"You can play this game only on the console and HDD it was originally installed on"...!!??

After having my old Xbox 360 die on me I bought a new 4GB slim and inserted the 250GB harddrive of the dead 360 into it. "

When I wanted to start playing the installed games on the harddrive I was treated to the following message: "You can play this game only on the console and storage device it was originally installed on. To replay on this console, delete and reinstall this game."

What the frickfruck!? I have over 40 games installed on this HDD and now I have to delete them all and reinstall them all again!?

Can somebody please explain to me what the reason might be to implement such a restriction because to me it makes absolutely NO SENSE!

Thank you microsoft for such customer unfriendly annoyance.

 

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I had this problem ages back, unfortunately you do have to re-install all your games but you can keep the save files. I think the games lock to a key on the system. It might be something to do with Arcade games locking to a system to stop you just transferring them to all you friends consoles.

You need to transfer you licenses. When you re-dowload through your history, it only takes a few seconds to verify the DL with the info you already have on your drive. If they are 360 Games that you installed then yes. Re-install.

support.xbox.com/.../download-content

[quote user="CYANiDAL187"]Can somebody please explain to me what the reason might be to implement such a restriction because to me it makes absolutely NO SENSE![/quote]This is something I asked A while ago and the only explanation I got for the restriction was "it's to help stop piracy."

If that is true then I genuinely don't see how it is so since the pirates can just install from a pirated version of a game.

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[quote user="CYANiDAL187"]Can somebody please explain to me what the reason might be to implement such a restriction because to me it makes absolutely NO SENSE![/quote]This is something I asked A while ago and the only explanation I got for the restriction was "it's to help stop piracy."

If that is true then I genuinely don't see how it is so since the pirates can just install from a pirated version of a game.

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Yeah, it appears to be some sort of DRM restriction but there is absolutely no possibility imaginable how this can halt any form of piracy.

Just a clear cut example of Microsoft desperately and illogically protecting their 'property' at the expense of its costumers.

Well than... delete, insert disc and install... rinse, repeat... sigh.

I had a 320 gig and a 250 gig  both go out on me and I now use a 4 gig .console and swap hard drives all the time.I have never had that message.Try downloading your licenses to your console.I think the licenses save to the console itself rather than the hard drive.If you still have to download the games it will be quick.Dont delete anything.Just re download.The progress bar will reach 80% in a matter of seconds then 100% a second or 2 later.

[quote user="LOWxONxHealth"]I had a 320 gig and a 250 gig  both go out on me and I now use a 4 gig .console and swap hard drives all the time.I have never had that message.Try downloading your licenses to your console.I think the licenses save to the console itself rather than the hard drive.If you still have to download the games it will be quick.Dont delete anything.Just re download.The progress bar will reach 80% in a matter of seconds then 100% a second or 2 later.[/quote]The OP is not talking about downloaded games but games installed from disc.

Let me explain. If I install Mass Effect for example I will still need the disc in the drive to play it.

However if I take that storage device (hard drive, USB etc) and put it onto another console, put the disc in the drive and try to play, the game will refuse to do so because the data was installed on another console. I then have to delete the game, reinstall the game, and then I will be allowed to play.

The OP is talking about a very odd restriction on disc based games, not downloaded ones. 

Wow -that is strange.Having the physical disc should be all the proof you need.

[quote user="LOWxONxHealth"]

Wow -that is strange.Having the physical disc should be all the proof you need.

[/quote] Hah! God forbid the Game Industry stops exerting so much control over the products we buy. What's next: telling us what we can and can't do with--oh wait...

Maybe it will let you re-install without deleting.In that case the process may happen in seconds just like redownloads.It wont hurt to try.

That's the DRM y'all all know and love :)

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