Medal of Honor - Pacific Assault (Director's Edition) : CD key being unaccepted or rendered as invalid/Game crashes as one attempts to play/Query for OS compatibility (Win XP vs. Win 7)

I am a big fan of WWII FPS games and especially when the games are based on true historical facts it becomes more interesting to be a part of it apparently as a gamer. However, I do not call myself being "excellent" at playing FPS games but one could see me as a game collector. I own a laptop with Windows 7 (64 bit) which certainly casts an impression that configuration of computers are advanced with high-end graphics but when one thinks of going back in the age when Windows XP prevailed for playing old-gold games like Medal of Honor - Pacific Assault it becomes tackling to synchronize the obsolete configuration of Windows XP with new, user-friendly technology of Windows 7 thus the question on compatibility arises.

Advancement in technology renders the previous technology as "obsolete" and therefore sometimes it gets out of the consideration by the manufacturer that some of the obsolete programs and applications still need to be synchronized with older components in order to run on the new platforms. In this race, the most programs and applications that are apparently being affected are PC-based games. As a matter of fact too, PC games can be considered as the preliminary source to discovering the deficits in new technology. 

So, this article revolves around the question of installing/running the so-called game: Medal  of Honor - Pacific Assault (often abbreviated as MOHPA) released by Electronic Arts in 2004 where most users find it difficult to do so on Windows 7 especially 64 bit edition. 

Recently, I wanted to install the same game on Windows 7 (64 bit) platform but couldn't even pass the CD key prompt dialog box and so I went through several blogs and forums over Internet with success in one resolution of problem but getting stuck to the next one. Therefore, I am going to share my experience with graduation in resolution of chain of problems related to this game.

First of all, let's confirm the original minimum system requirements of this game:

CPU: Pentium 4 or Athlon XP
CPU Speed: 1.5 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
OS: Windows 2000/XP
Video Card: 64 MB AGP Video Card with supported DirectX 8.1 drivers (GeForce3+ / Radeon 8500+)
DirectX version: 8.1 (included)
Sound Card: Yes
Free Disk Space: 3 GB
CD-ROM: 8X speed CD-ROM/DVD-ROM (This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some CD/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD-RW and virtual drives.)

But, we want to install and play this game on Windows 7 (64-bit), isn't it? So, let's troubleshoot in chronological order of encountering the problems of this game on Windows 7 (64-bit).

Query 1: Is the game compatible with OS Windows 7?

Analysis of Facts: The debate between the community users Nige_UK and BossDweebe over their experiences for installing the game on Windows 7 points out the opinion of Nige_UK that compatibility issues could be overcome by easily installing the game on Windows XP machine and then copying the working installation folders from there to Windows 7 machine whereas BossDweebe had the personal opinion that it was needless as the game is fully compatible with Windows 7.

Resolution: The game in fact is compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit) and one can install and enjoy this game regardless of compatibility issues. However, in my opinion it would be better that after installation of game to the particular game directory, explore to the directory and Right-click on all executable files in each folders: 

Step 1: Select "Properties."
Step 2: Click Compatibility."
Step 3: Check "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)." [For mohpa.exe; mohpa_server.exe; and mohpa_setup.exe under "Privilege Level" check "Run this program as an administrator" and under "Change settings for all users" tab, you can check the same compatibility mode under same headings.]    

Query 2: Cannot pass through the CD key verification dialog after having prompted the correct CD key.

Analysis of Facts: The community user FidelIkambili in response to this problem had suggested contrary to the correct resolution for installing this game about setting the compatibility mode. However, this could work for some but cannot say for everyone. For fail-safe purpose, it's not a harm to roll back the compatibility mode of all .exe files in the game installation directory to Win XP SP2 and it shouldn't exhibit any problems whatsoever. Anyways, the first thing how to install the game while bypassing the CD key verification system is mentioned below. 

Resolution: Follow these steps to bypass CD key verification phase:

Step 1: Insert the game CD or if you have .iso image on your hard drive load it on any virtual drive emulator (e.g., Daemon Tools, Alcohol, etc.)
Step 2: When "Autoplay" dialog appears select "Open folders to view files". (DO NOT select "Run autorun.exe.")
Step 3: Open "setup" folder and seek for "setup.exe" file and Right-click on it and select "Run as an administrator."
Step 4: The installation wizard will open without the display of game's installation menu image.
Step 5: Follow the instructions and when prompted for CD key insertion key in the correct CD key and it will be accepted.
Step 6: Customize the game directory where to install. (Note: It is always better to install games and other programs except Microsoft Corporations' on other physical drive than default OS drive.)
Step 7: Follow the rest of instructions to complete the game installation.

Query 3: Game crashes as soon as scenario movie clip terminates or when fire button (Left mouse button by default) is clicked.

Analysis of Facts: The experienced community user of EA itself attempted to resolve the query with hit and trial method by suggesting to create a new admin account but only earned dissatisfaction of the victim user. The problem lies not with the incorporated components of MS but with the playable executable image file, i.e., mohpa.exe and the relevant game updates. The game was said to be originally released with lot of bugs in version 1.0 which was later fixed in the update patch of 1.1 and then finally in 1.2. The latest released update patch v1.2 is all one needs to run the game perfectly without any crash. If you are using no-CD/DVD exe image fix (for backup purpose) then reportedly the version 1.2 developed by "Deviance" is found to be erratic only the older version of image works fine. However, one can simply update the game by applying the official v1.2 patch to the original installation folder and then later replace the updated original mohpa.exe file with older version of no-CD/DVD exe image fix and enjoy the game. The components of game will already turn updated with v1.2.  

Resolution: Here some of the things one can do to run the game properly,

Step 1: After installation of game, update the version of game from 1.0 to 1.2 by applying the official update patch "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Patch v1.0 to v1.2." One can download the official patch from the undermentioned link:

Step 2: Replace the updated original mohpa.exe file image in installed game directory with no-CD/DVD exe image fix. (Note: It is always better to retain the updated original file image to a safer place than replacing it.) One can download the no-CD/DVD exe image fix from undermentioned link:

Step 3: As a precaution, one can follow the instructions explained in resolution of Query 1. 


Conclusion: All queries resolved to the greatest extent.

I hope this article will be of your interest and help you play the Gold WWII war game.

Your comments and further queries will be appreciated.

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