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September 2015 Windows updates KB3086255 breaks many games — 24 Comments

  1. I checked the list of games and, seriously, had no idea there were that many. I’ve only played a few games but have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I do have. Halo 2 tells me I need administrator rights since this update and even using administrator’s rights the game won’t play. Couple of questions:

    1: Does “auto” setting activate this “hinky” software just during game play and then auto deactivates?

    2: Does setting the “secdrv” to “auto” allow/activate the vulnerability even while I’m not playing Halo 2?

    Thanks in advance, Tom

    • I really don’t know 100% Tom
      I think auto or demand will allow anything that wants to start secdrv to do so. It won’t recognise whether it is a game or a malware that wants to use the file to elevate itself or dig deep into the system via vulnerabilities inside secdrv.sys

      All I can suggest is read the Microsoft KB article carefully and make an educated choice whether you feel yourself to be at risk if you do enable it

      If you only play occasionally then my suggestion would be to enable it before you play & disable it afterwards. If you play daily or many times a day, then that isn’t really an option

  2. Hey! Mine is Win7. i dont understand how to search and which article described “Microsoft KB” earlier.
    If my PC has already updated with that 3-4 days ago, can i still restore the update? Cuz i feel like there a options(dates) i can choose from

  3. Hi thanks for posting this, however I can’t seem to get Microsoft’s manual workaround to work, whenever I try ‘demand’ or ‘auto’ in the command prompt it just tells me that ‘access is denied’, and when I try ‘sc start secdrv’ it tells me ‘The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it’.

    Do you have any idea why or how I can get around this? Am happy to use the manual workaround every time I want to play my game, but not sure why I can’t access the secdrv in command prompt. Also, I tried uninstalling the update to check, and the game worked again, but I reinstalled it as I don’t know what the risks are. Any idea exactly what kind of security issues it addresses, and whether we could get away without this update altogether?

    Thanks in advance!

    • You have to use an ELEVATED ( ADMINISTRATOR) command prompt otherwise you will get access denied
      to use elevated command prompt in windows 8 or 8.1 right click the start button & select command prompt ( admin)
      otherwise in W7 or W8 go to start/search & type CMD when the cmd.exe appears in list right click the entry and select run as admin

      Allow any UAC prompts & type or paste the commands in

  4. I have been a Flight Simulator user since FS98,FS2000,FS2002 and FS2004 and now with this latest problem I cannot fly.I have looked at all of the above solutions,but I cannot make any sense out of them.Why can’t Microsoft come up with an answer?They caused the whole of the Flight Sim community to be up in arms.Answers please Mr Gates.

    • simplest solution is uninstall the update
      go to control panel/programs & features and uninstall KB3086255 but that leaves you vulnerable to some currently spreading attacks

  5. Trying to force AOM to run. Gone to cmd line in with admin rights.

    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10240]
    (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc config secdrv start= disabled
    [SC] ChangeServiceConfig SUCCESS

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc start secdrv
    [SC] StartService FAILED 1058:

    The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc config secdrv start=auto
    [SC] ChangeServiceConfig SUCCESS

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc start secdrv
    [SC] StartService FAILED 1275:

    This driver has been blocked from loading

  6. This update really annoys me and I hope that Microsoft goes out of business because I play Need For Speed Carbon.
    I really hope someone sensible becomes the new CEO of Microsoft and removes windows update KB3086255 once and for all.

  7. I recently had the urge to re-install Civ IV (last played it on a system running Windows XP pro and Vista Ultimate)…I have 2 newer PC’s built within the last two years, one with W7 Pro and other with W10 Pro. Using the game discs, Civ IV would not run on either system after a successful install. I’m get the error msg (“Please login with administrator privileges and try again”.) on both OS.

    I haven’t attempted to try the W7 fix, but plan on installing this on the PC running W10…and I’m reading that it’s not at all possible for a fix of this for W10 ? If so it’s very disappointing. I may try to look and purchase Civ IV off of Steam, but does anyone know if that will still experience the same issue ?

    I would really like to get this game back up and running properly with W10.

    • I understand the steam version will run on any system with appropriate specs and all W10 should have that
      The disc versions will only run on W7 /W8 with secdrv.sys enabled
      The steam version uses a different protection mechanism

  8. The sc config secdrv, after right-clicking the cmd.exe and running as administrator, after doing search for cmd via Start in Vista on the laptop worked for me, now I’m a happy AoM Titans bunny again from a savegame, all this after having a pin broken off from my second hard drive connector on the MB so my CD drive couldn’t be connected on my desktop running XP. So thanks for this. Time for a cuppa and bed!

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