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Antonin 02-01-2020 04:59 AM

Bowl Bound unlicensing?
 
I bought a new computer and I'm in the process of transferring things from the old one. I successfully unlicensed FBPB and FBCB, but the unlicensing process for Bowl Bound College Football doesn't work.

I right-clicked on the desktop icon, typed "-unlicense" at the end of the target box, pressed "Apply," but got an error message.

Will BBCF even work in Windows 10?

I am posting this question here instead of in the BBCF forum because that forum is very, very quiet.

Derek B 02-01-2020 11:03 AM

There's a fix in the TEW2016 Elicense FAQ that sounds very similar to what you are trying to do. If you try the command prompt version of that, it should work for you as all elicense protected products work the same way.

As for the second part, I've not played BBCF but other games designed years ago do work on modern versions of Windows so the game should be fine. :)

Antonin 02-01-2020 08:11 PM

I will try that, thank you.

Do you know if BBCF, FBPB and FBCB will actually work in Windows 10? It would be pointless to bother with unlicensing and relicensing if these old games don't even work.

Derek B 02-02-2020 04:34 AM

I really only play Adam Ryland's games so I can't spseak directly for the other games on offer from GDS. But all of Adam's ones that I've tried do work on Windows 10, so at a guess I would assume all of the others ones do too. But I don't know what programming language they are written in so I can't say for sure. Hopefully someone else who has tried those games will chip in and let you know. :)

Scott Vibert 02-02-2020 07:23 AM

What is the error message you got, if it really happened when you hit apply, my guess is the path in the box of the short-cut has gotten fouled up somehow. Bowl Bound should run on Windows 10.

Antonin 02-02-2020 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Scott Vibert (Post 2389691)
What is the error message you got, if it really happened when you hit apply, my guess is the path in the box of the short-cut has gotten fouled up somehow. Bowl Bound should run on Windows 10.

Hi Soctt. The message is:

"The folder 'Grey Dog Software' specified in the Start In box is not valid. Make sure that the folder exists and that the path is correct."

I have attempted to attach a screen shot of the BBCF "Properties" box.

Thank you for trying to help me.

Scott Vibert 02-10-2020 06:38 PM

Sorry for the hold-up.. you're going to want to adjust it to the following:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\GDS\Bowl Bound College Football\bb2005.exe" -unlicense

Antonin 02-16-2020 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Scott Vibert (Post 2390930)
Sorry for the hold-up.. you're going to want to adjust it to the following:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\GDS\Bowl Bound College Football\bb2005.exe" -unlicense

Hi Scott. I am still not able to unlicense BBCF. On my computer the line in Bowl Bound College Football Properties looks like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\GDS\Bowl Bound College Football\UNWISE.EXE" /W1 "C:\Program Files (x86)\GDS\Bowl Bound College Football\INSTALL.LOG"

When I changed it to what you suggested, it still will not unlicense. I have not set up my new computer yet. Being in my 60s, the very idea of setting up a new Windows 10 computer fills me with dread. They just switched over to Win 10 where I work and I hate it.

Maybe I will just go ahead and set up the stupid thing and hope that you will be kind enough to re-set my license. :)

Derek B 02-16-2020 05:55 PM

Hi again. :)

I'm not sure what your shortcut is pointing to, but it doesn't look like the file that runs the game which should be called something like "bb2005.exe" or "BBCF.exe.". The quickest way would be this tweaked format from the TEW2016 E-license FAQ which I've used many times and has never failed me. :)

[quote]Alternatively, you can do the same thing as above in a slightly different way by using the command prompt method to unlicense it. Create a folder called Test on your hard drive and copy and paste bb2005.exe (or BBCF.exe, whichever it is called) and elicen40.dll from your normal BBCF folder into it. Go to your Windows Start menu and select Run. Then type "cmd" (without the quotation marks) and press enter. You will see a command prompt. Type

"C:\Test\bb2005.exe" -unlicense

OR

"C:\Test\BBCF.exe" -unlicense

It has to be formatted EXACTLY as above with the quotation marks, the space after the second quotation mark and everything. I included both versions of what you'd type depending on what the actual file is called. If it's a different name than either of the ones above, then change the name as appropriate. I'm assuming some level of knowledge of how to use Windows, so apologies if this is still too technical, but I've never had issues with this method in the many times I've moved games between computers over the years. Hope this helps :)


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