had to download the Gold Pack before Drakan would even offer to install
That sounds like trouble already. Major
I went to My Games and Drakan doesn't show up there
A sure sign that the AiO patch is missing or broken on your install.
Yes, that would certainly explain the reason for the difficulty selection crash, and most of the other problems.
It also means that you must've messed up the Gold Repack somehow, since it comes with the AiO patch already preinstalled.
First of all, note that the Gold Repack is ready-to-run
- with the small exception of that one "Merge" operation, which you say you've already done.
Nothing else Drakan-related needs to be installed for it to work - and nothing should be, for that matter.
Once more, from the beginning, please:
1. Uninstall Drakan from your system, using the uninstall option in the control panel. (I don't have a computer with Win10 around, so can't supply any details on that; sorry).
1a. If you can't uninstall it for some reason - just leave it alone, or delete the Drakan folder by hand if it bothers you. Of course the existing shortcuts still won't work, but that's a minor issue.
2. Unpack the Gold Repack into a location of your choice. For example, C:\Games\Drakan. Make sure that you're unpacking to an empty folder, and NOT overwriting the existing installation!
3. Do not install anything else!
Especially nothing from the original game disc; that would ruin everything now!
4. Optionally, create a shortcut to Drakan.exe on your desktop. Just right-click-and-drag the file from the game folder to the desktop, and select "create shortcut here" from the menu which pops up.
5. Double click the shortcut (or Drakan.exe directly) to launch the game.
To change the settings, hold SHIFT while double-clicking on the file/shortcut, that opens the options window first.
If after doing the above exactly as described
you are still having trouble, enable compatibility mode with these steps:
- Right-click Drakan.exe in the game folder, and select "Properties" from the menu.
- In the window which opens, click the "Compatibility" tab.
- Select "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", this will enable the drop-down list below.
- Select "Windows XP" from the drop-down list, and confirm the changes with "OK".
You can also try "Windows 98/Windows Me" instead of XP. But it shouldn't even be needed in the first place if you've completed the above steps correctly.
If you still can't get it to work, download TeamViewer QS
, start it on your computer, and send me a Private Message with the ID and password that shows up when you run it; then I can help you remotely.
Note that the QS window needs to stay open at all times, since that's what actually receives the remote connection.