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Lets start with this. I wasn't completely sure where to put this thread so that it got some attention. As I am sort of unsettled and confused at the moment.


I have been having problems with being able to sign into Games For Windows Live after purchasing Dirt 3 through steam. I tried on my own to find a solution with no avail. Once I decided to call Windows live support I was on the line with the representative for over an hour. Troubleshooting just about every option available. Then finally as a last attempt I was told to create a new account in windows 7 and try to run the game through that.

Under the new account Dirt 3 ran fine and I was able to sign into GFWL with no problems.

Afterwards I logged back into my main account and tried and came up to the same problem as earlier.....Invalid email and or password. So.......old account=problem signing in........new account=everything is fine.

Could this be a corruption in windows? How could it have happened?

What can I do? Does this mean I have to go through and re-install windows?

any and all info would be much appreciated. I'm kind of confused and...frankly....feel like i broke my computer

EDIT: Could windows have been corrupted with an unstable overclock? Also, When i first built my pc I was lucky to get a bad stick of RAM from corsair. I of course installed windows and didin't find out until later on. Could that have been a reason for corruption?
Edited by mwl5apv - 7/18/11 at 7:45pm
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post #2 of 22
i don't think overclock is the problem here,
never had that problem though ...
try open the game as admin, and xp compability
or even google that problem.
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post #3 of 22
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tired as admin. tried in different compatibility modes. Still nothing.

Now, I will be re-installing windows. My question is.....

If something in windows has gone corrupt. Does this affect all files? I would like to save my music, movie torrents and pictures. Is it safe to back these files up for the new install of windows? Or are they corrupt and need to be re-done as well?
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post #4 of 22
you shouldnt need to reinstall windows, just uninstall gfwl and reinstall it
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by ffejrxx View Post
you shouldnt need to reinstall windows, just uninstall gfwl and reinstall it
i tried that twice already...and if i create another windows user account. it works perfectly fine on that other account.

EDIT: I can now log into games for windows live market place. Which I was not able to do before. However, I still cant log into GFWL in Dirt 3.

I guess I will try to re-install the game itself. Maybe something went wrong with the games installation.
Edited by mwl5apv - 7/19/11 at 10:10pm
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post #6 of 22
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update: So i uninstalled Dirt 3 and GWFL. Re-installed Dirt 3, then re-installed GFWL. I can sign into the GFWL marketplace app normally. I can sign into the GFWL website. But still I cannot sign in through Dirt 3.

Does anyone else have any ideas on what may be causing this? Or any possible solutions other than doing a fresh install of windows?(And if a fresh install is best. Is it safe to back-up and transfer my music, movie, and picture files? or have those been compromised as well?)
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post #7 of 22
if the windows user acct is corrput
you can make a new user and transfer all of your files to it

i dont think a repair install can fix that
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by ffejrxx View Post
if the windows user acct is corrput
you can make a new user and transfer all of your files to it

i don't think a repair install can fix that
now, will creating a new user account change administrative privileges? I mean, since it is not the original one windows created? And transferring files....Do I just copy them from the old folders to the new ones?
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post #9 of 22
if both are administrators its the same either way


you can keep the corrupt acct too, but from the new acct, browse to
c:\\users\\'corrupt user name'\\my documents\\

you may need to change the rights on the corrupt username to everyone so you can see it

right click on the username -> properties
security tab, [edit button]
add 'everyone'

then [advaned] button
and check full control for 'everyone'
post #10 of 22
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ok well, I went ahead and created a new user account. Everything worked fine for probably about a half hour. Once i began to transfer files over to the new account. The computer would randomly freeze, like windows started to load and then gave up. This was followed by constant ".........has stopped working" error messages. with everything. the only thing i could do was task manager to close what i was doing.

I finally gave up and just re-installed windows. I just finished downloading and installing my graphics drivers. Game will DL overnight and i will let you know what the situation is there after.
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