Last month there was a news that Microsoft has blocked the Safedisc DRM in an update came with Windows 10, and now it seems that Microsoft with a new security update for systems with Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, completely neutralizing all games using this anti-piracy system. You can see the list of games using this protection on this link.
“In addition to the changes that have been listed for vulnerabilities that are described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-097, the security bulletin addresses a major upgrade of defense secdrv.sys driver for a third-party driver. This update disables the service for secdrv.sys driver. This can affect your ability to run some old games. “
Luckily, Microsoft is simply not lucky with the PC games and proposes a method of editing the registry to enable the Safedisc DRM, but as always try it at your own responsibility.
- Click the Start button, click Run and type regedit. Click OK
- Locate and then click the following registry subkey: KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\secdrv
- Right-click “Start”, and then click Modify.
- In the box “Value data” do the following:
- Type 4 to disable the driver’s service, and then click OK.
- Type 3 to set the driver’s service to manual, and then click OK.
- Type 2 to set the driver’s service to automatic, and then click OK.
- Exit Registry Editor.