hello, sorry for not checking in sooner, so many things to do, so little time, eh?
anyway, @lujate, thanks, kinda what I was hoping, eh?
@wolfie2kX, I'm running win 7, but the original install, waaaay back in '08 when I first got the game(US version) was under Vista sp1, and the first install of the UK/Int. version was in '10 under sp2. I never noticed the problem until I reinstalled it under win 7, and I have it set to run in Vista sp 2 compatabillity mode. also yes, the file checker says changed files, eventhough it is a clean install, after using the Sacred 2 cleaner AND manually removing anything else, except the save files which I saved to a flash drive and reloaded later.
I have at this point, tried every method recommended here and in the Int. forum, more times than I can count. I actually got it up to 2.43 once, but then when I tried to go to the next patch, no luck, so I stupidly uninstalled AGAIN, to start over, since then I can not get past 2.31...
@lujate #2, Yes, but I only moved the files to the external HD after I gave up on patching, the install, I.e. registry entries are still for the C: drive, so I don't think that's it, unless there is some effect to moving the game files I am not aware of, which is quite possible, as I make no claim to being anything more than a self taught amateur when it comes to computers and OSs, lol.