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How to Play FUEL without GFWL while still being able to Save
By Lucis Caelum
This small guide will show you how to play FUEL without GFWL while still being able to save and load your game!
UPDATE 6/4/2016: I've added a bit of info on how to restore your old savegame. Take a look at the "How to change your name" part of the guide.

UPDATE 2/19/2016: I've re-uploaded the mirros and provided a VirusTotal scan[www.virustotal.com].

I just tried to play one of my favorite racing games (FUEL) and noticed that the game crashes whenever I try to sign into GFWL. Interestingly enough the game works if I don't sign into GFWL and I can play just as I normaly would, though I can't save my game!

This is a huge problem, especially in a big open world game like FUEL, no one wants to start over every time, so I've looked for a fix and found one.
The Download
In order to get FUEL working again you need to download two files called 'xlive.dll' and 'xlive.ini', they're in the archive called 'xlive less_20140518_v2.7z'/FUEL_savegame_fix, which you can open with WinRar or 7zip.

Mirror 1 [GoogleDrive][drive.google.com]

Mirror 2 [Sendspace][www.sendspace.com]

Extracting and Installing
As mentioned before, use WinRar or 7zip to extract the contents of the archive. Both files need to be copied into your FUEL folder, for me this is in 'Steam\steamapps\common\FUEL'.

When you have done that, then you're pretty much done, start your game, play it, and save it as you would normally. Everything should be working now, the game should start up and be fully playable in Single-Player and saving should work just as intended.

No more signing in to GFWL, no more updates, just playing a good game, totally unhindered by GFWL!

There's something else you should do though, so keep reading!

How to Change your Name
One last thing you might want to do is change your name, othwerwise it will be set as 'Player1'. This also goes for restoring your old savegames.

Go into your FUEL folder and open your 'xlive.ini' with a text editor.

You'll find the following code:

Log = 0

Online = 1
Signin = 1
UserName = Player1

Change the 'Player1' into whatever you want to and save it, now, if you want to restore you old savegame then you need to use the same name that you used for your old profile. If you used GFWL, then you need to use the same name here.

Savegames are saved in "\Documents\My Games\FUEL" folder. There should be a folder that has the same name as your username. For example, if your GFWL username was "Bunny2cute4u" then you need to use this name in your xlive.ini as well. Now, if you've used this mod before, then you need to use the same name that you used the last time.
Last words and Credits
If you've done everything I said, then the game should work fine now, you should be able to save and best of all, no more GFWL. From what I can see you're not able to play multiplayer but that function may be added soon. The same two files might also work for other GFWL games, so if you have a game that needs GFWL to run/save then go ahead and try it!

Credits: I've found the files in this thread[cs.rin.ru]! It was uploaded by the user ' virusek ' who is probably the creator.

Disclaimer: If I have made typos, explained something wrong or if the credits are invalid, please feel free to correct me, I'll edit the guide accordingly. If requested I can add pictrues for each step, but I'm not sure that's really needed since it's fairly easy to do.

Thank you for reading this guide and I hope everything I explained here works for you, now go off and have fun in FUEL!
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myo Oct 2 @ 8:04am 
SUPER, thanks, I was close to desperation.
Lucis Caelum  [author] Sep 30 @ 11:41am 
Micien: Hi, I don't remember if I managed to fix Hysperr's issue but sure, I can take a look.
Micien Sep 30 @ 7:45am 
@Lucis Caelum Hello, I have the same problem than Hysperr... When I update the 'Player1', my old save doesn't load and the game always starts with a new game by default...
Did you solve the Hysperr problem when he sent you his .ini and save files ?
I can send my file if you want, I really don't want to begin again a new game
Shλl' D. Aug 22 @ 7:34am 
Still work to this day (08/18). This guide is a lifesaver!
Doombreed Aug 19 @ 6:43am 
settings going to defaults every game launch =(
dodasilvas Dec 10, 2017 @ 4:28pm 
Thanks a lot Lucis Caelum!
Grave Nov 5, 2017 @ 5:11pm 
Well shit, Fuel just overwrote my old saves and made a brand new save file with them.
ƊЄƇƘЄƦ Jan 11, 2017 @ 9:32am 
Thanks! :steamhappy:
maggy Jan 4, 2017 @ 9:01am 
Well im blind. Found it on one of the sites.
maggy Jan 4, 2017 @ 8:27am 
Sadly i cant get FUEL from Amazon as it simply wont ship to Estonia. Would be cool if someone can give me the key or we would trade but chance of getting scammed is too high.