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Halo 2 on Windows 7 will not start due to Windows live 3.0 not compatible

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  • Hey guys,
    I thought I would post my findings on Windows 7 and Halo 2. My son played the game some time ago on Vista and I thought I would give it a go on Windows 7. All my other games and there are a lot work fine, all but Halo 2. I have tracked down the source of the problem but found no solution other than installing Vista on another hard drive.
    When the game is completely installed I get this error message:
    Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another
    LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is
    running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this
    problem.


    The problem is not new even to vista and the reason is that when the game shipped on the DVD Live dist file was a mere 1.0..... but now live version is up to 3.0. So the problem it seems is that when Halo 2 starts it expects to load version 1.0 of live and has problems because it doesn't know what to do with version 3.0. See http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.xbox.halo&tid=45207f5c-8ced-4c8b-9320-04df1f8b81f6&cat=en_US_d61cd8ee-3cb1-4ad8-8ed2-69e4b6d3b885&lang=en&cr=US&sloc=&p=1

    NOTE THIS PROBLEM WILL ONLY SHOW ITSELF IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY INSTALLED OTHER LIVE GAMES WHICH UPDATED TO 3.0 BEFORE INSTALLING HALO.

    So what I did to work out it is an issue with Halo 2 and live was to install Windows Vista with SP2 on another hard drive. I then installed Halo 2 (doing a custom install so it installs fully), and when I went to start Halo 2 to my amazement I got the same error message, "live failed to initialize"  That's because live wasn't even installed on sp2. So I went to the Halo 2 dvd and installed the live version 1.0...... redist and then when I started Halo 2 it started wonderfully. It then discovered that a live update version 3.0 existed and updated to that etc etc and it runs fine on vista now.

    So where does it leave Windows 7 users and Halo 2 for now. Well install Halo 2 as your FIRST windows Live game and then install windows live manually from the dvd it's under the redists folder and named XLiveRedist1.0.6027.msi BTW this will work for vista as well. Whatever you do don't install the windows live 3.0 redist like I did. After running Halo for the first time and it updating to version 3.0 of live you can install your other live games and they will work fine.

    The other thing I have not tried but should work would be to run Vista as a virtual OS but I haven't tried this. I own a few copies of Vista so a second Hard drive was easier.

    I have to say that I am surprised that out of all the games I play it's ironic that a microsoft game is the only one that doesn't run for me.

    If anyone has any suggestions how to get Halo 2 to log into windows live without getting the error message I would love to know. I have tried the compatibility options etc.

    To Summarise: -  this method only works with a clean install of Vista.
    1. Install windows live 1.0.... which is on the Halo 2 disk. It is a file called xdist.... from my memory. If you have windows live 3.2 already installed you might be out of luck.
    2. Do a custom install of Halo 2 and choose the option to install the entire game NOT the play whilst installing option.
    3. When the game starts make sure you do NOT update live. You might want to pull your ethernet cable out or turn wireless off to be sure.

    I hope the summary helps if you don't want to read the details.

    I cannot confirm or remember if you can uninstall windows live. I think you can with the newer version so it might work if you can uninstall version 3.2 and go back to version 1 but your steam live games wont work until you update so you have to play halo2 first and then update to the latest version.
    • Edited by shaammy Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:48 PM
    Monday, August 17, 2009 8:50 AM

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  • Hi shaammy,

    As per the GFW site & Windows Vista Compatibility Center, Halo 2 is compatible for Windows Vista. So, ideally there should not be issues with Windows 7. You can find the compatibility details at:-

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-US/Games/Pages/Halo2forWindowsVista.aspx

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/Details.aspx?type=Software&p=Microsoft%20Halo%202&v=Microsoft&uid=&pf=0&pi=0&s=Halo%202&os=32-bit

     

    However, this problem may occur if you are running the Games for WindowsLIVE program as a dedicated server on a Windows Vista-based computer, on a Windows XP-based computer, or on a Windows Server 2003-based computer.

    Important : Before you run a Games for WindowsLIVE-dedicated server, make sure that you have the latest updates installed for Windows Vista, for Windows XP, or for Windows Server 2003. To check for updates, visit the following Windows Update Web site: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

     

    You can find the resolution methods as mentioned in the KB article at:-

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941208

     

    I hope above information helps!

    Thanks,


    Shruti

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:31 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Shruti,
    Yeah I found the link you suggested in my intial investigation. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941208 I am not running a dedicated server. It is definitely a problem to do with the game shipping with window's live version 1.0 and now windows live is up to version 3.0. By a process of elimination I worked this out. The problem was because when I do a clean OS install like windows 7 or Vista the first thing I do is copy my steam folder across the network with all my games. One of the games called Warhammer 2 uses Windows Live to authenticate and allow game play and if I ran it first then it would naturally update and install Windows live redist 3. Then I installed Halo 2 and fail even if it was vista or windows 7 as it is not an OS incompatibility but a live version muck up.

    So all I did was install the OS clean again install Halo 2 first on Vista and then on Windows 7 RC also on a spare disk and they started. Then when I logged into to live 1.0 it said an update was available but the game started and did the update. So with testing this way it pointed to the problem being a windows live version and not an OS problem. Well I have finished halo2 and got my gamer points added to my account so I'm don't with this isolated problem.

    I typed the above post because I read just about everyones posts regarding the problem and they all say the are NOT running a dedicated server etc etc but there was no resolution except one which was close to mine but pre windows 7.

    Sorry for the late reply I have work out how to turn on email me when someone replies to the post. Thanks for the reply shruti I appreciate it. I wish the problem was as simple as applying the 3.0 update. Oh btw I also tried a clean install and then installed windows 3.0 redist from Microsoft site and then install Halo 2 but that also failed and gave the same error message.

    So back to my problem I have "alert me when someone responds to this post ticked" but I don't get emails and I have checked spam and virus filters. Anyone go any ideas. And my email address is correct.

    Edit: I think I fixed the alerts problem it was sending them to my passport account and not also my direct email so hopeully I will get future replies.
    Monday, August 31, 2009 11:13 PM
  • Hey,


    I hope someone can help.

    I am NOT running a server or anything like that.

    I just built a new system and loaded Windows 7 64 bit (I avoided Vista even though I bought an Ultimate version).  So the first game I load is Halo 2 and it works pretty well in campaign mode last night.  It seemed to be saving at the check points and I played for about three hours.

    So tonight I try go to play some more and when i choose "campaign" it tells me that it will erase my previous data, so I back up to look for a place to choose "load game" or something but of course I can't find anything like that.

