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Windows 8 is supported by different protection versions

  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.

We are kindly asking end-users to read the following information carefully. It would help you to find the solution much faster.

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

  • Below 4.5
    Application will never work under Windows 8.

Users that have an application protected with the version below 4.5 should contact an application publisher/developer to get a patch, which will contain newer protection version that supports Windows 8.

StarForce offers FREE re-protection for all the developers and publishers of the programs that utilize version below 4.5 to release the appropriate patch. Please contact your sales manager for re-protection and further details.*

In case the system reports on StarForce driver incompatibility, you can uninstall the driver using SFREMOVE, but note that if the protected application requires a StarForce driver, this driver will be re-installed as soon as you launch the application again.

  • 4.5 – 5.0
    It will work under Windows 8 after driver update.

In case of having difficulties with application launching, you should update driver using SFUPDATE utility or get a patch from an application publisher to make a version of protection system higher.

  • 5.5 - 5.6
    Probably it will be need to do driver update.

According to Windows 8 has been having a lot of updates then, applications protected with 5.5/5.6 builds may not fully support this OS. In case of failure please update the protection driver with protect.exe utility or use a protected program developer's patch to be able to run the protected program in Windows 8.

  • 5.7 and above
    There is no need for any additional actions.

This information is concerned to both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.

If the version of protection system supports Windows 8 and you have some issues with application launch, please, contact our support group.


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