How to run Still Life under Windows 7/Vista Ultimate

Still Life is a pretty decent, if not a slightly dark, adventure game from 2005. As all games it runs fine on XP and like most games it fails to run on Vista (but…who cares?) and Windows 7.

NOTE: I’m running Win7 64bit. With any luck this will not matter for 32bit users (apparently it does not).

Googling around will give you a bunch of forum posts, but the general consensus is that you should try the 98 compatibility mode and if not then run it in XP. The problem is that the game either wont start, start and never progress past a black screen, will throw and error or else will hang after you start talking to the cop in the first scene. Turns out there is a simple way to make the game run perfectly (I’ve finished it and it ran nice and smooth, without a hitch).

As windows still hasn’t fixed some of the issues with compatibility mode, you cannot just right click stilllife.exe and change the settings there. For some retarded reason you need to create a shortcut first (nice Microsoft…real nice). After this you need to do the following:

  • Right click the shortcut, properties and select the compatibility tab.
  • Change the program to run as WinNT 4.0 (not 98 or xp as these WON’T work).
  • Then check the box ‘disable visual themes’.
  • (Unnecessary?) Check the box ‘disable desktop composition’ (to ward off evil spirits).
  • Lastly check the box to run this program as an admin (since windows still doesn’t and probably never can have a decent security infrastructure that would allow you to run programs and games without running them with admin rights).
  • Apply and OK. Now you can run the game.

 

popeye (Comment #9956) suggested that:

checking the ‘disable desktop composition’ caused problems when exiting the game so I unchecked it and runs fine.”

July 28, 2011 at 12:44 am

UPDATE (11/03/2012)

 

It turns out that due to copy protection fail (as always) you will not be able to run your legitimately purchased games on Windows 7. The reason for this seems to be that the copy protection software (Starforce v3.4.65.11) used some features of Windows that have now changed and hence no longer work. Because of this the game will not start.

The only way to fix this problem is to download a no-cd patch to replace the original game executable and dll files with a version that has this protection code removed.

You can obtain this here:

http://www.gamecopyworld.com/games/pc_still_life.shtml

Depending on which version of Still Life you have (and it’s always best to update to the latest version which is v1.03) download either:

Still Life v1.03 [ENGLISH] No-CD/Fixed EXE

Still Life v1.0 [EURO] Fixed EXE

After that replace the original game executable in the directory you installed the game to and apply the compatibility procedure outlined above.

Thanks to:

Frodo (Comment #9931)

For all the people who still have problems starting the game:
We also followed the hints from Alex (thanks) but it still wouldn’t work.

So now I installed an XP operating system and I still had the error message that I would need XP!!!

So I considered that this error message is caused by a security issue. Eventhough I have the original game, I installed a CD-Crack from gamecopyworld.com and: IT WORKS!

So I tried the same with Windows 7 and: IT WORKS!

Just install completely, download a crack and copy it into the game folder (it must be the exe and some dll files). And keep the settings from Alex. Thats all.

Good luck!

May 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm: 

Rachel (Comment #9967) also suggested an alternative download location for the no-cd crack for v1.03 of the game.

Note: I have not checked this link personally and can not endorse it in any way. Use at your own risk.

asddx you can find that crack here as well:

http://www.megagames.com/download/STILL.LIFE.V1.03.ENG.ZONEOFGAMES.NOCD.ZIP

My game is working after downloading this crack and changing the settings as Alex suggested.

September 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

Sound Problems:

If you encounter issues with sound fx, voices etc… it has been suggested that you check your soundcard settings are set to the correct number of speakers (i.e 7.1 when in actual fact you only have 2 speakers and 1 subwoofer). If so then changing these settings should resolve the problems straight away.

Thanks to:

Diego (Comment #10009) - January 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Can play but have not Sound FX, voices, yes have Music… Can help?

Thnx

Diego

REPLY

Martin - March 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hi Diego,

We had the same problem. Sound card was adjusted to 7.1 speakers and we had only 2.1 speaker hooked up. The moment we changed the speaker settings it worked fine.

Hope that helps.

Martin

Have fun :)

I’ll post an update if the same settings apply for Post Mortem (prequel) and Still Life 2.

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121 Responses to How to run Still Life under Windows 7/Vista Ultimate

  1. aalia lyon says:

    Awesome blog if need any type of problem of windows 7 so go through this site and fix your problem of any type of your problem.
    Thanks
    Aalia lyon

  2. Ali says:

    This does not work on the steam version:( the game is changed. Game.exe is the main exe

  3. Semog says:

    I’m using Windows 8 – 64 bit . I installed and selected compatibility mode – windows 95.

    It worked fine just like that.

