I've read a bunch of different recommendations for getting this game to work under Windows 8, but my problem isn't the same (-1) unhandled exception error that everyone else seems to get. But to be clear, I have followed the recommendation of downloading the new GFWL client and signing in before launching the game.
My problem is that when launching SSF4AE, nothing happens. The cursor shows a spinning blue circle for a couple of seconds, then goes away. I have to kill the game .exe from the task manager. The game used to run vcredist.exe every time I opened it, but that was resolved by deleting the files in the redist folder of the install directory. I've tried compatibility mode, running as administrator but nothing makes any difference. Does anyone have any ideas?