Monday, 18 January 2010

Windows 7 and Star-Force protection drivers

Installing Toca Race Driver 3 killed my windows 7 box today. It installs an old Star-Force protection driver and this popped up as corrupted on a reboot. Windows 7 wouldn't load and running the repair tool couldn't fix it or if i ran it from the MS disc wouldn't even find the fault.

Here's the bad file: c:\windows\system32\drivers\sfsync04.sys

Rebooting back to last known configuration worked and I quickly made a restore point. That'll teach me. If that wasn't going to work i was going to reboot with driver signing protection off (in adv. boot options) and that might have worked to. Ok not a big thing but i was hesitant to run last known config as I hadn't done this under win 7 and wasn't sure of the consequences. The strange difference between win 7 and xp is that there doesn't appear to be a reinstall option from the dvd. If anyone knows better please comment.

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