dead to me.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 8/4/2021 9:14:39 PM   
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Only tried DWU but it won't run, stops at the opening screen then goes back to desktop. It's a new computer and everything is up-to-date, all required software is installed, including directx .net and WMP is enabled, why however when it has no DVD player is another question.

Got it working by disabling playmovie, set it to 0 in the Startup.ini.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 10/6/2021 10:55:45 AM   
battleground

 

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Same thing for me. My download from Matrix no longer creates a file to download DW to so I made my own and that does not work. Then I
deleted the Matrix version and synced my Steam page account and downloaded it from there. Does not start there and does not even install
from here anymore. Just upgraded a week ago from Win 7 to Win 10


When I try and download and setup the game in the current Matrix Games files I have other games in the installer shotguns parts of the game all over the page with different files everywhere and it won't run. Also says its missing a .exe file which is silly how am I supposed to play if I gather all the pieces up and its missing the key file to start?


< Message edited by battleground -- 10/10/2021 5:34:47 AM >

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 2/19/2022 4:04:13 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chris21wen

Only tried DWU but it won't run, stops at the opening screen then goes back to desktop. It's a new computer and everything is up-to-date, all required software is installed, including directx . net and WMP is enabled, why however when it has no DVD player is another question.

Got it working by disabling playmovie, set it to 0 in the Startup . ini.


This solution worked for me too, DWU no longer crashes on startup.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 2/22/2022 9:28:46 PM   
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Stopped for me also. Just 'upgraded' to Win 10 64 bit. My old hard drive died, so I had to do a reinstall from win 10 32 bit. I tried the Direct X update (am now at Direct X 12), and the Windows media player uninstall and reinstall, and the playmovie 0. No joy.

Fortunately the crash log said the problem was microsoft.directx.directSound was missing. I had also cloned the drive that failed. Those DirectX files are in windows\assembly\GAC. The fresh win 10 32 bit install had problems and didn't have that folder or files. I copied them there and the game started. Ran a tutorial for a few seconds and did a save.

Did the same thing for the clean install of win 10 64 bit. A tutorial also ran. On a restart, windows 'fixed' that and removed the GAC folder.

Really enjoyed playing the game. Owned it for a while, but only recently started playing after installing some mods.

If there are other solutions, please comment.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 2/22/2022 9:41:57 PM   
Athomas

 

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Related to above post. There used to be a way to specify the search order for a particular file. IIRC for example, C drive, windows folder, specific folder. It's been a while, but if something like that exists in DW or Windows, that could be a more lasting solution.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 2/22/2022 11:12:17 PM   
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so besides the usual things like directx, .net, and wmp baconmod had an issue with antivirus for awhile that was fixed in baconmod 1.82 I believe if you're using that.

Just make sure in control panel - turn windows features on or off - that .net, wmp are checked I guess. Also try the installs for directx and .net in the DWU/redist folder maybe? Idk.

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