NOTE: This issue for "Could not verify media" will be encountered only beyond the patch upgrade version of 1.71.0 and even applicable to Company of Heroes: Original.
Therefore, this solution applies in this case as well.
Step 2: If you're using more than one optical drives in any case then you got to disable one of those drives; let's say you have a CD drive separate than a DVD drive then you may want to disable the CD optical drive in the following manner leaving the DVD optical drive intact. Go to "My Computer" and Right-click on the said CD optical drive and select "Properties". Click the "Hardware" tab on the opened dialog box and again highlight the appropriate name of optical drive (in this case, CD optical drive) and then click on "Properties" tab at the bottom of this dialog box. A relative dialog box for this optical drive will open and you got to click on "Change Settings" tab at the bottom of this very dialog box. A replicate of this dialog box will reappear but this time simply click the "Driver" tab and under this section seek for "Disable" (Disables the selected device..) and click on this and then hit "OK" at the bottom of this box and accept the changes. Now, while leaving one optical drive intact (in this case DVD optical drive), you can now load the retail copy of DVD in the respective tray and play the game without any frustrating message display of "Could not verify media". For these owners, there's no other way for them than relying on no-CD/DVD exe image fix in order to run the game smoothly and with no hassle.
NOTE: Using retail DVD copy for playing the game of this series, you ought to repeat all the steps mentioned above in order to play this game without any problem if you roll back to the settings for making the disabled optical drive active again Segment-II: This segment aids the owners of the legitimate retail copy of CD/DVD who might have lost or misplaced their copy and are left with game image in formats like . Step 1: After having installed the game from this series on your hard drive, you need to upgrade the respective game with manual patching system until the point of no-CD/DVD exe image fix version you're available with.
A warning message will display before installation that a previous version copy of Company of Heroes exists and it will delete in the process of installing the expansion pack; however, be ready with the CD key of original Co H if you want the missions of original version too. However, in custom settings of game installation you can better remove the check mark for launching the game automatically after installation finishes.
But, the problem here is that unless you have original Co H neither you won't be able to play the missions of original Co H nor use the factions from the original game although you would be able to see the deactivated portion of Normandy mission of original Co H while playing Co H: OF.
The basic intention of making these expansion packs standalone is to promote sales by not having the buyer rely on the base pack but can simply continue playing the forward missions in the absence of base pack.
However, in Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor there is no such requirement for the base pack to be installed in order to play all the four factions in multiplayer mode but of course you still will be devoid of playing the original missions of base pack here too if you don't have original Co H.
In any case, this problem can be avoided not with any hit-and-trial method but simply following the sequence of game installation of this series.