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November. 23, 2017

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Re: Freelancer on VirtualBox
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That's you, but we are dealing with something relating to his PC, as the game runs virtually - it's mere experimentation.

And, I have run without UAC since it was invented, and I have never had a single problem because of it. I know what I am doing when browsing the web sir, but I know not everyone does, I merely suggested it as a troubleshooting step, just to rule it out.

UAC is NOT a security boundary, it was invented to allow for de-elavated permissions in certain scenarios. Internet Explorer protected mode for example, some protected modes in Microsoft Office for example.

Most programs have gone past UAC now, flash player for example will still prompt to be run in modern browsers, back in the day with UAC off this would have run without prompt.

These days it is superfluous due to downloads being marked in a certain way as to not be trusted by default. It is mere inconvenience these days.

Posted on: 9/2 21:27
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Re: Freelancer on VirtualBox
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YES!

DirectPlay did the trick.

For reference:

On windows 10 64b, install freelancer, then apply the No-CD patch.
Try to launch freelancer. If it exits without showing any display (an error code c0000005 can be found in the event observer), then install manually DirectPlay:
Open C:\Windows\System32\OptionalFeatures.exe, and under "Inherited Components" (or legacy ?), check DirectPlay.

Launch Freelancer to check that it works.
I applied then the JFLP patch.... its soooo beautiful now, I can't wait to relive this adventure !

Many thanks for your support.


Posted on: 9/3 0:33
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Re: Freelancer on VirtualBox
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That's what I needed to know, thanks, now I can see if the launcher can detect if DirectPlay is enabled and if not attempt to activate it if possible, as part of the wrapper program that installs the fonts etc.

Posted on: 9/3 9:49
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Bolte, I don't know what you're rambling on about, but UAC most assuredly is still relevant today. It's an elevation authorization prompt, nothing more, nothing less. To disable it means you're instantly and permanently granting any piece of software executing under your Windows identity access to the Administrator account on your computer. That's an awful idea, though I'm happy to hear you haven't run into issues with that glaring security hole in your system.

I wouldn't recommend running Windows with UAC off even if you know exactly what you're doing, for the record. There are way too many potential drive-by exploits in browsers to not have that additional safety layer.

Posted on: 9/3 10:00
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Re: Freelancer on VirtualBox
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And all of the malware these days targets the user, not UAC.

"One important thing to know is that UAC is not a security boundary. UAC helps people be more secure, but it is not a cure all. UAC helps most by being the prompt before software is installed. This part of UAC is in full force when the “Notify me only when…” setting is used. UAC also prompts for other system wide changes that require administrator privileges which, considered in the abstract, would seem to be an effective counter-measure to malware after it is running, but the practical experience is that its effect is limited. For example, clever malware will avoid operations that require elevation. There are other human behavior factors which were discussed in our earlier blog posts (post #1 and post #2)."

From a microsoft blog ^^
Anti-Malware programs are the first line of defence, not UAC, as they are frequently updated with definitions.

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/e7/2009/02/05/update-on-uac/

The idea of UAC is sound, it didn't turn out that way in practicality, because of the users. But that's another story and irrelevant now.

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Solution will be to trigger a UAC prompt with this command

"dism /Online /enable-feature /all /FeatureName:"DirectPlay" /NoRestart"

But have yet to test.
I will fire up a VM later.

Posted on: 9/3 10:39
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