I've been catching up with Settlers after many years' absence. I recently installed Settlers V and the Expansion Disc and played them without any techinical problems. I today tried installing Settlers VI Rise of Empire, and it appeared to load correctly, though when I started to play it then tried to install a patch which came on the same disc. This ended up with a message to say that the full game was later in date than the patch, so it was not loaded. Since then I've tried a few times to get started. Some times I get as far as choosing the knight to go out on the first mission, and sometimes I only get as far as the first video, ending up in the market place, before identifying the knight. It then crashes without any indication of why (I get the usual microsoft message saying its trying to find a solution, but it can't).
So if anyone can advise me how to get over this problem I'd be grateful.
I'm running this on an Acer Aspire laptop 5613ZWLMi, with Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2080, 2GB DDR2, and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, under Vista Home Premium.
I've tried running with, and without, Games Booster from Iobit.