Games For Windows Live Not Working For Dark Souls or Fable 3? Here’s a Fix

Update 1-8-2013: If this fix does not work for you, check this one out.


Playing a Games for Windows Live game recently? Microsoft must be doing something with this thing to make it such a pain to get setup. Recently, though this problem has been around for a while now, a new version of the Games for Windows Live client came out but it wasn’t included in any of the games people bought. Fable 3, Dark Souls, you name it and people were having plenty of issues launching these games. In fact, many people couldn’t even get get a blank screen when launching these titles. At least Dark Souls has the decency to just crash on you and not let your hopes sit there waiting for a response.

With Windows 8 rapidly approaching, one has to think that Microsoft is planning to actually make Games for Windows Live a built-in service. At least, I hope they are. Right now it feels like an offline PSP where you have to buy the newest game for the latest firmware. You never know if you’re on the right version until things stop working. Windows 8 is making many services built-in and it is headed in the right direction as far as Microsoft-branded products and clients go. However, Games for Windows Live does not work on Windows 8 no matter what you try. Any sane person would think, “hey, I’ll just buy Dark Souls and get this thing up to date, right?” No. That is not the case, sir.

There are three things every person does when hit with the GFWL problem, in order:

  1. Google Search, because no matter how many times you repair this thing you always forget the ridiculous steps you had to take to get it working last time.
  2. Download the GFWL setup EXE at least two more times hoping the website might give you the updated version.
  3. Reinstall DirectX once more thinking, “okay maybe it isn’t Games for Windows Live…”

No, it is. I recently bought Fable 3 for the PC when Steam was having the Summer sale. I also just got Dark Souls and cursed myself for it. No, it wasn’t because I had to get an unofficial patch to make the resolution better. It was because I forgot they opted for GFWL on this port and I couldn’t never get it working for Fable 3. For those wondering, I am on Windows 8 Release Preview. However, my laptop which is a fully updated Windows 7 Home-Premium machine was having the same issue.

So if you are in the same predicament as me, I have the fix for you. A friend of mine told me this and I laughed in his face because it just couldn’t be true. How stupid could this service be that the only way to get the most updated and working version is to download a game no would have even looked at before? Well, apparently extremely stupid.

If you want Games for Windows Live to work and you are having issues, go on Steam and download the free version of Microsoft Flight.

Yes. That is the fix. Flight is not a new game by any stretch but it is the only source for the most updated and complete version of Games for Windows Live. You can’t make this stuff up, I swear.

After I downloaded a game I never even batted an eye at (which stands at over 2 gigs of space, mind you in case you’re low on HDD availability) I was able to boot up Flight and get right on Games for Windows Live. I actually do suggest using Flight to sign in and download your profile, too. It is quite smooth on that game.

Finally, I was able to boot up Fable 3 and Dark Souls with zero issues as I watched the little notifications for achievements and friends popping up and fading away. This was perhaps the most perplexing issue I have ever had with a game on the PC. You can Google search all you want but I was unable to find this fix anywhere on the internet. How my friend found this out, I will never know. Maybe I should check his Steam profile to see if he is a closet Flight fanatic.

Oh, and before you ask, no I did not actually play Flight. Though, it was free and saved me a ton of torment so I might play it out of thanks.

Enjoy your games now!

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  1. Der_Cherusker

    It doesn’t work. Some time ago I tried to play Age of Empires Online and couldn’t find out why I had to type in a key. After hours I figured out you have to “buy” one, even though the game is free, but the button was missing on their site. After I finally got the key I couldn’t log into my account ingame. I always received some random error messages. Now it is the same with the Flight Simulator. I’ve tried so many things to get Dark Souls to work and even installed this game and it just won’t work. GfWL is a piece of crap!

    • alexandracerveira98

      @Der_Cherusker  if you cannot open the games for live, the solution is to remove your password of your windows (the password when you start your pc when you want to enter in your part of windows. But it has to be in the adminitror account.) i know it sounds stupid but its really the solution. try it. good luck and have fun

  2. JosephRMarritt

    What a steaming pile of technological horse shit.I’ve bought Dark Souls and I can’t even play it, I’ve had to reinstall this bag of virtual excrement several times and it hasn’t worked, turned out I needed windows messenger to get the Windows Marketplace to work so I did that and find out I need to uninstall both and reinstall them both to work.. finally I have them both working but loading Dark Souls from steam does shit, the Windows Marketplace on the off chance it wants to work doesn’t display that I have any full games, I get porn bots speaking to me throughout the whole progress which adds a new level to annoyance “Hey big boy!” it’s not the best time! I’m fucking raging I want to slay Dragons and shit but I’m being blocked by Bill Gates and his team of merry men pissing down a tsunami or urine which is Windows Marketplace stopping me from playing what I want and what I’ve paid for, I’ve been all through Google and now I’m having to download another free game to get this to work? Fuck off Microsoft just fuck off! Especially fuck off after the website offers no help and another user offers more help than the professionals!

  3. creativefailure

    I don’t understand why microsoft isn’t even addressing the problem. the extent of their concern is some general generic troubleshooting that comes off as faulting my devices software or hardware. if i can play friggin skyrim in all its lustrous glory i should have no problem running fable 3 or dark souls. sick of this. billion dollar corporations with their minimalist support for their own errors. i am just stymied… dunno what to say or do. are they unaware? not bloody likely. do they just not care? it’s apparent they don’t. OOOH WEEE!!! i won’t some form of compensation (like my goddamn game to work) or i want a method for exacting vengeance. well played bastards. got me to invest in your “our product won’t work and you can’t even pay us to give a shit” scheme.

  4. AphoticGloom

    I uninstalled Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable and Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace and THEN ran Microsoft Flight and it worked!  I’m able to play Dark Souls finally

  5. MartinDaman

    Did this, and i got the updated versions of GFWL and microsoft marketplace, but still can’t sign in and forced offline.

  6. Azathi

    Yup. Thank you very much for that solution Ron. It work finally for me and I could login live in Dark Souls.
    As AphoticGloom sad it, first I did uninstall Games for Windows – LIVE Redistributable and Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace and after that I downloaded Windows Flight from they website and let it installed. I didn’t have to run it (Even it says that I don’t have requaired shaders >_<), just tried to lunch Dark Souls and was smiling when I finally saw Windows Live popping out.
    If someone else get that kind of problem then it is a good to try. Before that I was even at point that i would downgrade to W7. I’m very glad that i don’t have to. Thank you very much once more! >_<

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