I recently attempted installing a copy of The Oregon Trail 5th Edition that I had purchased a while back for me niece. The initial install went ok but upon launch the game I was greeted with the following lovely error message:
Naturally, I tried as the error suggested and put the CD back in and tried again. Unfortunately, the error was still there. After a couple minutes snooping around the installation directory, I found the way to fix this problem, and here it is for anyone else that may be encountering it.
Open Notepad as an administrator.
- Open the start menu and type notepad
- Right-click the notepad shortcut and select Run as Administrator. Alternatively you can press
Control+Shift+Enterto run the program as an administrator.
Openin notepad to open a file
- Type in or browse to
C:\Program Files (x86)\The Learning Company\Oregon Trail 5(the installation directory for The Oregon Trail)
- Type in
OREGON5.INIor select it from the list. You may need change the file filter to
All Filesto see it.
Locate the following line in the
rsrcpath=C:\Program Files\The Learning Company\Oregon Trail 5
Modify the line to point to the proper installation directory by changing
Program Files (x86).
rsrcpath=C:\Program Files (x86)\The Learning Company\Oregon Trail 5
Save the file and close notepad.
The game should start up successfully now. Happy Travels!
Update: These steps also work for Windows 10.