There was a lot of controversy surrounding a number of DRM systems – like SecureRom or SafeDisc – and from the looks of it, players were right to complain about them. After all, this DRM will make your games useless in Windows 10, unless you use a no-CD patch.
As Microsoft’s Boris Schneider-Johne claimed at this year’s Gamescom, games using SafeDisc or SecureRom DRM won’t be playable in Windows 10.
“Everything that ran in Windows 7 should also run in Windows 10. There are just two silly exceptions: antivirus software and stuff that’s deeply embedded into the system needs updating – but the developers are on it already – and then there are old games on CD-Rom that have DRM. This DRM stuff is also deeply embedded in your system, and that’s where Windows 10 says “sorry, we cannot allow that, because that would be a possible loophole for computer viruses.” That’s why there are a couple of games from 2003-2008 with Securom, etc. that simply don’t run without a no-CD patch or some such. We can just not support that if it’s a possible danger for our users. There are a couple of patches from developers already, and there is stuff like GOG where you’ll find versions of those games that work.”
It’s really ironic that the pirated versions of specific games will work fine in Windows 10 compared to their legitimate versions. And this further proves that developers should simply avoid using such DRMs as they basically punish their legitimate customers.
PCGamesHardware reached out to Rovi Corporation, the creators of SafeDisc, for a statement regarding this incompatibility.
“Safedisc DRM hasn’t been supported for a few years now, and the driver has consequently not been updated for some time. Microsoft should have migrated the existing software since Windows 8. We don’t know if that’s still possible with Windows 10 or if they simply didn’t care about it.”