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.

129 thoughts on “How to run Still Life under Windows 7/Vista Ultimate”

  1. ive install this still life. but it kept showing this balloon and its say ”Application installed successfully. Reboot the computer to complete the installation.”

    ive rebooted for a few times but its still showing the same things.

    please help me ASAP.
    thanks for your concern

  2. THANK YOU …….THANK YOU……. THANK YOU
    Every thing is working just fine now.
    I was about to uninstall the game but i had to try that one last thing
    Thanks again 😀

  3. Hi all. I have tried everything, I either get a black screen or nothing happens.

    Tried running in Windows 95 and upwards. Nothing happens.
    Tried the NoCD patch. Nothing happens.

    What am I doing wrong?

  4. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

  9. 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!

    1. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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).

  12. 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!!

    1. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.
    😀

  18. YOU ARE MY HERO!!! 😀 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!!

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

    suggestions?

  20. 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!

  21. 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)

  22. 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! 😀

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. Ahh yeah thanks i missed that during the proofread 😛 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

  23. Man I feel like such a n00b. I’m right-clicking on the shortcut, but there’s not really a compatibility tab. There’s an option to TROUBLESHOOT compatibility, but I doubt that’s what I want here since it’s not giving me any of the selections listed in your steps. Am I dong something wrong? I already downloaded it to my comp. (widows 7: 32-bit) And I’m trying this because it just pulls up a black screen when I try to run it. Do I just need to set it to run in WinNT 4.0?

  24. YES this worked perfect! As alot of people I have been searching like CRAZY and no answers at all, did this and POOF workes perfect 😀

  25. I tried to install the game, but the autorun didn´t work. I have no error message, the task just doesn´t start. The task manager shows for a second the progress, but then it´s gone.

    Do I need a patch for this problem? Because I have no idea how to install them on a CD…

    1. Hmm. All that i can do to help is outlined in the parent post. If it doesn’t work after following all the steps carefully then I’m afraid i don’t know what to recommend. Sorry :(

  26. this fix was perfect for still life 1, but still life 2 still has that frickin’ black screen and it won’t work.

    I also did what you said worked for you, and only checked the administrator option. no change. :(

  27. has anyone tried it with Post Mortem? Does i work? I already played Still Life but didn’t like the sequel Still Life2. Now I want to try Post Mortem.

  28. i”m using Acer Aspire 5580, 1gb ram, intel 945gm, 1.82ghz, Vista Home Premium and tried to run Still Life, with all the instructions given:

    1. check all the necessary boxes in the compatible window
    2. downloaded and replaced all new 1.03 patches, no cd exe and some .dlls along with the crack.
    3. tried and tried in 5 hours time, with different settings and changes…
    4. question: starforce protection in this game? (lame protection)

    but… still can’t run the damn game.

    so, what am i supposed to do with the game? any solutions? please help.

    thanks.

  29. Well just bought Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installed and had the game before – I bought it via download at metaboli’s website (gamesplanet.com). They are however con artists for you are only given a limited number of installs – hence now I have a new machine I cannot install it even though I’ve purchased it legally!

    Well I am going to download the pirated version then as I’m within my rights!!

  30. Thank you! I was sooooooo disappointed and sure that there is no solution to this! I wish you prosperity and everlasting happiness!

    1. Yeah I’d recommend cracking any old game if your trying to run it on a new machine. The copy protection stuff sucked when it came out and it will suck even more these days. Copy protection engines are buggy, glitchy and always an afterthought (not to mention always futile). Your game might survive the test of time because it uses documented procedure. Copy protection stuff wont – it tends to use hacky solutions and borderline documented API’s implementing obscure ways or screwing with low level systems. It’s never a good idea to leave this alone when your trying out old games on a new OS.

  31. It has actually worked!!!! Damn, you rock! People like you make the world a little better! Thank you so f*cking much!

  32. This doesn’t work for me; I still can’t get past the “This program will only run in Windows ME, XP, 2000, etc.” and I can’t find the 1.03 patch (or any patch, for that matter) anywhere. Links, anyone?