    So, I decide to log onto Windows Live (I did not have to do that last night), so I can update the game to see if that will help.  The update through the Windows Live service did not work, so I went to the Halo 2 official website and download and install both the game update 5/22/07, and the Windows Live update (I am guessing 3.0).

    Now the game won't run at all. :(   I am really cranky over this deal.  I have a ton of games that I have been looking forward to playing on my new system, Crysis, Supreme Commander, Bio Shock and more, but the one I loaded first because I want to play it most is Halo 2 and now it won't work it seems because I loaded the most current version of Windows Live.

    Someone please help!  I do NOT want to play on line, I do not want to play through Windows Live (it seems like that is what it wants me to do).

    I just want to play through the single player campaign and now I can't get the game to run at all.  It loads the title screen, but when I get the "hit any key to continue" it forces me to log onto Windows live and then it gives me an error message.  When I try to back out of that it locks up my computer with a black screen, and I have to reset, boot into safe mode and then reboot. 

    Please help.

    Thanks

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 3:04 AM
  • I have the same problem.  Let me know if you have found a resolution yet.  

    Trevor
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 8:50 PM
  • I just purchased a dell xps laptop last week.  Yesterday I got Halo 2.  Same problems on windows 7 as you.  There has to be an easier way of fixing this.
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009 6:01 PM
  • How do you uninstall Halo2 and the 3.0 redist? Can you please give detailed instrcutions Im bad with computers and ive been trying all night to do so. Any help is greatly appreciated
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 6:38 AM
  • I also  have the same problem .... its so sad :((( game comes from Microsoft but its not working :((( i  know its only 19.99 $$$ but come on , simple update will do it :))!!!

    i install the game in so many ways , like 7-8 times all ready ....Nothing works
    Sunday, November 22, 2009 8:34 AM
  • Can anyone give please us step by step instructions? dont leave us hanging here!
    Monday, November 23, 2009 5:49 AM
  • Hi Guys,

    As mentioned in my previous post, Halo 2 can now be seen as compatible with Windows 7, as seen at the
    Windows 7 Compatibility Center. However, I'll also try to look at the issue mentioned in the posts.

    I hope it helps.

     

    Thanks,

    Shruti

    Monday, November 23, 2009 5:35 PM
    Moderator
  • Really?  you will try to look at it?  jeez, don't strain yourself.   sorry but I'm as frustrated as anybody else here...  Of course we can't return the game because it's an open package... all they will do is give us the same game again, which DOESN"T FREAKING WORK!!!! 

    it seems like it should be an easy fix, why does it take so long to get someone's attention on this?  it appears that it was a problem on vista too, but I guess nobody uses that so you don't care, eh? 
    Monday, November 23, 2009 9:18 PM
  • i have the same exact problem, and i have tried countless times with suggestions for this forum and others and yet to no avail was i able to fix it. im just about to give up :(
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 1:28 AM
  • In the above instructions by shammy, he reinstalled the windows 7 operating system. Some of us cannot afford to do that because we have valuable data on our computer that cannot be deleted or because the computer came built in with windows 7 and without the CD. 

    There has to be a way around this without uprooting the whole computer
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:49 AM
  • In the above instructions, you reinstalled the windows 7 operating system. Some of us cannot afford to do that because we have valuable data on our computer that cannot be deleted or because the computer came built in with windows 7 and without the CD. There has to be a way around this without uprooting the whole computer Any help is greatly appreciated

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:51 AM
  • In the above instructions, you reinstalled the windows 7 operating system. Some of us cannot afford to do that because we have valuable data on our computer that cannot be deleted or because the computer came built in with windows 7 and without the CD. There has to be a way around this without uprooting the whole computer Any help is greatly appreciated


    I bought the game from Best Buy and I installed it in a DELL XPS with 64 bits Win7 OS, exactly as Ashiihashkii configuration.
    I installed fall-out 3 and it worked wonderfully, then I installed Halo 2 and got this

    '
    Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another
    LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is
    running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this
    problem.

    I had since uninstalled fallout 3 and then uninstalled Halo2, uninstall live gaming for windows and reinstall Halo 2, reinstall live gaming, .. etc more than 20 times and nothing worked.

    I think MSFT shall either quickly resolve this, or recall all the Halo 2 games, especially if as the MSFT guy said that this Halo 2 is compatible with Win7.

    My son loves this game, that's why I have not returned it (best buy said they can refund if I return the game),

    What a joke, the game designed by MSFT is the only game that got live problem
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:35 AM
  • I also have a new computer that came built in with win 7 and no CD.  what are we supposed to do if and when we need to reinstall it?  there is a windows key printed on the top of the computer, so I know I have a license...  wtf? 

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009 2:32 PM
  • Hi Guys,

    As mentioned in my previous post, Halo 2 can now be seen as compatible with Windows 7, as seen at the
    Windows 7 Compatibility Center. However, I'll also try to look at the issue mentioned in the posts.

    I hope it helps.

     

    Thanks,

    Shruti


    yeah, and when you search for "HALO" its all Halo Combat Evolved... not HALO 2, cant even get that right, there is tons of crys for help to get this to work with Windows 7 and have yet to see a solid answer. Uninstalling an Operating system is far from a fix, its a pain to do so, and as many, windows 7 pc's that dont come with the dvd/cds to reinstall cant do it, nor would i if it came with it.

    There needs to be a cold hard patch done, as thats what is needed. I hope someone figures it out, im pulling my hair out as it should work. But then again i was told about a MS Data Transfer cable working for the new MW2 console and what ya know, it doest, so i had to pay extra for the "NEW" cable/software, and im still waiting.
    Thursday, November 26, 2009 5:25 AM
  • I purchased Halo 2 today, hoping to run it on my Win7 64-bit machine. I too received the following error:

        "Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated 
         server) is running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this problem."

    After reading this forum and others I was ready to give up until I uninstalled and reinstalled Halo 2. When the the program is launched there is a diaglog box with a link for updating Windows Live (http://www.gamesforwindows.com/live/aboutLive.aspx). After clicking the link and updating Windows Live, Halo 2 runs with no problem for me on Windows 7 64-bit.



    • Proposed as answer by halo2onwin764 Sunday, November 29, 2009 4:36 AM
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 4:36 AM
  • I bought a new Dell desktop with Windows 7, installed Halo 2, and got the now notorious error message that everybody else is getting, namely:


    " Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated 
         server) is running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this problem."

