I'm literally trying to pull my hair out on this one. The game will simply not start. I've looked up solutions for DAYS and I haven't gotten any answers. This forum is my only salvation. (Not to sound too dramatic..)
I've tried all options for compatibility mode (Win 7, XP 2 and 3), I've tried reinstalling 5 different times, I've tried moving the files to a different area, I've tried installing files OUTSIDE, of C drive and Program Files x86, I've tried file preferences edits to no avail, tried to edit screen resolution, nothing. I've turned off AUC with no results.
The AMAZING thing about all this, is that my laptop which also has Win 7 on it, works perfectly fine with this game, launching seamlessly.
I have the Gold Edition, which is Rome + Barbarian Invasion, CD version. I cannot get the steam version (CDKEY) because for some reason the game did not come with a CD key. And I'm kind of against buying a game I already have. I'm on a tight budget.
I have attached my DxDiag Info. I hope this helps.
Additional clear info:
-Desktop - Win 7
-Issue: Rome Total War will not launch at all, even when running task manager, the application does not appear in the box.
-In earlier instances an error of MSS32.dll was missing, even though it was clearly in the file. Error is now gone. For some reason.
-Works on a Win7 Laptop with UAC off, Compability Win 7, but does NOT work with Desktop with same settings
-Tried turning off Anti-Virus and Firewall, did not work.