I recently purchased the "Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection" for Origin and was attempting to play the original "Red Alert". After reading this forum thread here,
I attempted their second solution, which was to "Download & install the DirectX SDK from March 2008". I did so and followed their directions closely, but was still unable to get "Red Alert" to load. No harm, no foul. So I promptly uninstalled the DirectX SDK and went about my business.
Now, however, every game on my PC refuses to load and crashes to desktop, regardless of the launcher: Origin, Steam, etc. Here are a few error messages that I am receiving.
- Max Payne -
An error has occurred in the graphics engine. Try to downgrade your screen mode and/or other settings by pressing the "Options..." button in Max Payne startup dialog. Max Payne requires a DirectX 8 compatible display adapter. Please consult the troubleshooting readme in the installation folder.
Error: setFullscreen - creating the device failed: Unrecognized error: 0x80070057
- DMC Devil May Cry -
Failed to create the D3D9 Device! This can happen if the desktop is locked. Exiting...
- Fallout 3 -
Failed to initialize renderer.
Unknown error creating the Gamebryo Renderer.
- Dead Space -
Dead Space.exe has stopped working
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.
I cannot help but notice the timing of all of these game crashing and my recent "DirectX SDK" download and installation. Does anyone know what I did, and how it could be reversed or undone? I'm close to simply re-installing Windows 8 again, and starting from scratch. However, any help or assistance anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you need more information, just tell me what you need and how I can provide it.