    After reading this forum last night I tried all of the above strategies with nothing working.  This morning, I tried it again and miraculously it worked until I tried to play with the on-screen video settings and the game crashed.  Now, whenever I start Halo 2, I get the error again, plus it messes up my entire machine's video resolution settings.  So, I uninstalled and reinstalled the game with no luck, same error.  I also did not receive the dialog box for updating Wndows Live.  I read this forum again, went to the link above, and installed it but it didn't work for me.  Still no idea what to do.  I wish they would just make a patch for this problem.
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 5:48 PM
  • same here, install, uninstall, restarted, did the command prompt nothing. I also did not receive the box for updating windows live, and i have it installed. so non of these are working for the mass's. and I to wish they would just patch it.
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 5:50 PM
  • I started this post a while ago and have since finished the game after working out my fix which is a difficult one. I cannot believe that Microsoft didn't actually check their own games on Windows 7 prior to release.
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 10:31 PM
  • I agree, it's pretty ridiculous that Microsoft didn't have this on their brains when they released Windows 7.  I guess this is just one more reason to hate Vista.
    However, I think I found a fix that seems to work... for now anyway.

    I detached my computer from the internet by simply unplugging my modem and wireless router.  Then, it will run campaign and save progress, but obviously I can't get onto multiplayer. 

    In addition, and I don't know if this matters, but I'm running the 1.0 version of Live Gaming, following shammy's directions.  I've uninstalled the 3.0 version.

    So, until they patch this problem, it looks like I won't be playing any multiplayer but at least the campaign seems to work.
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 10:48 PM
  • Ive tried everything! A few days ago i tried reinstalling and using the 1.0.6027 version of Live Gaming but it still doesnt work. Does the Microsoft Visual programs have anything to do with it?
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 12:42 AM
  • would sure like an answer to this.  like many others on this site, I bought Halo 2 and installed it under vista as my first Windows Live app, played it initially for a few hours and it worked fine.  Upgraded to Windows 7 almost immediately and it has failed to load ever since, with the same Windows Live failed to initialize error.  Like others, I've uninstalled the game and Windows Live, tried reinstalling, no avail.  Having someone point to a site claiming it is Windows 7 compatible is missing the point.  A number of us have stumbled across a really obvious incompatibilty between a very popular game, Microsoft's service, and their latest OS.  I am not running Windows Live in server mode, have followed the "recommended fixes" to the letter, and it still doesn't work.  Can't believe MSFT has been totally silent about this....they should acknowledge the issue and give us a reasonable expectation for correcting it.  I don't care if I have to wait 6 months for a fix....I just wish they'd get their heads out of the sand and acknowledge to the community that they have a problem but intend to do something about it.
    Friday, December 04, 2009 11:15 PM
  • well after getting a blue screen and losing my sound, nothing would play, i would get an windows media player error and such. I wiped my 750 gig harddrive, and reinstalled Vista 64/ult. Did all the updates that is needed, thankfuly i have an SP1 disk, anyways, installed halo, no problems, played a few hours, got more updates etc.

    came back the next day still worked and I sat and looked at my upgrade disk and thought, wounder if i should go threw the pain again, so i did, then sat at the custom or upgrade option, i figured i havent transfered my backup over yet, so if Halo2 doest work a rewipe will not take that long etc.

    Installed Win7, got all the updates and clicked on my desktop icon on halo2 and well it works, and still does. I havent a clue, just that i know i have sound back and halo2 works. you shouldn't need to reformat or reinstall your OS to get a game to work, but in this day and age anything is posable.
    Saturday, December 05, 2009 4:53 AM

  • Hi All,

    I have come to conclusion, that this is a known issue that can occur for users attempting to play Halo 2 Vista on Windows 7.  It is an intermittent issue which is difficult to repro as it seems to only occur on certain systems, (so this being the reason I couldn’t repro it).

    As per my understanding, this particular issue links it, to an Nvidia display .cat file, though this issue has occurred on Nvidia and ATI systems. You can try deleting/renaming Catroot, Catroot2 files to get the game running.

    Additional information can be found at Games for Windows forum:-

    http://forums.gamesforwindows.com/t/8021.aspx (discussion on problem)

    http://forums.gamesforwindows.com/t/8958.aspx (workaround)

    In case, you guys still feel the issue has not been resolved, please feel free to post your thread at the Games for Windows forum, the concerned team will try to help you out.

    I hope it helps J

     

    Thanks,

    Shruti

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:29 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi I have the problem
     Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another
    LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is
    running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this
    problem.
    I am running windows 7.I know i am not running the dedicated server and have tried installing the game multiple times. I have uninstalled the x live redist and installed the 1.0.6027.msi as mentioned by shaammy but it still shows the same error message. the only other games are the basic ones included, Enemy territories quake wars and combat arms. it works fine on my other CPU running vista without any tinkering just the basic install. If you cold help it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 11:51 PM
  • Hi I have the problem
     Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another
    LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is
    running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this
    problem.
    I am running windows 7 64 bit.I know i am not running the dedicated server and have tried installing the game multiple times. I have uninstalled the x live redist and installed the 1.0.6027.msi it still shows the same error message. the only other games are the basic ones included, Enemy territories quake wars and combat arms. it works fine on my other CPU running vista without any tinkering just the basic install. If you cold help it would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks
    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 11:51 PM
  • @Shaammy:

    I got the same deal here. When i first installed H2V on my HP G61-511wm (i'll get to that later) it ran, but now it gives me the same message everyone else here is talking about: "Live Gaming on windows failed to init... blah, blah, blabbity blah."

    But that's not all, there's more...

    >System: HP Pavilion G61-511WM 15.6" Notebook Computer
    >OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    >CPU: AMD Sempron M100 running @ 2.00GHz
    >Memory: 3GB, Expandable to 4Gb
    >Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200
    >current WIE Rating: 3.9 on Aero graphics, 5.3 on gaming graphics
    >H2V install method: Full install only, do not start
    >Compatability modes used: All, didn't work

    I've gotten the manual update for windows live gaming and noticed while i was going through the program's 'redists' folder, i found something DirectX related, i think it updates the DirectX runtime files ...

    Mostly, after i installed H2V (Way before the updates) when i first started it, it was soo friggin' slow to start, i have all 3D settings at thier lowest, and it would just resize the screen to 800x600, if i clicked on anything, win7 squawks at me, asking if i wanna close the program, i say no.

    After the game (Finally) starts it'll run like a champ, but it will lag a little, depending on whats running in the background.


    Other than that, sometimes H2V gives me the error, sometimes it doesn't, but now with the update(s) H2V will NOT run at all, just gives me the dum error, it p***** me off, alot, the only Halo game i can get running no probs is H1PC

    And yes, it is ironic that halo 2 for pc is the only game that microsoft decided to screw with. Plus i never even installed the ded. server.
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:34 PM
  • I started this post a while ago and have since finished the game after working out my fix which is a difficult one. I cannot believe that Microsoft didn't actually check their own games on Windows 7 prior to release.

