Game has not been installed on this build before, so yes it is a fresh installation. No, purchased the game originally via stardock, have CD's for collector's edition. Yes the preloader appears, after some digging found out game is NOT creating the saved game directory. there is a exe, Stardock CrashLog64(32bit). Stops all processes. Again, the game is not creating a folder under my documents\my games\. I will try manually creating the directory to see if it goes any further, without the directory no logs will be saved or created
So far no joy with manually adding dirctories
I'm assuming that you can create a directory "my documents\My Games\GalCiv3", but that's not helping and the game still doesn't install correctly.
If you have the Crusade expansion, you'll need a new directory - "my documents\My Games\GC3Crusade" - GC3 moved all the work items there since that expansion, if you have it.
The directory structure under either of those is beefy, and weighs in around 10MB, and that's without saved games.
Hope this helps