Sunday, May 29, 2011

How to Bypass That 156MB Company of Heroes (CoH) patch problem

After not being able to play CoH for two weeks because I wanted to recover from my sickness more thoroughly this time, I tried logging in and couldn't because the stupid game wouldn't let me install the patch (either via the p2p or not). So this is what I did:

(1) Go to the Relic page to download the latest patch ( The pain in the ass happens to be the Tales of Valor patch, Company of Heroes 2.601 - 2.602.torrent
(2) Since it is a torrent file, this means p2p, and you got to have a bittorrent software to actually download the 156MB patch. Good news, they are free, and a good one would be µTorrent
(3) Install µTorrent if you haven't a bittorrent software. Else, double click on the patch torrent you downloaded, and it will open the bittorrent software to start downloading the patch.
(4) Patch finished downloading? You can skip this step if you are not as paranoid as me. I recommend scanning the bastard for viruses and other virulent nonsense, legal website notwithstanding. You can never be sure.
(5) Double click on the patch to start the patch installation. If it runs properly, congrats, you can then start your CoH game. It will do its usual login nonsense and you will be able to start playing again.

If the patch installation doesn't run properly, do the following:
(1) Go to Start -> choose "Run..." Type "msconfig" and press "Ok"
(2) It will open the System Configuration Utility. Go to "General" tab and choose "Selective Startup". Unclick  "Process System.INI file, Process WIN.INI file, Load System Services, Load Startup Items" options (if you are using Windows XP OS)
 (3) Go to "Services" tab, choose "Hide All Microsoft Services". You don't need to disable all (for whatever services that remain.
 (4) Restart your pc
(5) Install the patch
(6) Then go to msconfig again and press "Normal Startup" again to restore your settings.

I am also of the opinion that we can actually skip all that nonsense and just restart in safe mode and install the patch.

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