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:

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 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:

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?




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.


Have fun :)

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

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

  1. Dark Flower says:

    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 :D

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