While these fixes were first for the 2.1 patch they also work for the TW2EE patch
After working with a member by the name of Darius Naglo (permission given to use name) recently who was getting the 142 error with Steam version of Witcher 2 and finally after 2 days of updating software and outdated drivers and removing unneeded software to no avail we finally stumbled on the culprit...Browser Toolbars or in his case the Jzip toolbar .
After further searching and installing toolbars of various vendors i`ve found 3 that will cause this error or condition . Are there others ? I`m quite sure there are but i neither have the time nor energy to try every toolbar out there . I have listed 3 that i know to be causing the issue . I know the Yahoo and Google toolbars to be ok with no ill effects from either .
Wincore Media bar
searchqu toolbar - This program is deceivingly listed as Windows searchqu toolbar . It is NOT a Windows program but a program made for Windows
Media bar - usually comes as part of a software package deal from imesh or Bandoo media and several other vendors .
other possibles are
any torrent toolbar
For now though i will be busy getting rid of all the damn spyware and adware that these so called helpers have managed to let in on my system .
Also it may be worth checking the windows update log for any failed updates for the simple reason that if a windows update fails for any reason then there is something that`s not right with the OS at the start and not correcting it can only lead to further complications later on .
Another possible solution is to synchronize internet time as suggested by another user (SpamIrwin) . To synchronize time click Start>Control Panel>Date and Time then click the tab Internet Time then click the Change Settings box and then select Update Now . Once synchronized retry game .
OF NOTE : Since the issue with Kaspersky2011 causing issues with witcher 2 i started searching for 2012 versions of antivirus programs , the more common ones are listed below with extra security if you are so inclined for free trials .
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There are free antivirus programs for personal use and are listed below . This is not a complete list by no means but are some of the better ones .
Microsoft Security Essentials
ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT USERS CAN DO - added on Jan 7 2012
Q : Do i have to uninstall Lucid products like Virtu , LucidLogix , or HydraLogix ?
A : No . You can simply rename a single file namely this one appinit_dll.dll before playing Witcher 2 and after you`re done with Witcher 2 then rename it back to what it was originally with full functionality to the program(s) restored . But if you do not use these programs and have no intention to then it can be uninstalled with no side effects to your computer or games .
Q : Do i need to uninstall Adobe Acrobat Extended Pro ?
A : No . It`s enough to rename or remove this file Acaptuser32.dll before playing Witcher 2 . After you`re done then either rename or move it back to the original folder and full functionality will be restored to Adobe Acrobat Extended Pro .
Q : After uninstalling the searchqu toolbar i notice i still have the searchqu folder and that it cannot be deleted .
A : To delete entirely the searchqu folder after uninstalling the toolbar right click the searchqu folder and select rename . Then rename the folder to Searchqu.OLD and restart computer and when the computer reboots then navigate to the folder again and right click>delete and the folder and it`s contents will cease to exist .
Adobe's new patch for Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended.
(courtesy of Sygnus21)
For those that had to rename the file: Acaptuser32.dll to Acaptuser32.dll.bak (C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\ and/or C:\WINDOWS\System32\) to get Witcher 2 to run be aware that an update was just released by Adobe a day ago which repairs the file back to: Acaptuser32.dll.
FOR STEAM ONLY
Q: Can i revert to 2.0 version of the game because 2.1 breaks the game for me ?
A : I believe it can be done yes . Also because this is not an OFFICIAL release i must be forthright in what it will do and expectations .
(1) This is a VERY UNOFFICIAL workaround and is not sanctioned or approved by CD Projekt Red
(2) It WILL break the compatibility with Steam IE: NO autopatching , NO Steam overlay , and NO achievements
(3) It will be done at the user`s risk only and absolutely no one can be held responsible but the user themself .
Using the Critical Rebuild Patch found HERE
should revert the game to 2.0 note that it is a 4 GB file . Also note that after installation of this patch if you run a file verification through Steam it will download the entire game again so with this patch these changes are fully reversible . After installation of the patch you should also be able to run Witcher 2 from the Witcher2exe found in the installation directory which if default should be
C:\ Program Files or Program Files(X86)\Steam\steamapps\common\witcher 2\bin . ›››