One person wrote this:
"I don't know about the Steam version, but if you have the CD version of Uru Complete Chronicles, this can be fixed by right clicking on the shortcut and setting compatibility mode to Windows XP SP3. However, this changes the location of save files (at least with the CD version) and resets the settings. There is a way to recover pre-compatibility saves though."
So, two things. I have the CD version. My first question really was going to be about the save files mentioned above. Does that mean that I would have to restart the game if I change compatibility mode?
Yes -- unless you copy the save files to the location where the game expects them to be.
According to the person at the Steam forum, when you play without compatibility mode,
the game thinks the save folder to be inC:\Users\*user*\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\Ubi Soft\Cyan Worlds\Myst Uru Complete Chronicles\(where *user* is whatever your username is)
and when you play using compatibility mode, the game thinks the save folder should be inC:\Program Files (x86)\Ubi Soft\Cyan Worlds\Myst Uru Complete Chronicles
At least that's what the person said, though I think he may have gotten it backwards. You may want to check both locations and see where your save folder actually is.
(The instructions that followed for recovering pre-compatibility saves were too involved for me to follow.)
Assuming you found the instructions ***here***
, they simply amount to copying the save folder to the location where the game expects it to be if you use compatibility mode.
The other thing though is that I cannot right click on the shortcut and change compatibility even if I want to. I get this message:
The folder "C\Program Files (x86)\Ubi Soft\Cyan World\Myst Uru Complete Chronicles" specified in the Start In box is not valid. Make sure that the folder exists and that the path is correct.
If I try to run compatibility testing or play as administrator it wants me to enter a new profile.
That problem may clear up if you copy the save folder to both locations. Otherwise when you change the compatibility the game will be looking for a save folder in the place where it isn't, and will think you're just starting the game.