We all get times when we just need to unwind and sit in front of the computer and play a game until your fingers are numb and your wrists are red from being in the same position for hours. I have an addiction for role playing strategy games. I recommend running the CD first and then taking a look at the information file which is compiled by the software to inform you why the CD failed to launch. You will probably find there are a few IRQ conflict between Intel and ATI (depending on your GFX card this may vary). If this is the case then update the chipset utility. Update chipset utilities software (you may get an error message informing you the drivers did not install correctly, select reinstall and then restart. Once you have restarted, log back in again and then, update the StarForce software and restart again. Try running the CD again and it should be working now, type in your CD key which came with the game and enjoy playing games on Windows Vista. How to get games working with Windows Vista? If you have a game title with a Digital CD lock then it should work fine. (Digital CD Lock will probably be something like StarForce) depending on which Digital CD Lock software the developers used. Game titles I have tested and work fine Splinter Cell Chaos Theory DCDL StarForce. Splinter Cell Double Agent DCDL you need to get an update from the developers of the Digital CD Lock. Prince Of Persia The Sand Of Time no DCDL on this version. Prince Of Persia The Warrior Within SrarForce. Prince Of Persia The Two Thrones StarForce. Summary of above One thing I have not tried is just updating StarForce first before installing any games, The reason I performed the above in this manner was because I need to run the CD first to see what was causing the problem with the CD not running. So install the game and then update StarForce after and then restart the system and try running the CD because I think it will work straight away. The file is too large to add to the thread so I have provided the link instead to direct download the file here or just go direct to the website if you want.