    Seriously? Even if it's difficult you should still share it with us, we wanna go back to playing halo 2 already.
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:44 PM
  • I just did the install but dont start option and didnt even isnstall the dedicated server. 
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 8:04 PM
  • I did suggest a workaround in the first post on the thread. Basically you have to have a new computer install for it to work. You have to install the original windows live version 1.0.... which is on the halo 2 cd and NOT the new version 3.2 live which is out now. I cannot remember if you can uninstall live 3.2 and install the older one. Anyway read the first post that's how I got it working on Windows 7. Vista will have the same problem too.
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:42 PM
  • I had issues after the first upgrade from vista to windows 7(earler post). but after having a BSOD, i just said frack it and wiped the drive, reinstalled vista, all the updates and then installed Halo2, no problems. So on my sons pc, he got the full vers of Windows 7, did the install and installed halo2 after doing all the updates, no problem. I just instead it on a vista 64 system that i use for a java server and no problems.

    really weird..
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:46 PM
  • did you do Windows updates which is fine? The problem is purely with Windows Live which is not installed by the OS unless you manually install it. But who knows its a buggy game you might have gotten lucky. I did a summary in my first post of steps to take to get it to work.
    Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:51 PM
  • I did what you said in the first post and uninstalled all live components. I then went to the redist folder and installed the 1.0.6027 version of live. it still gave me the same message. I does not do this on by vista based computer. it is also the first live game that i installed so i dont have another version of live on my system. i did what you said twice to no avail. any suggestions

    Friday, January 15, 2010 12:21 AM
  • >>UPDATE: I have created a new profile because i don't know how to login to this site/ my profile (lol |:( ). my last profile is Wolf That Hates Windows Live. I created that profile yesterday to post my first comment, and today i decided to wipe windows clean and start fresh, just to see if doing so would result in halo 2 either working fine, or give me the error and leave the screen @800x600 res, and guess what? H2V decided to give me the error, even though i installed the game first thing right after reinstalling Win7 on my laptop, HP Pavilion G61. I used the option 'Full install, do not start' to install, i've used Compatibility Mode, and nothing works, nothing.
    Friday, January 15, 2010 5:35 AM
  • Hi again i just tried re installing Halo 2 for vista and before playing disconnecting the internet from my windows 7 PC. The game ran fine until i needed to sign in to actually play because it needs the internet. I quit the game and reconnected and it displayed the same message
    Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another
    LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is
    running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this
    problem.

     I only have the 1.0.6027 version of live gaming.  Will it work if i update to the latest version??

    Thanks
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 8:40 PM
  •  Halo 2 on Windows Xp
     I don't have windows 7 or vista but i think you might want to give my idea a try and i know what needs to be installed to run Halo 2 for Vista,
      these i have taken from the tutorial on how to install on Windows Xp with online multiplayer which i managed to achieve-

    You need to install:

     MSXML 4.0 Sp2 and Sp3 both need to be installed
     C++ 2005 (in the redist folder under the name of "vcredist.msi")
     Gaming for Windows Live 3.2 "gfwlivesetupmin.exe") NOT INCLUDED but can be obtained from here
     
    Next "Compatibility"
     For Gaming for Windows Live 3.2 you need to run it for Windows Vista or Xp on 32bit and Xp on 64 bit
     C++ an MSXML isn't required but i think there are 32 bit and 64 bit versions for each so the default on the disc would be 32 bit unless you have a marked 64 bit version, so if you are
     running Halo 2 "64" use 64 or 32 versions but if you are using a 32 bit keep to the 32 bit versions.
     The Halo 2 "startup.exe and halo2.exe" in the directory both need to be in compatibility for Windows Vista and any others will work for Win 7

     Driver Updates
     Some issues with startup crashes are "Direct X 9 c"
        First you need a direct x 9c or above compatibility, or it will limit to what i can do and i wint start at all or have many graphics problems.
        Second the latest update for Halo which can be obtained from here
        Third to fix GFWL just repair or overwrite the install.

    Some other errors eg. missing dll(s) when starting you can usually search in the Microsoft search engine www.microsoft.com

    RAZOR 122354 any other poblems or if this is wrong or incomplete please fill me in at dl122354@gmail.com
    • Proposed as answer by Razor122354 Monday, February 01, 2010 8:41 AM
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 10:27 AM
  • The update is finally here - My Halo 2 finally started on my Windows 7 x64!

    It was found thru a normal windows update, as "optional updates", and it seems to work for me!

    btw, It just Sucks that it took so long time!


    ---Cut--

    Games for Windows - LIVE V3.2
    Installation date: ‎2010-‎01-‎27 19:12
    Installation status: Successful
    Update type: Recommended

    The  Games for Windows – LIVE service update with all the latest fixes and changes is now available. Please download and update if you are a Games for Windows-LIVE user.

    More information:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=127755

    Help and Support:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=127762

    • Proposed as answer by Jobe77 Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:19 PM
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:18 PM
  • Hi I went to the update in the action center Solve Problem with Games for Windows - Live and downloaded gfwlivesetupmin.exe  from the link in the action center I then installed it and when I ran Halo 2 i still got the same message. Did you do anything different??
    • Proposed as answer by halo2onwin764 Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:32 AM
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:22 PM
  • What i did: I uninstalled Halo 2. Installed Halo 2 (for the 200th time) Clicked on the start menu, and ran the "Windows update" program. The windows update said that there was 1 option update avaible, and that was "Games for windows - Live 3.2" ..and after that it worked fine.... I never downloaded any other file or tried to "hack" the windows live system, I just had a normal installation of the other windows live software (messenger, and so on), version 2009 .. I think for this to work best, you´ll need a clean install of the game and live without any "patches" ...
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:29 AM
  • I gave this solution on Thanksgiving of last year. None of the boneheads here would follow the instructions. gfwlivesetupmin.exe; That's what you download from the intro screen for the game when it first starts.
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:33 AM
  • My game never came that far, it failed before the intro screen
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:42 AM
  • I did exactly what you said to do and I am still getting the same message that windows live failed to initialize. I uninstalled halo then installed the update than reinstalled halo and it still wont work.
    • Proposed as answer by Razor122354 Monday, February 01, 2010 8:41 AM
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:22 PM
  • I did the opposite way, I had halo 2 installed, and then ran the windows update system, not manually download...
    Friday, January 29, 2010 5:56 AM
  • Hi I went to the update in the action center Solve Problem with Games for Windows - Live and downloaded gfwlivesetupmin.exe  from the link in the action center I then installed it and when I ran Halo 2 i still got the same message. Did you do anything different??
    Yes i have heard this hundreds of times, if this is games for windows live related and you installed itfrom the redist folder and hen installed a newer version it dosent work. Simpily the new versiondosent remove the old install or just the old files with the new ones. The only way i have solved this is by re-installing windows but i have many things stopping m removing anything on my pc for other reasons. Theres some "patches" youll find by googling his subject to remove all retries and then reinstall it but "reinstalling the game will probbaly have a 99.9% fail chance" so you might want to reinstall windows:
     
    Reinstalling windows and getting everything you need to play halo 2 on Win 7
     Install Windows 7,
      Download GFWL 3.2 install it and sign in first.
       Use you method of installing Halo 2 but dont run any redist but the C++ 2005 then run Halo 2 i haven't tried this or even heard of it so far on windows 7 except of the auto update crash, all the updates are provided above.

