Windows 7 GameGuard Fix – A Solution!

Many games of NCSoft currently do not work on Windows 7, in particular the MMO Lineage 2.
I think they updated the GameGuard for Aion and possibly for Guild Wars, but not for L2 or Rappelz.

Lineage 2 by NCSoft

Lineage 2 by NCSoft

Rappelz is not a NCSoft game by the way, it’s more like a free copy of Lineage 2.

Here’s the solution:

1. Step Download the updated GameGuard from Aion here. GameGuard Windows 7 fix

2. Step Duplicate the l2.bin (inside the system folder) and rename it to l2.exe.

3. Step Next, replace the GameGuard files that are officially signed by NCSoft.

Sidenotes: Never start Lineage 2 through the Lineage2.exe in the main folder, only if there is an update start Lineage2.exe, let it update the game and repeat the steps above.

Thanks to Judas of the offical Lineage 2 board for posting the fix.

Official statement of the Lineage 2 community manager Lyzira:

Modifications of this nature are not permitted and should something go wrong with your client or account as a result, we would be unable to assist you.

Please be aware that we are already looking into the matter with Gameguard and Windows 7 and will update you when we have more information.

However, it is not a modification it is an update of GameGuard with official files, so you are not breaking any rules at all. There’s quite an aggressive discussion going on on the official boards, but I would say it’s safe to say that this is the only solution so far to make it run without deleting GameGuard and breaking the EULA.

To fix other games like Rappelz you will simply have to replace GameGuard with the updated files.


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12 Responses to Windows 7 GameGuard Fix – A Solution!

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Mansoor Ahmed Zia said:

    Well this is much needed software. having Windows 7 i do have some sort of problems, recently some game are not played well therefore ia m trying different software for the resolution. Thanks for this one

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Daniel said:


    I did everything you said! But its still not working i try to start it and then it still says the l2 bin stopped working… everytime i try to start it!! why?

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Cris said:

    hi , i did like i read but i still get an error when i wanna run Lineage on W7 i get this”canot play from this location”and whne i clik ok i get another errorsomething with runtime error.
    Can some1 help me with this issue ?
    ty a lot, cya laters

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    mike said:

    so is ncsoft going to update this problem or is there a certian way a for sure easy way to fix this let me know thru email we can swap im let me know ty

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Noel Keegan said:

    Hi,i did all u said with my trickster game n got to the log in screen with no problems.
    Typed in my name n pass n clicked log in then it stopped responding :(
    Gettin closer though thx

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Antoine Lévesque-Roy said:

    Hi, I replaced the old gameguard.des file with the new one but When I go in C:/Windows/system, there’s nothing. there is a lot of files in /system32 but the l2.bin file is not there.
    I don’t know why I have this problem but I hope someone will help me

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Cross said:

    I am getting that side-by-side configuration error every time. Did as read here and on other forums but still no luck. Some said it was because of some lack of memory and I got once “insufficent virtual memory error” so – awaiting new fix :P

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Gina said:

    Thaaank you so much!… It’s working with flyff =D with the instructions in the .txt inside the zip ^.^ thanks! =D

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Priscila said:

    Weird. I installed L2 and AION on my PC. I have Win7. Aion had NO problems, L2 also hadnt. Howeverm i was trying to login at L2 (i installed but never played) and i got the “wrong password” message all thr time. So i read at forums that i should reinstalled (i tried all the other options people gave me but they didnt work), so i did, i installed but when i open it to update I just get Connection to server was terminated. And there is NO way to fix it. I tried it all, i resintalled 3 times, i installed with compability with windows xp, i installed as de Administrator, i did everything, which is WEIRD, because at the first time it just worked perfect! I installed, updated, checked the files, but now it just seem to NOT work.

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    “Never start Lineage 2 via Lineage2.exe in the main folder”

    Also temporarily disable all your firewalls and make sure Gameguard can connect. Look up the gameguard port on the internet and give your firewalls access (forward the port).

    Lastly, you may want to try to create a new Windows 7 user account and then install NOTHING but Lineage 2.

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    DirtyDutchParra said:

    “Priscila said”:
    January 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    I installed, updated, checked the files, but now it just seem to NOT work.

    If you installed lineage clean i asume you have a lineage II profile?
    if u havein trouble login in try connectin to a private server ;)

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Jomyl said:

    why i cant play flyff i follow the instructions didnt work
    Extract into your Game Directory replace the existing file then rename the GameGuard folder to GameGuardOld
    On running your game the GameGuard folder will be recreated and you will be able to run under Windows 7.
    help me plssss…

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