Windows Vista™ and Windows 7
this page was last updated
05 Feb 2010 16:10 -0800
Known issues affecting use of
HPS Simulations software
HPS Simulations has tested its
software for basic functionality when used in conjunction with the
newly-released Windows 7™ operating system and its
predecessor, Windows Vista™ . This page will list issues as they are discovered, as well
as suggested solutions/workarounds.
Please note that
individual users, owing to specific system configuration, may experience
all, some, or none of the issues listed here. Individual users
should only attempt to apply solutions to the issues they actually
| Users should
instead install the games to a folder NOT in the :\\Program Files
folder, such as "C:\HPS\"
(this is done when the program is initially installed). Windows™
OSs will default install to the \Program files folder.
|"Open" & "Save"
|One other issue that has come to light is the fact that
programs don't always open to their current folder, but will use the last
folder they were in. No programming workaround for that Windows 7 feature™
on the Open and Save dialogs has been devised.
Users should be alert for Open and Save dialogs showing files in other
game folders and manually change folders back to the current game folder.
This is an intentional feature from Microsoft™.
For example - in the campaign front end of a game, click on the "Continue
an existing game" to open the dialog box. Depending on what programs have
been opened since this game was used you may be looking in another game's
folder & you will have to browse back to the correct game folder to find the
file. This seems only to impact programs that use a common exe such
as cp_start.exe which most of John Tiller's games use to start the
|At the end of the installation routine on a Windows Vista
machine all of the John Tiller Games software titles will register 2
"ISDX" errors. These are caused by the installation routine
and not by the game and can be ignored; no performance issues will arise
|Microsoft has dropped support for the Windows Help file
format (.hlp) with the release of Vista. However, they have
released a Vista-compatible download that should allow users to access .hlp
Click here to get the download.
If the download doesn't work, please
follow these steps:
1. Open Windows Explorer, navigate to your \Windows folder, and locate the
existing winhlp32.exe file (it's 9,216 bytes)
2. Right-click the 9,216-byte winhlp32.exe file, select Properties, and
then choose the Security tab
3. Click Advanced, choose the Owner tab, and click Edit
4. Select your user name in the list, and then click OK four times to
close all the Properties/Security windows
5. Right-click the 9,216-byte winhlp32.exe file again, select Properties,
and then choose the Security tab again
6. Click Edit, highlight Administrators in the list, and then place a
checkmark next to Full control, in the Allow column
7. Click Yes, and then click OK in each of the two open
8. Next, obtain the Windows XP SP2 version of winhlp32.exe. It's
size is 283,648 bytes, and the version number is 5.1.2600.2180. You can
get it from any functional PC running Windows XP or from a Windows XP disc
9. Drag-drop the 283,648-byte winhlp32.exe file into your \Windows
folder, replacing the 9,216-byte version that's there.
Information courtesy of :http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article07-500
PLAYTESTING by TITLE
|Test System: P4 3.0GHx, 1GB RAM,
integrated Intel Video/945GNTL, MS Windows Vista OS
Updates installed without issue. Some slowdowns during play but no
crashes. Scenario #1 played AI v AI without incident.
||Program & Updates installed
Updates installed without issue. Program ran without issue.
|Defending the Reich
||Program & Updates installed
without issue. Some users report ActiveX issues, which is
resolved by the DLL patch on our site.
Updates installed without issue. DLL-OCX patch required to run
Updates install, but generate pop-up "ISDX error" messages.
These appear to have no impact upon play (see above).
Help file incompatibility (see above).
Default scrolling issue: DirectX 10 disables
the default scrolling features in most games. In these cases,
use the "Alternative Scrolling" setting instead.
All other issues resolved in latest updates (available
in the Updates section click