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How to make Games for Windows Live work on Windows 10

Microsoft has not had the best history when it comes to their gaming efforts. Whilst the Xbox One has gained an admirable foothold in the console gaming market, Microsoft’s attempts to capture the hearts of their PC audience have failed miserably.

Some modern gamers will be familiar with the laughably obscure Microsoft Store gaming platform built into every Windows 10 PC, Microsoft’s record of mishaps go back quite a few years prior.

Launching in 2007, Games for Windows Live aimed to bring the social systems of the Xbox 360 to the PC market – a fairly noble intention. Far less noble was the goal to charge PC users annual fees for the use of these basic chat features. Worse still was the price – almost $50 a year. Perhaps the worst aspect of Games for Windows Live was the intention to monetise online game-play, forcing users who wished to play multiplayer games to sign up for the subscription.

Consequently, Games for Windows Live was absolutely despised by users. When it was revealed that Dark Souls would launch with integrated Games for Windows Live features, a petition to have the game released without them racked up over 20,000 signatures in just under five days.

When it was eventually discontinued in 2009, Games for Windows Live was intent on not going down alone, ensnaring and soft-locking many of the games it came packaged with.

Although developers have for the most part tried their best to remove Games for Windows Live from their software, there are still some titles that fall victim to its parasitic influence. Grand Theft Auto IV for example, despite being sold on Steam, is in an almost broken state; leaving the games of many users without the know-how to circumvent the Games for Windows Live login system completely broken.

Luckily, this handy guide is here to save the day, offering the quickest and easiest way to get Games for Windows Live off your back for good.


1: Update Games for Windows Live

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Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the first step to begin getting rid of Games for Windows Live is to install the latest version. Simply visit the official website and follow the on screen instructions to install the software.

After installing the software, launch your Games for Windows Live enabled game and proceed to the next step!


2: Create an offline account

Despite Games for Windows Live‘s insistence that you have to log in to your Xbox Live account in order to play your game, this is a bit of a catch 22. Due to server issues, it appears that existing Xbox accounts cannot be used to log into Games for Windows Live, resulting in a soft-lock or an error code.

Luckily, Games for Windows Live contains an “Local profile” which you can use to circumvent this.

With your Games for Windows Live enabled title open, press your keyboard’s “Home” button. This should open a dialogue box at the top of your screen. This will prompt you to log in with an Xbox account.

Press “Create New Profile” and scroll down. At the bottom of the window there is an option to “create a local profile” in blue text as pictured below.Untitled.png

Press this button and complete the account creation process.


3: Enjoy your game!

By following all these steps you should be able to now play your Games for Windows Live enabled game hassle free!

How to update to the new Steam library beta

The much anticipated Steam library update is here, giving Steam a long overdue new coat of paint. Although accessing it right now in its beta state is a little bit of a hassle, we’ve constructed this helpful guide to help you have you new Steam beta downloaded and running in no time. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!


1: Install Steam

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If somehow you don’t already have Steam installed on your computer, perhaps you’re just a new user attracted by the buzz surrounding the new update, it is integral that you download Steam before following any further steps in this guide.

To do this, simply visit Steam and press the “Install Steam” button handily circled above. Once the file has been downloaded, run it and follow onscreen instructions. After you have done this, open Steam and log in. If you do not have a Steam account you will need to create one by following onscreen prompts.


2: Locate the “Settings” tab

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The top of your Steam window will look something like this. Press on the “Steam” drop-down label in the top left.

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3: Change “Beta participation” to “Steam Beta Update”

4.PNGIn the dialogue box opened by the previous step, select the “Change” button under “Beta participation”. Open the drop-down box in the popup and select “Steam Beta Update”.

This will prompt your Steam window to close and download an update, when the update completes and the tab reopens you will be treated to a fresh new look.