  33. Thanks… from México.

    It works on my Win 7 32

    I did the first and last step and works now im happy =D

    Thanks man

  34. hey man, thanks alot for replying. i tried downloading the directx updates, the 1.0 and 1.03 patches, still nothing. just that same message saying that it only runs on windows 98/xp etc.
    i’m really close to giving up but i sincerely thank you for helping me out.
    the only other thing i can think of is to create an xp partition, so maybe i’ll give that a go.
    thanks again, and better luck to everyone else who is trying to get this to work :)

  35. ok, i’ve tried turning my virus protection which allowed the game to install, and i saved the files into my user file instead of program files, and changed all the preferences as advised by this thread, but i still get this error message when i try to load it:

    Dear User!

    This file contains detailed information on the problem occurred.
    Save the file and forward it to your product Customer Support.

    —————————— Information ——————————

    [Error Information]
    3.4.65.11; 3002

    [Protected Product Information]
    CompanyName = MC2
    ProductName = Still Life
    BuildSignature = 3.04.065.011, 03.02.05
    ProductGuid = {099f4bd1-b362-f4d3-a94e-576e878f3a9d}
    BuildGuid = {da3b5b6f-525c-4401-a35f-3ebdc2e91290}

    [Report Information]
    ReportDateTime = 01 June 2010 17:15
    ClientTimeZone = GMT Standard Time
    ClientTimeBias = 0

    [System Information]
    System Information was not obtained because of “msinfo32″ execution error.

    whats msinfo32? and please can anyone help me solve this? it’s driving me mad, i want to play the game so much.

    1. msinfo32 is a library that handles system information. Your getting the error for whatever reason your machine cant seem to output details about your system. The above error report as it is pretty useless since it just outputs information about the program that isnt running (still life), the date and what would have been details about your machine – os type, cpu type, memory etc… etc…

      I really am clueless why the game wont run for you – your setup seems to be more or less the same as mine. Off the top of my head it could be a graphics driver problem – make sure you have the latest drivers and directX versions installed. Also that the game is patched to the latest version 1.03. You could always try downloading the no-cd patch from gamecopyworld since the cracked exe might fix/bypass whatever is causing the problem (which is the only differentiating factor between me and you i can think of).

      Last ditch effort i can only recommend you install a light clean copy of xp in a VM and run your game through that – http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ is free and it’s pretty simple. You just create a new VM, specify the cd drive as either your physical drive or an ISO image of an XP disk and start it – it will behave just like you would expect a physical computer to were you to stick an XP disk in there and run it. If you want an easy way out then you can download preconfigured XP vm images and just open/start them and it will boot straight to a working copy of XP, but from a legal stand point that isnt technically … well legal 😛 If you care that is. ThePirateBay has some nice images customised specifically for gaming (most of the crap has been removed to optimise the machine so it isnt really suitable for anything else).

      Sorry, but im at as much a loss as you are im afraid :(

  36. i have an official copy of still life, no pirate..
    hmm..i’m looking everywhere for this official 1.03 patch, can’t seem to find it…any ideas? i’m not too computer literate, so i appriciate the help masayume :)

  37. masayume, it’s windows 7 home premium…

    what was that about installing a patch? i didn’t do that, could that be the problem?

    i’m really fucked off that i cant play still life, been wanting to play it for ages and i finally get hold of a copy and it doesnt work! dam you microsoft :)

    1. Errm ns about a patch, from what i remember there is an unofficial vista patch, but it’s french (search for it on filefront via google).

      There is an official game patch from the release version 1.0 to 1.03. I’d recommend searching for that and updating the game to see if that fixes your problem.

      I’m ns what else to recommend….. If the game is copied then you’ll need a no-cd patch you can grab off gamecopyworld

      Let me know if that makes it work.

  38. got this info on the problem if it helps:
    Dear User!

    This file contains detailed information on the problem occurred.
    Save the file and forward it to your product Customer Support.

