Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition

Fallout 3 - Game of the Year Edition

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pi Aug 8, 2015 @ 4:11am
Windows 10 - how to launch Fallout 3
1. Go to Google
2. Type "games for windows"
3. open the Microsoft "Games for Windows Marketplace Client" website
4. Click download
5. Install the Games for Windows client.

Fallout 3 will now work (yes, it really is as easy as that!).

This should fix the game not launching when you click "play", and also the "Ordinal 43 could not be located" error. You don't need to log in to the Games for Windows client, you don't need to have it running, you don't even need an account. The game just needs some DLLs that come with this client (you may even be able to uninstall it again, although I haven't tested this!).

You shouldn't need to make any other changes apart from installing the Games for Windows client. If you have already set any files to be compatible, or made any other changes, change them back and try the above.

If you are still having problems (after installing the Games for Windows client) try changing compability for both Fallout3.exe and the launcher (I think it is called FalloutLauncher.exe) to XP Service Pack 3 and also tick "Run as Administrator". I stress again; you shouldn't need to do this, installing Games for Windows will work for most people, this is just one more additional step to try if installing Games for WIndows didn't work for some reason.
Last edited by pi; Aug 8, 2015 @ 4:13am
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Kimberlu Aug 8, 2015 @ 9:12am 
When I was on 8.1 I installed G4WL client and that got me to the actual launch screen, it did the whole testing my computer for the quality, but when I went to play it crashed again. I followed that other guide that then had me download a thing that cancelled out G4WL (followed this guide: ULTIMATE Fallout 3 Setup Guide READ THIS!) and got to step 6 which brought me to a Nexusmod. I honestly didn't play much before upgrading to W10. Now I'm still able to launch, but when I do I get a message from W10 that "This app might not work correctly; Fallout 3 is not compatible with this version of windows"
Now when I play randomly it'll crash and I have to sign out completely of the profile on windows, even running task manager won't let me kill the frozen game.
I'm wondering should I uninstall all I did to get it running with 8.1 and try with just G4WL?

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 10240) (10240.th1_st1.150717-1719)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 3847
BIOS: A02
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4130 CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
DirectX Version: 12
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
Miracast: Available, with HDCP
Microsoft Graphics Hybrid: Not Supported
DxDiag Version: 10.00.10240.16384 64bit Unicode
Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4400
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Pelmeshker Aug 8, 2015 @ 11:07am 
Oh god, it's amazing!
pi Aug 9, 2015 @ 3:31am 
Originally posted by Kimberlu:
I'm wondering should I uninstall all I did to get it running with 8.1 and try with just G4WL?

Yep, best way to test something is to revert all changes before making new ones (rule one thing out at a time, where possible). It may even be worth uninstalling the G4WL client AND the game, download the game first and then download the client?

One thing I should have said above; you almost certainly want to get the latest graphics driver from the ATI/Nvidia site, or in your case, the Intel driver (don't use the one that comes with W10).
Bonet Wholio Aug 9, 2015 @ 9:00am 
Thank you so much, It works perfectly!
Kimberlu Aug 9, 2015 @ 9:52am 
Originally posted by pi:
Originally posted by Kimberlu:
I'm wondering should I uninstall all I did to get it running with 8.1 and try with just G4WL?

Yep, best way to test something is to revert all changes before making new ones (rule one thing out at a time, where possible). It may even be worth uninstalling the G4WL client AND the game, download the game first and then download the client?

One thing I should have said above; you almost certainly want to get the latest graphics driver from the ATI/Nvidia site, or in your case, the Intel driver (don't use the one that comes with W10).

I was worried about that, but you're right. My internet is off for a few more days and I'm using my neighbors horrible wifi so I'm going to try on Wed, I'll post again then thanks.
Kimberlu Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:12pm 
So it loads, but freezes/crashes bad. Like I can't even task kill it. I have to sign out of my profile on W10, sign back in, launch, and then start up again.
-I tried just G4WL, that actually started it up to the main menu at least, but then I would press play and that would fail.
-I think this has more to do with my Intel Graphics card.
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