This page will help you to solve typical problems, which can appear while installing repacks (mine included) and running installed games.
Before reading further, make sure you’re through the following steps
Your Windows username have to be latin-only (numbers allowed too)
Many games and cracks (especially latest CODEX ones) do not properly work on accounts with non-latin symbols. Also complex repacks can use additional software which also may crash while running in “ВАСЯ” username folder. So change your username once and for all. Or better yet, create new latin-name user in Windows and completely switch to it. That way the folder name will be a good one and all above-mentioned software and cracks will work.
How to change user name in Windows 7 Professional?
How to change user name in Windows 10?
Re-hash the downloaded torrent
Torrents download content in blocks. Sometimes some blocks download with errors. Obviously, if you try to unpack the data from damaged archive, nothing good will happen. So rehash. This procedure checks each downloaded block for completion. Broken ones will be automatically set for redownload.
Steps for rehashing in uTorrent (other clients are very similar)
Open uTorrent and select the downloaded repack
Stop this download
Press right mouse button and select “Force Re-check”
After rehashing is complete, it will be either 100% (GOOD, OK TORRENT) or incomplete (like 99.8%). In that case start this torrent again and let it finish. Then rehash again to make sure that NOW it’s complete. If the rehashing always drops down from 100%, you have a bad memory module (DIMM), and should replace it as soon as possible.
Most likely you have at least one antivirus active. Or even two, like default Windows Defender + AVAST or Malwarebytes or something else. While installing MY repacks (or repacks from other safe groups, listed in my FAQ), disable them. WD and MWB are the only two AVs, which block parts of my installers, while other AVs don’t give a damn. Of course, it’s false positive reaction to my “run.exe” program, which allows execution of multiple compressors/decompressors on all your CPU cores. Check VirusTotal report on this file.
My thoughts on AVs in general
Modern AVs are paranoid. They usually see danger in safe files and skip real malware. This is more actual for compressed/protected software and cracks, especially from Chinese groups, such as 3DM.
This may sound scary, but in the real world THERE IS NO ANTIVIRUS, which will protect you from modern trojans, bitcoin miners and similar stuff. In most cases harmful apps won’t be blocked, but absolutely safe programs – will be, as false positives. And since AVs usually work silently, without even notifying you about blocked stuff – you will wonder, why the installer don’t work or why the game don’t want to launch.
One of the biggest downfalls of AVs is they resident mode, when ALL open files, even not executables, arc checked on the fly. This mode can slow down a fast installer for HOURS, because every unpacked file will be checked with AVs engine. Complex repacks do lots of HDD read/writes, and it alone is not fast, but coupled with AV will ruin your experience.
The best antivirus is your brain. Don’t download suspicious software, don’t open attachments in your email, keep your browser up-to-date, disable Flash and Java. This will protect you from 99% of potential malware. You can use antivirus in scan mode on daily basis, with VERBOSE mode, when you will see, what AV counts a real danger.
One more thing – NEVER EVER trust only one antivirus. False positives appear more frequent, than any real virus. Upload any suspicous file to and only then take actions.
If you still need AV for scanning, I’d settle for Kaspersky, Dr.Web or ESET tools, working in VERBOSE mode, and not killing stuff automatically.
Set UAC to a minimum level (Never Notify)
UAC (User Access Control) is another system, “protecting” you from suspicious software. It may be somewhat useful for total noobs, who sees the PC first time in life, but if you’re here downloading repacks, I guess you’re not a total noob anymore.
Complex repacks require execution of different (de)compressors from User Temp folder. Default UAC settings restrict those files from execution, stopping the installer.
How to change UAC settings in Windows Vista/7/8/8.1
How to change UAC settings in Windows 10 (video)
Make sure you have enough Virtual Memory
If you have 4 GB of RAM, set virtual memory to 8 GB (Custom size: set both initial and maximum size to 8192)
If you have 8 GB of RAM, set virtual memory to 16 GB (Custom size: set both initial and maximum size to 16384).
If you have 16 GB of RAM, set virtual memory also to 16 GB (Custom size: set both initial and maximum size to 16384)
If you have 32 GB of RAM, set virtual memory also to 8 GB (Custom size: set both initial and maximum size to 8192) just in case.
