Old-school PC gaming fans, you might not want to upgrade to Windows 10 just yet. While the new operating system does some things very well, one thing it does not do is run vintage games that come packaged with certain DRM. Yep. It’s 2015 and we’ve been given yet another reason why SecuROM is bad.
Microsoft has confirmed that games which use certain versions of SecuROM and SafeDisc copy protection simply will not load under Windows 10. And sure, while most companies dropped those services years ago, there are still decent games – think The Sims, Battlefield 1942 or Grand Theft Auto III – that rely on them.
The reason? Something we’ve known for a long time: The DRM is somewhat over-enthusiastic. Microsoft‘s Boris Schneider-Johne explains:
This DRM stuff is also deeply embedded in your system, and that’s where Windows 10 says “sorry, we cannot allow that, because that would be a possible loophole for computer viruses.” That’s why there are a couple of games from 2003-2008 with Securom, etc. that simply don’t run without a no-CD patch or some such. We can just not support that if it’s a possible danger for our users.
SecuROM has traditionally been more of an annoyance for legitimate gamers rather than pirates, and it looks like that trend is set to continue. Hunting down a no-CD patch for the games you’d like to play in Windows 10, as Schneider-Johne recommends, can be risky, but arguably less than using the frustrating copy protection.
Alternatively, if you’re not keen on scraping the seedy underbelly of the internet or poking about in the registry just so you can hop into Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, there’s another option. Retailers like GOG.com (and Steam in some cases) are already offering pre-patched versions of the software, so while you might need to buy the game again, there’s still an option open to you that’s much less grey.