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This morning I tried to install a disc version of GT Legends on my beautiful laptop, which has about 80 games installed on it already, including just under 50 which I've bought from GOG. What an epic mistake !

The game installs fine but when you try to launch it you have to choose whether to install copy protection (Starforce in this case) on your computer. Like a fool, without doing a google search beforehand, I pressed Yes. Now Windows will not even start up. This has something to do with a conflict between Windows 7 and Starforce apparently - I really don't understand the stuff I'm reading on the net about it.

When ai attempt to boot up I get a Startup Repair screen and the computer says "Attempting repairs.....". This procedure takes about an hour, at the end of which I am informed that I have problems which cannot be automatically resolved. All I can do is send a report to Microsoft and click Finish to shut my machine down. It looks like it's iPed + headphones + music + booze for me for the foreseeable future then ..

So my computer is buggered - at least until I can find someone who might know how to resolve my issue. From what I've picked up on the internet this is not the fault of the publisher (SimBin, now defunct I think), nor of Starforce, nor of Microsoft. Apparently it's all my fault for trying to install a game without knowing might happen if I did .....

I'm just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and if so what did you do ? I'm about as un-computery (to coin a word) as it's possible to be and will not be able to resolve this problem without outside help. What a total cock-up !
There must be a way around it. I dont know what it is but im certain someone will pop their head in and help.

In the mean time sorry that your having issues, but beer is a good call and its after 15.00.
Why don't yo activate your CD key on Steam ?

It’s been requested many times, and we’re happy to say that if you own a retail copy of GTR, GTR 2, or GT-Legends you can add digital versions of these games permanently to your Steam game library at no charge.
Just dont add the dashes and don't use the Starforce key .

I think the Steam version doesn't have the Starforce DRM .
Post edited May 02, 2013 by ne_zavarj
Just in case you have not tried it, is it possible to boot into safe mode and un-install starforce there?

I have never had to deal with this sort of problem before, so just guessing.
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ne_zavarj: Why don't yo activate your CD key on Steam ?

It’s been requested many times, and we’re happy to say that if you own a retail copy of GTR, GTR 2, or GT-Legends you can add digital versions of these games permanently to your Steam game library at no charge.
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ne_zavarj: I think the Steam version doesn't have the Starforce DRM .
Once he gets his machine working again thats a good call.
You might find this interesting:
http://www.nogripracing.com/forum/showthread.php?t=222588

If you know which version of Starforce you have, check this out:
http://www.star-force.com/support/users/windows7/
Start Windows in Safe Mode and try to update the Starforce driver.
Why your not start in safe mode (press F8 during system start) and launch system restore from here?
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Theoclymenus: This morning I tried to install a disc version of GT Legends on my beautiful laptop, which has about 80 games installed on it already, including just under 50 which I've bought from GOG. What an epic mistake !
First I was "God damn it! It can't be true, that game having the shitty Starforce copy protection!?!"...

...but then I realized you were not talking about 'Grand Prix Legends' (by Papyrus) after all, but some other racing game. Phew! 'fondles his precious retail Grand Prix Legends package*
Post edited May 02, 2013 by timppu
Reply to all who have replied so far : thank you so much ! I will have to absorb everything that's being said before I do anything. For now beer is the only answer I think :) This is a nightmare !
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reaver894: Once he gets his machine working again thats a good call.
http://steamcommunity.com/app/44690/discussions/0/846938350665240348/#c846938350684976688
Sorry to hear about your troubles, scarey stuff.
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Whitewraith: Sorry to hear about your troubles, scarey stuff.
Thanks, and yes, scary indeed. Okay, I could have paused before pressing Yes (to the installation of copy protection) and in hindsight I should have done, but what a price to pay ! I'm sure I'll be able to get it sorted out but I'm not good at this kind of thing and don't trust myself to attempt to put it right myself so I'll be calling in outside help. I posted on GOG because it's such a good place to post stuff like this. Anyway, looks like it's a weekend without PC games for me but que sera sera ...
Simbin used to offer a DRM-free download of GT-Legends if you wrote to them with proper info.
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Whitewraith: Sorry to hear about your troubles, scarey stuff.
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Theoclymenus: Thanks, and yes, scary indeed. Okay, I could have paused before pressing Yes (to the installation of copy protection) and in hindsight I should have done, but what a price to pay ! I'm sure I'll be able to get it sorted out but I'm not good at this kind of thing and don't trust myself to attempt to put it right myself so I'll be calling in outside help. I posted on GOG because it's such a good place to post stuff like this. Anyway, looks like it's a weekend without PC games for me but que sera sera ...
And if you didn't install the copy protection, the game wouldn't have worked at all. And there is absolutely nothing scary about this, it is like installing an outdated driver for whatever hardware, and then that driver messing up the system.

This is entirely the game's developers' / publishers' fault for being lazy and not setting up a proper system to do updates to the installation files before they are installed, as Starforce provides them with free 're-protection' or whatever they call it.