Gears of War PC crashes on certificate expiration

Those who own the PC edition of Epic Games' blockbuster hit Gears of War received an unwelcome surprise if they attempted to load the game up today. As related by a number of posters on Epic's official forums, attempting to open the game results in an error message prompting them to reinstall the...

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Those who own the PC edition of Epic Games' blockbuster hit Gears of War received an unwelcome surprise if they attempted to load the game up today. As related by a number of posters on Epic's official forums, attempting to open the game results in an error message prompting them to reinstall the game, claiming it cannot be run with "modified executable code."

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The issue stems from the fact that as of January 28, Gears of War's digital certificate is expired. Those who attempt to play the game after that time will be prompted with the aforementioned error message, and a number of forum posters claimed that they were exited out of the game when the clock flipped over to a new day.

The good news is that Epic Games is aware of the problem and is currently working with Microsoft on a fix. "We have been notified of the issue and are working with Microsoft to get it resolved," an Epic Games community manager said in a post on the company's forums. "This was a surprise to us too. We aren't casting blame or chewing anyone out. We're trying to figure out how and why it happened so we can get it fixed."

While Epic is working on a more permanent solution, resourceful forum posters quickly arrived at an easy fix to the problem. The certificate apparently checks itself against an individual user's internal system clock. By simply setting the clock to a time before the expiration date, that is, before January 29, the game will reportedly function as intended.

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