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Windows 7: Need For Speed: High Stakes Problem

09 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
Need For Speed: High Stakes Problem

i have installed this before and it worked, now all of a sudden i get an error message showing this...

Any Ideas? and i already ran it in compatibility mode for 95, 98 and XP to no avail.

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10 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Try running in admin, 256 colours, 600X800, etc.

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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 7

no good, it didnt work, what the ****? how is this guy able to do it?

ik it says 64 but it worked on my 32

YouTube - NFS HS Install on Win7 64 Bit

why cant i install it ?>.< WTF
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11 May 2010   #4

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64

Edit: Need time to reevaluate, I'll then reply.
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12 May 2010   #5

Windows 7

i installed it before on this exact os!!!! and now it refuses to even install? what is that all about
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13 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

When I installed this game from the CD-Rom, I put the setup.exe on Windows 98 Comp, and that's it. It worked for me just fine.
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13 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE

Got same problem here as Collin.

I have even tried putting .sdb patches using Application Compatibility Administrator.

Still nothing.

I think the compatibility setting is getting applied only to setup.exe and not the files it extracts in the %temp% folder.

Found a lengthy procedure over at RC1 & Need For Speed: High Stakes! - Neowin Forums

Though the instructions are for the Demo, I don't see why they won't work for the Retail version.

Currently the only way seems to get the installed files from a PC which has it already installed and also its registry settings, and then import them into Windows 7.


I remember installing a certain update from Windows Update:

Update for Windows 7 (KB976264)

Installation date: ‎08-‎05-‎2010 12:17 AM

Installation status: Successful

Update type: Recommended

Install this update to resolve issues with non-compatible applications for Windows 7. For complete details of this update, see Knowledge Base Article KB976264. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

More information:

Help and Support:

Can this be causing any issues?

The list of apps does not include any NFS games though.

Richardc269, can you please confirm if you have this update installed?

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13 May 2010   #8

Windows 7

that is an ass load of work, why cant it just install >.>
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14 May 2010   #9

Windows 7

i hope this isn't a bump D:, i just want to play this game again so bad. im not saying wtf why is no one posting, im just curious as to why it wont work now >.>
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15 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE

The reasons are obvious.

1) This game was made in 1999.

2) Things have moved on and when they do, they leave old ways for newer and better ways.

3) There's ONE and ONLY ONE way to get this game to work:

a) Install this game and it's latest patch (4.50 I believe) on any Windows below Vista OR get it from a place which has it already installed ALONG-WITH its registry settings.

b) Import the registry settings in Windows 7 and play by using PATCHNFS.exe instead of NFSHS.EXE.

The only thing which won't work is Videos. Its sad but it can't be helped.

I think that's about it. Neither you nor me can do anything about it as we are not the ones that make either Windows or the game.

I hope I don't sound rude. If I do, then I am sorry, but things have to be made clear.

Cheers! and have a good time playing Need for Speed High Stakes!

P.S: Please don't blindly import the registry settings as you have to specify the path where NFS is in your system. Right click the registry file and click on edit and change any necessary settings.
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