as for directx 10, I was able to install it on the system and other games are working. I imagine I can role it back if necessary- never done it before.
I am copying the contents of the DVD to a folder on the c: drive
maybe that will work- i am open to anything here that will work.
Hmmm...DirectX10 is not available for Windows XP. If you have a port of DirectX10 running on your XP system, you have an unsupported scenario.
If you mean you upgraded from a DirectX9 videocard to a DirectX10 videocard, try copying the contents of the game disc to your hard drive and run the installer from the hard drive location. To do this, please follow these steps:
Create a new folder on your desktop (or other location with adequate free drive space, about 7.5GB) and name the folder...perhaps "LSW3_disc_contents".
Open My Computer and navigate to the DVD-drive where the game disc is installed.
Right-click on the drive and select "Open" in the pop-up menu.
Select all of the files and folders on the game disc and copy them to the folder you previously created.
After the copy completes, manually run the game launcher by clicking on Launcher.exe, in the folder you previously created.