Thursday, December 24, 2015

Shiny Days restore patch released + Installation guide

VNDB
Bugfix patch (v1.01e mirror)
(Un)official content restore patch
Walkthrough (Otaku Lair)
Alternate walkthrough (Google Doc)

After three long months the (un)official restore patch for Shiny Days has been released, finally giving fans the full uncensored experience.


JAST's release of Shiny Days has been plagued by problems.  Released on September 25, 2015, sexual scenes involving Kokoro Katsura, Yae Kanroji, and Kyomi Kasannoin were removed due to concerns that the offensive depictions of underage characters would cause legal issues for staff and customers, particularly in regions with strict laws against loli content such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

Kokoro Katsura from Shiny Days
Naturally, many fans were outraged.  Reading inbetween the lines, I reassured fans that JAST would surreptitiously restore the cut content (Why I endorse JAST’s censorship of Shiny Days), just like they did with Starless.  Three months came and went, and JAST had the gall to put the game up for sale for 50% off in late November while pre-order fans still hadn't opened their packages.  In addition, the initial release had a long list of bugs, some of them game-breaking--including one that corrupted your global save file if you viewed a certain ending, preventing the game from even starting.

Bugfix patch 1.01e released on 12/22/15 fixes most of the technical issues, and the newly released restoration patch restores the cut content with demosaiced H-scenes.  However, many users have reported difficulties installing the restoration patch.  The following guide should help avoid common pitfalls.

Shiny Days Restore Patch Installation Guide


  1. Buy Shiny Days (J-List).
  2. Important: Disable the auto-protect / heuristic scanning function of your antivirus and anti-malware software before installing the game or any patches.  Add the installation directory to your exclusions before running the game, or files will disappear / be blocked and the game won't work.  Extracted files may also be preemptively crippled by security software, so keep the .rar and .zip files handy.
  3. Download the game (or install from the DVD) and install following the included instructions. Important: Install to C:\SHINYDAYS (or the root of a different drive letter if you prefer).  Don't install to Program Files; this can cause various problems with patching and saving in-game.
  4. Download and apply Bugfix patch 1.01e (or the bugfix patch version corresponding to the current version of the restoration patch).  If the official link is down, use this temporary v1.01e mirror.  Update 1/31/17: The mirror has been updated (details) after user Zeromic reported a file necessary to fix the Manami ending crash was missing.  This updated version is untested and therefore you use it at your own risk.
  5. Download the Shiny Days Restore Patch 1.01e via torrent or direct download.  You'll need a BitTorrent client capable of utilizing magnet links to download the torrent (e.g., qBitorrent).  If you didn't install to C:\SHINYDAYS, Restore Patch 1.01e must also be patched by replacing the included patch.cmd file with the fixed patch.cmd by Vktr.
  6. Extract the .rar compressed archive.  You'll need to install an extraction program that can handle .rar archives (e.g., 7-Zip).
  7. Move the 'patch' folder from the restoration patch's current location to your Shiny Days install directory (e.g., C:\SHINYDAYS) and run patch.cmd.  Important: The unpatched patch.cmd will fail if there's any spaces in the directory path (e.g., a space between Program Files or Shiny Days).  Important: Do not run patch.cmd inside Program Files, as it will likely fail due to Windows protections on this directory.  Instead, move the Shiny Days folder (containing the 'patch' folder) to the root of your drive, patch the game, then move it back.  
  8. If the patcher completes successfully, it'll display the message "Files patched! Enjoy your game."  To verify that the restoration patch installed correctly, check the size of Movie04.gpk in your 'Packs' folder.  The uncensored version should be 2.49 GB (2,617,184 KB), while the censored version is ~2.2 GB.  If the Movie04.gpk file isn't the right size, that indicates the patcher has failed.  See the Troubleshooting section below for a full list of successfully-uncensored files and their correct sizes.

Troubleshooting


Common reasons for patching failure include overaggressive security software, installing the game to a directory other than C:\SHINYDAYS, and putting the patch folder from the restoration patch in the wrong location.  If the game fails to start after patching, the patcher may have run out of free space during installation (~5GB needed, see comment).

A frequent fix is simply uninstalling and then reinstalling the game, following my guide step-by-step.  A failed attempt to install the restoration patch appears to corrupt the files it needs to initiate.  If the patcher fails once, don't expect the patcher to work without a reinstall.

If you get the error "One or more required files is missing" after running patch.cmd or patch-r1.cmd, check to see if you have all the required restoration patch files shown in the image below.  If files are missing, they were probably removed by security software.  Disable this software and re-extract the patch folder from the compressed archive.

