Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead

Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead

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WickeD Apr 15, 2013 @ 5:47pm
Bad Serial Number Given In Setup
I keep getting this when I try to play DayZ or the Arma 2 OA? How do I fix this?
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[40-1]King_Kosher Apr 15, 2013 @ 6:34pm 
Exit Steam,then start Steam as admin.Should work
WickeD Apr 15, 2013 @ 6:37pm 
Nope did not work.. And I have already verified integrety and reinstalled OA.
[40-1]King_Kosher Apr 15, 2013 @ 6:43pm 
then there might be a problem with the registry files.to fix those,there is a handy guide on the official forum.

http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?138564

This deals with various possibilities for your error,hope that helps

edit: also try:

ERROR: "Bad Serial Number Given on Setup" or "Invalid or Missing Serial Number"

SOLUTION 1: Close Steam, then run as administrator. Run ARMA 2. Run ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead.

SOLUTION 2: Delete a file called "localconfig.vdf" in .\Steam\userdata\#\config
The # is a series of digits that varies depending on your account. (If you've had multiple accounts active through your computer.) Restart Steam and run it as administrator.

SOLUTION 3:
1. Uninstall A2/A2:OA entirely. (Including the folders in registry.)
2. Close Steam.
3. Run Steam as administrator and reinstall the games.

WHY: (solution 1) Steam writes your serial numbers into your registry , but cannot do it if it doesn't have the rights to edit registry. Running both games means that Steam will re-write both serial numbers for both games. That way DayZ will work the next time you try to play it.
Last edited by [40-1]King_Kosher; Apr 15, 2013 @ 6:49pm
WickeD Apr 15, 2013 @ 9:26pm 
I fixed it thanks to the link thank you so much man.
xEViL Aug 4, 2013 @ 8:12pm 
this is killing me, i have done everything on here except delete and re-instal (in process now) anyone have any recent fixes for this that i am missing? that key message went away and now i get one about: Bad Version, Server rejected connection....
Rapture ツ Sep 2, 2013 @ 8:55pm 
Ok so I did some research and noticed that there werent many fixes to this problem and most people didn't even have an idea how it happened, so I deleted my games and started from scratch in search for this issue. Finally I got to the source and figuered out what causes it.
Heres the explanation and how to avoid it and fix it.

After receiving the bad serial number given at setup message I first tried the process to verify the entegrity of the game and every time there was an error and it said it would download the correct files, well this process just did not work.

Then I did the exit Steam and start it back up as admin, no dice again.

I changed the permission for the keys and that did not work.

I then noticed the files were missing from the "wow6432Node" folder so my problem was extensive.

After hours and hours of trial and error and even reinstalling Windows over again, I found the cause of this "pesky" problem everyone is having.
Here's how its caused. If you happen to delete you computers hard drive information because of maybe a virus, or upgrading your windows, or maybe you purchased a new computer and need to reinstall your steam games again. Avoid downloading multiple games at once.

When you download the game Arma 2 (for example) steam starts the download, but when you click on to download the other games like the operation arrow head, it pauses Arma2 and starts downloading operation arrow head. So now you have Arma2 paused and Arrowhead downloading. As soon as one is finished the other starts back up. Well theres the problem, somehow it wont install correctly if the downloads are interupted by pausing one and resuming the other. Now I personally have downloaded previously mutliple games at once and never had this issue until now.

The best way to fix the problem is to earase the games locally and download them again, this time one at a time. This will fix the issue and now you know how to avoid it from happening again.
:)
Dom98 Sep 8, 2013 @ 7:45am 
I still have a bad serial key, i reinstalled the games as admin. I went to Regedit on run, did all the tick boxes and still nothing is working. Its not just on my Operation Arrowhead but, my ArmA 2 too! Please help :(
zglina Sep 10, 2013 @ 4:11pm 
BIG WTF for all of you guys. I got the same problem ("Bad Serial number given in setup") with Arma 2 and Arma 2 OA. And everybody said that "steam support dont want to help us" so i never went to steam support. Bad today i wanted to play BioShock 2 and i couldnt get Cd-Key(it was needed to activ game). So i went to support to find solution, i found it and i thought... "maybe it will fix arma 2 error too"
AND YES it fixed it!
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2190-FJLB-1368
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Please exit Steam and browse to your Steam installation (By default: C:\Program Files\Steam\)
Note that the following action will reset the Steam account settings on your computer:
Delete the folder named 'userdata'
Restart Steam
log in to your account, and test the issue.
zglina Sep 10, 2013 @ 4:15pm 
BIG WTF for all of you guys. I got the same problem ("Bad Serial number given in setup") with Arma 2 and Arma 2 OA. And everybody said that "steam support dont want to help us" so i never went to steam support. But today i wanted to play BioShock 2 and i couldnt get Cd-Key(it was needed to activ game). So i went to support to find solution, i found it and i thought... "maybe it will fix arma 2 error too"
AND YES it fixed it!
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2190-FJLB-1368
----

Please exit Steam and browse to your Steam installation (By default: C:\Program Files\Steam\)
Note that the following action will reset the Steam account settings on your computer:
Delete the folder named 'userdata'
Restart Steam
log in to your account, and test the issue.
Umbacano47 Dec 14, 2013 @ 5:56am 
[KdN]-King_Kosher thank you so much for showing me how to fix my Arma II and Arma OA. I was about to re buy the game XD.
Umbacano47 Dec 14, 2013 @ 5:56am 
:physgun:
Dwayne Dibley Jan 17, 2014 @ 4:17pm 
Originally posted by KdN-King_Kosher:
then there might be a problem with the registry files.to fix those,there is a handy guide on the official forum.

http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?138564

This deals with various possibilities for your error,hope that helps

edit: also try:

ERROR: "Bad Serial Number Given on Setup" or "Invalid or Missing Serial Number"

SOLUTION 1: Close Steam, then run as administrator. Run ARMA 2. Run ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead.

SOLUTION 2: Delete a file called "localconfig.vdf" in .\Steam\userdata\#\config
The # is a series of digits that varies depending on your account. (If you've had multiple accounts active through your computer.) Restart Steam and run it as administrator.

SOLUTION 3:
1. Uninstall A2/A2:OA entirely. (Including the folders in registry.)
2. Close Steam.
3. Run Steam as administrator and reinstall the games.

WHY: (solution 1) Steam writes your serial numbers into your registry , but cannot do it if it doesn't have the rights to edit registry. Running both games means that Steam will re-write both serial numbers for both games. That way DayZ will work the next time you try to play it.

THX A LOT ! Solution 2 fixed it. And for FarCry3 too :)
Darkest Path Feb 23, 2014 @ 3:34am 
It's says im globaly banned, i just got back from a vacation. And when i try to get on one of my dayz server's i play it says [gobaly banned. #df26a0
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