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bug #30287: Windows release needs newer runtime libraries

Submitter:  Jeff <horusofoz>
Submitted:  Tue 29 Jun 2010 03:59:28 AM UTC
Severity:  3 - Normal Item Group:  * Bug
Status:  Fixed Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Closed
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Tue 21 Aug 2012 09:34:53 PM UTC, comment #2: 

2.6.1 ships the 80 dlls which is fine. However, you will still not be able to run BOS until you install Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack (1)

This was on a brand new install (yes xp). Son's box was hit by boot record virus that created a new sda1 at sector 29, so safest course of action was a wipe/reinstall. (extended and logical partitions were not affected) So this was a fresh SP1a install followed by SP3 + 116 online updates. The Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack (1) redistributable is NOT installed by default regardless of any (Additional Windows Components) installed.

After a fresh BOS Wars 2.6.1 instal, clicking the icon results in no error message but not launch of BOS. Opening a command prompt and navigating to /Program Files/Bos Wars/ and launching boswars.exe from the command line, you get the error:

"The system cannot execute the specified program."

That is it.

Installing the Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack (1) redistributable from:


solves the problem. I don't know which lib in the package in needs specifically, but I can confirm this is the solution...

David <drankinatty>
Tue 27 Jul 2010 08:52:39 AM UTC, comment #1: 

Sorry for the extremely long wait on a reply. This actually affected my friends installation and it took until today to get feedback on the proposed solution.

My friend confirmed that installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack (1) did fix the problem and he now can play the game without issue.

Don't know if he's updated to 2.3.2 and am not inclined to find out after asking for a month for how the games going.

Thanks for the great software :)

Jeff <horusofoz>
Tue 29 Jun 2010 03:59:28 AM UTC, original submission:  

Bos Wars: 2.6.1
OS: Vista Home Premium

Description: I get an error message saying something about Configuration settings when trying to run on Vista. Error doesn't occur on Windows XP.

Basic idea as summarised by Jim4 is as follows:

"Windows release needs newer runtime libraries."
"ship the 80 dlls but the game uses 90 now".

Jim4 (from the IRC channel) suggested installing the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package. I'll try this out tonight and report back tomorrow on result.

Jeff <horusofoz>


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