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Unable to Uninstall from Control Panel

If you are unable to uninstall the game from the Control Panel using Add/Remove programs or Uninstall feature, a partial or failed installation of some files is preventing normal installation behavior. Use the Uninstall Tool in the game folder or the Nancy Drew folder. If given the option to Modify, Repair or Remove, choose Remove. […]

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Can’t Save or Load Games

If saved games don’t show game progress, won’t load, or were accidentally overwritten, a failed installation or corrupted file may be preventing games from saving correctly. Uninstalling and reinstalling the game should fix corrupted files. Before uninstalling, copy your saved game folder onto the Desktop. Then delete the saved game folder. The saved game folder […]

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ISDX Error

This error message is displayed during installation: ISDX_ERR_BADWINDOWSVERSION-entry not found in the string table The ISDX error occurs when the game installer is trying to install an older version of DirectX over a newer version. During game installation on the Screen Setup Type, change the default selection from “Yes, install DirectX” to “No, I will […]

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Nancy Drew Central Retirement

Beginning with game #25, Alibi in Ashes, Nancy Drew Central (NDC) will no longer be added to future games. This means you won’t be able to launch installed games from one location anymore. You’ll need to launch the game from the usual installed program locations: (a) game shortcut icon on your desktop, or (b) Start […]

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CD vs DVD drive – How to find out which one you have

Our games on disc from #24 The Captive Curse and higher are on DVD-Rom. This means that you need a DVD drive on your computer to install them. If the game disc for games #24 or higher appears blank or is not recognized by your computer, the problem is usually caused by putting a DVD […]

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DirectX, DirectDraw, or d3dx9 Error

You may receive one of the following error messages when starting your game: • Application failed because of missing component d3dx9_33dll • DirectX error • DirectDraw or INTDirectdraw error These errors occur when DirectX 9.0 is not correctly installed (multiple versions of DirectX may run at the same time), or a newer version of DirectX […]

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Where can I find the System Requirements for each game?

You can find the system requirements for each Nancy Drew game by clicking the Games tab at the top of the page, then click on the game of your choice. For example, the system requirements for game #26 Tomb of the Lost Queen (PC) are: Operating System: Windows® XP/Vista/7 Minimum System Requirements: – 1.5 GHZ […]

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Insert Disc 1 Error

When trying to run your Nancy Drew game, you receive this error message: Insert Disc 1 into the same drive you installed from This is usually caused when the game disc is inserted in a different drive than that originally installed from. Insert Disc 1 into a different disc drive, then launch the game again. […]

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Patch – The Secret of Shadow Ranch: Zrender Error, Fifth Key, and Gameplay Error

There is a single patch available to correct these three problems: 1) Zrender error popping up during campfire scene. 2) Trying to pop the next scene but none have been pushed error when standing in front of the painting. If you have a saved game before opening the music box, reload it. This patch will […]

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Windows Vista / Windows 7 Installation

If an older game did not install automatically on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, use the instructions on this page to install your game manually. This page gives instructions for installing older games on Windows Vista/Windows 7 from a game disc. Click here for help installing older games on Windows Vista/7 from a […]

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