Windows 10 refuses to play games with old, invasive DRM

By Scorpus
Aug 18, 2015
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  1. Windows 10 is incompatible with two forms of annoying and invasive DRM, SafeDisc and some versions of SecuROM, which prevents a handful of older games from running on fully-updated gaming PCs.

    You might have heard of SafeDisc and SecuROM before, and that's because both of these DRM implementations are notoriously bad, often preventing legitimate users from playing their games. As Windows 10 is incompatible with this DRM, however, some games such as Grand Theft Auto III, The Sims, Flight Simulator 2004, and Battlefield 1942 won't run at all.

    According to Microsoft's Boris Schneider-Johne, Windows 10 deliberately doesn't support some variants of SecuROM used on games released between 2003 and 2008. This is because SecuROM is so "deeply embedded in your system" that it becomes a security risk, potentially forming an entry point for malware and other viruses.

    SafeDisc, on the other hand, relies on system driver 'secdrv.sys' that is no longer present in Windows 10. The DRM itself hasn't been supported by its developers for a few years, but Microsoft kept supporting the required driver up until Windows 8.1. Windows 10 removes support for this driver, again most likely due to security issues.

    While removing support for two forms of invasive DRM is good for users' security, it does prevent gamers from enjoying some older games on Microsoft's latest operating system.

    There are still some options for gamers wanting to play affected games, including installing a no-CD crack or re-purchasing the game without DRM through a store like GOG. However this can be fiddly and annoying, especially considering these games worked in previous versions of Windows.

    Considering Microsoft's strong stance in favor of securing their operating system and protecting users, without official patches for the games in question, it's unlikely they will be officially supported from Windows 10 onwards.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 819   +385

    "This is because SecuROM is so "deeply embedded in your system" that it becomes a security risk, potentially forming an entry point for malware and other viruses."

    I'm not convinced that MS is doing this to secure users, but that it just doesn't want competition.

    Everyone..on the MS hate train!! :p jk jk

    ok ok, I guess it's a good thing; those that know that a No-CD crack is may certainly feel more at ease using it.

    On a side note, where can a purchase a legit (real) old game? There is a game I've enjoyed playing a while ago and gave it to my sister; now I want a copy of my own.
  3. Capaill

    Capaill TS Addict Posts: 279   +86

    As mentioned in the article, search for GOG (Good Old Games). They have some real old classics along with tips on how to get them to run on the newer versions of Windows. I've bought a couple of games from them.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 632   +163

    Or you just download the executables for the games you own that dont do the DRM check. There used to be a website dedicated to this, not sure if that should be posted here.
  5. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 125   +49

    Or we can all just use windows 7
    Ian Ward likes this.
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,926   +185

    Microsoft today released an update that blocks the loading of this Securom secdrv.sys file on Windows 7 as well.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    At least in Windows 7 you can block updates
    mrjgriffin and Per Hansson like this.
  8. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 125   +49

    thanks now I can block this update lol

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