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    Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Hey guys!

    I tried enabling directplay, in every possible way, through Programs And features and in powershell with the dism /enable-feature command, with no success.

    When i used both the dism /Online /enable-feature /FeatureName:"DirectPlay" /NoRestart or the dism /Online /enable-feature /FeatureName:"DirectPlay" /all command it came back with
    Error: 50

    The operation is complete but DirectPlay feature was not enabled.
    A required parent feature may not be enabled. You can use the /enable-feature /all option to automatically enable each parent feature from the following list. If the parent feature(s) are already enabled, refer to the log file for further diagnostics.
    LegacyComponents
    And when i tried dism /Online /enable-feature /FeatureName:"LegacyComponents" /all it simply said:
    Error: 50

    The operation is complete but LegacyComponents feature was not enabled.
    Thank you for your help in advance!


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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Hi Sane.

    Some antiviruses and skype seem to prevent its installation.
    Re-try from a clean boot state (and remember to HIDE all Microsoft services!).

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    ill give clean boot a shot now. Thank you for your quick response!

    Its a fairly new install, no antivirus or skype yet

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    This is how to perform a clean boot (you can find it also on MS support):
    • Start, searchbox, type msconfig, press enter.
    • In the new msconfig window, in General tab (default opened tab), click Selective startup and untick/deselect Load startup items.
      Only that one should be unticked, the other two must be ticked.
    • Go to Msconfig Services tab, tick/select Hide all Microsoft services (don't forget to hide them!).
      Disable the remaining NON-windows services.
      (i.e., DON'T disable windows services)
    • Click ok, reboot



    Why do you need directplay?
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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    So, did the clean boot, used the /enable-feature /FeatureName:"DirectPlay" /all command, no luck. I need directplay for age of empires 3


    I also tried using the
    dism /image:C:\ /enable-feature /FeatureName:"DirectPlay"/all command from installation media

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Attach CBS.log and dism.log
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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Here they are:
    CBS.log
    Dism.log

    And thank you guys really, you are the best!:)

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Just some details i forgot to share:
    Error only happens in powershell, whenever i try enabling it from Programs and features, it seems to work fine, ends with the restart prompt as it should, but after restart its still not enabled, no errors, nothing.

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Hey guys! I managed to "solve" the problem by resetting my windows. I feel like thats not the only way to do it, but im happy! :) Does this count as solved? Should i mark it as solved even with this solution? Thanks all of you for all your efforts!

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Yes, solved.
    But it would have been nicer if we were able to find a 1-minute solution. :)

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    Re: Unable to enable DirectPlay

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    Hey guys! I managed to "solve" the problem by resetting my windows. I feel like thats not the only way to do it, but im happy! :) Does this count as solved? Should i mark it as solved even with this solution? Thanks all of you for all your efforts!
    I do have the same problem. When I try to activate DirectPlay from Programs and Features it asks to restart the computer and after the restart it's not activated.

    Is there any other solution except resetting windows?

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