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Old 09-12-2010, 10:42 AM   #1
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Halo 2 Vista Windows 7 Error Fixes Walkthrough

Halo 2 Windows 7 (workaround) - "System Cannot Find the Path Specified" or "LIVE gaming on Windows failed to initialize"


Lately, Halo 2 Vista owners have been recieving error messages with the current build of Windows 7. The two common messages that pop up are "System Cannot Find the Path Specified" or "LIVE gaming on Windows failed to initialize". "System Cannot Find the Path Specified" means that the dll. that are needed to run the games coding cannot be found. "LIVE gaming on Windows failed to initialize" is a Windows 7 issue that will not execute the LIVE assistence exe. Here are a few ways to fix the problem. Please follow and read the steps carefully.

If you are seeing errors with Halo 2 for Windows Vista, such as 'Failed to Initialize LIVE', then this kb below should be your next step in resolving your issue. However, if the error still persist, for whatever reason, then you should contact Windows Support for assistance as this update is supported by them.

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/976264



As for the manul steps below, they were a spin off from the exact same issue occuring wtih people running dedicated servers on Windows Server 2003. They have also been proven to work with Vista and Win 7; However, its a last resort approach and should be avoided unless the above patch fails to resolve your Halo 2 for Windows Vista problems.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941208


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Here is the following troubleshooting steps I have done and have worked for many people.



Try the following:



Run Command Prompt (run as Administrator):



Type: net stop cryptsvc and hit enter

You will receive a message stating that the service was stopped.



Navigate to your LocalDrive:/Windows/System32 and rename the "catroot2" folder to "cr2old"



Once it is renamed, go back to command prompt and run this command: net start cryptsvc which will restart the Cryptographic Services:





The above steps may work, however I have noticed that if it does when you exit to the desktop then try to relaunch or reboot the PC the error may come back. If this is true then the steps below have been so far successful.





1. Delete all the tmp*.cat files in the following folders (use the search option on the top right corner of the screen to find and delete the files):



%systemroot%\system32\CatRoot\{127D0A1D-4EF2-11D1-8608-00C04FC295EE} (there may be no files in this folder if that’s the case then only worry about the next folder)



%systemroot%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE} (if no items are found then go to the next step)





2. Delete all the kb*.cat files in the following folders (use the search option on the top right corner of the screen to find and delete the files):



%systemroot%\System32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE} ( A pop up will ask that you need admin rights to delete, accept and delete, you may notice that they were deleted however still appear, if you refresh the screen they will be gone)





%systemroot%\System32\CatRoot\{127D0A1D-4EF2-11D1-8608-00C04FC295EE} (again skip if there is no files in the folders)





3. Delete all the oem*.* files from the %systemroot%\inf folder. (again use the search option on the top right hand corner of the screen to find and delete the files)



4. At the command prompt (Run as Administrator), type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command.

A) net stop cryptsvc

B) Next, Navigate to your LocalDrive:/Windows/System32 and delete the renamed Catroot2 folder we made previously and keep the “Catroot2” file

C) ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 oldcatroot2

D) net start cryptsvc

Exit Command Prompt

5. Run halo 2

These steps are all the currect fixes for the Windows 7 issue for Halo 2 Vista. If you need anymore assistence, you should contact the support number provided in the manual specific to your country.

Once I find more updates and fixes I will update this thread.

Credit for this tutorial belongs to me and DEADBL0W from Games for Windows Forum.
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