OK, this IS
a major problem - And the solution is a major pain in the you-know-where. Oh, and uhh - It's a hit and miss solution at that!
First of all, you need to search Google for the "GTA SA Downgrade Patch". It's about 10mb and will change the version of your copy of GTA SA from 2.0, to 1.0 or 1.1. Sounds crazy? To downgrade
something? Maybe it is - But it's essential to getting Control Center to work!
You've done that.
You now need to search for, and download, three 'OCX' files that are infuriatingly
missing from Windows 7 64bit.
A good place to get them from is the OCXdump site (Google it, or Google the individual file names)
Once you've downloaded these - You need to move them from your download folder to the following location:
You may find that you already have
one of them in there - In which case, when you're prompted to "Replace" or "Don't Copy" - Don't Copy.
Next - Press 'Start' (You know, the button at the bottom left hand corner of your desktop) and type in 'Run'. Open 'Run'.
Type in the following (Or just Copy and Paste from here):
**YOU MAY RECEIVE AN ERROR MESSAGE EACH TIME** - But it seems to make no difference whatsoever.
Now, here's where my assistance gets a little...
! Unsure! Because I did quite a few things after the above failed to fix the problem immediately - I can't be sure what I've suggested below, worked (Though something did!)
1. Uninstall any previously installed GTA SA Control Center files then restart. Reinstall the Control Center.
It seems to me that you MUST be IN THE GAME for the Control Center to initiate the first time (If it's a new game - In the alley, before you get on that bike) When Tenpenny's thrown you out of the car and you gain control of CJ first - Press 'Esc' then switch to the desktop (Alt+Tab together).
Or whenever a previously saved game has loaded - And you're able to control CJ's movements.
2. If not! Try asking Windows to help you find the best Compatibility settings by right-clicking the GTA SA Control Center shortcut and selecting 'Troubleshoot Compatibility' (You may have to try more than one suggested fix)
If it still isn't working - Go here: http://www.gtagarage.com/mods/show.php?id=11359
And download the 'Source Code' (11mb)
Extract the zip compressed download and look for the GTA SA Control Center executable in there, and try and get THAT compatible (As per step 2)
Try the above and get back to me if it still doesn't want to work.
(By the way, I found
the information about putting the OCX files in SysWOW - I'm not claiming false authorship there!