    Gaming for Windows Live 3.2 "gfwlivesetupmin.exe") NOT INCLUDED but can be obtained from here

    RAZOR 122354 any other problems or if this is wrong or incomplete please fill me in at dl122354@gmail.com
    • Proposed as answer by Razor122354 Monday, February 01, 2010 8:41 AM
    Monday, February 01, 2010 8:40 AM
  • Read my reply up top

       Yes i have heard this hundreds of times, if this is games for windows live related and you installed itfrom the redist folder and hen installed a newer version it dosent work. Simpily the new versiondosent remove the old install or just the old files with the new ones. The only way i have solved this is by re-installing windows but i have many things stopping m removing anything on my pc for other reasons. Theres some "patches" youll find by googling his subject to remove all retries and then reinstall it but "reinstalling the game will probbaly have a 99.9% fail chance" so you might want to reinstall windows:
     
    Reinstalling windows and getting everything you need to play halo 2 on Win 7
     Install Windows 7,
      Download GFWL 3.2 install it and sign in first.
       Use you method of installing Halo 2 but dont run any redist but the C++ 2005 then run Halo 2 i haven't tried this or even heard of it so far on windows 7 except of the auto update crash, all the updates are provided above.

    Gaming for Windows Live 3.2 "gfwlivesetupmin.exe") NOT INCLUDED but can be obtained from here

    RAZOR 122354 any other problems or if this is wrong or incomplete please fill me in at dl122354@gmail.com
    • Proposed as answer by Razor122354 Monday, February 01, 2010 8:42 AM
    Monday, February 01, 2010 8:42 AM
  • So the steps are install 7, install GFWL , Then install halo 2 but dont run ??

    Monday, February 01, 2010 8:17 PM
  • Is there another way without completely uninstalling windows

    Monday, February 01, 2010 8:18 PM
  • Try running Halo 2 when the internet is not turned on (this worked for me)
    Sunday, February 07, 2010 9:38 PM
  • I did that but I need to log on to play so i couldnt without internet

    Monday, February 08, 2010 12:56 AM

  • Hi All,

    I have come to conclusion, that this is a known issue that can occur for users attempting to play Halo 2 Vista on Windows 7.  It is an intermittent issue which is difficult to repro as it seems to only occur on certain systems, (so this being the reason I couldn’t repro it).

    As per my understanding, this particular issue links it, to an Nvidia display .cat file, though this issue has occurred on Nvidia and ATI systems. You can try deleting/renaming Catroot, Catroot2 files to get the game running.

    Additional information can be found at Games for Windows forum:-

    http://forums.gamesforwindows.com/t/8021.aspx (discussion on problem)

    http://forums.gamesforwindows.com/t/8958.aspx (workaround)

    In case, you guys still feel the issue has not been resolved, please feel free to post your thread at the Games for Windows forum , the concerned team will try to help you out.

    I hope it helps J

     

    Thanks,

    Shruti


    Hey Guys,  I too was having this problem and it drove me crazy but I followed Shruti's directions (above) and the game plays perfectly with multiplayer and everything.  The only thing is that every time I play I have to run the command prompt as an administrator, type in "net stop cryptsvc" open up the files that he says to and delete the "catroot2" file" then go back to command prompt and type in "net start cryptsvc".  This is not a big deal of a thing to do so I don't mind.  Catroot2 seems to come back everytime I shut down my computer.  But this work around worked for me.
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 7:15 PM
  • This eventually worked for me

    - read http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941208

    - tried method 1:

    -- deleted Halo 2, Microsoft Games for Windows Live, and everything else from Microsoft Game Studios.

    -- reinstalled Halo 2

    -- downloaded and installed the latest update from the page that kb 941208 links to.  I don't think it actually is the latest update; if I remember correctly, it installed 3.1.99something.

    -- ran Halo 2.  Got the same error.

    - tried method 2: ran Windows Update and installed everything but Windows Live Essentials.

    -- Ran Halo 2.  Got the same error.

    - tried method 3:

    -- "net stop cryptsvc" gave me an error message.  Clicked Start, searched for "service", and ran Services.

    -- When the Services control panel opened, right-clicked Cryptographic Services and selected Stop.

    -- "ren %windir%..." gave me an error message.  Opened Windows Explorer, navigated to C:\Windows\system32, and renamed catroot2

    -- In the Services control panel, right-clicked Cryptographic Services and selected Start.

    -- Ran Halo 2.  This time it started, and showed me a dialog that offered to upgrade Games for Windows Live.  Sure, OK, like I have a choice, ...

    -- Ran Halo 2 again.  It worked!

     

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 4:42 AM
  • I did as you said in method three and it still did not work. It did not give me the option to upgrade games for windows live though so i do not know......

     

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:12 PM
  • I just found out that you don't have to uninstall or anything like that....JUST TURN OFF your internet and then start the game once your in the game you can start it up again.

    OMG! Why didn't I figured it out sooner WOW :D ....
    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:04 AM
  • Dang.  I though I had it fixed, but no.  When I restart the computer the problem comes back, and I have to do the stop-rename-start dance again.
    Saturday, April 03, 2010 4:16 AM
  • Well THAT sure didn't work!!!  For  awhile there I thought I had completely fried my new HP i7 system.  Half an hour later, I got it to reboot.  What da heck was THAT???
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:46 PM
  • Well THAT sure didn't work!!!  For  awhile there I thought I had completely fried my new HP i7 system.  Half an hour later, I got it to reboot.  What da heck was THAT???
    Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:47 PM
  • When I install Halo 2 and start the game, I get this message:

    Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this problem.

    I am not running or have installed any other Windows LIVE games, and have reinstalled halo 2 multiple times.

