HAVE READ GUIDE 1 AND 2, HAVE DOWNLOADED THE SOFTWARES IN GUIDE 2
GAME FILES EXTENSIONS
These are the commonly known game file extensions in the pirate underworld and how to open them.
.iso , .mdf , .mds
Software: Daemon Tools
Files with these extensions are also called an image file.
I am going to take .iso as an example here.
Think .iso as a virtual dvd and daemon tools as a software to open it by creating a virtual dvdrom.
Open Daemon Tools and create 1 virtual IDE dvdrom and 1 virtual SCSI dvdrom.
If you have a newer version of Daemon Tools (ver. 5 and up) and have integrated Daemon to your window explorer, you can then right click on your .iso file and choose mount with Daemon Tools.
Or if you have Daemon Tools running, right click on the icon in your bottom right task bar, choose the virtual dvdrom (SCSI or IDE) and choose mount a file
NOTE: The command name underlined might be slightly different depending on your Daemon version. So look for something that has about the same meaning/idea.
Once it is mount, if you enabled autorun dvd in windows, game setup will usually automatically pop up.
If not, go to my computer, note that you have 2 extra (virtual) dvdrom.
Double click the one with the virtual dvd (.iso) on it. Run your game setup from here.
Note there (normally) would be a crack folder included inside your .iso file. The crack folder is distinguished by the crack scene group name. For example, if you download a 'skidrow version' (meaning the crack is provided/created by skidrow group of crackers), the crack folder will be named 'SKIDROW', if you download the 'reloaded version', you will find the crack in a folder named 'RELOADED' and so on.
.rar , .zip , .7z
To open these type of extensions, use winrar to extract the files. Then click setup to install your game.
How To Apply Crack
Applying crack is very easy. You just need to open the crack folder, copy the files within and paste them to your installed game directory.
Replace and or merge the original files.
Note that not all crack files must have the same name or must replace the original files.
The crack must be pasted on the folder where the game main .exe is.
Pasting the crack on a wrong folder will make it unable to run.
! Important !
Always backup your original game files (that are about to be replaced/merged by the crack files only). Create a new folder outside your installed game directory to keep all of your games ori files.
Such as c:/original game files/(name of the game)
You must separate each game into a different folder because many games share the same file name but they are different.
These ori files are needed in case your crack does not work or you need them to update your game. Online automatic updates usually only recognize ori files. You can reapply the crack after update.
! Important !
Always exclude your game installed directory in your antivirus. Sometimes your antivirus will delete the crack making the game unable to run. My advice is, since you have to do this everytime you install a cracked game, create a special folder and install all your games in that folder. Then exclude the folder in your antivirus.
Example: C:/Installed Games/
Or you can specificaly exclude the installed game folder only.
Example: C:/Installed Games/the witcher/
Or just specifically the cracks only.
Example: C:/Installed Games/the witcher/the witcher.exe
To exclude a folder/file in your antivirus, you must enter options/setup in your antivirus and look for an option to exclude files.
Remember that crack files are files that works to bypass a game security so your antivirus might think it is a hacktool/ AAA trojan then delete/quarantine it. This warning is a false positive. That is why you need to exclude them in your antivirus.
! Important !
Always do a research first before updating your game. Some crack only work with some versions of game. If you update and the crack does not work, you must reinstall and in worst case scenario you loose all your save games. Lesser worse case scenario you loose your latest progress/ automatic saves.
! Important !
Games that requires online apps to run together such as social club, origin, uplay, might try to connect itself to the internet. Block the game's main .exe file in windows firewall to prevent it from going online.
To do so, go to windows firewall from control panel and choose exclude files, choose the game .exe file and then uncheck the box.
Checking the box means excluding it from firewall and letting it go online. But unchecking it means you don't give it access to the internet.
1. If the crack does not work?
Sometimes, the crack included in the game just doesn't work but you see all these other comments saying thank yous and it runs great on their PC.
In this case, redownloading the game again and again from another source is useless. Why useless because no matter the source of download, the game files are the same files.
The problem here is not the game files but the crack/ update/ patch or your system.
So instead of redownloading gigabytes of basically the same game files, try downloading different cracks instead.