Restoration patch files
'Packs' folder after a successful restoration patch installation
Shiny Days root directory after a successful restoration patch installation

WINE users on Non-Windows systems:
The restoration patch / game do not expect the OS to be case-sensitive.  After I installed the restoration patch in Windows, I noticed that some of the patched files in the Packs folder have the .gpk extension instead of the .GPK extension.  While this does not affect Windows users, this causes problems for WINE users on a case-sensitive host OS like OSX.  Such users may need to manually patch the game or rename files.  I can't replicate the problem so I have no specific guidance, but other WINE users have been able to patch the game successfully.

Final Thoughts


I'm disappointed in JAST's handling of Shiny Days.  Three months is far too long to keep fans hanging, and even the restoration patch requires a guide to install.  Not to mention the game was released with game-breaking bugs that took them 3 months to fully address.  That's just not acceptable.

I am glad that JAST finally restored the cut content, but they failed to meet the high expectations I had of them.  Hopefully they've learned from the disastrous release of Shiny Days and we won't see a repeat of this in the future.

If you enjoy Shiny Days, make sure you check out the first game in the series, School Days, which is also fully animated.

https://jlist.com/category/games-computers/visual-novels/jast004?___store=jlist&acc=33

If you want to stay up to date on other censored eroge and patches to restore cut content, check out my comprehensive censored eroge list, which is my most ambitious project to date.  You can also show your support by following me on Twitter.

101 comments:

  1. Why are you apathetic for other English language VN publishers? At this point, MangaGamer is putting out good VNs more consistently than JAST is and their output is only getting better.

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    1. He's mad at MangaGamer because they temporarily banned him for posting a direct link on their forums to an un-authorized fan-translation of Alice Soft's Oyako Rankan trial. Since then he says he won't pay for any games from MG and not mention MangaGamer on his blog.

      This just goes to say how mature he is and how he let his desire from getting some sort of recognition blind him from understanding really simple things.

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    2. MangaGamer simply doesn't value its fans. Most companies actively seek the kind of candid feedback I used to provide. MG just regards it as bothersome. Others are welcome to put up with them, but I'm done. I can play games in Japanese; they need me more than I need them. There's little reason for me to support a company I dislike. MG can clean up their act and treat their followers with respect, or they can slowly bleed a valuable resource for feedback and word-of-mouth promotion.

      In any case, even before my fallout with MG I didn't appreciate the games they were licensing nor the format they were delivering them in. I bought a number of games, most of which I never played or dropped. They just don't release the type of games I like. JAST does.

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    3. As you yourself said, "Most companies actively seek the kind of candid feedback I used to provide". One company not complying with what you want is pretty different from a company that does not value its fans. Also, your statement implies that you're apparently thinking too much of yourself. Regardless of you providing feedback to un-experienced companies, your kind of attitude is quite honestly, pretty arrogant for someone who simply isn't involved in the VN industry.

      Also, please provide source about MangaGamer considering bothersome constructive feedback. Only fools would believe what you're saying without providing any kind of source.

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    4. Furthermore, I'd just like to say that MG is probably the only localized VN company right now that bothers to distribute the more risque VNs out there like Rinkan Kurabu and euphoria. JAST is way too chickenshit to even release a lolicon version of Shiny Days. I call bullshit on JAST being the one that cares more about its fans than about money.

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  2. Hm. Mind if you can find what I did wrong? I had Shiny Days installed onto my desktop file for most of my VN, and followed the steps. The censored scenes is still censored. Pretty sure I did everything right =/ Was I to move the VN files into the JASTUSA folder inside the patch? Many thanks though

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    1. Just wanted to add more. I'm gonna try reinstalling it all over again and repatching it new. I'm gonna keep my save files; will be working on a more...complete guide for other people. But curious if this problem is related to the current save files since I haven't played it since I first installed it and got through several endings.

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    2. I honestly don't understand what you're even saying. I added the message the patch displays upon successful installation. If you didn't see that message, the patch didn't install correctly.

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    3. Also, according to reports the patch does work with existing save files.

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    4. I'm pretty sure I followed your walkthrough step by step and got the message. The scenes is still censored, save for the audio. In the replay mode, her scene is still blacked out and unclickable.

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    5. ^Please disregard this. Got it working

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    6. I'm having the same issue. How did you do it?

