Microsoft is reportedly to blame for errors being reported by users relating to the Fallout 3 Broken Steel DLC. Xbox 360 version “The Pitt” was inoperable, and required Bethesda to take quick action. Bethesda has also reported Microsoft is aware of the flaw and is working on a fix to their Windows Live DRM Install, which is reportedly the root cause of the error.


As files for the Fallout 3 DLC are downloaded through the Windows Live Marketplace, the installation stops mid-stream and reports a message:

Not a cryptographic message or the cryptographic message is not formatted correctly. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8009200D).

The message relates to the digital rights management function of the game installation and renders the update completely useless. While Bethesda was able to issue a replacement so users could re-install the updated version, the issue remains with Microsoft’s implementation of Windows Live DRM Install.

Published On: May 6th, 2009 / Categories: GAMING, MICROSOFT / Tags: , , , , /