I downloaded MapleStory last night (an article one of our freelancers sent in for our May issue got me really excited to check out the recent changes)--only to find out that the game wouldn't launch on my Windows 7 machine. I browsed forums, I Googled, I asked friends. Everyone said they knew how to fix it--but they were all liars. So I tracked down the answer from the developers themselves. Here's how you can really get MapleStory to run on Windows 7--and it's easy!
If you Google for a solution, you (like me) will find forum posts and How-Tos recommending a ton of different solutions--ignore them all. Before Nexon updated the client to be officially compatible with Windows 7 in 2010, there were a lot of problems, but nowadays there's really only one: MapleStory requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2008, but oddly does not include it in its installation process.
To install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 on your computer:
Additional troubleshooting steps:
Did that solve your problems? Do you know of other solutions? Let us know in the comments below!