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F |2 E @ |< Dec 24, 2012 @ 11:21pm
Solution: How to make BioShock 2 work in windows 8
Most people are unable to make BioShock 2 work with windows 8. The GFWL client which is installed first time you execute BioShock 2 is old and does not work with windows 8. This is what I did to make it work.

Note: This solution works with Windows 7 as well.


Step 1: Download the Games for windows client from this website http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/pc/downloadclient

Step 2: Install the client

Step 3: Start BioShock 2
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Gear Dec 30, 2012 @ 2:14pm 
Works perfectly. Thank you
PHY131 Dec 30, 2012 @ 3:47pm 
Didn't do a single thing.
"Securom launcher has stopped working."
Thats all I get every single time.
Sir Feedalot Dec 30, 2012 @ 8:32pm 
Thanks for this! i have the game running now, but i can only play for a few minutes before it crashes...im going to work on finding the solution and post for the others.
pnmbastos Dec 31, 2012 @ 7:50am 
Originally posted by Frosted Butts:
Didn't do a single thing.
"Securom launcher has stopped working."
Thats all I get every single time.
I have Windows 8 here, and it also fails with same error message. Strange thing is that when I tried the game for the first time it worked.
F |2 E @ |< Dec 31, 2012 @ 8:59am 
Originally posted by pnmbastos:
Originally posted by Frosted Butts:
Didn't do a single thing.
"Securom launcher has stopped working."
Thats all I get every single time.
I have Windows 8 here, and it also fails with same error message. Strange thing is that when I tried the game for the first time it worked.

According to Securom support, you should install the latest version of .NET Framework 3.5
It should be available in windows update.
Last edited by F |2 E @ |<; Dec 31, 2012 @ 8:59am
Ovanos Feb 3, 2013 @ 1:42am 
i installed the new GFWL and nothing happened, no error msg no nothing, BTW i didn't have any error msg before installing GFWL
i launch the game (through steam or through the folder) and i only get a loading cursor for a few seconds and then nothing
i even tried a workaround by putting the xlive.dll file in the game directory, but i get the same result
the game launcher isn't showing even in the task manager
Svenster Feb 4, 2013 @ 1:13pm 
Win8 64 bit, launching BioShock from install directory in the steam folder, desktop shortcut or out of Steam fails.
Gets me a busy cursor for a few seconds, then nothing - no error notification, pop up, flat crashes after I click the "Play" button after the window with the key info.
Eventviewer application logs kindly confirm that the launcher has crashed with these lines :

Faulting application name: Bioshock2Launcher.exe, version: 0.1.0.8, time stamp: 0x00000000
Faulting module name: Bioshock2Launcher.exe, version: 0.1.0.8, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0011ec64
Faulting process ID: 0x1248
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce0316bfb8e005
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
Report ID: fdd7c80c-6f09-11e2-be7d-5404a6dc18b6
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:

- System

- Provider

[ Name] Application Error

- EventID 1000

[ Qualifiers] 0

Level 2

Task 100

Keywords 0x80000000000000

- TimeCreated

[ SystemTime] 2013-02-04T20:32:28.000000000Z

EventRecordID 7964

Channel Application

Computer ASUS

Security


- EventData

Bioshock2Launcher.exe
0.1.0.8
00000000
Bioshock2Launcher.exe
0.1.0.8
00000000
c0000005
0011ec64
1248
01ce0316bfb8e005
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
fdd7c80c-6f09-11e2-be7d-5404a6dc18b6


Windows Error Reporting provides this bit (No XML to be found in the \appdata folders of the user account ID)


