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Windows 8.1 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

    Application will never work under Windows 8.1.

Users that have an application protected with the version below should contact an application publisher/developer to get a patch, which will contain newer protection version that supports Windows 8.1.

StarForce offers FREE re-protection for all the developers and publishers of the programs that utilize version below4.05.007.005 to release the appropriate patch. Please contact your sales manager for re-protection and further details.*

  • – 5.0

    It will work under Windows 8.1 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 -

    Probably it will be need to do driver update.

According to Windows 8.1 has been having a lot of updates then, applications protected with 5.5 - 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 8.1.

  • -

    There is a need to install the following Windows update from Microsoft:

For Windows 8.1 x86 (32bits):


For Windows 8.1 x64 (64bits):


For Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 (64bits):

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8946de20-c9e1-4c67-934f-bf76a9ed04ad or get a patch from an application publisher to make a version of protection system higher.

  • and above

    There is no need for any additional actions.

This information is concerned to both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1.

If the version of protection system supports Windows 8.1 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.