    —————————— Information ——————————

    [Error Information]
    3.4.65.11; 3002

    [Protected Product Information]
    CompanyName = MC2
    ProductName = Still Life
    BuildSignature = 3.04.065.011, 03.02.05
    ProductGuid = {099f4bd1-b362-f4d3-a94e-576e878f3a9d}
    BuildGuid = {da3b5b6f-525c-4401-a35f-3ebdc2e91290}

    [Report Information]
    ReportDateTime = 28 May 2010 15:24
    ClientTimeZone = GMT Standard Time
    ClientTimeBias = 0

    [System Information]
    System Information was not obtained because of “msinfo32″ execution error.

    1. @Harry – Just out of curiosity (since there seem to be some people with w7x64 that have problems while most people dont), which version of win7 are you using? home, premium, crappy, extra crappy, no reason but to make money cut down version for 3rd world edition etc…. Microsoft has an annoying tendency to fuck with features simply to milk money out of people. The compatability layer seems to be one of the things they like fucking with (to get people to pay more money for an upgrade).

  39. i can’t get this to work at all, followed all the steps and it just says “the application can be launched with ..only etc”
    i’m running windows7 64bit…any advice?

  40. K, so i was trying this out.. and it says:

    This application is not compatible with the installed operation system.
    Please upgrade to Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 or better.

    Considering how I’m running Windows 7 x64.
    so now I’m in ultra pondering stage..

    1. @Clark – Errm…….odd. Try reinstalling the game, the patch and repeating the process. Try running it with a shortcut that has compatability applied and directly from the exe in the game folder with compatability applied

  41. ahhh, thank you SOOOO much!! i love this game and was so bummed it wasn’t working (since i upgraded to x64). i was sitting here for like a half hour trying to get it to work – then i decided to google some help, and i went here. this was PERFECT, you made my night! wooo!

  42. @Miza – I havnt really had a chance to play around with Still Life 2. At the time i was busy and now i have exams :( I have ultimate and some other copy of windows 7 so i’ll try it in a few weeks when i’m free and post an update :)

  43. Problems with Still Life 2 under Windows 7 Home Premium. Not working;/ I’ve tried change resolution of screen to 1024×768, set compatibility to Windows NT and XP, I also checked boxes “disable visual themes” and “disable desktop composition”, run as administrator and still nothing. Could anyone help me? I’m so sad about this problem, I really wanna play this game …

  44. Didnt work here =/
    Shortcut ok
    Compatibility to NT ok
    Both checkboxes checked ok
    Run as admin ok

    But still life doesnt work yet =(
    A messenge came in to say that the game is not compatible.
    PS: Win 7 64 bits Home Premium

    1. Hmm….Odd. The compatability layer should have taken care of that (else it would have asked you if you wanted to run compatability).

      It MAY be due to home premium being a really limited version of windows. Microsoft likes to cut stuff like this between versions. I have ultimate and professional and it works for both.

  45. Hi, your instructions didn’t work (partially), yeah it has to happen someday. However, I think the CD was the one causing the problem, since the starforce protection isn’t compatible with windows 7. I got a NO-CD patch and then followed your instructions for the shortcut setup and it works fine. I got passed the first scene and nothing crashed, hopefully it won’t crash elsewhere!

    Thanks

  46. thank you, this worked! I just bought the game today and thought I threw away $10 because I got the black screen and ‘troubleshoot compatibility’ didn’t work. But your instructions did the trick. Running Win 7 64 bit.

    1. Right. I’m running Win7 64bit and i can run still life 2 no problem. Install the game as normal, create a shortcut and set it to run as administrator. Thats it. It works fine for me.

  47. Hey!

    Have you perhaps tried Still life 2 as well? beacuse I tried everything you wrote for SL2 and it still doesn’t work (I got Win7 32bit)!

    Thanks for your help!

  48. Wow. I wasn’t sure i if there was any point posting that, but it turns out I’ve now helped 3 people (that i know of….). Thats pretty good to know. I’m glad i helped you guys out :)

  49. Thank you so much. I’ve been searching around the internet like crazy trying to find the answer. I’ve tried patches, unnecessary driver updates, and god knows what else. Happened to find this page and BOOM! The game finally works. Again, thanks a bunch.

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