    I have tried the workaround found here:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936688, and it did not work.

    I've looked everywhere, done everything, HALO 2 doesn't work either. Please help! I've been waiting to play this game FOREVER!

    things ive done:

    the catroot2 thing

    run as admin

    disconnected wifi and ran the game

    uninstalled all live stuff and reinstalled the game

    got newest live version and reinstalled

    I've uninstalled way too many times, someone please help me get halo 2 to work!
    Sunday, April 18, 2010 4:04 PM
  • This eventually worked for me

    - read http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941208

    - tried method 1:

    -- deleted Halo 2, Microsoft Games for Windows Live, and everything else from Microsoft Game Studios.

    -- reinstalled Halo 2

    -- downloaded and installed the latest update from the page that kb 941208 links to.  I don't think it actually is the latest update; if I remember correctly, it installed 3.1.99something.

    -- ran Halo 2.  Got the same error.

    - tried method 2: ran Windows Update and installed everything but Windows Live Essentials.

    -- Ran Halo 2.  Got the same error.

    - tried method 3:

    -- "net stop cryptsvc" gave me an error message.  Clicked Start, searched for "service", and ran Services.

    -- When the Services control panel opened, right-clicked Cryptographic Services and selected Stop.

    -- "ren %windir%..." gave me an error message.  Opened Windows Explorer, navigated to C:\Windows\system32, and renamed catroot2

    -- In the Services control panel, right-clicked Cryptographic Services and selected Start.

    -- Ran Halo 2.  This time it started, and showed me a dialog that offered to upgrade Games for Windows Live.  Sure, OK, like I have a choice, ...

    -- Ran Halo 2 again.  It worked!

     


    i did that a million times, didn't work once.

    also thats a temporary fix

    Sunday, April 18, 2010 4:16 PM
  • so it dosent work out with windows 7 ?its making the same thing 

    Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another 
    LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is 
    running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this 
    problem. i need help is it windows live where messenger is  ?

     

    Saturday, May 08, 2010 9:05 AM
  • The only thing is that every time I play I have to run the command prompt as an administrator, type in "net stop cryptsvc" open up the files that he says to and delete the "catroot2" file" then go back to command prompt and type in "net start cryptsvc". 

    D'oh?! Tell this an Apple evangelist and she/he will laugh for about one day. So me. "The only thing ..."? You're serious? Is this again the typical "Windows is for nerds who like to wrote code all night long eating pizza drinking cola and life is passing by"?

    Excuse my English, I'm from Germany and I BOUGHT HALO 2 for a bunch of Euro. I just wanted to play the game -- but it doesn't work.
    The "moderator" told us "this issue has occurred on Nvidia and ATI systems". Okay, yes, but ... I've just forgot all the other major vendors of graphic cards ... this sounds like: This only occured on Mac OS X, Windows 95 up to 7 and all Linux stuff. So what? Should we play it on a ATARI ST?

    This is a MICROSOFT Game that doesn't work on a MICROSOFT operating system.
    How awkward, to pass this on graphic cards, wrong case color or whatever they may find.
    This issue occured on MICROSOFT systems -- so MICROSOFT should fix it!

    Saturday, May 22, 2010 10:24 PM
  • hey all you have to do after renaming the catroot folder to catroot 2 is then to rename it catroot 2 then go to the command prompt in administrator mode then type the command net stop cryptsvc and press enter then go back to system 32 delete the file called crtold then find the file catroot 2 rename it to crtold then go back onto the command prompt in administrator mode then tpye the command net start cryptsvc and press enter... that worked for me but the only problem with that is every time you want to play the game you have to go through this process hope that helps.
    Sunday, May 30, 2010 12:52 PM
  • Hello Shaammy, I'm new here and certainly no pc specialist.

    I just read your solution for windows 7 and I thought "Let's give it a try".

    By the way I have a Windows 7 64 bit running.

    I know I'm reacting on a very old post from you but still: question is: How do I: "install Halo 2 as my FIRST windows Live game?"

    In other words: what do I do with any "old" ones and how do I find out?

    As far as I know I'm not running any windows live on a dedicated server.

    I just wanna play the single shooter levels of Halo2 on my pc.

    Many thanks for your answer.

    Tuesday, June 01, 2010 2:23 PM
  • remove the file dwnmapi.dll from game folder and then run halo2.exe

     

    dont forget to update windows live from start ->all programs->windows update

     

    enjoy

     

    :)

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 3:50 AM
  • Is it possible to release a patch that changes the OS requirement? if so, WHY HAVENT THEY???

    Friday, June 25, 2010 3:33 AM
  • Remember the dust and fingerprint problem of old when a game like Halo or Halo 2 on xbox wouldn't run right? It's the same on PC! I've reinstalled Halo twice on Windows 7 home prem and it won't exit from the game. I played it on my other computer Win 7 ultimate and it runs great! So I'm debating the dirt issue as a OS problem...make sure you have disc cleaners before you install something.
    • Proposed as answer by B4D Player Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:06 AM
    Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:05 AM
  • So PC software should come on a flash drive rom not a dl dvd.
    Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:07 AM
  • On Wed, 7 Jul 2010 04:07:30 +0000, B4D Player wrote:

    So PC software should come on a flash drive rom not a dl dvd.

    It doesn't happen often, but I've seen a couple of situations where it
    did. Of course, CDs/DVDs are cheaper, so they are far more often used.


    Ken Blake
    Wednesday, July 07, 2010 9:28 PM
  • OK, I realize this has gone on for more than a year now so here's my 2 cents

     

    I had the same error as everyone else on several machines - 6 to be exact.

     

    Each one is running Windows 7 x64.  As I installed the game on each, I got the same error.

     

    On each machine, I had to rename the catroot2 file - EACH TIME THE GAME LOADS!

     

    I'm not sure why, but this has worked on 6 different machines.  Why?!?!?!

     

    To duplicate what I've done to get the game playable follow these steps:

    1. Log on to the computer by using an account that has administrator rights.
    2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
    3. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
      net stop cryptsvc
    4. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    5. erase %windir%\system32\catroot2_renamed
    6. ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2_renamed
    7. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
      net start cryptsvc



    Friday, July 30, 2010 7:29 PM
  • There is a program out there that will fix this problem, here's the link for it.

    http://www.monstrmoose.com/download.php?f=H2VWin7Fix.exe

    P.S. make sure to right click it and run it as administrator otherwise it won't work.

