Updated machine to xp home from ME and the max pc cds "ultimate pc survival kit and rise of nations" will not open. They show to be reading and then a minimized button on taskbar reading " maximum pc.exe" shows up. When you click on this button nothing happens. When you go to my computer and choose cd drive with disk in it and click on max pc. exe all it does is create another minimized button on task bar reading same as first. You can "explore" the cd but you cannot open or execute. This is only happening with the maximum pc cds in both the dvd-rom drive and cd-rw drive. Have tried just about every other disk I have and only ones affected are the maximum pc's. The disks work on other machine with xp pro. Am I missing a setting? Did wipe and clean install of xp home. All updates are installed. Using PC-cillin suite and spybot v1.3. Does maximum pc cds use a different method than the rest to open/run? Something is different about their cds than the rest.
Well - This has happened before, so I will take a shot at it.
1. Make sure you have the latest drivers for your optical devices. If possible, get them from the maker.
2. Either turn off auto load or, when it does its little minimized button thing, right click and close it.
3. explore the CD. There are two different .exe's on it (normally). One often called MaxPC.exe and another MaximumPC.exe. Try them both. One of them uses a flash window.
4. Lastly, if you can't get the CD interface to run, you can still get to the games on the CD by exploring it.
Hope that helps