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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. Lost in the upgrade path

    All worked fine. Thank you. To summarize: Purchased and Installed 4.0 upgrade (Full Installer) - I did it "on top" of 3.12 (Base + Commonwealth modules) Then License for 4.0 upgrade activated all previous installed modules and Upgrades (For me Base + Commonwealth + V2 + V3 + V4) Repeat "Activate modules" for each new purchased modules and packs license (for me Market Garden + Vehicle Pack + Battle Pack1) Finally... Many thanks to IanL!
  2. Lost in the upgrade path

    Yes I agree, better to use full installer. Oh, and last question, as it is a full install is it important to remove previous install or just installing on top is fine?
  3. Lost in the upgrade path

    Thanks IanL Now I purchased the the V4 upgrade and clicked the download link I can see the two possibilities (Full or Upgrade). This is not mentioned before. And even now it's not clear (for me at least) what is the FULL installer. Based on your advice I guess all existing modules and packs are included. I will do like you said and come back for confirmation. Could be useful for other dummies like me Best regards Yves
  4. Hi there I'm ancient CMBN (and older CM games) player coming back after several years without gaming. I see there were some updates during my "absence" and I try to catch up. I was on V212 (CMBN + Commonwealth licenses) so I installed the V3 upgrade (SKU CMBN-UPV3-PC-DW). I'm on Windows 10 BTW. Now the game version shows 3.12 (Game Engine 3). Installation went well I had to reactivate the base modules but all is ok. I even see some Market Garden campaigns and battles and some battles prefixed BP1 (Battle Pack 1?) but it only says I need Market Garden. These are grayed out, it's normal I don't have the Market Garden module licence). Now what? I have some doubts on how to have all modules and packs at latest level (4.0?). Specially with the Battle Pack 1, in which it's said " The Battle Pack updates your game engine from v3.11 to v3.12 ". After some study, here's what I intend to do: Install CM Normandy - UPGRADE 4 (Windows) and CMBN - Market Garden (Windows) (no matter in which order I guess?) Purchase and activate CM Normandy - Vehicle Pack (Windows) (text says there nothing to download, only license) Finally deal with CM Normandy - Battle Pack 1 (Windows) (all other modules and pack are prerequisite). But here it's not said it's only a license activation and I don't want to downgrade my game. So here I'm not sure what to do Is there someone here who can validate my path and tell me how to install the Battle Pack 1 without downgrading? Cheers Yves