Installation error: “A needed file could not be installed…”

The following error occurs when running SpellForce/SpellingForce v1.x on a Windows computer:

  • “A needed file file could not be installed. Please run the program once as the administrator to correct the problem.”
  1. Install and run the program once as the administrator.
  2. Right-click the Spelling Force installation directory and select “Properties”.
  3. Under the security tab, you must change the change the permissions for the user(s)/group(s) that will be using Spelling Force. If you cannot see the security tab, you must first enable the security tab. To change the permissions, you must select the appropriate user(s)/group(s) and check “Allow” for the “Full Control” item.
  4. Find the Real Basic DLLs in the C:\Windows directory, by searching for RB*.dll. For each DLL file beginning with “RB”:
    1. Right-click and select “Properties”.
    2. Change the file permissions by selecting the appropriate user(s)/group(s) (probably the same as above) and checking “Allow” for the “Full Control” item.
  5. Repeat step 4, subsituting RB*.dll with MBS*.dll.