Version=1
EventType=APPCRASH
EventTime=130044835488972120
ReportType=2
Consent=1
UploadTime=130044835489622216
ReportIdentifier=fdd7c80d-6f09-11e2-be7d-5404a6dc18b6
IntegratorReportIdentifier=fdd7c80c-6f09-11e2-be7d-5404a6dc18b6
WOW64=1
NsAppName=Bioshock2Launcher.exe
Response.BucketId=04d8a4ed7868bd67b7045147a370872a
Response.BucketTable=1
Response.LegacyBucketId=1705339919
Response.type=4
Sig[0].Name=Application Name
Sig[0].Value=Bioshock2Launcher.exe
Sig[1].Name=Application Version
Sig[1].Value=0.1.0.8
Sig[2].Name=Application Timestamp
Sig[2].Value=00000000
Sig[3].Name=Fault Module Name
Sig[3].Value=Bioshock2Launcher.exe
Sig[4].Name=Fault Module Version
Sig[4].Value=0.1.0.8
Sig[5].Name=Fault Module Timestamp
Sig[5].Value=00000000
Sig[6].Name=Exception Code
Sig[6].Value=c0000005
Sig[7].Name=Exception Offset
Sig[7].Value=0011ec64
DynamicSig[1].Name=OS Version
DynamicSig[1].Value=6.2.9200.2.0.0.256.103
DynamicSig[2].Name=Locale ID
DynamicSig[2].Value=6153
DynamicSig[22].Name=Additional Information 1
DynamicSig[22].Value=88db
DynamicSig[23].Name=Additional Information 2
DynamicSig[23].Value=88db1a17bf6f65e37dfaa07ef7d82e37
DynamicSig[24].Name=Additional Information 3
DynamicSig[24].Value=b724
DynamicSig[25].Name=Additional Information 4
DynamicSig[25].Value=b7243f1e0b7413dd6cef30133c8d0299
UI[2]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
UI[3]=SecuROM Launcher has stopped working
UI[4]=Windows can check online for a solution to the problem.
UI[5]=Check online for a solution and close the program
UI[6]=Check online for a solution later and close the program
UI[7]=Close the program
LoadedModule[0]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
LoadedModule[1]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
LoadedModule[2]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\KERNEL32.DLL
LoadedModule[3]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\KERNELBASE.dll
LoadedModule[4]=C:\Windows\system32\apphelp.dll
LoadedModule[5]=C:\Windows\AppPatch\AcLayers.DLL
LoadedModule[6]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\msvcrt.dll
LoadedModule[7]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\USER32.dll
LoadedModule[8]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\GDI32.dll
LoadedModule[9]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\SHELL32.dll
LoadedModule[10]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\SHLWAPI.dll
LoadedModule[11]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\OLEAUT32.dll
LoadedModule[12]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\MPR.dll
LoadedModule[13]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\SETUPAPI.dll
LoadedModule[14]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\sfc.dll
LoadedModule[15]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WINSPOOL.DRV
LoadedModule[16]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\RPCRT4.dll
LoadedModule[17]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\combase.dll
LoadedModule[18]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\CFGMGR32.dll
LoadedModule[19]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DEVOBJ.dll
LoadedModule[20]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\SspiCli.dll
LoadedModule[21]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\sfc_os.DLL
LoadedModule[22]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\CRYPTBASE.dll
LoadedModule[23]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll
LoadedModule[24]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\bcryptPrimitives.dll
LoadedModule[25]=C:\Windows\AppPatch\AcSpecfc.DLL
LoadedModule[26]=C:\Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft.windows.common-controls_6595b64144ccf1df_5.82.9200.16384_none_bf100cd445f4d954\COMCTL32.dll
LoadedModule[27]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\mscms.dll
LoadedModule[28]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ADVAPI32.dll
LoadedModule[29]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ole32.dll
LoadedModule[30]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WINMM.dll
LoadedModule[31]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DDRAW.dll
LoadedModule[32]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\USERENV.dll
LoadedModule[33]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\COMDLG32.dll
LoadedModule[34]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\IMM32.dll
LoadedModule[35]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WS2_32.dll
LoadedModule[36]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\dwmapi.dll
LoadedModule[37]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\msi.dll
LoadedModule[38]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WINMMBASE.dll
LoadedModule[39]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DCIMAN32.dll
LoadedModule[40]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\profapi.dll
LoadedModule[41]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\SHCORE.DLL
LoadedModule[42]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\MSCTF.dll
LoadedModule[43]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\NSI.dll
LoadedModule[44]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\CRYPT32.dll
LoadedModule[45]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WSOCK32.dll
LoadedModule[46]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\VERSION.dll
LoadedModule[47]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\MSASN1.dll
LoadedModule[48]=C:\Windows\system32\uxtheme.dll
LoadedModule[49]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\IPHLPAPI.DLL
LoadedModule[50]=C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\WINNSI.DLL
State[0].Key=Transport.DoneStage1
State[0].Value=1
FriendlyEventName=Stopped working
ConsentKey=APPCRASH
AppName=SecuROM Launcher
AppPath=C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock 2\SP\Builds\Binaries\Bioshock2Launcher.exe
NsPartner=windows
NsGroup=windows8
Last edited by Svenster; Feb 4, 2013 @ 1:21pm
Ovanos Feb 4, 2013 @ 3:08pm 
did you post that to the official Bioshock 2 forum?
khior Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:08pm 
Thank you! Worked great with my Win 8 64 bit!
Ovanos Feb 19, 2013 @ 3:24am 
Originally posted by khior:
Thank you! Worked great with my Win 8 64 bit!

before, did it not launch at all? or just got the endless loading of games for windows live??
Tanq08 Mar 21, 2013 @ 10:39pm 
Thank you!
Shephard Apr 2, 2013 @ 5:37pm 
Thanks, I have Win 8 64-bit. Game works now.
Capt.Crispy Apr 9, 2013 @ 2:03pm 
This "solution" does not work. I have tried almost everything to fix this game on my Windows 8 64bit PC and not one thing has changed. I downloaded the latest version of GFWL, I reinstalled the game like 20 times.. Nothing but errors. I get the error [2000] 0x000002E4 when I try to launch it from steam. I deleted the local content, installed GFWL, the error still pops up. Note, this error only pops up when I have Service Pack 2 or 3 as the compatibility settings. When I set the compatibility at any newer OS like Vista or Win7 no error even shows, it just doesn't open. I spent $20 on this game so it can pretty much just sit there in my Steam library. Figures.
F |2 E @ |< Apr 10, 2013 @ 10:18pm 
Originally posted by SynergyProtocol:
This "solution" does not work. I have tried almost everything to fix this game on my Windows 8 64bit PC and not one thing has changed. I downloaded the latest version of GFWL, I reinstalled the game like 20 times.. Nothing but errors. I get the error [2000] 0x000002E4 when I try to launch it from steam. I deleted the local content, installed GFWL, the error still pops up. Note, this error only pops up when I have Service Pack 2 or 3 as the compatibility settings. When I set the compatibility at any newer OS like Vista or Win7 no error even shows, it just doesn't open. I spent $20 on this game so it can pretty much just sit there in my Steam library. Figures.

Can you upload a screenshot of your error.
Kelson Mandela Apr 13, 2013 @ 7:48pm 
So as of now, has anybody been able to fix this ongoing issue for windows 8?
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