How to Install "Fallout 3: Reloaded"

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How to Install "Fallout 3: Reloaded"
Install "Fallout 3" to become a part of the game's post-apocalyptic story. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

"Fallout 3: Reloaded," often referred to as "Fallout 3," was developed and released by Bethesda Game Studies in 2008. "Fallout 3" is a role-playing game set in a post-apocalyptic world with a focus on action-based gameplay. "Fallout 3" is fairly simple to install but, depending on your computer system, you may be required to install additional patches before you can play the game.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • "Fallout 3: Reloaded" software

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    General Installation

  1. 1

    Insert the "Fallout 3" game disc into your CD-ROM drive. Allow the disk to load. An installation screen will appear. If no installation screen automatically appears, click on the "Start" menu, navigate to "Computer" or "My Computer" and locate your CD-ROM drive. Click on the CD-ROM drive to open the "Fallout 3" disc contents. Locate "Setup.exe" and right-click on it. Choose the run file and an installation screen will appear.

  2. 2

    Follow the onscreen instructions to install the game. You may need to restart your computer after installation.

  3. 3

    Download the latest "Fallout 3" patch from the official "Fallout 3" website. Follow the instructions to install the patch in your "Fallout 3" game directory.

  4. 4

    Restart your computer after installing the patch.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Start" menu, select "Fallout 3" and run the game. Watch the introduction and follow the in-game instructions to begin a new game.

    SecuROM Errors

  1. 1

    Disable any third-party disc mounting programs if necessary. Some players receive an error that reads "SecuROM has determined that emulation tools like 'Alcohol 120%' or 'Daemon Tools' are running. Please be informed that SecuROM protected applications will not work with such tools." when starting the game. This is because "Fallout 3" is a SecuROM protected game. Disc mounting programs are useful if you don't want to insert a game disc every time you play, but they are also commonly used by people to run illegally copied programs. You must use your official "Fallout 3" game disc to run "Fallout 3."

  2. 2

    Download the "Fallout 3" SecuROM patch from the SecurROM website if, after disabling third-party disk mounting programs, you continue to experience programs running "Fallout 3."

  3. 3

    Follow the instructions that come with the SecuROM patch to install the patch into your "Fallout 3" game directory.

  4. 4

    Restart your computer after installing the patch and start "Fallout 3" again.

    Game Crashing at Start Error

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" menu, select "Fallout 3" and locate the "ffdshow" folder. Alternatively, go to "Computer" or "My Computer," click on the "Fallout 3" folder and locate the "ffdshow" folder. Open the "ffdshow" folder.

  2. 2

    Click "Audio decoder configuration" and then click "Info & Debug."

  3. 3

    Check the option marked "Don't use ffdshow in:" Type "fallout3.exe" into the box next to the "Don't use ffdshow in:" option. If there is already a file typed into the box, add a ";" after the first file and type in "fallout3.exe" directly after the ";" without using any spaces.

  4. 4

    Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Restart your computer and start "Fallout 3" again.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your official discs and manual handy when installing "Fallout 3." You will be asked to type in your official serial code during the installation process.
  • Check the system requirements for "Fallout 3" and compare them to your computer's statistics before purchasing the game. If your computer does not meet the system requirements, you may not be able to install or play the game.
  • Download patches only from official "Fallout 3" websites. Always scan downloaded files with an antivirus program before installing them on your computer.
  • Buying, downloading and using pirated software is illegal. Install only legal copies of "Fallout 3" on your computer.

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