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Activation and Vista

posted by astonish on - last edited - Viewed by 2.3K users
I know the FAQ says that the activation isn't working properly, but I'm ready to put up with a tiny bit of annoyance to play these games (<3 Sam & Max). Has anyone had any success with the activation process on vista (32-bit) or can we get an ETA on when it will work?

I have a brand new vista PC (than ran the demo swimmingly), but I also have an old XP machine, could I activate it on there and then play it over the network or something? Does activating the game on one PC permanently lock it to that PC?

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  • I'm having a problem with activating any of the games on Vista. As soon as I click on the "I've already purchased this" link, an error message pops up with "Error: Missing one or more tags" and boots me right back to the launcher.

    If it changes anything, the games are installed on an external hard drive, and the same installation worked fine on XP. Do I need to redownload the games to get the "tags" to work properly?
  • This isn't a Vista problem. The "missing tags" error generally means something went wrong with the activation system either during download or when the game tried to auto-activate the first time it was launched (i.e. a firewall prevents the game from talking to the activation server).

    Is this the same computer you used before, or did you move the external hard drive from one machine to another? If that's what happened, then that's the reason you're getting the error. The game does not stay activated if you move it from one machine to another and you get that missing tags error.

    Redownloading should resolve the problem (you can look up the order here), or if you don't want to redownload you can click Activation Support and follow the instructions to get an activation key from us.
  • Yeah, I did move the external hard drive from the old computer to the new one. Redownloading all of them now, thanks for your help.
  • I too have a problem with activating all episodes of Sam & Max on 32-bit Vista. If I run the games as an administrator, they activate automatically but when I go back and run the games as a limited user, I get that "Play Demo"-screen again. Are the games not registered for all users on a computer?
  • OK, after a few reinstalls, I have gotten episode 2-6 to work. I guess I have to wait for the vista patch now.
  • I don't know all the ins and outs of how the games work with the various user accounts, but I know they work best when you install and run them as an administrator.

    If you want the Vista-compatible version of Culture Shock that we have been sending people while you wait for the patched retail version, just shoot an email to [email][/email] and ask for it (if you haven't already).
  • What do I do if I e-mail support and get no updated version, but instead someone who doesn't understand the problem?
  • Sorry about that. We missed the second email where you said you were using Vista.

    I'm sending you the instructions now.
  • Thanks so much, works good :D
    FYI now that we're done, here is my write-up of the situation:
    First Post:

    The Follow-Up:
  • I'm glad you were happy with the resolution.
    In any case, the worst part of the whole situation is that I had to actually leave a message in the forum thread I linked to earlier to get a support person who understood my issue.
    It really was an oversight on our part, not someone at support being oblivious to the Vista problem. If you had written back to the email you originally received and reiterated that you were trying to get Culture Shock working on Vista, you would have had the same result. The people who answer email and the people who answer questions the forum are all the same people. ;)

    But it doesn't really matter. I'm just glad you can play your game now.
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