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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 3 Possible work around
01-27-2012, 07:38 AM
I had this happen to me twice recently after 2 problem free years and no hardware or Anti-virus changes (AVG Free, Win XP SP3). I've gotten past this by re-installing the game. I don't delete the install files anymore so all it has to do is, install, patch and I'm back in business. Reading other posts, something in the latest patches occasionally causes the game to lock itself out of updating itself. There's been several, seemingly unrelated (to me) work-arounds found. I thought this was the most simple. Good luck!