  4. liliana says:

    Hello,

    I have Windows 8 64 bit. How can i run StillLife 3?
    When i click on the game icon, it apears a black full screen. And the game do not start.
    What can i do?

    Best Regards People ;)

  5. Jack says:

    I am running Windows 7 64 bit and got the game to run perfectly by doing all the Compatibility settings discribed at the top of this page, however I had to do the same settings in windows explorer and going to my main drive (in this case (C:) Program files X86 and then to Still Life using the properties settings at all game applications icons.

  6. PMcOuntry says:

    Hi, I know this is an old thread, but hopefully someone will see it and can help. I tried everything on this thread and nothing works. I simply get a blue box that says it can only launch w/blah blah blah systems. I downloaded the no CD file and when I tried to overwrite the files, it says no files to extract? It seems to have extracted them once, but the game didn’t play. I tried again to see and got the error message. Any ideas?

  7. Set says:

    The patch for the game doesn’t work for windows8 x86.

  8. MissSheila says:

    DUDE! You are an effing GENIUS!! I tried everything, and this was the only thing that worked. Thank you sooooooo much!

  9. alley says:

    My problem is a little bit different from the other ones. I installed successfully, and I tried to run the game. But after intro scene, when she walks to the first cop with four cups, suddenly the games stops and no subtitles appear. While i am waiting, the program shuts down with no reason. Please help me!! I really want to enjoy Still life game.

  10. madushan says:

    hey guys,, i have a issue,, i run still life 1, it runs good,but the problem is i install the russian language version, any one got English version which will play it on to my game,?or how to change russian to english language?

    • masayume says:

      Hi, A lot of Russian games I have purchased are unofficially translated. This is usually done via a custom modification of the game resource files. Some games will include a folder with the original English files that you can copy over the Russian ones.
      The alternative is that you simply download an original English version of the game.

  11. Kylly says:

    I have problem with some errors 1. /Still Life/Dll/BuildingBlocksAddons1.dll is either not desinged to run on Windows or it contains an error!
    2. MSVCP70.dll is missing from your computer
    What should i do? I have Windows 7 64bits.
    Pls help fast!

    • masayume says:

      MSVCP70.dll is a Microsoft Visual C++ Library. If your having problems with this file you can try reinstalling the Visual C++ Runtime Library. Im not sure which exact version and if you need 32bit or 64bit (since Still Life is probably a 32bit app). Here are links to the 2008 and 2010 versions for both architectures: MSVC2008x86 , MSVC2008x64, MSVC2010x86, MSVC2012x64.
      As for problems with your Still Life DLL files you can try reinstalling the game, but if the original files are currupt you can try to download another copy of the game from any number of bittorrent websites.

  12. geoff says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. Just tried it after years of not being able to play since xp. Worked great.

  13. Taylor says:

    Okay maybe i need the step by step directions…. I downloaded the game full and i downloaded the file archive so after that I’m supposed to extract the file to the game directory?

  14. Jennifer says:

    Well I’m glad it worked for some of y’all. It didn’t work for me. I’ve tried everything that I know to do to get this game to start working but have had no success. And am having the same problem with Post Mortem. However I can play Still life 2 with no problems. (I got the 4pk game disk from walmart that has the above mentioned games and Lock ness, in which I can’t even get it to load).

  15. Danny says:

    please someone help me … i had the game working i am with the park where you are at the junkyard talking to peter … i found the ring in the benches and then i spoke to him again … :( its stuck like the first scene with the cop … lol … i though i solved it the first time … can someone be of assistance maybe i should try your link with the no cd crack im using another version …!! so stressed i couldnt save my progress after making the cookies .. :( its not that far … lol!!

  16. Diego says:

    Can play but have not Sound FX, voices, yes have Music… Can help?

    Thnx
    Diego

    • Martin says:

      Hi Diego,

      We had the same problem. Sound card was adjusted to 7.1 speakers and we had only 2.1 speaker hooked up. The moment we changed the speaker settings it worked fine.

      Hope that helps.

      Martin

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  18. salar says:

    Thank You !

  19. Pau says:

    I can’t make it work, I did everything you said about the crack and the compatibility with no results, just throws and error. Do you know what else can I do? please, I need help

  20. Rudi says:

    Thank u. Looking forward to the update on Still life 2 – really need it! It runs so slowly on vista

  21. Cam says:

    Could you maybe get it to work with “chronicles of mystery tree of life” as well? :-)

  22. Jimmy says:

    thanks man!!! works perfectly

  23. Cam says:

    Thank you SO much! Looked a lot of places for an answer, but this one deffently helped – Now off to play (; Thanks again.

  24. AlinA says:

    Hello..did u fixed aswell the Dracula 3 issue aswell?i can´t continue the “bloddy” game,it´s stopping in exactly same point(picking the vampire ash)…If u can help me pls,i would be gratefull…Thank you!!!