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  3. Cant get this to work
    i keep doing the 1.01e patch but when i check properties it said it's file ver 1.0.0.0? and when i try the Restore Patch i get the error "one or more required files is missing. please place the patch files in <SHINYDAYS folder./patch
    press and key to continue

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    1. edit yes i have got 1.01e but still getting the
      "one or more required files is missing. please place the patch files in <SHINYDAYS folder./patch
      press and key to continue error

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    2. Put the 'patch' folder inside inside Shiny days like so.. C:/..Shiny day/patch

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    3. 99% sure i have done this right
      here a SS
      http://i67.tinypic.com/rhlax2.png
      and heres one of the patch error http://i63.tinypic.com/17ww9d.png

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    4. I got the same "missing" error when double clicking the patch.cmd file. I had to manually open the command prompt, change directory to c:\Shinydays\patch, and execute patch.cmd via command line for it to work.

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    5. A screenshot of your "Packs" folder would be more useful, that's where people can see whatever you are actually missing a file or not.

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    6. Don't think im missing anything the game runs fine
      but heres a ss anyways
      http://i67.tinypic.com/ka46s5.png

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    7. Dafuq all that was wrong is i was right clicking and runnin as admin, double clicked it this time and it worked O_o derp :D

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    8. Just be sure, when u rename the folder, it will cause registry change that make patch won't start. when u open the game itself, will cause error too.
      reinstall fix the issue

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    9. You'll notice that not once in the guide did I say to rename a folder. Doing so would not cause registry changes, however.

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    10. well~ just correcting who still confuse some of them.
      Other than that, this patch required minimum space. When patching n the size of ur root game drive is low (like me only 2 GB left), it will cause error not enough space. And u do patching again when u had done restoring some space, it will cause error invalid blah blah~ (forgot the text) unless you doing again from first step. Is kind of bug or what?

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    11. Letting a drive fill up is just general bad practice. This isn't a professionally-designed installer, so it sounds like it wasn't designed to handle the situation where the destination drive doesn't have enough free space to stash the temporary files for the installation.

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  4. So, are there any other major bugs left in the game, or does patch 1.01 patch them all?

    I'm wondering if it's time to open my copy yet. I played School Days pre-patch, and it was a broken mess. Do not want that again.

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    1. There's still installer bugs, which following my guide should avoid. Some have reported that the restoration patch doesn't work for them. Others report constant crashing, probably due to driver issues. You'll just have to try the game and see how it works for you. At this point, if you follow my instructions the game should be about as stable as School Days was--that is, not very stable, but playable.

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    2. I'll guess I'll give it a try then.

      Thanks for your input!

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  5. Do any of the routes in the walkthrough guide linked above lead to one of these scenes so we can test it out to see if it worked?

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  6. On the original release Kokoro's good route is still accessible but the scenes are cut.. Yes the update works but the patch I can't get it to work the audio is there but the screen is black.

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  7. Fuck.. My bad I got it to start working. Remember to rename 'Shiny Days' game folder to 'SHINYDAYS'.

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    1. Did you fix it? My game is still blacking out, and I'm pretty sure I installed everything correctly x.x

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    2. Worse part thing is...I think most of the scenes are just being blacked out =/ Even with Setsuna is being blacked out! D:

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    3. Yeah it's working but I'm having also blackouts. I think could be bugs or something.. There are dialogues that only shows black screen. I haven't tried multiple routes yet but will after i reinstall everything.

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    4. Any update? Got it working?

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    5. Can't find a fix.. Had to stop playing cause it crashes more often than it used to.

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  8. I added some minor clarifications to the installation instructions. Those from before having issues should reread them.

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  9. does anybody have the script.gpk file I cant seem to extract it

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    1. I have the same problem as you.

      Script.gpk cannot be extracted because it contains a virus it says, it is surely a false positive, however even after disabling Avast, the same message pops up.

      I looked around for a solution but so far, you seem to be the only one with the same problem as mine =/.

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    2. Nevermind, I disabled the antivirus again and this time it worked fine. So yeah, to extract it successfully you need to disable your antivirus temporarely.

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  10. When i installed the game i didn't get a patch folder any ideas?

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  11. I cant work this out, nothing happens for me. A video would be helpful but thanks for all the instructions

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  12. can someone upload the file to another server pls? I can`t download it as a torrent

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    1. It's 1.8GB. It's too big. If someone else reuploads and hosts it I'll link to it though.

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  13. How come i get a EXEMODULE window then a GraphicBase?????? then crashes whenever i open the game. Did the all the patches correctly tho. Please help

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  14. Patched the game just now. Thank you!

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  15. when ever i install both school days and shiny days it doesnt play and im windows 10 is that the problem

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    1. Both School Days HQ and Shiny Days have been verified to work in Windows 10.

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  16. I can't load up the website that's hosting the torrent link for the restoration patch. It just times out. I've tried getting it from the kickass-torrents.proxyhubs.com website too, but the link for the restoration patch there times out too. I'll keep looking for it tho.

