If you're a gamer and love to play retro games on your PC, Microsoft isn't being kind to you these days. First, Microsoft said it's no longer supporting game play on the SafeDisk and SecuROM technologies on its recently released Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft says SafeDisk and SecuROM are security risks. They are too vulnerable to hacker attacks for it to keep supporting them.
Now, Microsoft is making it really difficult to play SafeDisk games on older Windows versions. Specifically, playing these games will be a challenge on Windows Vista, 7 and 8 operating systems.
Microsoft issued a security update that turns off secdrv.sys driver, which SafeDisks need to run. (The security update doesn't affect SecuROM, for now.)
However, Microsoft just turned off secdrv.sys; it didn't get rid of it. So, you can turn it back on, if you want to. That's good news for hardcore retro gamers.
To re-enable the games on older versions of Windows, you can do that with a command prompt. Here's how: Go to your Start menu, and choose All Programs, then Accessories. Click on Command Prompt. To turn it on, type "sc start secdrv." However, Microsoft recommends turning it off again after you're finished playing games.