Safedisc DRM Disabled on Windows 8 and 8.1 by Microsoft
A couple of days ago Microsoft had disabled Safedisc DRM for their latest operating system Windows 10, however, you were mistaken if you thought that the decision would not be applied to previous operating systems.
The Redmond giant has released what appears to be a similar update to Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 disabling the feature across all of them.
Here’s an excerpt from the official website of Microsoft where they were discussing the changes that have been made to the operating systems due to the said update:
In addition to the changes that are listed for the vulnerabilities that are described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-097, this security bulletin addresses a defense-in-depth update for the secdrv.sys driver, a third-party driver. The update turns off the service for the secdrv.sys driver. This may affect the ability to run some older games.
So this means some of the games that were previously playable on Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 might not be playable anymore since the Safedisc DRM has been disabled.
Don’t fret, however, because Microsoft has also provided a way around the issue so that you continue to play the games that you want. Check out the image below for everything that you need to know for that.
Will you be affected now that the Safedisc DRM has been disabled?