0xE2003053 error when applications that use StarForce protection start in Windows 8.1


When you try to start an application that uses StartForce protection on Windows 8.1, you receive the following error message:

Internal error (error code: 0xE2003053)


  • This compatibility¬†issue occurs when the application¬†implement StarForce protection that is released before February 2014.

  • The application runs correctly on Windows 8.

For now, we detected the following software or publishers are affected by this issue:

  • Focus Home Interactive (Game of Thrones, Pro Cycling Manager)

  • Le Robert

  • Nathan

  • Bordas

  • Micro Application

  • Editions Retz

  • Ubisoft

  • 1C

  • Codemasters

  • Akella

  • Noviy

  • Nexway

  • SoftLine Internet Trade softline

  • comp4edu

  • Buka

  • Eleco

  • Focus

  • Techland

  • Ed-Contrive

  • Eagle Dynamics

  • DaBriSoft


To resolve the issue, install update 2930157. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

2930157 Compatibility update is available for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: March 2014

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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