I recently install Space Empires V via Steam on my Windows 7 x64 machine. It starts up and runs fine, but whenever I try to save a file, whether an empire file or a save game I get an unable to save file error followed by either a crash or a hang. It is currently installed in: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SpaceEmpiresV\SE5. I did not see an option to install the application in user space when C:\Users\xyz\ when installing the game. I also experience the same behavior even after I ran Steam as Administrator. I have checked the Steam forums for the game and no one has reported this issue, and others reported being able to run the app on Windows 7 reasonably well.

Error 1 (always)

Exception: Cannot create file C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\...

Error 2 (sometimes, other times a hang that requires me to kill the app.

Exception: Access violation at address...

My game folder:

 Directory of C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SpaceEmpiresV\SE5

05/26/2014  08:05 PM              .
05/26/2014  08:05 PM              ..
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              Data
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              Docs
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              Empires
05/26/2014  05:30 PM              Fonts
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              GameTypes
05/26/2014  05:30 PM           129,953 history.txt
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              Music
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              Pictures
05/26/2014  05:31 PM             3,565 readme.txt
05/26/2014  05:32 PM              Scenarios
05/26/2014  05:32 PM         4,559,872 SE5.exe
05/26/2014  05:32 PM        22,515,422 SE5Manual.pdf
05/26/2014  05:32 PM             6,452 SFI License Agreement.txt
05/26/2014  05:32 PM              Sounds
05/26/2014  08:05 PM              Temp
05/26/2014  05:29 PM              Utilities
05/26/2014  05:32 PM            53,248 zlib.dll
               6 File(s)     27,268,512 bytes
              13 Dir(s)  327,785,889,792 bytes free
  • Huh. Mine's saved in the same location, and no issues. No errors or anything?
    – Frank
    May 26 '14 at 22:02
  • @Frank I get an error popup, I'll screen cap it and post it.
    – C. Ross
    May 26 '14 at 23:58

Based on this forum thread I was able to fix it.

  1. Create a 'temp' folder under "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SpaceEmpiresV" (not SEV5).
  2. Create a 'Savegame' folder under "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SpaceEmpiresV\SE5".
  • Yeah, I was just gonna say. No savegame folder.
    – Frank
    May 27 '14 at 0:19
  • @Frank Weird that I was missing so many folders.
    – C. Ross
    May 27 '14 at 0:27

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