No-CD / No-DVD This is a Patch or Executable which enables you to play the game without the need for the CD or DVD. In most cases a game serial or key is still required to play the game!
Generic No-CD This is usually a Patch which enables you to play the game without the need for the CD. The word Generic means that the patch can be used on more than one version or update of the game.
Fixed EXE This is a Fixed Executable which bypasses the CD/DVD Protection in the game. Usually the CD, DVD, or a backup of it, is still required to be able to play the game.
CD-Copy These are instructions to create a working backup of your original CD. Keep in mind to get the correct language & version of the required file(s).
CD-Info This is information about the Game CD.
Mini-Image / Maxi-Image A Mini-Image works like a No-CD / No-DVD. It is a downsized CD or DVD-Image from which all files have been removed except the ones that are required for the CD/DVD protection. A Mini-Image must be mounted as a virtual CD/DVD-ROM using DAEMON Tools or Alcohol 120%. Make sure to use the very latest version of either to avoid game blacklisting (the game then checks if either is installed and refuses to work unless they are uninstalled/removed).
Most files (Patch & File Archives) are packed using RAR but it also happens that they are packed using ZIP or ACE.
Sometimes an ACE or RAR archive exists inside a ZIP archive, this is usually done to get the smallest file possible, if this is the case first UnZIP the file and then UnACE or UnRAR it to extract the files!
Keep in mind that newer .ACE (v2.xx) packed files can not be extracted using older versions of WinACE, WinRAR or WinZIP. So if an .ACE archive fails to unpack try using the LATEST 2.xx version! The same also applies for the latest WinRAR!
Sometimes it happens that an .ACE file is downloaded with a .TGZ extension, just rename the file back to *.ACE as it can otherwise not be extracted using WinACE!
If you still experience unpack problems then use the latest Total Commander (previous called Windows Commander) as this multi functional tool is able to extract all available extensions without a problem!
EURO/AUSTRALIAN Games If a Patch or Executable is not available in your language then try one from another country as this usually will work. For example a SPANISH Patch usually also works for the ITALIAN & FRENCH versions of the game. Just do some trail & error!
CD-Reader For some CD-Protections a good CD-Reader & CD-Writer is needed to be able to backup the game. The cheaper IDE CD-ROMs are just not able to copy sectors from a CD which contains errors. In most cases it is better to use the CD-Writer to read the CD as an image-file to harddisk and then burning the image-file to a CD-R. Checkout the Play/Backup Protected Game CDs page for more detailed information!
Copying Files When copying files from a CD to harddrive then Total Commander (previous called Windows Commander) is an extremely powerful file-manager. If you don't want to use Total Commander then make sure that the Folder Options in Explorer is set to Show all files to also show hidden files (View->Folder Options->View->Hidden Files).
When original files are being patched then make sure to have a backup of these files available before patching. Usually it is not possible to update a patched file to a newer version when they are modified! Then just replace the patched file with the backup of the original file and the update will work fine!
Write Protected Files
When a file is copied from a CD then it is Write Protected, this means that this file can not be modified or deleted. Some patches are not able to patch this protected file but this can easily be fixed. In explorer right-click the file and select Properties, now remove the Read-Only attribute and the write protection has been removed. Or in a Command Prompt (DOS Box) enter the following: attrib -R file.exe
Since about 1999 most PC Games have been protected against making a backup. In Europe, Australia & Asia most games have been protected using the SafeDisc, SecuROM & LaserLok CD Protection. mostly because of US legislation, US games were usually not protected but currently they are using the same CD protection all over the world. As of 2000 about 95% of the protected game CD's are using the SafeDisc v2 CD Protection.
Checkout the CD/DVD Protections page @ CD Media World to get a complete overview of all available protections and how to deal with them.
There are currently a number of tools which are able to detect which CD Protection is being used on you original CD's, checkout the CD/DVD Utilities page @ CD Media World to get them!
Download Managers It is not possible anymore to use regular download managers to downloads file, unless a valid referrer is being send.
Missing download button If you can not see the download buttons (blue diskette) then make sure that your privacy tool is not blocking it.
AntiVirus & Privacy Tools Some AntiVirus or Privacy software kills the page referrer which is being checked by our download script, if it is killed then it is not possible to download any file. Make sure that this does not happen for: dl.gamecopyworld.com
Known Privacy Tool problems:
BitDefender - Set the Real-Time Protection to "Standard" or "Tolerant" as the "Aggressive" mode will result in an empty page when trying to download a file!
Kerio Personal Firewall - Referrer problem: go here.
Norton Internet Security (NIS) - Referrer problem: go here.
Norton Personal Firewall (NPF) - Referrer problem: go here.
.RAR & .ACE Files When downloading files with the extension .RAR or .ACE use Internet Explorer to download the file as older versions of NetScape corrupts the file as it doesn't know these file extensions.
If you execute a patch and are getting errors like MSVBVM50.DLL not Found! then this patch is made using Visual Basic. To be able to use these patches a few files (DDLs) need to be copied to the windows directory:
Game CD's usually consists of one DATA track and one or more AUDIO tracks. These AUDIO tracks are separate tracks on the CD and normally are not copyable using the copy command. Additional software is needed to grab/rip/extract these AUDIO tracks from CD to a WAV audio file. These WAV files can then be used for AUDIO tracks with any CD-Burn software.
The following software is capable of grabbing AUDIO tracks: