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Windows 10 Threshold 2 - games crash

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I've recently updated my Windows 10 to Threshold Wave 2 and noticed that some games started to behave weirdly. Here's what I've noticed so far (I didn't have any of these problems before the update):

 

1. I can't run Colin McRae Rally 2.0 using dgVoodoo 2. The game crashes before it even displays the title screen. I can run some other games using the wrapper (like Midtown Madness 2, Driver and King of the Road).

 

2. I can't change graphics settings in NFS Underground 2, Most Wanted 2005 and ProStreet. If I try to change certain options from within the games, they freeze and have to be killed manually. So far I've found that running MW and PS on Intel GPU rather than on Nvidia solves the problem, also applying DXMaximizedWindowedMode compatibility fix does the trick. This doesn't work with Underground 2 however.

 

3. Test Drive Unlimited 2 refuses to read my saved game. When I delete my save, TDU2 starts normally. I can also restore a previous save from a backup and the game also works, at least for some time. Also when I try to change graphics settings, the game freezes, just like NFS games mentioned above.

 

4. Running these games as an administrator doesn't change anything. I've also tried to change privileges of registry keys which NFS games use to store graphics settings, also without result.

 

5. Wiping out Nvidia drivers with DDU and downgrading them also doesn't work.

 

6. I've checked NFSMW on my finance's laptop, which uses Radeon GPU and the problem doesn't exist there.

 

Can you help me? These issues are driving me nuts, and I'm starting to think that reinstalling Windows may be the only answer.

 

My system:

Lenovo y510p

Windows 10 64-bit

Intel HD4600 / GT755M

8 GB RAM

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I honestly don't know, I don't think many users here have Windows 10 yet, you could try to reformat and all that but I have no idea if doing so will solve any issues.

 

See if backing up, and then erasing the configuration settings for these games works.

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The SilentPatch was already installed.

 

I did the analysis with Process Monitor while running NFS Most Wanted Underground 2 (sorry, my mistake) and I've got a lot of "buffer overflow" type of entries. The first one is an operation QueryNameInformationFile and in the Patch column there is the game's main executable (speed2.exe). Then there's a lot of entries leading to various dlls C:\Windows\SysWOW64 catalog, including what appears to be Nvidia driver files, winmmbase.dll, deviceaccess.dll, and some DX9 libraries. I can post a full log here if you want.

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I use dgVoodoo because Nvidia Optimus doesn't work properly on Windows 10 with older games (the ones that use DX1-8). You can't force the games to run on Nvidia GPU unless you use wrappers.

 

But that's not the point. Judging by Process Monitor, CMR2 not launching on dgVoodoo (thus on GT755M) is exactly the same problem as inability to change graphics settings in newer games. The program shows a lot of Buffer Overflows errors which lead to files in C:\Windows\SysWOW64. Here's a log I've just made while running NFS MW (the one I posted above was actually from Underground 2, sorry for the mess).https://mega.nz/#!x8lniRoS!P6BCJ2aLrNJj9wA2huhDFtddJMl6Bi8ygYNWFt7-28k

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I've just uninstalled the driver (including installing .inf files from xi.etc.zip) and still it didn't change anything. Is it possible that there are still some files left?

 

By the way, last night I've reset my Windows 10 to factory state. The games were running fine for some time, but now the problem is back! I don't know what happened, I've only installed the games and GPU drivers.

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Check if the stupid xi.dll is still loaded.

 

And there must be something wrong with your filters in pm if I can't see any game resources being saved or loaded in the logs.

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I've checked the xi.dll and the games don't load it, so it's been removed for sure.

 

As for the filters, I use only default ones + a custom filter which includes only records related to the game's executable.

 

I've also made a test with NFSMW. I've tried to change resolution and it freezed as usual. Then I looked at the Process Monitor and here's what I found:

 

The game saves its graphics settings in HKCU\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA GAMES\Need for Speed Most Wanted. Resolution setting is saved in g_RacingResolution value. There are two records in the whole log where the game uses this value, I assume the first one was created when I launched the game and the second one when I tried to change the resolution. Both records are marked as "SUCCESS".

 

EDIT: I've checked Windows log for CMR2.0. The problem with this game is caused by kernelbase.dll.  The game works with the latest WIP version of dgVoodoo 2.

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Don't you think I tried running the game as administrator? I did, but it didn't fix the problem.

 

A new fact: the problem with freezing only occurs when the game is running in full screen mode. When it's running in a window, I can change the graphics settings without any problem.

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Don't you think I tried running the game as administrator? I did, but it didn't fix the problem.

I read what you wrote.

But then it doesn't make sense the game is using the virtualstore fallback.

 

What if you delete it?

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My bad, I should have been more specific.

 

When I delete the key nothing changes, I still get the freeze.

 

And by the way, WineD3D libraries don't work either. The games crash immediately after start if I try to force them to use Wine libraries.

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100% sure. I even disabled NVIDIA Display Driver Service and NVIDIA GeForce Experience Service, and that freeze still happens :(

 

EDIT: OK, maybe this will help a little. I've made two different logs when running NFS Most Wanted. One of them was made when the game freezed, the other when I run the game through MS Application Compatibility Toolkit with DXMaximizedWindowedMode enabled (this fixes the freeze, but not in every game): https://mega.nz/#!pg1QCD7D!Dm0sFgCfaL3Vx4OGOa4-Zz-8js7BO4IW26XktB2iALo

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