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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them


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  1. CMII - 4.0 Engine Upgrade

    I would like to see mode Eastern Front modules rather than continuous engine upgrades The licensing system is really pain in the rear, we customers have to deal with it and like you say the hackers just bypass it...it doesn't work!
  2. Hi All, I'm having hard time with activating the engine 4.0. I have bought Normandy when it was version 2.12. So I have license key for that, then I bought engine upgrade v3 and I have a license for that. Now I bought engine upgrade 4.0 and I have a license key for that. So I have downloaded the Normandy 4.0 full install and I can't seems to be able to activate my copy of Normandy. When I run the CM2 Normandy v4.0, I use the license key that came with the upgrade 4.0. Am I missing something ? The engine 4.0 I bought was the bundle one. I also have Normandy Vehicle Pack, Battle Pack 1, Commonwealth Forces and Market Garden - all engine version 3; not sure how I will install these expansions. thank you for your help! UPDATE: After a few minutes, I was able to activate the Normandy v3 and that gave me access to Normandy 4.0 and commonwealth, now I need to figure out the Battle Pack 1, Market Garden and Vehicle Pack. UPDATE2: Well, I managed to activate all the games and modules but I have to say activating licenses it's not exactly a straightforward easy process.
  3. Hi guys, 1st I tried restarting my computer and that didn't help. I then followed Vanir Ausf B check list but I get the following problem: I have activate Battle For Normandy, Activate Market Garden and Activate modules on my Win7 Start menu on taskbar. None of these choices worked when I tried to use the Normandy 3.00 license. So then I went back to the email with license information that I got when I bought the games and I found that I needed to activate my CBN1-P2 Master license key. Once I applied that then I can now play Commonwealth scenarios. The confusion was that I didn't know that the Master License key is actually the key that handles the Commonwealth module activation. Question: If I understand it correctly with the latest 3.11 patch, all the latest files for Normandy/Commonwealth/Market Garden. So if I want to play Market Garden scenarios, all I have to do is buy the MG 2.0 module, and just use to activate the module. I don't need to install the MG 2.0 files right ?
  4. Hi All, Last week I bought Battle for Normandy and Commonwealth module as one package (version 2.12). I then bought and activated the Normandy 3.00 upgrade and I was able to play both Normandy and Commonwealth scenarios. Now I just applied 3.11 patch, reactivated my Normandy 3.00 license but when I try to pick and play a Commonwealth scenario in the scenario list I get message "Commonwealth Module is required to play for this scenario, please visit battlefront.com for details". I don't see anything on the news page (where the Normandy 3.11 patch is mentioned) about this issue...any ideas ? Thanks!
  5. 41/42/43 modules ?

    Hi All, I have just yesterday got back into playing Combat Mission again by buying Red Thunder and Normandy 2.x(used to play a lot the old Normandy/Eastern Front series released many years ago). Any idea when Eastern Front years '41, '42 and '43 add-ons will be available in the future? Thanks! PS: I bought Normandy 2.12 and 3.0 upgrade pack and installed them...when I run Normandy I get 2.20 version on the screen and not 3.0...did I do anything wrong ?
  6. eLicense

    Hi Battlefront, Do you plan to change the licensing software in the future on your productions? I like the original TOW and would like to buy TOW2 but I will not support the eLicense DRM. If no, is possible to buy your games elsewhere without your eLicense DRM? (I believe there was TOW version that doesn't uses eLicense but I'm not asure about TOW 2) Thanks!
  7. A small fix for the Kurskdemo

    yeah found out, thanks...well played a bit and I like it!
  8. A small fix for the Kurskdemo

    Hi guys, there is Kursk demo out?
  9. Jsh 1.3.5

    Yesterday was the first time that I have installed JSH mod, I started the German Normandy campaign and WOW those 88s sure help in the field Lot's of new vehicles to play with, I like it a lot. So I would like to say big thanks to whoever was involved in making the JSH happen, thanks a lot! I wish Battlefront would update the editing tools to work in Vista 64bit/Windows 7 64 - I'm moving to Win 7 64bit soon. I also wish Battlefront would very much remove the eLicense thing, it's been a while since this game was out please consider removing this annoying copy protection. In Win7 (RTM) I couldn't remove the service when I uninstalled the game...
  10. Would it be possible to get the DRM removed form TOW?

    Hi Moon, Thanks for your reply, so Battlefront will not be considering removing the DRM for existing TOW, correct? Thanks! Peter
  11. Hi Battlefront, I have been your customer since the first Combat Mission, didn't mind how "checking for valid software license" worked in those games. However since I got TOW, I have this License service running in memory every time I run TOW. I'm not happy that even after I install the game and my license key is validation I have the license service running all the time in the memory. I'm also not happy that even when I uninstalled TOW, this License service was left behind. I would like you to please consider removing this DRM service with issuing a small patch to TOW, now that the game has been on the market for a while. It really irritates the hell out of me that I have to have this License Service running every time I run TOW. TOW is nice game, has its flaws but I do have fun with it....I would like to continue giving my support to Battlefront for future TOW add-ons or upgrades like for example TOW2. However I will not buy any future Battlefront products that will have this DRM implemented. Thank You for your thoughts and considerations... Regards, Peter
  12. removing elicense from my computer

    Hi Madmatt, I have removed the service from the registry and rebooted my machine...but I'm hoping that there isn't some stuff hidden somewhere on my machine still. Their uninstall utility doesn't remove the elicense service - not quite sure what it does...
  13. I have decided to uninstall TOW for now temporarily and I also wanted to see if the licensing software will be removed. Well it wasn't, i was hoping that TOW uninstall process would take care of that. I have red the elicense FAQ (ok at least part of it) and downloaded "uninst_eLic.exe" software. I have run the software and I was told eLicense was removed from my computer. I have then rebooted my machine and check the services in the control panel and ...it's still the the service called "LicCtrl Serive" is there...even though it's disabled it's still there. After what I have experienced with starforce I'm bit sensitive with the modern way of copy protecting software. So...my question what else do I need to do to completely remove the serice from my computer.
  14. LOL good one Martin
  15. Accurate gun data?

    Is this the "Escaping the pocket" mission you are writing about? Is just that i cant remember that there were any tigers in it, and just 1 panther if i remember correctly, the rest was pz3j crapboxes and the like...... Or maybe it is "the mongoose" mission? </font>