[EDIT: I was forgetting earlier that my disk based version of DIRT 3 required registration on Steam, and while my
copy is not the 'Complete' version it looks like I was upgraded by Steam to the Complete version at some
So (assuming you have a Steam account) you may not need to worry about GFWL or redeeming the CD
key on Steam if your disk based version of the game also links to Steam. Just install the game and Steam
should make GFWL redundant . ]
Microsoft unceremoniously dumped GFWL (Games for Windows Live ) several years ago, leaving a lot of
games non-functional (without using a hack titled 'xliveless' - a replacement for the xlive.dll file that installs
with the game ).
- My GFWL install is years old and I don't know the full state of affairs with the GFWL client (other than off line
being the only way some games will run ), but you would still want to install the GFWL client to assure
any other GFWL linked games you may have that so still run, will.
Once installed you should be able to retrieve and reactivate your old account.
[ EDIT: When setting GFWL up choose the option to Create a Local Profile at the bottom . This will help
keep from having to log in on line to play games. Logging in on line is where the main problems occur.
- Oh! And DIRT 3 and DIRT Showdown have booth been free from the Humble Store for a short time in the past
( I got Showdown a month or so back). It may happen again ? -
The Humble Store: Great games. Fantastic prices. Support charity. ]
- DIRT 3 fits in the, redeem your CD key on Steam, category
(Steam don't sell the game any more, but it should still be available for download ) .
Unfortunately you will have to download the Steam edition of the game rather than use your disk to install.
Fortunately you will get the 'Complete' edition. Another benefit is you won't have to worry about potential
issues with the games other DRM - SecuROM.
- To active your game on Steam you open your Steam Client and click on the Games tab at the top
and then click on Activate Product on Steam.
- GFWL Client Download -
Download: Games for Windows Software Setup 3.5 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details