Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fix for Win8 Unhandled Error -1 (SSF4)

Ugh, this problem was infuriating. I got a cheap copy of Windows 8 through my job and decided to go ahead and install it, just to be up-to-date. Then, I went to play SSF4AE via Steam and instead of launching, I got an ugly little window that said "An unhandled error has occurred -1."

After digging around online, it appears that the fault lies in Windows 8's default implementation of Games For Windows Live. |:-[

To get around this problem, we need to uninstall the default GFWL and download the latest installer from Microsoft.

You DO NOT have to uninstall/reinstall Steam as is suggested elsewhere online. If you try that, be aware that it will may uninstall all of your games at the same time (thanks to MasterPhW for the correction). It's supposed to ask before doing so, but it didn't ask me, so YMMV.


MasterPhW said...

If you deinstall your Steam installation, you will be ask whether all installed games should be deleted as well, so not every Steam deinstallation will also deinstall all your games. ;)

Hunter K. said...

Ah, thanks! I'll correct the post. It didn't ask me for whatever reason, which is why I wanted to warn others :)

Wayne said...


I am currently looking for advertising partnerships on sites like yours I believe you will be interested in the offer we have as we have many happy publishers and it is a great way to earn recurring income for your site.

Please email me back expressing your interest in this offer and I will send you through further emails.

I look forward to hearing back from you soon,

Wayne Marshall

Anonymous said...

Holy cow! I uninstalled Steam at home not so long ago, because I had lost Internet connection, and was trying something, and to my surprise, I swear it didn’t ask me anything. I lost all my games without warning. I got 200GB of free space, though, haha.

Analytics Tracking Footer