Do not set “System managed size”, cause it’s slower. Fixed VM size is the most efficient setting.
How to change Virtual Memory size in Windows 7 (video)
How to change Virtual Memory size in Windows 10 (video)
Why Virtual Memory is important?
Upon execution, any EXE in Windows request a certain amount of memory from OS Memory Manager. If free RAM is enough, the application will receive it. If no VM is present and free memory is below app’s request, you’ll see a crash. VM (also called pagefile) is a RAM imitation, saving you from such problems. Application doesn’t know if it received actual RAM, or virtual one. With large VM file you usually won’t see memory-related crashes. Slowdowns (dut to a slower HDD access speed) – sure.
Make sure you have enough free space on target drive
DO NOT ignore the “No enough disk space” message, if the installer says so. Also it’s recommended to NOT install repacks on drives, which have just a few more Gigabytes of space left after installation. During installations with low memory available installer may eat more free space it stated.
Turn off any heavy load on the target drive
If you have torrents active on the same physical drive, on which you’re installing the game and this drive is not SSD – expect REALLY LONG installation. Any application, creating constant heavy load on your disk will drive you mad while your installation. You can continue seeding after you install the game.
Try install the game NOT to C: drive OR specifically to C: drive
Windows rights system is a tricky thing. If you’re not a proper admin in your OS, some folders/drives may be limited for your account. Sometimes game cannot be installed on C:, only on other drives, and sometimes – vice versa, only on system drive. And of course, avoid installing games to Program Files\Program Files (x86) folders. This folder usually has the most limited rights.
Check your Windows folder (and below) for unarc.dll – if this file exists, delete it
My repacks use custom unarc.dll, NOT compatible with other unarc.dll, which you could download in hope to fix “Unarc.dll Error”. Remember, there are SEVERAL types of those errors, they mean different things. And other unarc.dll won’t help.
Run setup with proper rights, as shown on this image
Typical errors and solutions
I can’t run the setup.exe, it’s missing or nothing happens when I try to launch it!
Your Windows Defender/SmartScreen (or similar protection software, even browser) blocked it.
1. While the file is on your desktop or in one of your user folders, right click or press and hold on the file, and click/tap on Properties.
2. Under the General tab, click/tap on the Unblock button, and click/tap on OK.
NOTE:If you do not see an Unblock button, then the file has already been unblocked.
More info on the subject can be found here.
It is not found any file specified for ISArcExtract
There are four possible reasons for that popular error. Listed by popularity:
Your download is broken, some BIN-files are not complete. To solve it, rehash the torrent, following instructions written far above.
You didn’t download all necessary files for your selection. Say, you’re installing the game in English, but didn’t download setup-fitgirl-selective-english.bin from torrent or filehoster. Download required file and try again.
You’re running the installation from a folder with a weird name, like “C:\Users\ВАСЯ-ПУПКИН\Downloads\__[rutor.is]_Super Fitgirl Repack [FitGirl Repack]\”. In such cases setup.exe can’t see it’s BIN-files and can’t proceed them. Move setup.exe + all BIN files to a shorter path, like “C:\Repacks\Super Repack” and run installer from there.
You have antivirus or UAC active, which prevented rebuiding of temporary archive (I use them a lot) and thus that archive can’t be extracted. So, disable AV or UAC and reinstall the game.
Visual C++ Runtime Installer
I also recommend you to install all C++ Redistributables. You may try this small All-In-One pack or get them separately from Microsoft site.
Under WINE the full-screen background takes over the desktop completely, so that no other program (including the installer window, or even native Linux apps running side by side) can’t be used. The solution to this is to open winecfg -> Graphics tab -> check Emulate a virtual desktop.
The installer gets stuck on “Checking admin rights…” if something newer than Windows XP is emulated. (Wine doesn’t handle UAC and admin checks properly yet – every program runs as admin even if Windows Vista/7/8/10 is emulated.) The solution to this is to open winecfg -> Applications tab -> set the Windows version to Windows XP globally (as the installer spawns other processes with mismatching Windows versions – this usually ends badly).