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This means if you've initially successfully passed the CD key verification system you'll be put on another test where the usable media verification system will check whether you have loaded a legitimate retail copy of CD/DVD or not.If this verification system won't get satisfied with the CD/DVD quality or any other media loading source is detected being in use such as virtual drive emulators, you will immediately get a small menu-like dialog box popped up with a message "Could not verify media" along with few more options offered so that user may be able to rectify their mistake either taking you to the publishers' server if you opt for Retail Version or redirecting you to the Steam server for Direct2Drive option.If you own a retail copy of CD/DVD of both original and expansion pack, you can simply let the DVD of expansion pack stay in the optical tray and run the game from the installation directory on your hard drive.It will prompt you to enter the DVD key for original Company of Heroes in order to incorporate it with the expansion pack you've just installed.Or you can simply get it checked if your system is compatible enough to accommodate this game by visiting this website As I have mentioned above the publishers have well protected this game series pretty stringently that only the owners of retail CD/DVD have the only privileges to get hands on their owned games in terms of installation/running the game on their systems.This tight protection method of CD/DVD key verification incorporated with usable media verification system comes into effect via the patching upgrade beyond patch version of 1.71.0 to Company of Heroes Original game.But, the problem here is that unless you have original Co H neither you won't be able to play the missions of original Co H nor use the factions from the original game although you would be able to see the deactivated portion of Normandy mission of original Co H while playing Co H: OF.The basic intention of making these expansion packs standalone is to promote sales by not having the buyer rely on the base pack but can simply continue playing the forward missions in the absence of base pack.
A warning message will display before installation that a previous version copy of Company of Heroes exists and it will delete in the process of installing the expansion pack; however, be ready with the CD key of original Co H if you want the missions of original version too. However, in custom settings of game installation you can better remove the check mark for launching the game automatically after installation finishes.In either case, it won't get sorted out no matter how many times you'll enter all the correct details because for Retail Version option the publishers' servers are down or simply spoken are completely "dead" since ages and for Steam server because of the conflict between previous retail-owned copies of CD/DVD and Direct2Drive options offered by Steam which in no way bridges the gap to the satisfaction of publisher. Therefore, follow the appropriate segment that best suits to you in terms of what source you have available to install and run the game.: So, to get out of this labyrinth, one may want to follow the resolution divided into two segments of which the first specifies for those who own the retail copy of CD/DVD and for others who have lost/misplaced the retail CD/DVD and have only access to game image in formats like . Step 1: Before loading the retail copy of CD/DVD on your optical drive tray, make sure you DO NOT have any virtual drive emulator (such as, Daemon Tools, Alcohol, etc.) installed and if you have any then you GOT TO UNINSTALL this emulator from your hard drive.Step 2: If you're using more than one optical drives in any case then you got to disable one of those drives; let's say you have a CD drive separate than a DVD drive then you may want to disable the CD optical drive in the following manner leaving the DVD optical drive intact. Go to "My Computer" and Right-click on the said CD optical drive and select "Properties". Click the "Hardware" tab on the opened dialog box and again highlight the appropriate name of optical drive (in this case, CD optical drive) and then click on "Properties" tab at the bottom of this dialog box. A relative dialog box for this optical drive will open and you got to click on "Change Settings" tab at the bottom of this very dialog box. A replicate of this dialog box will reappear but this time simply click the "Driver" tab and under this section seek for "Disable" (Disables the selected device..) and click on this and then hit "OK" at the bottom of this box and accept the changes. Now, while leaving one optical drive intact (in this case DVD optical drive), you can now load the retail copy of DVD in the respective tray and play the game without any frustrating message display of "Could not verify media". For these owners, there's no other way for them than relying on no-CD/DVD exe image fix in order to run the game smoothly and with no hassle.NOTE: Using retail DVD copy for playing the game of this series, you ought to repeat all the steps mentioned above in order to play this game without any problem if you roll back to the settings for making the disabled optical drive active again Segment-II: This segment aids the owners of the legitimate retail copy of CD/DVD who might have lost or misplaced their copy and are left with game image in formats like . Step 1: After having installed the game from this series on your hard drive, you need to upgrade the respective game with manual patching system until the point of no-CD/DVD exe image fix version you're available with.
For Company of Heroes: tales of Valor, you can sequentially patch it until 2.602.0 and then apply the no-CD/DVD exe image fix (if you have lost the original retail CD/DVD or backed-and-packed up your CD/DVD).