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Running old games on new operating systems

Natalia Yashenkova
Natalia Yashenkova
Head of Marketing and PR at StarForce Technologies

Natalia Yashenkova has more than 15 years experience in software development and information security. Before StarForce Technologies she worked at Netris and Vimcom Optic.

23 May 2017

Every day we receive complains from people who want to play old games on computers with new operational systems. StarForce Technologies was founded 17 years ago and during this period copy protection has been set on thousands of games. We ourselves are a part of the fan army who likes to play good old computer games and it does not matter what it is: nostalgia for the past or appealing to the ageless classics. The main thing is that we send the owners of games without patches to the technical support of publishers, and they return them to us by boomerang, incorrectly stating that only we can solve this technical problem.

Unfortunately we cannot. To create a patch or reset protection we need to receive unprotected game files. After the contract execution we delete unprotected distributives of games to prevent an accidental leakage. That is why it is impossible to create a patch without giving us the original version of a game.

StarForce Technologies is ready to create a patch for free for gamers to enjoy the gameplay downloaded from a CD which was perched many years ago. Protection resetting is needed for the games protected with version below A patch can make it usable on Windows 10 and below.

SF Helper can help to learn what protection version is used.

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