Unable to play Halo 2 error: Halo 2 for Windows vista has stopped working.

Original title: Halo 2 won't work for me on Windows 7

I have just gotten a copy of Halo 2 for windows vista.  I figured I would have no problem on 7, as I had a friend who has it working 7.  I installed the game, but when I tried to play it, it said that "Halo 2 for windows vist has stopped working

 

Here are the problem details.

 

Problem signature:

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

Application Name: halo2.exe

Application Version: 1.0.0.11081

Application Timestamp: 46368037

Fault Module Name: nvd3d9wrap.dll

Fault Module Version: 8.17.12.6721

Fault Module Timestamp: 4d5eadc9

Exception Code: c0000005

Exception Offset: 00001eb5

OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.768.3

Locale ID: 1033

Additional Information 1: e19c

Additional Information 2: e19ce9d2dcd06ac32515e8966fc1418d

Additional Information 3: fbd7

Additional Information 4: fbd7d9d0d9d02c0f45dfdd44ae0576c2

 

I have a dxdiag that I can post if I need to.  This is a completely new, Alienware laptop, which I bought halfway through June this year.  Any help would be apricated.

Answer
Answer
Okay, so checking compatibility link provided, it states that Halo:  Combat evolved and combat evolved custom edition are not compatible, as well as Halo 2; however, I own CE and have it installed on my computer.  It has had absolutely no errors. 

Trying the second link, I watched the video.  My first try was choosing the options of the program ran fine on an earlier version, but now won't install/run properly.  Then, I chose vista as the earlier version.  Trying to run it then got the message:

Initialization failed.  Either insufficient system resources were found to run the game, or game data is missing or damaged.  Reinstalling the game may fix this problem.

I tried using these settings for the three different kinds of Vista it listed, with the same result each time.  I then tried a few different settings, with the same result.

As per the first more information link, my computer has all required hardware and stuff.  All of my ratings are 6 or above, and I read somewhere that Halo 2 needed at least 5. 

The second more information link tells me about ports.  I didn't even get a chance to log in to a windows live account, though.  I also have no other windows live games on my computer. 

A clean start didn't help either.  I uninstalled and reinstalled the program, and that didn't work either.

Thanks for the help, I suppose I am just doomed to buy games that don't work.  Happens to me all the time, I suppose I need to start investigating more closely before I buy stuff.

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