I dont think firewall or none of that has anything to do with this issue. None of these fixes worked for me. I don't know much about this technical stuff, so instead of changing compatability mode, installed it on an old hard drive running XP, and it runs fine. I lost all my save games and am now starting over. Not sure if there are any in game issues yet( Ive read of a few in here so far) but it seems to be working. I hope since I didn't change the compatability mode I won't have the "forced decision" issues vjetropricaci experienced. We'll see, huh?