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Killhunger May 9, 2013 @ 1:49am
Win 7 64Bit Bioshock Start Crash Fix (permanent fix) Per 2K games official response. Works.
http://support.2k.com/entries/21128312-Bioshock-Crash-to-Desktop-on-Windows-7-Fix

What it says:

Bioshock is crashing to the desktop on Windows 7 and Windows Error Reporting says the faulting module is OLEAUT32.dll. How do I fix this?

The solution is to navigate into the Steam files, find the Bioshock.exe and run it in compatibility mode for Vista SP 2. Running it in compatibility mode for any other version of Windows has no effect.

((I did this just now and it worked immediately.))

Directions:

Navigate to the Bioshock start file, should be located here:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Bioshock\Builds\Release\Bioshock.exe"

Right click "Bioshock.exe"

On the popup menu click "Properties"

Click the "Compatibility" tab at the top

Check the box "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"

Change the drop down to: "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)"

Click "Ok"

Launch Bioshock.

Tested and worked for me. Enjoy

- Kill
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Sammy Wynn May 15, 2013 @ 9:55am 
Yeah doesn't work for me... So what now?
Delectus May 15, 2013 @ 11:26am 
It doesn't work for me...anyone know what to do? I really want to play this game again...with W7/64
Killhunger May 15, 2013 @ 10:56pm 
Hmm, odd, I did exactly the steps that I put down and it works. No issues since.

The only other thing I have heard mentioned that might work is plugging in a microphone. But that is more of a workaround than a fix.

If you check your compatibility settings they are still set the way I said? Any change if you check run as administrator?

If you check your event viewer does your crash show the faulting module is OLEAUT32.dll?
Sandwich Demon Aug 3, 2013 @ 11:45am 
i did it, then it says run. so i do, then steam says app already running. but it is not running. what do i do now?
Snowboardpunk17 Aug 5, 2013 @ 7:49am 
Check your running processes in the task manager. It's not open, but still technically running, that's probably what your problem was. Just hit end process and try reopening the game when that happens.
Sandwich Demon Aug 5, 2013 @ 8:06am 
i wil try that./
Apocalypse Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:44am 
Looks more like the DRM-trojan is not closing properly, because there is no sight of the bioshock.exe in the task manager ;-)

The solution is to navigate into the Steam files, find the Bioshock.exe and run it in compatibility mode for Vista SP 2. Running it in compatibility mode for any other version of Windows has no effect.

Well, well, it seems like this as the same effect as any other compatibility mode on my system: None.
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