EDIT by Iscaran: I have merged the posts from the other topic with your request thread.
The dxdiag is therefore found later as the first posts here were posted earlier in superpea's request topic and have been moved here.
Short link to dxdiag: http://forums.totalwar.com/showthread.php/7063-Empire-Total-War-Does-not-start?p=90575&viewfull=1#post90575
END of EDIT.
Im having the same issue;
So I bought the game yesterday, Installed from he disc, when i tried to launch the game nothing happens. steam dialog pops up telling me the game is being launched, the computer thinks for a sec, and then nothing.
I have a widescreen monitor so i tried to change its start up resolution, but there are no files in my script folder.
Then I installed downloading from steam, same thing happens.
The game doesn't not even load the title screen.
Is there anything i put in the launch option to start it windowed? but it doesn't look like its a resolution problem mainly becasue the engine doesn't initialize. The screen doest flicker to switch over to a full screen app or anything.