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When launched without administration rights under vista, the game requests a serial to play.
However, starting it with admin priviledges (from the installer account) may bypass this problem.
For those who stumble upon this trouble, I hope I've helped.
For gog.com, could you correct it ? I don't like to have to run games with admin priviledges.
Post edited June 23, 2009 by IFRIC4
This question / problem has been solved by sprorkimage
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IFRIC4: When launched without administration rights under vista, the game requests a serial to play.
However, starting it with admin priviledges (from the installer account) may bypass this problem.
For those who stumble upon this trouble, I hope I've helped.
For gog.com, could you correct it ? I don't like to have to run games with admin priviledges.

I ran into this problem as well under WinXP.
I worked around it by looking in the registry and finding a reference to the serial key at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\Earth2160\SerialKey" and just exporting the whole "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Reality Pump\Earth2160" directory in the registry as the installing user and importing it for each user on the machine. After that the game worked fine under the other users.
I think it has to do with the serial key being stored in the registry per user rather than for the whole computer. Hope this helps. I always hate it when games force you to run them as an admin.
Lot's of games require administration privileges to run and almost all of them require them to install. Our games doesn't differ much. Making installers/games required sometimes adminitration rights and sometimes not is a little bit confusing for users. Therefore our games require admin rights to run and setup.
Post edited June 24, 2009 by Grah
Thank you sprork and grah.
edit: The tip with the registry works also with vista.
To Grah: the other games from gog.com I've played worked well when installed with admin and run without. That's why I was confused.
Post edited August 06, 2009 by IFRIC4
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Grah: Lot's of games require administration privileges to run and almost all of them require them to install. Our games doesn't differ much. Making installers/games required sometimes adminitration rights and sometimes not is a little bit confusing for users. Therefore our games require admin rights to run and setup.

well it used to be that way - but not any longer, thanks to the nagging of UAC in Vista, which - as Microsoft publicly admitted - was intended to piss off the users to bitch at software makers to finally program without the need for Admin/Root access rights.
Furthermore do i fail to see a reason why a GAME requires/d admin-rights to begin with, as it doesn't install drivers and access' those drivers that are already installed for audio/video/3D/LAN-NICs.
In my eyes i call that "quick-n-dirty" programming techniques, falling back on Admin-rights to install software - because of it we have those issues with viruses and Trojan horses. ;)
anyway, great many THANK YOUS to Sprork for his fine workaround - it even works under windows 7 RC :)
Post edited June 25, 2009 by atlana