Re: Multiple games crashing
The most logical place to start would be to install direct x from the games own page.
The reason for this is it can at times install older files that are needed as well as newer files.
When you say you have updated everthing i presume you mean you have tried the above step?
If you have updated direct x i presume you are using updated drivers for your graphics card,mother board and sound card?
Have you checked the quaranteen folder of your virus scanner to make 100% sure your security is not blocking the game.Some virus scanners when disabled can still leave traces running and can block games as a result.
It might also pay to check for spyware with a stand alone spyware scanner as virus scanners tend not to be as good at picking up spyware.A tool i use for this is advanced system care which has a free version available from http://www.iobit.com
It also checks for other things too.Cleans history and junk files,optimises some system settings,checks for invalid reg entries etc.
If none of the above helps
Do you get a windows error log logged with more specific info.To check goto start then right click computer and choose manage.In the window that loads expand event viewer,winodws logs and choose application.Providing you have tried to launch the game right before starting this process the error generated should be the 1 right at the top of the list. double click the error.choose the details tab of the window that loads.expand both system and event data then copy and paste the details here please.