Try uninstalling the game and reinstalling it. If it takes a long time to install and your computer mite go to sleep it may stop the download and in some cases corrupt the download. (START>CONTROL PANEL>PROGRAMS) If this doesn't help try looking at the system requirements on the back of the box for GTA, If your uncertain if you have meet the minimum system requirements ask me what your uncertain of.
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Rockstar has released a FAQ regarding the copy protection that will be used in the PC version of GTA 4, here are the details
Activation via Internet (1x per system, no limits, Fallback for systems without web access)
Copy protection Securom: The original disc is required for playing
(Execpt: Download version of GTA 4, for example from Direct 2 Drive)
Requirements for playing (singleplayer): Games for Windows Live
account for saving/achievements (1x free creation), original disc,
Securom runs in the background
Requirements for playing (multiplayer): Active internet connection,
Games for Windows Live account, For uploading videos: Rockstar Social
If you don't have web access or don't want to connect your
gaming PC to the Internet, Rockstar wants to offer a not yet specified
system to activate GTA 4 via another PC with web access. Details are
supposed to be available on launch.
For the normal GTA 4 (PC) version with disc installation,
activations are unlimited. But the original disc is required for
This does not apply for legally downloaded versions of GTA 4:
Depending on the vendor the following is possible: Five parallel
installations with the possibility to revive a "free" installation, if
an old installation is deleted. For this purpose the customer has to
have web access with the PC GTA 4 is installed on.
Those playing GTA 4 with an illegally hacked version have, according
to Rockstar, to fear that the game will not be fully playable.
If you change two major components of your PC (like the graphics card or the CPU), you will possible have to reactivate GTA 4.
Phew that was a mouthful I can tell you, whilst some will find it
disappointing that GTA 4 uses such an invasive DRM system it does seem
as if Rockstar has tried to weigh the need to protect their work against
the inconvenience to the customer and for the boxed retail version
there are no activation or install limits.
you see, when you purchase a full and legal copy of the game from a store or online, it comes in a dvd disc and after installation, it won't work without the dvd disc. although buying it might be expensive so there are other ways by which you can obtain it and play without a dvd disc. one of which is by using a crack software for it. here are links from which you can download cracks for this game
before you can download this crack, you would need a torrent program like utorrent installed on your computer.you can download the program from utorrent.com install it and download the torrent from the above link and open it with the installed program. let me know if there is anything you don't understand or need further assistance with
If you've lost your GTA 4 serial number, there may be a way to find it as long as Grand Theft Auto is still installed. You might be able to find your GTA 4 serial number if you've uninstalled the program but only if the serial number information was left in the Windows Registry.
this is caused either due to any file of the game being corrupt or due to the presence of a virus in your pc.you must uninstall the game, remove any virus and then install the game again.if you still cant play the game,you must format your pc.