Vista/win7 can give a few issues if software isn't properly installed. Ownership can block ones access to change or modify folders and files thanks to the security these OS's give is a pain but not impossible to get around. If the owner isn't you then vista/win7 may not copy the files as you believe them to be in the folder... Its like a ghost copy shows there but really isn't.. The hard core details I'm not familiar with but can cause headaches when trying to play some mods and it doesn't work right.
So this process I'm showing you will make your copies yours. Vista will keep the original STALKLER install for THQ ownership.
Your duplicates will be under your Username.
Exploring your STALKER dvd look for Setup.exe.
1)Right click on it and left click on Troubleshoot Compatibility.
My C:\Program Files (x86)\THQ\ has many version of STALKERs.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl = First install is now patched upto v1.0006
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - SmP FULL = copy v1.0005
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - SmP LITE = copy v1.0005
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - SoC – 10004 = copy v1.0004 to try out AMK or other mods.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - SoC – 10005 = Play other mods on or test stuff.
You can name the files how you like.
11) Other optional ways to help take control.
11i) This following idea may help make your game play more stable in vista or win7
Advanced system settings >System Properties >
Advanced > Performance > Data Execution Prevention>
click on , Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select:
Add XR_3DA.exe to the list or any game. Repeat this process to make all your games immune.
Vista monitors software running in memory for viruses... Some times game do some weird quirky thing and mimic stupid events.. So vista as confused as it is might consider blocking memory and privileges resources to run your games.
I've done this for all my games. It helps and might help a little with FPS.
11ii) Icon editing,
In your Icon properties > Shortcut > Advanced > check “Run as administrator” > ok
Compatibility > Change settings for all users > Check run this program in compatibility mode for XP SP2 and Privilege Levels check “Run this program as an admin.” > ok > ok.
12)Steam users I don't know how to help you. I don't have a steam stalker game. If someone who knows steam very well it would be appreciated if you can show how to setup process for modding STALKER.
Something is wrong with the latest patch (#16) - I think with the textures maybe? Can you see to it? On the start I get blank screen with trees and bushes over me - I cant see anything elese - even the Sidorovich is gone?