    • Proposed as answer by Laithes Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:41 PM
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:40 PM
  • None of the other fixes worked for me. What did work was simply unplugging my wireless adapter and then running the game and it worked. Then plug your adapter back in and then you can log into windows live for games.
    Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:32 PM
  • Hey, everyone. I'm already past all of the issues of running Halo 2 on Windows 7. But now, I'm curious on how I get it to run on Live (multiplayer mode).

    When I try to log into Live with an account I created, I get a message that says this:

    "An update is available for LIVE. If you decline this update, you will be signed out of LIVE. Do you want to apply the update now?"

    Considering I had no choice, I decided to go with the update. But when I try to make this update, I get this error message:

    "Can't download the update. Make sure that you are connected to the internet. If the problem persists, go to www.windows.com/support"

    And some numbers and letters like this: 0X80072751

    The ENTIRE time, I am also connected to the internet while all of this is going on. I wanted to know if anyone had any ideas on how to fix this. Is it my connection, or is it the game itself? I'd appreciate it if someone were to reply me as soon as they can. I just want to play Halo 2 on LIVE. :(

    Thank you all for taking time to read my post. :)

     

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2:11 AM
  • I think I did everything you wanted me to do, but I still had no luck. Would you mind giving me the info of what I should do, step-by-step?
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:41 AM
  • No, I mean, I didn't fully understand what you wanted me to do in your last post. Could you give me a more detailed explaination on what I need to do?

    You want me to un-install wndows live?

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 9:05 PM
  •  

    Hey guys, I am having the same problem as described in the very first post.  I am trying to install Halo 2 for PC on Windows 7 and I keep getting the error message:

     

    ...and then it'll crash.

    I do not know what this means, the only other game I have on my pc (besides the little ones like solitaire, etc. that came with Windows) is Halo 1 (Halo: Combat Evolved for pc).

     

    How do I fix this and make Halo 2 work ???

    Friday, November 19, 2010 1:45 AM
  • Please try some of the troubleshooting suggestions expressed in this forum thread.
    Carey Frisch
    Friday, November 19, 2010 3:00 AM
    Moderator
  • Yes it is brand new just unwrapped and opened it today
    Friday, November 19, 2010 3:12 AM
  • Quote from Selexo on the workaround:

    This fix did a number on my system, I followed all the instructions to the tee.. granted it worked but, on reboot my system lost sound a few other devices stopped working.. it was like certain hardware were never installed.. Luckily instead of deleting these files I moved them all into different backup folders on my desktop IE: placed INF files in a INF folder, and CAT files for the KB CAT files.. so with the backups the first thing I did was slowly reverse the effects by dropping the files that I was suppose to have deleted back into their respective folder. first I dropped all the CATS back in and tried HALO2.EXE and it still loaded. Next I dropped the INF and BINGO. the problem with halo error thinking it was already running was back but my sound started working. SO I did a search for the INF and this time knew it had to be something linked to one of the infs I had a total of 53 OEM*.INF. So to quickly find out which one was the problem I deleted the FIRST HALF the inf that I had placed back in and tried to run HALO2.exe and BINGO again.. HALO2 would run. so I knew it was one of the first half on INF causing the HALO2 error. with only 20 some INF and PNF I started deleting one by one each OEM.INF till Halo2 would run and found the problem to be linked to my DISPLAY Driver INF from nvidia (YES very odd) named OEM2.INF. AS Soon as I deleted this INF HALO2 started just fine with no problems at all. I searched the registry for any reason this would be a problem but other then finding out that {70DA65FC-340D-4F67-9C77-3D39FB89AAE3} refrenced this to my video display and VEN_10DE&DEV_0297&SUBSYS_05711558&REV_A1\ PCI I just found it odd that my display driver INF was causing the problem.
    Anyways I thought that It would be a good idea for others to find out what OEM#.INF (your # might be different) had their display drivers by reading inside the INF file and move their
    MY OEM2.INF had.
    ; NVIDIA Windows Vista / Windows 7 (64 bit) Display INF file
    ; Copyright (c) NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.
    [Version]
    Signature   = "$Windows NT$"
    Provider    = %NVIDIA%
    ClassGUID   = {4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    Class       = Display
    DriverVer   = 11/20/2009, 8.17.11.9562
    CatalogFile = NV_DISP.CAT
    OEM#.CAT
    from their
    C:\Windows\System32\catroot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}
    and Delete The DISPLAY (NVIDIA or ATI) OEM#.CAT rather then delete all of their INF that may cause boot or driver problems in the future. This would be much safer then deleting all inf (some that had my intel SATA controller drivers in them and chipset drivers) and test to find out if they have a similar issue..
    In the end of the day all I deleted was OEM2.INF, OEM2.PNF and OEM2.CAT to get halo2 to run. Just deleting OEM2.INF was enough for me to get HALO2 Running but wanted to make sure it OEM2.* wasn't going to cause problems in the future by leaving files pointing to each other that don't exists anymore. The problem may come back on a driver reinstall but at least I know what drivers INF is causing my problem.
    I just wanted to post this to get this out there as the more information on why HALO2 may be failing on some system the better people can Properly single out the problem on their system rather then just doing a sloppy deleting of files that my show driver problems in the future. I have no idea why HALO2 is even calling on my OEM2.INF for information to start or why it causes the problem but maybe it can be looked into. As the current recommend fix stands this is like taking a sledgehammer to the problem rather then troubleshooting the issue itself, it may work but it may cause other problems not related to the game like in my case.
    ___
    In other words, delete or move the OEM#.INF, .PNF and .CAT files from the WINDOWS folder, and Halo 2 will work. Apparently Halo 2 looks up your graphics information, and therefore crashes upon playing.
    ___
    Currently testing, will reply back if it works.
    Friday, November 26, 2010 6:34 PM
  • Hey Shruti,

     I'm not sure you're reading it completely. Halo 1-3 is not Win 7 compatible. It obviously says that. It's a drag, cause I like the  Halo s 

    Monday, November 29, 2010 8:26 AM
  • I'm just running plain old window 7 64-bit, and I'm still gettin the "Live Gaming on Windows failed to initialize. This may be because another LIVE Gaming on Windows application (such as the Halo 2 dedicated server) is running on the same machine. Otherwise, reinstalling the game may fix this
    problem.
    " No servers or anything. My son just wants to play Halo 2 with his friends.  I have spent 7 hours reading thru posts and trying the different things suggested by Moderators and microsoft.  I tried all the above things you suggested along with several other suggestions from others.  Is there a solution to this problem or did I just flush a bunch of money down the toilet and disappoint my son????

    Wednesday, December 08, 2010 12:35 AM
  • Just found this thread...WOW.. it is 1.5 years old.. Microsoft...Hello???

