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Have you pre-loaded Halo 5? You might need to reinstall

All of us, at some point, have forgotten that new-gen games need a bit of time to get going. With mandatory installs, buying a game on launch day now feels like buying a ticket to a show in your own house that won't start for a few hours. Which is exactly why digital pre-loading is a great idea - until it doesn't work.

For those of you who've taken the option to download your copy of Halo 5: Guardians early, you might want to check that it's definitely going to work. In an announcement today, Microsoft revealed that a technical snafu means that those who pre-loaded before 21st September might have installed a placeholder file instead of the game itself. Luckily, there's an easy way to check, and a fix in place.

Just head to My Games & Apps, and choose to Sort by Size. Check the entry for Halo 5 - if it's greater than 40GB, you're OK. If it's smaller than 40GB, you've got a dud file, I'm afraid. In that case, hit the Menu button, delete that entry, then go the Xbox Store entry for the game - it'll have a big button that says Install. That'll net you the proper version of the game. Time saved (sort of).

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Joe first fell in love with games when a copy of The Lion King on SNES became his stepfather in 1994. When the cartridge left his mother in 2001, he turned to his priest - a limited edition crystal Xbox - for guidance. And now he's here.