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    1. Me again, I was able to get the torrent file from the website eventually. Maybe I'll upload to Mega and post a link here in the comments so that its easier to get it if thats ok to do.

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    2. If you want to host a direct download of the restoration patch I'll add it to the guide. Be warned that Mega has strict bandwidth limits for free users, which is why it's not very useful as a filesharing repository for large files.

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  17. http://i.imgur.com/HSW9JrI.png
    im getting this error when trying to install the game what am i doing wrong
    here what i've tried:
    - changed locale/region/stuff to japanese
    - changing the installation destination to whatever
    - changing folders name
    - running setup.exe as admin
    - ShinyDays_Datachecker.exe

    i've ran out of ideas please help ):

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    1. My first guess is that security software is interfering.

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    2. You were right. What a silly mistake haha
      Thanks buddy.

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  18. I was able to upload the "SHINYDAYS_101e_restorepatch.rar" file on Mega. Here it is: https://mega.nz/#!JkE3UD4B!Dy56VgqlpMZ9Ol8PAAc5wD-J7rAGsIa0NWsUt9ZAJ3M

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    1. Want to upload it with the fixed patch.cmd provided by Vktr (instead of the broken one provided in the initial patch)? I tested it and it works. It would allow me to simplify the guide.
      https://connect.jastusa.com/support/discussions/topics/5000047459/page/89/#post-5000174563

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    2. I'm in the process of uploading it now. I'll post the link to the new rar in about 10 hours from now since my upload speed can only go up to 63 kbps. It took around 9 hours for me to upload. Only fix need were the parenthesis for the code in the patch.cmd file so someone reading this thread could just add them in if they don't want to wait on me.

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    3. Downloaded from this link instead of the 1.7 one. No password and it worked. Thanks.

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    4. Thanks. I updated my guide accordingly.

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  19. For April Fool's day, you should post an article that says that JAST has announced to translate Monobeno -happy end-.

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  20. Here's the new RAR for the fixed patch.cmd file. I repacked the RAR file so now its 1.7 GB instead of 1.8 GB. Link is below:

    https://mega.nz/#!U91TATIC!uDqzIicRiEVdZ_EWQqIOPuvSM9pPxjrmERd5hYjmV9Y

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    1. I changed the guide and made your's the preferred download link , with the torrent version as a mirror in case your link goes down. Hope your account can handle the traffic. This guide has gotten 5k views so far.

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  21. I'm losing my mind.
    -Downloaded Shiny Days from JAST, the 1.01e patch, torrented the 1.01e restoration patch, and the fixed patch.cmd by VKTR.
    -Installed Shiny Days successfully
    -Extracted the 1.01e patch files into the \shiny days directory and replaced them as instructed.
    -Dragged and dropped the Restoration patch folder into the directory, it is now in \shiny days\patch.
    -I then overwrote the unpatched patch.cmd by renaming the patch-r1.cmd to patch.cmd and replacing the old one.

    When I executed the patch.cmd I get this: http://i64.tinypic.com/33z4m1k.jpg

    I also disabled my anti-virus, ran the patch.cmd with and without being an Administrator, and then reinstalled Shiny Days and repeated the steps above for the third time.

    Am I missing something?

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    1. Thanks for the screenshot. That's most definitely security software or Windows security interfering with the installation.

      Try reinstalling the game and patches to C:\SHINYDAYS. Also make sure security software is disabled from start to finish. You may have to re-extract the patches from the original RAR archives if security software has removed necessary files.

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    2. Figured it out myself, if you are having this issue, it looks like it might have something to do with Program Files. I just dragged and dropped my Shiny Days installation folder to my desktop, ran patch.cmd successfully, and then put it back. Looks like it works so far.

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    3. Excellent. I've updated my guide accordingly so other users don't run into the same issue. Thanks for the feedback.

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  22. Long post alert. So I've been having a bit of a weird problem. I've followed all the instructions to the letter, and I'm using v2 of the .cmd file. When I run the patcher, for every .gpk file I get the message 'The system cannot find the file/path specified.' The patcher finishes with the usual message 'Files patched! Enjoy your game.', but the game doesn't patch. The game is v.1.01e and I've tried most everything I can think of to get it to work. Any ideas?

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    1. I updated the instructions with the findings of the commenter above.
      http://sanahtlig.blogspot.com/2015/12/shiny-days-restore-patch-released-installation-guide.html?showComment=1452110835982#c4978976935048262312

      Long story short: Don't install the game to Program Files.

