I recently bought Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for my PC. When I've gone through the installation process, a pop-up comes up saying that I can play the games through a shortcut on my desktop. When I click this shortcut for the Philosopher's Stone, the mouse looks like it's doing something, and then nothing happens. For the Chamber of Secrets, I click on it, and a pop up comes up saying 'Please log in with administrator privileges and try again'. I'm the only account on this computer, and therefore the administrator. I'm running on Windows 7, and I know these games run on Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP, so I go to the control panel where it says I can run them on one of these programs. I try that, and again nothing happens. Can anyone help because I really loved these games when I was younger and I'd be gutted if I don't get to play them again?
@xBarbastellex Hi there,
Even if you only have one account on your computer, it must still be individually set up to have the administrator rights. Please follow the advice here: http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-do-i-run-a-program-or-a-game-as-an-administrator/
Let me know how you get on afterwards.
Thanks for replying - I've done that, and the pop up about the administrator thing no longer comes up. I've tried setting the Windows format in Compatibility to each of the formats that the games can run on, but still neither of them are working :/
January 2016 - last edited January 2016
@xBarbastellex Hi again,
Outside of the compatibility mode, there are a few more things you can try: http://help.ea.com/en/article/getting-ea-classics-up-and-running-on-your-modern-os/
Next, make sure that no third party software interferes, the best way to do so is by running a Clean Boot: https://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-clean-boot-your-pc/
Additionally you should also check that your antivirus and any other security software isn't interfering: https://help.ea.com/en/article/how-can-my-anti-virus-software-interfere-with-a-game-installation/
Note that while the article is aimed at the installation, it still also applies for actually running the game.
Last but not least, we can try to look at your reliability monitor following the steps below in order to see whether the application crashes at start up:
1. Press Win+R to open the run box
2. Type perfmon /rel to open the reliability monitor.
This opens a window where you can click on the error's visually shown (white X in red circle) to find the latest one related to your games. Click show details and then paste the info that is listed in there in here.
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