here is a possable solution if starforce is giving you a hardtime remove it with the starforce uninstaller found here
then find an unprotected copy of the games main exe (a no cd patch) here are a few such sights
i used to do this with X2 The Threat untill the developers made avalible a legitimat no cd patch now i just install x2 uninstall starforce and then replace the games main exe
also here are some things you might like to know about starforce which is why its not allowed on my system and why when a game install is i uninstall it and use a no cd patch using the uninstaller above
copied directly from a forum thread started by Jeff Jones
I wanted to start this thread to discuss this new, invasive, obnoxious copy protection scheme. For a primer see this thread on Soldiers of WW2 and this one on the D-Day demo.
THIS THREAD IS NOT MEANT TO SUBVERT OR WORKAROUND COPY PROTECTION, NOR IS MEANT TO BE A PRO-PIRACY DISCUSSION. The purpose here is to discuss the METHOD in which this scheme is administered, and what if anything we can do about it. PLEASE don't let this turn into a typical piracy argument that will result in a locked thread.
Here's what we know so far:
Starforce is an extremely aggressive method of copy protection that actually works at the hardware level of your PC.
It installs device drivers WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE or CONSENT.
these device drivers are HIDDEN from normal view. They can be displayed by opening Device Manager, and clicking on "View" and then on "Show Hidden Devices"
Even DEMOS install Starforce! as if there could be ANY possible reason for copy protecting a DEMO.
Removal of the full game or demo that installed the drivers DOES NOT REMOVE THE STARFORCE DEVICE DRIVERS.
important: manual removal of the device drivers can result in severe system problems. Some users have reported having to fully format and reinstall their OS, others have reported that their CD drives no longer read certain CD's after removal. DO NOT ATTEMPT MANUAL REMOVAL, instead, use the Starforce Remover located at my website. Note: I did not create this remover, I'm just hosting it.
as far as I know, there is NO MENTION of the Starforce drivers in the EULA's of games that use it. If anyone knows different, please let us know.
I am considering (just considering at this point) starting a sort of grassroots campaign to boycott games and publishers who use starforce. To lift the boycott, I believe certain conditions must be met, including:
FULL DISCLOSURE of the installation of Starforce drivers during the intial stages of the game install, and it should be clearly noted, and not buried in small print.
when the game is uninstalled, it should give the option to also uninstall the Starforce drivers.
Personally, i'd like to see the fact that Starforce will be installed printed on the game box itself, to give the consumer the option to not buy it.
I am thinking about starting a webpage, something like boycottstarforce.org ... and list all this info, along with all games (and demos!) known to install it. I would post the games list in bold print on the front page, alphabetized, so you could find it easily.