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  23. Hey im having a problem i download the restore patch but i cant seem to open it with 7zip, and i have windows defender turned off so i dont know what it might be, its says "can not open file 'C:\SHINYDAYS\SHINYDAYS_101e_restorepatch v2(patch.cmd fixed.rar' as archive, help would be appreciated

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    1. Try renaming the file to something simpler like "restore_patch.rar". Windows might not like parentheses in the filename. Also make sure the file isn't a .rar archive inside a .zip archive.

      Also, try downloading the torrent version instead. In the meantime, I'll try downloading it and see if it works on my end (I have yet to test the direct download version myself).

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    2. It looks like it's password-protected. Christ. Get the torrent version instead.

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  24. The scenes are mostly blacked out as they go. They can't be viewed from the H-scene gallery either. Did I do something wrong here?

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  25. I need to add some info about a problem I was having that I didnt see posted here.. sometimes the patch will say it finished properly when it actually did not. I was getting a black screen the moment I opened the game after patching.. here was the problem..

    I did not have enough space in my drive, make sure you have a good amount of space before u patch this or else you will need to reinstall. The patch will SAY it finished successfully, but it did not. Make sure you have enough space.

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    1. I updated the guide with your comment.

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  26. I know a lot of people are having trouble installing the patch. Can someone please give a VISUAL (pics) of how to install the patch correctly. That would be most helpful. Thank you.

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    1. If you can make the case of how and where this would be useful I'll consider it. It would require me to uninstall and reinstall the game and all the patches, which is a bit of a pain. To be honest the installation process is very long and convoluted and a true Microsoft-style step-by-step guide would be cumbersome both to follow and to write.

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  27. Question which of these downloads do we want the 1.7gig with the patch.cmd fixed v2 or the one in your guide via direct download thats 1.8 gigs thats a decent amount of space difference so just curious? is all.

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    1. Use the link in the guide. The other direct download is a troll copy that's password protected.

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  28. I successfully do the instruction till I get the message without the glitch. but this message box appear when I'm starting the game. http://imgur.com/hs77azA

    Where did it go wrong?

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    1. Uninstall the Japanese version and then reinstall the English version from scratch.

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    2. Looks like I can't uninstall Japanese version because my brothers deletes them. Did my computer fucked?

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    3. Reinstall the English version and see if that fixes the problem. If not, there's probably a way to manually edit the registry to fix the issue.

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  29. i have the error "one or more required files is missing. please place the patch files in <SHINYDAYS folder./patch
    press and key to continue as well , can somebody help me ? i try few things like the fixed patch or reinstall the game

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    1. The most common reason for that error is installing the game to a directory other than C:\SHINYDAYS. The game also has to be patched to 1.01e before applying the restoration patch. Antivirus software may also remove necessary files.

      A screenshot of the Shiny Days directory may be helpful.

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    2. thanks for the replay but i get it working, i had to run the xdelta.cmd first and than the patch (i did it yesterday too but i was to impatient ^^)

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  30. I installed my Shiny days into my E drive on to a file called games and made another file called days, and then unzip the patch file and i tired to run the patch.cmd but i keep getting the error: One or more requied files is missing. Please place the patch files in /patch. I rename the file but it still doesn't work. someone please help

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    1. Screenshot your Shiny Days folder and patch folder.

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    2. http://imgur.com/JnEdQVx.

      here is the screen shot

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    3. inside the patch folder

      http://imgur.com/BhMfRju

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    4. Screenshot your packs folder also.

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    5. it is there. the second link

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    6. Sanahtlig? i got the screenshots so what do i do next?

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    7. You didn't screenshot the contents of the Packs folder.

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    8. Sorry about that. in my mind i thought it was the packs folder. Here is the screen shot of the inside of the Packs folder now.

      http://imgur.com/2uzTrWb

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    9. Did you install the 1.01e bugfix patch first? Your 'patch' folder looks fine. The differences are in the Packs folder, which is modified by both the 1.01e patch and the restoration patch.

      If all else fails reinstall the game to C:\SHINYDAYS, then reapply the bugfix patch and restoration patch.

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    10. no i didn't install the 1.01e bugfix patch first i installed the game then i went to run the cmd inside the patch folder but it error message One or more requied files is missing

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    11. okay i think i miss a step i didn't get the Bugfix patch 1.01e but i install the Shiny Days Restore Patch 1.01e. So i got the Bugfix patch 1.01e now and i put it in the Shiny days folder so what do i do do i replace the files i have from the folder called _MACOSX?

      http://imgur.com/3PTNVG7

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    12. Follow the instructions included with the bugfix patch. And follow directions next time. You wasted a good deal of my time on something that was already covered explicitly in the guide.

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