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So, I started a new game of Fallout 2 in win7 and forgot to "run as administrator", an oversight that can be game breaking for gog games. So far there are no problems, but I'm wary of running into problems later on.

One fine example is gog's release of Vampire: The Masquerade. Not knowing to "run as admin", many players (myself included) played for hours before realizing the save files were slowly becoming corrupt. The only solution was to start a new game.

Has anyone else played Fallout 2 without running it as an admin? Are there any known problems (corrupted save files, etc.)?
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I ended up just starting over.

But...really? No one has played through the gog release without running it as an admin?
Try installing it outside of the Program Files folder. The save file issue is probably because Win 7 doesn't give permission for those applications to write data in certain places.
Or just disable UAC.
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H2IWclassic: Try installing it outside of the Program Files folder. The save file issue is probably because Win 7 doesn't give permission for those applications to write data in certain places.
Right, that's why running it as an admin works.

It doesn't seem like you read my question very closely. I was asking if running the game without permissions caused any known issues. That's because I had already started the game and didn't want to start over. (Planescape: Torment, for example, caused no issues for me when run without admin privileges.)
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H2IWclassic: Try installing it outside of the Program Files folder. The save file issue is probably because Win 7 doesn't give permission for those applications to write data in certain places.
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farlark: Right, that's why running it as an admin works.

It doesn't seem like you read my question very closely. I was asking if running the game without permissions caused any known issues. That's because I had already started the game and didn't want to start over. (Planescape: Torment, for example, caused no issues for me when run without admin privileges.)
What he means is, installing it out of program files folder makes it so you don't have to play in Admin. I've had this problem, in the form of my Fallout games crashing when I tried to save (along with my computer), but they got corrupted in the process.

P.S. To the guy who suggested the UAC thing, what is that?

P.P.S. Here's an example to this problem...On some OS, trying to mod certain game folders won't work because you don't have permissions to edit it(Which is why if you try it, it will ask you if you want to or not.)
Post edited June 09, 2012 by UndeadNecro
control panel > user account > change User Account Control setting

basiclally what is does it does it allows programs to run from the restricted windows folders like program files, windows, etc. just like when you "run as administrator"

your best bet is still to install the games unto a second partiotion or a nonwindows folder

edit:spelling
Post edited June 09, 2012 by Pulzarokkit
I'll add the cautionary note that you should be extremely careful when disabling windows features that protect against intrusions such as malware. Turning it of can give wiggle room for viruses mostly active keylogger etc.

Unless you know what your doing, this should be your LAST option.

Also, having a second partition such as D:\ as your main storage / install disk can help save that data during windows failures leading to a format. It is worth checking into.
My Win7 64b corrupted ALL Failout 2 saves ! Game in partition D:\ , fck "run as admin" ! Lost more than 100h. Bill G u get my anger for that !
I play all my gog games without running as admin.

Fallout2, moo2, mm6, mm7, mm8, DK, TA:kingdoms all games that worked 100% fine for me.


Fallout 1 i had a bug with though, but I doubt it's because of admin :)
Run As Administrator is only meaningful for pre-Vista games that store config and/or save files in the game's installation directory, and only if the game is also installed under Program Files. This is because Windows Vista and newer protect Program Files as an administrator-maintained system directory that is not supposed to be modified after program installation (except to install updates). Newer games will store config and/or save files under your user folder instead.

As a result, an easy workaround is usually to install all pre-Vista games under someplace other than Program Files. World of Warcraft pointed me at c:\users\public\games several years ago, so I've been using that myself as an alternative.