Windows update makes old PC games useless

PC gamers, be careful – your computer might be about to upset your gaming habits. A new update for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 has rendered a number of older games useless – and, you guessed it, the problem is all thanks to Safedisc DRM.

Not necessarily the best gaming platform...

Not necessarily the best gaming platform…

It’s a similar problem to the one that popped up affecting older games on Windows 10. Games that featured the now-outdated Safedisc or SecuROM “security” measures could not be played on newer operating systems, with Windows 10 simply blocking the program.

However, those games were still playable on older versions of Windows… until now.

Of course, nobody’s really used SecuROM software in their games for a while now, but if you’re the sort of person who has a well-loved PC game library that you still want to play, it could affect you.

Happily, there is – as always – a workaround if you want to play your old games. The only cost? It might make your computer less-secure.


This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.

Still interested? Full instructions are on the Microsoft support site – and yes, it does involve poking around in the registry. If you’re not keen on compromising your security, there’s always the option of finding a no-CD crack (not necessarily a safer option), or re-purchasing an updated version of the game you want from an online retailer that has already patched out the DRM – somewhere like Steam or

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