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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 {LINK REMOVED}! 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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As of October 2021, can confirm this method DOES work on restoring a save file locked to a GFWL account as long as you do exactly what is described in the guide.
Sebenko Jun 21 @ 2:23am 
Has anyone had any success getting old GFWL saves to work?
Shaggoth (Ищезаяц) Jan 16 @ 12:41am 
well. you need to make a software, what'll emulate GWL. and FUEL server. nearly impossibe i'd say.
Juke Jan 16 @ 12:37am 
I liked this game for virtual road trips I could do with my frieds online. Is there a way to make multiplayer available?
No Known Stereotype Jan 4 @ 11:45pm 
Thank you much!
Morty Aug 29, 2020 @ 5:41pm 
Thank you! this works.
tw389g Aug 19, 2020 @ 4:50am 
I had the same problem as many others, it overwrites my file and creates a new sav file. I can then save ok, but even with refuel I have to buy all the vechicals. I was 95% completed of game.
Fuel is still one of the most epic games out there. I can still play and enjoy it, I just wish I had my game back. Did anyone ever find a solution to this? Thanks!
josepm78 May 24, 2020 @ 11:36am 
excelente . no andaba y no sabia que hacer. hasta que leí esto. muchas gracias.:steamhappy:
antikriz Nov 23, 2019 @ 8:43am 
Works great, thx !!
Log Launcher Sep 11, 2019 @ 12:40am 
Thanks for the guide. Really helpful.