blink2105 Mar 7, 2013 @ 8:06am
Steam and Windows 8
I have used Steam for a few years, but recently upgraded to Windows 8.

The issue I have is that when I launch a game it flicks to full screen in black and immediately minimises to the task bar. I have 12 games in the library and they all do the same. The only one that is slightly different is Battlefield Bad company 2 which launches to a small window but will not respond to the mouse clicks.

I have the latest graphic card software, it seems to make no difference, I also did a clean install yesterday of Windows 8 it has made no difference. I have attached my PC spec's below but if you need any other details please let me know.

I appreciate any help I can get? I am rather confused.

Manufacturer MEDIONPC
Model MS-7502
Total amount of system memory 6.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2, Intel core 2 duo E7400 @2.8 GHz


Storage
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Total size of hard disk(s) 1528 GB
Disk partition (C)343 GB Free (912 GB Total)
Disk partition (D) 417 GB Free (596 GB Total)
Disk partition (E) 11 GB Free (20 GB Total)
Media drive (F) CD/DVD

Graphics
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Display adapter type ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
Total available graphics memory 3839 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 2815 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.970.100.7000
Primary monitor resolution 1920x1080
DirectX version DirectX 10.1

Network
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Network Adapter Intel(R) 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection
Network Adapter 802.11 n/g/b Wireless LAN USB Adapter
Network Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
Network Adapter Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
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Ûvatha Mar 7, 2013 @ 9:31am 
did you install DirectX9?
Killer Koala Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:21pm 
You don't need to install DirectX9 on Windows 8.

It's possible you have a program installed that interferes with Steam.
Read these FAQs:
Spyware, Adware, and Viruses Interfering with Steam
Disabling Background Applications
Ûvatha Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:38pm 
Windows 8 doesn't come with DirectX9 installed. You need to install it if you want to play DirectX9 games.
Spawn of Totoro Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:42pm 
Originally posted by Ûvatha:
Windows 8 doesn't come with DirectX9 installed. You need to install it if you want to play DirectX9 games.

DirectX 10.1 includes DX 9.0c. You can't install DX9 because windoes won't let you downgrade DirectX.
Ûvatha Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:43pm 
that is not true
Spawn of Totoro Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:51pm 
Originally posted by Ûvatha:
that is not true

Yes. it is.

I have Windows 8 with DX11.1. I never had to install DX9 to get any game to work. DirectX won't let you install a lesser version of DX over a newer version.
Ûvatha Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:53pm 
I have Windows 8 x64 and I needed to install DirectX9 otherise my games didn't work.
Spawn of Totoro Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:56pm 
Originally posted by Ûvatha:
I have Windows 8 x64 and I needed to install DirectX9 otherise my games didn't work.

Then you did something wrong.

Enough though. This isn't helping the OP. I will not continue aiding in your mis-informaton.
Last edited by Spawn of Totoro; Mar 7, 2013 @ 12:57pm
Spawn of Totoro Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:01pm 
OP,

Have you tried verifying the game cache? Is windows fully updated? Did you try to repair the Steam installation?

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=6218-USFX-5568

There is a list from Steam on what you can do. Did you try them?

What specific games are they?
Last edited by Spawn of Totoro; Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:04pm
blink2105 Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:36pm 
Originally posted by Killer Koala:
You don't need to install DirectX9 on Windows 8.

It's possible you have a program installed that interferes with Steam.
Read these FAQs:
Spyware, Adware, and Viruses Interfering with Steam
Disabling Background Applications
I run Avast free alongside Windows own firewall, It was not an issue on Windows 7, but I will try it.
Killer Koala Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:38pm 
Originally posted by Ûvatha:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1064760-installing-directx-9-on-windows-8/page__p__594737964#entry594737964
That doesn't help your point at all. You should actually read what you copy before pasting it in. You don't ever need to install DirectX 9 on Windows 8 as it's built-in.
Read this: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/directx9xp.htm
Last edited by Killer Koala; Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:39pm
Satoru Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:42pm 
blink2105 Mar 7, 2013 @ 1:46pm 
Originally posted by Spawn of Totoro:
OP,

Have you tried verifying the game cache? Is windows fully updated? Did you try to repair the Steam installation?

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=6218-USFX-5568

There is a list from Steam on what you can do. Did you try them?

What specific games are they?
Hi,
I have freshly updated Windows 8 and I have installed all the updates and the latest drivers for my Graphics card. I installed the client before and after the refresh and reinstalled all the games. It made no difference.
My games are;
Batman Arkham Asylum,
Battlefield Bad Company 2,
Call of Duty MW 2,
3 Company of Heroes games,
Darksiders,
Frontlines fuel of War
Saints Row 3
Metro 2033
Red Faction Armageddon.
Some of them I bought recently on a humble Bundle but I played them all on Windows 7, I am not sure how to verify the game cache but I will have a look.


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