  25. Amanda Callaway says:

    Thanks so much! Worked perfectly!

  26. Thanks a bundle from Sweden, you just made my day. It worked as per your instructions. I was really looking forward to playing this game after completing Still Life 2 (haha, it usually is the other way around) – and now I can. Thanks for the effort you made to write down the solution for the rest of us.

  27. Samid Aghalarov says:

    Thank you sir!

  28. Amy says:

    Thank you! I got my game to work because of you!! I’m running Vista 32 bit Home edition.
    Thanks again
    Amy

  29. Rachel says:

    asddx you can find that crack here as well:

    http://www.megagames.com/download/STILL.LIFE.V1.03.ENG.ZONEOFGAMES.NOCD.ZIP

    My game is working after downloading this crack and changing the settings as Alex suggested.

  30. worked like a charm! thanks bro.

    cheers,
    ~ ty

  31. IVORY says:

    You are genius :)

  32. asddx says:

    i can’t find the crack in that site!!!! (ww.gamecopyworld.com)
    HEEEELLLPPPP!!!!!

  33. Loula says:

    God bless you man!
    It worked.
    I combined your information with the crack.

  34. popeye says:

    Thanks it works! I am using the no-cd patch and also found checking the ‘disable desktop composition’ caused problems when exiting the game so I unchecked it and runs fine.

  35. Walter Junior says:

    Dude, you helped me a lot, thank you so much!
    By the way, what a wonderful game, the first adventure (or point-and-click, as you wish) that really shakes my mind since Broken Sword Series.
    Cheers from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    :-D

  36. Colin says:

    Thanks a bunch

  37. orety says:

    thanks a lot!

  38. orety says:

    bro – thanks a lot.

  39. behrooz says:

    tnx man it\s work nice :D , WOW :D

  40. Josie says:

    YOU ARE MY HERO!!! :D Thank you so much for this awesome solution! Didn’t think it’d be this simple but my mind just got blown away! Haha, you’re the best!!

  41. Gabriele Cozzolino says:

    Wow thanks! I blow my mind to find a solution… this works great!

  42. problem man says:

    I did everything you suggested, and it just appears with a black screen for a second and then the game window gets minimized.

    suggestions?

  43. Frodo says:

    For all the people who still have problems starting the game:
    We also followed the hints from Alex (thanks) but it still wouldn’t work.

    So now I installed an XP operating system and I still had the error message that I would need XP!!!

    So I considered that this error message is caused by a security issue. Eventhough I have the original game, I installed a CD-Crack from gamecopyworld.com and: IT WORKS!

    So I tried the same with Windows 7 and: IT WORKS!

    Just install completely, download a crack and copy it into the game folder (it must be the exe and some dll files). And keep the settings from Alex. Thats all.

    Good luck!

  44. Irene says:

    I did everything you told me correctly, I am not a beginner at this, so I know i did.. but it still doesnt work, !!!!! ( I do have windows 7 64bit)
    pleasee help! (it shows the same error it did in the beginning, compatibility Issue)

  45. dfjae says:

    Thx man!

    Followed your instructions and it worked right away!

    Cheers

  46. cobra says:

    Thank you all so much for your help.. it works…lol

  47. Audrey says:

    The power of posting. -_- As soon as I posted for help, I figured out what I was doing wrong. Might want to add a step for the REALLY lost parties: Right click the shortcut then open PROPERTIES. from there you can get to the compatibility tab. That should do it! :D

    • Audrey says:

      Nope. Now it’s not even pulling up a black screen. It made windows reset my color settings to the default “for the time being” but every time I try to open the program it seems almost to force close itself. I’m gonna try to tweak the settings some more.

      • Audrey says:

        Still no good and I’m getting really frustrated. I just bought this game and I’d love to play it! I found another forum where someone had this same problem. They did something to fix it, but were as clear as mud about what they did. I can’t find anywhere else to get help where I can a) post and b) understand the answers. I really don’t want to download extra programs to run this since I have a terrible time figuring out what sites are trustworthy to download from. I need help!

        sorry to post so much.

        • masayume says:

          Ahh yeah thanks i missed that during the proofread :P Can’t vouch for 32bit systems so I’m not sure if its an Issue. Make sure you have an up to date copy of windows with all the patches and updates. Make sure you have the latest drivers for your gfx card. Make sure you have a working copy of the game. If you pirated it or it’s a copy make sure it works – perhaps try another torrent and read the comments. Lastly make sure you apply any updates to the game (if there are any) and try a no-cd crack (even if it’s a genuine game) as copy protection is total shit and is usually the reason games fail to work correctly. You can find what your looking for at gamecopyworld.com

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