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giantguy14 Jul 11, 2013 @ 11:18pm
Fixing the Spore launch errors 2000 and 1004
This has all been said; I'm just trying to clarify. I hope this helps everyone.

The error is due to 64 bit Window 7 registry deleting the SPORE entries automatically after each installation and patching.

HOW TO FIX SPORE for 64 bit Windows 7
1. Open C:\Windows\regedit as administrator
You can do this by clicking Computer, Local Disc C:/. Then Type in the search bar regedit. Right click on the application and click run as administrator.

2. Find
When I searched this in the edit/find it returned no results, so what you can do is click on each folder individually in the left hand panel. Go to HKEY_Local_Machine then the Software folder then the Wow6432node folder then the Electronics Arts folder and finally the Spore folder. Now you may have multiple Spore Folders, you want the folder that just says SPORE. NOT SPORE TM.

3. Add the following as string value if they are not there
AppDir = SPORE
DataDir = C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\SPORE\Data\
InstallLoc = C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\SPORE
PlayerDir = My Spore Creations
It is important to make sure and add these strings in the order that they are given. The most important thing though is to direct the folders to the right place; I am specifiacally talking about the DataDir and InstallLoc folders. The string should direct to wherever you installed your game, so the initial part can vary you just need to find what yours is, buyt the last part sill stay the same SPORE/Data/ and Spore for the other one. Mine was in C:/games/Steamapps/Common/SPORE/Data/ and the same without the data for the next one. Don't include the = sign in the data!!!!

4. Add the following as 32bit DWORD value
ReIndexYesOrNo = 0
InstallCompleted = 1

5. Open Spore and have fun
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raph7676 Jul 12, 2013 @ 7:12pm 
Wow, i did exactly what you said n you know it totally work. I have forgotten about that game since i have change my pc to a windows 7. Thanks a lot ^^
Python War Jul 12, 2013 @ 7:36pm 
it's not working can anyone help
newbie Jul 12, 2013 @ 7:41pm 
not working for me either.
DMan Jul 12, 2013 @ 7:42pm 
Worked great. Now I can be my little girls hero for fixing her new game. Thanks!

"The error is due to 64 bit Window 7 registry deleting the SPORE entries automatically after each installation and patching. "

Does this mean I will need to repeat this process if there are any future game updates or only if reinstalled?
DMan Jul 12, 2013 @ 8:09pm 
I had to try a couple of times, but finally got everything correct. I always install to the default location so mine was:

DataDir = C:\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\common\Spore\Data
InstallLoc = C:\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\common\Spore

The above were the only things missing when I finally got into the right place
hybirs Jul 12, 2013 @ 9:42pm 
Im REALLY confused by this, do I add a string by right clicking, Help me!
DingWad03 Jul 12, 2013 @ 10:12pm 
what about getting this to run or even install on win8. after the download it gives me 'configuration script failed (2000)'. then 'could not find a needed package. the data directory is missing or corrupt. (1004)'

are there any fixes? i have the same folders in my regedit but i can't even install it through steam for the first time. compatibility mode is working for other games but i can't even install this one.
Goblin Jul 12, 2013 @ 10:20pm 
This also works with windos 8 just run the game in compatiblity mode
dipking1999 Jul 13, 2013 @ 7:05am 
Help! When I go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432node\Electronic Arts\SPORE all I find are (Default), AppDir, Locale, and PlayerDir!
DMan Jul 13, 2013 @ 8:45am 
I found a little tutorial to show how to add the missing string values. It does not cover all steps but its a start. I am far from being an expert on this stuff, but will explain as well as I can what I had to figure out.(don't add the text from the video its just an example)


Example: After adding DataDir right click "DataDir" and select modify. In the value data box add C:\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\common\Spore\Data

The value data will not be the same in all cases. It depends on where you installed your game. I think this was explained well so just read the directions carefully.

Jerichoholic, you have the same stuff that I had. Just add the missing items from step 3. (DataDir, IntallLoc) and then add the items in step 4. You're so close to getting it fixed!

Don Juan Jul 13, 2013 @ 11:05am 
I did nearly everthing, followed DMAN's advice, still didn't work.
Don Juan Jul 13, 2013 @ 11:09am 
eXXoN Jul 13, 2013 @ 11:51am 
Dman explained everything, some people are probably going to get it wrong because of the part in the guide where it says that you have to
"DataDir = C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\SPORE\Data\
InstallLoc = C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\SPORE "

You have to change those locations as DMan said then everything will work completely well :)
Leech Jul 13, 2013 @ 2:55pm 
If you have 32 Bit Windows -
Do not go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\SPORE

instead, go to


I exported my registry settings. Do this:

1.) Copy the script starting with "Windows Registry Editor" to just below
"InstalledCompleted" and paste it in to Notepad or another text editor
2.) Edit the script to point to your installation directory
3.) Save the file as Spore.reg
4.) Run the file.

Here's a script to help out:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"PlayerDir"="My Spore Creations"
"DataDir"="C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\Spore\\Data\\"
"InstallLoc"="C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\Spore"


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"PlayerDir"="My Spore Creations"
"DataDir"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\Spore\\Data\\"
"InstallLoc"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\Spore"
Last edited by Leech; Jul 13, 2013 @ 2:56pm
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