Windows 8.1 and games

I recently decided to update my 5 years old desktop computer, and as a student I was able to get Windows 8.1 Pro for a good price. I plan to mostly use the computer for school work (mainly Office software) but, of course, getting a fairly powerful new computer would be kind of pointless without any plans to play games on it. Steam’s winter sale also got me a bit carried away so my library increased with almost 50 titles thanks to different bundles. Thus, I decided to try out my games, with mixed success.

Here are the specs for my new PC:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H
  • PSU: Corsair CX500M 500W
  • CPU: Intel i3-4330 3.5GHz dual-core
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4600 (integrated)
  • RAM: 8GB Corsair
  • SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 60GB
  • HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB
  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Logitech M555b Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

What surprised me about gaming on this build was how much compatibility issues games had with the OS – although the integrated GPU is also behind some of the problems. Below, I’ve collected experiences of titles I’ve ran so far, in alphabetical order. I will add to the list as I play more. Issues clearly linked to the GPU are listed at the bottom of the page.

Grand Theft Auto III (Steam)

Problem: Doesn’t start, gives error “640×480 video mode not found”

Solution: Go to the game’s install folder (For me it’s “E:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Grand Theft Auto 3”, as the small SSD is my C: drive), right click on gta3.exe, click on the Compatibility tab, check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose “Windows XP (Service Pack 3)” from the drop-down menu.

Grand Theft Auto IV (Steam)

Problem: Nothing happens after Social Club sign-in screen.

Solution: Download Games for Windows Live client (, sign in to it with Xbox Live account, keep it open when starting the game from Steam.

L.A. Noire (Retail)

Problem: Nothing happens after clicking “Launch Game” on the game launcher.

Solution: Before installing the game, install the latest version of Rockstar Social Club client ( Then install the game in a directory with no spaces in the path (mine is in “E:\Rockstar\LANoire\”), finally install this patch:–11-14-12-L-A-Noire-Patch-Notes-and-Manual-Links-to-Updates

The game still displays a noticable keyboard lag at any graphics setting, might just be because of the bluetooth keyboard though.

GPU-related problems

Problem: Display driver crashes while running game in fullscreen, causing the game to hang and/or crash.

Games affected (tested so far): Driver San Francisco, Scribblenauts Unlimited.

(Partial) solution: Run the game in windowed mode.


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