I work for a LAN Party center and we've got about 30 copies of AoM installed on our machines. We are in the process of rebuilding our network and one of the changes will be that the default user account that customers use to play games will be a RESTRICTED account, not an administrative account as is currently the case. All machines are P4 2.4GHz, 512M RAM, 120g hdd, Radeon 9700 Pro w.128M or 9800 Pro w/256meg. On my development machine (identical to the 30 gaming rigs that customers use) I was forced to install AoM as an administrator, and then was only allowed to play it as an administrator. I'm well versed in with windows, the "Run Program as this XYZ user" utility, and I logged every file change and registry change while installing. (Hmmm... there were *NO* files/reg entries created during the install that were Administrator only! Go figure) I saw this forum thread: http://www.gamingforums.com/showthread.php?t=101890 and it doesn't help. I've also poled around on Microsoft's support site, and all they say is "Here's a list of our games that require administrative access to install and run." Has anyone come across a way to run this game as a non-administrative user? Games are the bread-n-butter of this company, but we also have to consider the security of our network and we will *NOT* have customers running around as administrative level users, even if it means that we have to dump AoM and recommend other games to our customers. I'd prefer to find a way or working around this administrator-only thing, as it's nice to be able to say "Of course we have Dark Everquest of Honor, and we even have all three expansions, City of Vietnam, Call of Mythology, and Quakecraft!" -FP
What kind of OS are you running on your computers?
I've tried this on WinXP SP1, and Win2k SP4, same problem both times, and the error message was spit out by the game it'self, not by the OS.
Ok. On your computer admin accounts try disabling the sharing your profile's folders. Then create another admin account with less privelages than the other and without a password. Im sure Windows XP pro has the ability to do that. Install the game to the second admin account (the one which your customers use). I have also heard of programs which can block a user from accessing certain files or folders even if the users on the computer are all administrators.