    Found this thread becasue I JUST BOUGHT a copy of Halo2 for "Windows".

    I have Windows7.. which Microsoft convinced the world was better than Vista.

    Halo2 (which again, I just bought), gives me the same error as above.

    This should be an easy install and play game (Aren't Win7 and Halo2 both published by Microsoft?).

    Please help me find an answer.

    Monday, December 27, 2010 3:00 AM
  • It is truly sad that the posts relating to HALO 2 span a period of over 14 months.  I have enough computer skills to be dangerous (at least to my own computer), but to read some of the "work-arounds" which have been suggested is laughable (by NO means is that directed to you "techies" who are dedicated gamers and have tried to provide solutions to a product put out by MSFT).  My suggestion is to have more transparent advertising on the HALO 2 product...something to the effect...

    Installing this game on your computer will test your loyalty to both MSFT & HALO 2.  IF you are successful in installing the game--good for you, but the majority of buyers will spend countless hours surfing the web in search of way to get the game to work...to no avail.

    I had to buy a new computer (which now comes with Windows 7) for my kids as the motherboard on their prior system "fried".  I connected the computer, installed Norton Internet Security, downloaded the MS Windows updates (44 in all if I remember correctly), then installed HALO 2.  Did it work...sure did, right up to the "LIVE Gaming on Windows failed..." message appeared.  It is a message which many of you are familar with at this point (at least from reading over 14 months of posts).

    All I can say is that it is truly sad that a fix (downloadable, without re-writing code, deleting files, etc.) has not been made available.

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 3:48 AM
  • I honestly don't believe it has anything to do with the computer, OS, security, etc.  August 2009 was the first post (on this site) and as recently as 2 1/2 hours prior to my post, Woodital had the same issues, as did Flooritnfly in November.  This is an issue(s) which has plagued this game for quite some time.  In response to your inquiry, the system on which I attempted to install the game is an HP Pavilion Slimline S5000 Series, Model s5657c.  It has an AMD Sempron 140 Processor, 3GB DDR3 system memory, 1/2 TB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrtated graphics and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition.  Now I am sure someone will say, "Oh, it has to be your processor" (or something to that effect), but truth be told, it appears that it has an inherent flaw somewhere in the code.  Let's put this in perspective by using an analogy...

    You buy a brand new car, put the key in ignition and then try to start it...and it doesn't start.  Well, says the mechanic, change out the battery...that's done, but the car still doesn't start, so, change the engine...and on and on...after a while, one would say, enough is enough and go elsewhere.  This is in essence what I have told my boys.  As I told my soldiers when we were in the mid-east...remember, most of our equipment was built by the lowest bidder, so if it doesn't work, toss it and find something that does and don't waste a lot of time doing it; so, I guess what I am saying here is...I plan to return/toss HALO 2.

    Thanks Vegan Fanatic for your input.  Sould I presume that you work for MSFT or a related entity?

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4:17 AM
  • As I stated in my original post, I have enough computer skills to be dangerous to myself.  When you asked for computer info, I provided what I thought you wanted, to wit,

    HP Pavilion Slimline S5000 Series, Model s5657c.  It has an AMD Sempron 140 Processor, 3GB DDR3 system memory, 1/2 TB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrtated graphics and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition

    Let me know what else.

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4:25 AM
  • I guess that is where I go back to the information, misleading as it may be, which is contained on the outside of the HALO 2 box.  It states, in pertinent part, Processor 2 Ghz, my system is operating at 2.7 GHz; for memory, it states 1GB RAM, the system in question has 3 GB (2.75 GB Usable); it require 7 GB free hard drive space--currently this system has approx 396 GB free, and lastly, it states that in regard to the video card, NVIDA 6100, ATI X700 or above--problem I have on that one is that I cannot easily find the rankings of the video cards, so, presuming that the system is relatively new (bought brand new within the last month) I would presume that the card which is installed is somewhat compatable.  But barring all of that, you did hit the nail on the head which is what I and so many others have said from the beginning, that being the installation problems--"So knowing your rig hardware I can see if you do manage to get Halo 2 to install...."  That is and has been the issue--installation.  As I previously said, the advertisement on the box is severly lacking.  As for the "choppy" play, initially, prior to connecting to the internet to register, it played fine--you just could not progress past the first "level" (I belive that is what my boys told me).

    I thank you for you time in responding to my prior posts.

    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 5:14 AM
  • What I took notice to is when you install Halo 2 without internet connection, the game runs with no error but as soon as you plug the Ethernet cable back in you all of a sudden get the error again. So I believe that Windows Live 3.0 is causing the problem with the game not running.

    Let me know what you think.

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:50 PM
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    Hey guys, I am having the same problem as described in the very first post.  I am trying to install Halo 2 for PC on Windows 7 and I keep getting the error message:

     

    ...and then it'll crash.

    I do not know what this means, the only other game I have on my pc (besides the little ones like solitaire, etc. that came with Windows) is Halo 1 (Halo: Combat Evolved for pc).

     

    How do I fix this and make Halo 2 work ???

    I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM BUT I DID WHAT LAITHES PROPOSED AND IT WORKED!!!

    There is a program out there that will fix this problem, here's the link for it.

    http://www.monstrmoose.com/download.php?f=H2VWin7Fix.exe

    P.S. make sure to right click it and run it as administrator otherwise it won't work.

    • Proposed as answer by Xx Overkill VR Friday, January 14, 2011 12:31 AM
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 11:58 PM
  • Hey, everyone. I'm already past all of the issues of running Halo 2 on Windows 7. But now, I'm curious on how I get it to run on Live (multiplayer mode).

    When I try to log into Live with an account I created, I get a message that says this:

    "An update is available for LIVE. If you decline this update, you will be signed out of LIVE. Do you want to apply the update now?"

    Considering I had no choice, I decided to go with the update. But when I try to make this update, I get this error message:

    "Can't download the update. Make sure that you are connected to the internet. If the problem persists, go to www.windows.com/support "

    And some numbers and letters like this: 0X80072751

    The ENTIRE time, I am also connected to the internet while all of this is going on. I wanted to know if anyone had any ideas on how to fix this. Is it my connection, or is it the game itself? I'd appreciate it if someone were to reply me as soon as they can. I just want to play Halo 2 on LIVE. :(

    Thank you all for taking time to read my post. :)

     


    There's a patch available for this game. Have you tried installing the patch and check if it has helped.

    Here's a link to download the update for this game.
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/0/e/b0ec1acf-8623-4520-9764-75baaffc0718/Update.exe
     
    Run this update after the game is installed.

    Friday, January 14, 2011 12:35 AM