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MM9 on Windows 10 won't even launch, plus a solution
06/29/2017, 01:53:03

    Lightbringer writes:

    I've been trying to play MM9 on my PC, and the game won't even launch. I found the fix, and wanted to share it here.

    I have the old CD version of the game. The reason for the crash on launch is a missing Windows Service called secdrv.

    This was a form of DRM CD-check popular around 2003-2008. Windows stopped supporting it with Windows 8, and completely eliminated it in Windows 10. I included a link below to the Microsoft forums where people are talking about it.

    It is currently impossible to play the CD version of MM9 in Windows 10. The solution is to acquire a digital download version of the game that has no CD-check.

    I hope this helps somebody else avoid wasting a whole day searching for the ability to launch an old game post-Win10 upgrade. As I type this, my download from GOG is running



    Related link: Microsoft information about SECDRV.SYS

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Thank you very much indeed
06/29/2017, 19:39:43

    Peter2 writes:

    Solutions like this are always invaluable, and we're grateful to you.




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Happy to help! It's all running now, with some tweaks
06/30/2017, 17:01:40

    Lightbringer writes:

    Using a digital download version of the game worked like I expected.

    I did, however run into the "black screen" issue upon loading. I could hear my footsteps, but see nothing.

    I ended up using a modified art.rez and localart.rez suggested by one of the youtube videos showing how to get the game to run in Win10. It effectively removed the Loading screen with the little ship.

    Everything's working flawlessly now! I'm taking your advice, Peter, and trying an Assassin for the first time. This game may have its flaws, but it does have some entertaining and interesting bits





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Agreed. Everyone has concentrated on the flaws, and a lot of the strengths have passed by almost unnoticed.
07/02/2017, 05:21:10

    Peter2 writes:

    I still think that one of these is the combat engine. I found that with care, the Chasm of the Dead in Drangheim was doable at level 1112, and was still enjoyable at level 3033, although a lot less care was needed with characters of that level! I cannot off-hand think of any other game in which you can can enjoy a dungeon over such a range of character strength.




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