games install but wont play!


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Guest

I recently bought a laptop with vista. I'm having trouble running games in
it. They install ok, but when i go to play them i get an error message along
the lines of "incorrect path to INI file". I have installed three games so
far and only one of them has worked. All three games are in a series.....what
can i do?? hope someone can help
 
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Arjan

flick said:
I recently bought a laptop with vista. I'm having trouble running games in
it. They install ok, but when i go to play them i get an error message
along
the lines of "incorrect path to INI file". I have installed three games so
far and only one of them has worked. All three games are in a
series.....what
can i do?? hope someone can help
Try running them in Admin mode
 
G

Guest

I tried that and the same error message comes up. I've also installed ActiveX
and still no luck
 
G

Guest

flick said:
I recently bought a laptop with vista. I'm having trouble running games in
it. They install ok, but when i go to play them i get an error message
along
the lines of "incorrect path to INI file". I have installed three games so
far and only one of them has worked. All three games are in a
series.....what
can i do?? hope someone can help
What games are they?
 
G

Guest

Nancy Drew "ghost dogs of moon lake" which does work
Nancy Drew "secret of the old clock" and "the haunted carousel" which both
don't work
 
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Larry Maturo

You might try uninstalling the ones that don't work,
and then try installing them in admin mode, by
right clicking on the .msi file and selecting run
as admin. I have heard that sometimes helps.
I'm suspecting that the install may not have installed
the INI file because of permisssion problems, and
thus the exe can't find it.

-- Larry Maturo
 
G

Guest

Flick, on another discussion list, it was mentioned that the install of the
games might work if when you install the game under Windows Vista, instead of
allowing the game to automatically install when the DVD is inserted into the
DVD drive, cancel the install dialog, open up the folder on the DVD where the
SETUP.EXE file is located, right click and select "Run As Administrator",
there will be a prompt to allow SETUP.EXE to run, select "Allow", as you
click thru the screens of the installer, there will be a screen that asks you
the directory or path where you want to install the game.

The next is what I found I had to do additionally to resolve my problem.

By default what I am seeing is "C:\Nancy Drew\Message in a Haunted
Mansion\". The multiple times I have installed and uninstalled, I get the
same INI file. I used a little SystInternal utility to figure out if the game
had a problem with this pat or not under Windows Vista and sure enough it
did. So, I did an install as Administrator and typed in a different install
directory , "C:\program files\Nancy Drew\Message in a Haunted Mansion\". The
game played immediately.

I bet this is the solution for other nancy Drew games, as well. Try it out:
1. open up the folder on the DVD where the SETUP.EXE file is located, right
click and select "Run As Administrator", there will be a prompt to allow
SETUP.EXE to run, select "Allow", as you click thru the screens of the
installer,
2. instead of the defaul install directory, type in a different install
directory , "C:\program files\Nancy Drew\Message in a Haunted Mansion\".
 
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Guest

Thanks for your helpful solution. I also had 3 Nancy Drew games which would
install but then come up with an error that the path file for ini was
incorrect. I tried your suggestion and it worked immediately. Thanks again!!!
 

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