Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Games for Windows Live "Can't Start Program"

  1. #11

    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)

    ahhh Windows 8.1 yes that's a issue, GWL is being deprecated.
    Try this
    1. set the following file to run in windows 7 compatabilty mode GFWLive.exe
    If that does not work then
    2. Do you still have the files - xlive.dll, xlive.dll (Security Catalogue), xlivefnt.dll, xliveinstall.dll, xliveinstallhost.exe on the PC? copy them to the Windows\System32 dir

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12

    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1

    No, the only one of those I have is xlive.dll. None of them are in system32. Do you know of a site where I can safely download them? Also, I tried running the program in compatibility mode, still ran into the problem. These missing files may be the issue.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13

    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)

    Are you hiding any files from view?

    I do not know anywhere to get them other than the installation of GFWL.

    When you run the installation of GFWL it completes with no issues? if so the files should be on the PC.

    Is the BITS service started and running on the PC?

    You could try to run the installation of GFWL from the command line, with various switches to see if you can get a more information or a command line removal.

    You can find more on command line switches here Unattended, A Windows deployment system: Unattended/Silent Installation Switches for Windows Apps and here Standard Installer Command-Line Options (Windows) and here Command-Line Options (Windows)
    Last edited by majulook; 06 Dec 2013 at 13:01.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14

    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1

    Thanks for the links. I'll check them out and see what happens. Also, when I run the installer for GFWL, it tells me that the program is already installed and only gives me the option to launch it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15

    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    Quote Originally Posted by majulook View Post
    if you are still having issues try uninstalling the game and games for windows then go here Download the Games for Windows Client | PC Games Client - install the PC client and then install the game... This worked for my Fallout 3
    Hey if anyone would like to know, this information worked for me playing StreetFighter X Tekken a GFWL edition, just download it and install it. Would remove any previous versions of GFWL you had.

    Well for now it will work till July 2014 when it shuts down and i believe Steam will take over the Games.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Games for Windows Live "Can't Start Program"
Related Threads
How to Change the Default Program of the "Edit" Context Menu in Windows This tutorial will show you how to change the default program that the "Edit" context menu item opens a file with to edit it in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This is only applied to the user account that uses this,...
Okay, so apparently my "Programmer" folder on C:\ changed to "Program Files". I live in Denmark, so the system is danish. The folder "Program Files" used to be named "Programmer", but somehow it changed to "Program files". It is weird, becuase that my other x86 folder is still named "Programmer...
Hi all, So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)). I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load. I also end up at...
I normally use Windows Live Mail. No problems. But there is a mail program that comes installed with the Win8 Start Menu. It's just called "Mail". Here I have a problem. It must be installed as the default mail program because when I go to some web sites and try to send email, this "Mail"...
What I want is a simple answer. Failing that, an answer that is not too complicated. In my line of work, I am continually installing and reinstalling Windows and, on top, client-specified applications. Ever since I went over to Windows x64; first, version 7; then 8, now 8.1, I have had recurring...
Hi, I recently installed a new ssd and did a fresh install of windows 8.1 on it. I am now using my old hdd as my main data drive in my laptop caddy. My problem is I did not back up my data on my hdd and format it. So I need to delete the "windows" , "program files" and "program files (x86) "...
I just saw this on a new HP laptop I am working on, it actually makes a kind of Program Menu, so if you don't want a full Start Menu like Windows 7, you can use this to just have links to your Programs: 32513 The HP Quick Start Application (Windows 8) | HP® Support Installation Causes a...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook