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-- a. Install EoA to your C: drive, accepting the install defaults as much as possible.
----- 1. Do NOT install the game to an external drive, either USB or E-SATA.
-- b. Start EoA from a fresh boot.
----- 1. Reboot, log into Windows with full Administrator privileges (NOT into a Limited User or Power User account), and close all open applications. (Open the Control Panel, and select User Accounts. Your User Name should show Administrators under Group.)
----- 2. Disable all tasks running in the background, especially anti-virus/spyware/adware/pop-up programs, task schedulers, remote system control programs (such as Microsoft NetMeeting) or other programs shown on the Windows task bar.
----- 3. If you have only a software firewall, do NOT disable it!
----- 4. Do NOT run any other programs before starting EoA.
-- c. Do NOT boot up with the EoA disc in the drive, or with a disc in any drive.
-- d. If the EoA disc autostarts when you insert it into the drive, cancel back to the Desktop.
-- e. Start the game using the EoA icon on the Desktop, NOT the menu item on the disc.
What is the exact wording of the access violation error message you get?