Games For Windows Live Section 8

If you’re like me and play to completion try out a lot of PC games, you’re bound to run across a few errors or two.  Today I picked up Section 8 by TimeGate Studios.  Section 8 is a team-based first-person shooter and overall it’s pretty fun (I’ll put a review up one of these days).

The Error

I’m not a huge fan of Games For Windows Live, though thank you to Microsoft for trying to merge their gaming into one place.  When I tried to start the game I received the following error.

“Games For Windows Live Failed To Initialize”

Oh error message, thanks for the symptom.   That’s real helpful.  So I took to the Internet to find out, fearless adventurer that I am.  (No kobolds were harmed in the solving of this problem.)

I ran across this post that fixed the issue.  If you’re lazy and don’t want to click the link here’s the gist of it.

Games For Windows Live Failed To Initialize – Section 8

This is an issue with the executable file protection aspect of Comodo Personal Firewall.  Oddly, in my case, I have Comodo’s “Defense+” feature disabled but it was still biting me.  Take note: even if you have it disabled this will still affect you.  One more time for those who don’t like to read: EVEN WITH COMODO DISABLED YOU WILL STILL HAVE THIS PROBLEM. Okay, I feel better now…

Here’s how we fix this problem:

EVEN WITH COMODO DISABLED YOU WILL STILL HAVE THIS PROBLEM

  1. Open Comodo and click on the Defense+ Tab
  2. Click on “Defense+ Settings”
  3. Change to the “Execution Control Settings” Tab
  4. Click the “Exclusions” button
  5. Add the these two files “<Steam Directory>\Steamapps\common\section 8 prejudice\s9.exe” and “<Steam Directory>\Steamapps\common\section 8 prejudice\binaries\win32\s9-win32-F.exe”
  6. Apply those and click “Okay” until you’re back to the main menu and then close Comodo’s settings panel

EVEN WITH COMODO DISABLED YOU WILL STILL HAVE THIS PROBLEM
I do feel better this time.  You’ve been warned.

You should be good-to-go. If you run across any issues drop me a line in the comments.