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Siggels Apr 3, 2014 @ 6:57pm
DRM Issue Activating DCS World: P-51D
G'day Mates,

I'm having issues with activating the P-51D for DCS World.

I followed the advice of SkateZilla, a moderator on the DCS forum as per link:


SkateZilla said I had a DRM problem. I did what he said for DCS World: P-51D that is installed on my harddrive. It worked. My DCS client launcher now works perfectly.

Now, I just want get the Steam client launcher working as well.

SkateZilla said in his last post, that Steam needed to do the following verify the files and make sure that the P-51D license is listed under the CD keys for DCS World on Steam.

Please do this for me. I've spent hours and hours trying to get this going
and done all that Steam Support has requested.

Thank you for your help.

Cheers, Siggels.
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fearlessfrog Apr 3, 2014 @ 7:01pm 
Hi Siggels.

To verfiy DCS World on Steam, you can follow this guide:


Basically, find DCS World, right click Properties, click the 'Local Files' tab, and use the 'Verify Integrity..' button. Steam will then check the files and install anything missing.

If you don't see the P-51 listed as DLC for Steam and you didn't buy it here, then you need to activate it. To do that use the Steam Client 'Games' menu option, and 'Activate a Game', and use the serial code you got from ED.

If you did buy the P-51 from Steam, and it's not listed under your DLC for DCS World in Steam, then you need to contact Steam support unfortunately, as that's not something I can help with from here.
Siggels Apr 3, 2014 @ 9:36pm 
Finally, it works. What I wasn't doing was running Steam as Administrator. When I read instructions and it said run as Run as Administrator, I assumed that what was needed was to run Windows as Administrator, which it already is.

By Righ-Clicking on the Steam icon and selecting 'Run as Administrator' did the trick.

I then followed the rest of the instructions and bingo I got a P-51D.

Some of us users haven't grown up with computers. When I was a kid, the only person I knew who had a computer was the Mad Professor in Felix The Cat.

So, although I'm now fairly conversant with computers, and other technology, I'll never have the nouse and in-born instinct to read the Y generation mind when an instruction isn't clear.

So give this some thought support staff.

Also I note that both my problems were eventually solved by forum members, both at Steam and at DCS. I think maybe these people are a little older and think like me, instead of the twenty somethings.

Anyways, all's well that ends well.

Thanks to all who contributed, including the support staff.

Cheers, Siggels.
Tatsue Apr 3, 2014 @ 11:56pm 
Yeah, sometimes it's hard for us to think about things that are "obvious", but really aren't. (It's also a balance though, to make sure we don't give a list of "obvious" stuff for the user to do or check, that will lead to them thinking we are insulting their intelligence. Hard balance to catch, that.)

Just in case you are curious about the difference between running an administrator account in windows, and running an application in windows "as administrator", this is basically a security feature in Windows. It used to be (in windows) that all applications started by a user account automatically inherited all rights held by that account - so running an admin account meant all your apps automatically got admin rights on the computer too. This was convenient, and helped make sure things "just worked", so to speak, which was of course also one of the selling points when Windows became a virtual monopoly on the PC market.

But the problem was that if malware (viruses, trojans, etc) found their way into your computer and infected one of the programs you use... suddenly the virus/trojan has administrator rights on your computer too. That's less than optimal, as I am sure you can agree.
Siggels Apr 4, 2014 @ 2:00am 
I can now see the support staff point of view. Thanks for sharing, Tatsue.
AnElevatorfart Apr 5, 2014 @ 10:11am 
When I have issues I search the forums before going to support because chances are someelse has had the exact same problem and there are step by step instructions on how to fix it. Sometimes they even have pictures! :P
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