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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   
Malagant

 

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Same problem.

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RE: Game stopped working on Windows 10 - 5/24/2021 6:53:17 AM   
Chris McMahon

 

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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Some basic things to try, but it's a little out of date as it hasn't been updated in 7(!)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   
TheDiaz

 

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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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