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Does Halo 2 Vista work with Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit?
Yes and no. Some people have issues, some people run the game fine. The only way to know is to try yourself.
Can I play the game on Windows XP?
You can play single-player using a couple of modded files. Look for them. It's completely impossible to play multiplayer on XP, though. There's a reason it says "Requires Windows Vista" on the box. Even if it's not a good one, it's still a reason.
Can I use my Xbox LIVE Gamertag? Can I get Achievements/Gamerscore that count toward my Xbox LIVE Gamertag's Achievements/Gamerscore?
Yes. Just enter your Gamertag/email/password when prompted to log into LIVE.
Will the game work on my computer/laptop?
If you have to ask this question, the answer is most likely a no. The minimum system requirements can be found here. Read that and compare it to your system's specs.
My laptop has a Nvidia GT 540M graphics and I can't run the game.
Known issue. H2V's coding completely disregards this graphics chip and assumes you're running integrated graphics. I've only heard one person manage to get it to work with a 540M; The rest never got it working. If a definite solution is discovered, it'll be posted here.
I tried to update Live, but it just keeps updating and then restarting, or it never updates at all.
Download the up-to-date Games for Windows LIVE client at http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/download/.
Can I use my wired Xbox 360 controller with Halo 2 Vista?
Yes. The full functionality of the Xbox controller is there if you use the wired Xbox 360 controller.
Can I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller?
Yes, with all of its functionality, but you'll need a wireless adapter for your PC. Here's what you're looking for. This will allow you to connect up to four wireless Xbox 360 controllers to your PC.
Can I use a wireless Xbox 360 controller with a charge pack if I plug the charge pack into my PC's USB drive?
No. The wireless controller still relies on wireless communication to relay input. The charge pack only juices up the battery. You still need a wireless receiver.
What about another controller that's not an Xbox 360 controller?
That becomes a little more tricky. You lose the aim assist, and you also have to configure it manually.
When I try to play multiplayer, no games show up on this list.
Leave the game running for about 10 minutes. Screw around in a game by yourself, play some single-player, whatever. It might work after that. This was presumed fixed before, but recent updates to GfWL may have brought this problem back.
Where can I download Halo 2 Vista?
Legally, nowhere. It's been speculated that it will hit the GfWL Marketplace eventually, but so far, that hasn't happened. Illegally, well, you're on your own.
My mouse doesn't feel like it usually does with PC games.
Try limiting the framerate using an external program or your video card driver's control panel. That works for some people.
This game runs really slow, but I run very recent hardware and play games that are way more demanding than Halo 2 should be! What am I doing wrong?
Nothing. Halo 2 Vista is extremely unoptimized. There's not really any way to fix that.
Can I run the game on a Mac?
Yes. Dual-booting, Bootcamp, or emulation should work. The former two are more likely to work than emulation.
Can I use my Halo 2 Vista CD key for the Halo 2 nameplate in Halo Reach?
No. Playing H2V will not unlock that nameplate. You have to have played the Xbox version of Halo 2 before LIVE was shut down for old Xbox games in order to get that nameplate. That's the only way.
How do I install downloaded maps?
Extract/unzip the maps from the zip file you downloaded, and place the files into C:\Users\<your User name for Windows>\Documents\My Games\Halo 2\Maps.
Can multiple people play online using the same CD key?
I tried to install the game for the 6th time, but got a "CD key usage exceeded" error! What gives?
You can only install the game using a single CD key 5 separate times. After that, the key becomes unusable.
Why can't anybody join my games?
Forward ports 80 and 3074 on your router and/or firewall. If you don't know how, Google "port forwarding".
Are the button combos (BXR, BXB, ect) still in the game?
Technically yes, though some people have been claiming they're harder to do.
Does the game have co-op?
No. Not in any way, shape, or form.
Does the game have an anti-cheat system?
Can I manage my dedicated server from inside the game?
How is the population for Halo 2 Vista?
Small. As of late 2008, the player count has never broken 100 at any given time.
Does voice chat work?
No. The most recent update for GfWL broke it. Don't hold your breath for a fix.
[Edited on 02.01.2012 2:53 AM PST]