Uninstall the game with iobit uninstaller to make sure it is completely wiped off your PC. Reinstall.
Backup the original files that are going to be replaced by the crack. Save them in a new folder outside the main game dir (e.g c:/original game files/(name of game) ) then apply cracks.
Try downloading all the different cracks until you find one that works for you. Pool all these cracks into 1 folder and separate them into different folders. Name the folders crack 1, crack 2, etc. And create a crack trials.txt with notepad, write down the cracks you have tried but unsuccessful and do not delete just yet so you know you have downloaded and tried them.
Always copy paste everything, do not drag and drop. Dragging and dropping files might loose the files once they are merged/ replaced.
Do not forget to install all the .exe in the game's redist (redistributeable) folder. They are essential softwares to run the game.
Try updating your drivers, especially your GPU and Audio drivers. Use Driver Booster or update manually by downloading them from their official websites. Normally AMD or Nvidia for GPU and Realtek for IntelCPU Asus' motherboards.
Some cracks nowadays only work for certain OS. For example, the exact same Human revolution game plus crack i downloaded from torrent just won't start on my Rig 1: WinXP SP3 32bit but runs without problem on my Rig 2: Win7 SP1 64bit.
Also note that cracks work by 'making your CPU to cooperate' , so some CPU just might not be compatible to said crack, in which case there is nothing you can do about it but trying it on a different PC.
! Advanced User Tip !
If the game is not compatible with your OS and you are dying to play the game, try dual boot.
Games nowadays are most compatible with Win7 64bit.
If you have WinXP 32bit:
Go to microsoft.com, download windows 7 upgrade advisor to check if your system can run 64bit version of windows, then download Win7 64bit trial version and download the Win7 activator from torrent.
Partition your HDD for your new OS, preferrably on a different HDD than your old OS.
Burn your Win7 64 bit to a DVD. Install from DVD on boot.
For complete guide google: Dual boot windows xp 32 bit and windows 7 64 bit.
Windows 7 is smart enough to recognize two OS in 1 PC and will let you choose which OS to run.
If you are going to do the opposite, installing win xp on a win 7 machine, it requires more than just installing your windows. Google for more info.
NOTE: For a stable OS i actually don't recommend a cracked Windows.
Better buy the system builder release of Win 7, it is much cheaper than the retail version but needs a clean install and it memorizes what motherboard you use. If you install again on another PC with different motherboard it won't run. I have never tried installing on another PC yet but some people said they can install on another PC no problem, some said you can but needs phone activation, some said you can't.
Nevertheless, many people complained of unstability with cracked Win 7. Since it is the main system of operation of your PC, i think investing on an original is worth it.
! Important !
Be careful with websites that claim they sell win 7 keys. Microsoft DO NOT sell win7 keys separately from the installation DVD. Those are known to be scams.
You can download trial versions from here to dual boot:
Go to the website and see there are links for direct downloads of windows 7 with different bits and versions.
2. After extracting, there is no setup.exe, how can i install the game?
Some repack/ games doesn't need you to install. You can immediately run the game. Usually it has been cracked too, if not, you know what to do.
To uninstall, just delete the whole folder.
With all these information you got, of course you can download free games all the time. But i do actually buy games that are worth it to support the developers. Because these developers have worked their ass off to give us the best entertainment of all time that gamers will always remember it as part of their life's history. Such as when you are 50 you can say:"Wow i used to play Skyrim, The Witcher and Dragon Age when i was young. Those are great times. Amazing games."
Also we must think that making these games need money. Do not throw it to others by thinking: " Nah, let others pay for it. Not me."
Start with yourself. Support those talented devs that actually worth our hard earned money.
Because if they do not generate enough income and go bankrupt, we will loose those great amazing games they make. Imagine no more elder scrolls, no more the witcher, no more dragon age, no more far cry, no gta, no metal gear, no splinter cell, no more telltale game's games, no more assassin creed, no the sims, no fifa, etc etc can you then live with it?
So please consider supporting them. You don't have to buy the game immediately when it comes out on day 1 with 60usd price tag. Wait until steam sales or when the price has go down then 'pay your dues', it is still a form of support for your favorite game.