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Windows Vista support

  If you have a problem with a protected application, please use the SF Helper utility. It will help you to diagnose the problem and solve it faster.

Windows Vista release version is 6.0.6000.

The efficiency of protection on previous builds of Windows Vista is not guaranteed; the release should be installed.
Protection with the later version number is definitely better than previous versions.

You can find out your protection version on the Protection library properties version tab (protect.dll by default). The final version of the product protection is the protection version of the latest update.

How do I know which protection version is installed for the application I use?

Protection using drivers is only considered here. Protection without drivers has no restrictions on compatibility with OS and platform versions (32/64-bit).

The latest version of the driver update utility is available on the StarForce website at any time.

Windows Vista support by different protection versions

Protection versions

Older than 3.04.062

These versions will never be able to work with Windows Vista.

StarForce offers FREE re-protection for all the developers and publishers of the programs that utilize version below 3.04.062 to release the appropriate patches. Please contact your sales manager for re-protection and further details.*

3.04.062, 3.07

These versions will work with Windows Vista after the driver update.

Drivers with Windows Vista support are already included in protection starting with the following protection system versions: 3.04.079, 3.05.012, 3.06.013, 3.07.019.

Driver installation

These protection versions usually cannot install drivers for Windows Vista. This is because of the new UAP technology (User Account Protection) in Windows Vista. They cannot do it usually because Windows Vista identifies some protected applications as out-of-date and launch them with the rights of administrator.

If this is not the case and the protected application cannot install drivers always asking for the administrator rights, at the least it is necessary to launch the application once with the rights of administrator. This can be done in one of the two ways:

  • Right-click the shortcut of the protected application and select Run as administrator.
  • Go to Properties in the application shortcut and tick off the Run with administrator privileges field in the Compatibility tab.

4.00.000, 4.00.013

In most cases the protected applications work with Windows Vista without the driver update. Normal support of driver installation for Windows Vista.

Driver installation

There were some problems with a file system driver for Windows Vista, as well as with the driver digital signature for Windows Vista x64. Therefore, if a protected application does not work with Windows Vista, drivers should be updated.

4.00.013 and later

Full Windows Vista support without any problems.


* The offer is valid only for computer games sector, only for non-commercial use and intends for software patches.