I’ve been running 64-bit versions of Windows since Vista was released. Most software works perfectly fine but on occasion you find some weird software that just won’t install. One of these is Sony’s end-0f-life LocationFree Player software. It’s fairly obvious why this won’t install – they use a hard-coded batch file to do the install and it is makes the (wrong) assumption that there will only ever be 32-bit computers.
Had they used a real installer, this wouldn’t be an issue and I wouldn’t be spending 10 minutes of my life typing this.
So, to properly install the LocationFree player on a 64-bit version of Windows, do the following:
- Run the installer (C:LFA-PC30US-40353InstallLocationFreePlayer.bat) as you normally would. Wait for it to run and eventually error out.
- You should have a C:Program Files (x86)SonyLocationFreePlayer directory.
- Manually create this directory: C:Program FilesSonyLocationFreePlayerLFPC3US.
- Go back to the (x86) directory and navigate to C:Program Files (x86)SonyLocationFreePlayerLFPC3US.
- Copy these three files from the (x86) directory to the directory you created in step 3:
Why it only needs those 3 files is beyond me but then again, this installer was made by rank amateurs. No wonder it’s a dead product.