The highly anticipated Need for Speed : Hot Pursuit has finally hit the shelves. This game, which is a reboot of the 1998’s NFS 3, is the 16th installment of the long running NFS franchise which is now over 15 years old. I’ve had the opportunity to play the game for several hours and to be honest it looked good and was pretty enjoyable. Of course, this is by no means a true racing simulation – if you are looking for one go play GRID. Hot Pursuit instead is an arcade racer – its not ultra realistic but nevertheless fun to play. Anyway, before this post turns into yet another NFS review, let us tell you that this is our routine troubleshooting article for Hot Pursuit 2010. Hopefully, the tips and workarounds mentioned below will help you avert bugs, glitches, crashes and other annoyances with this new NFS title.

How to fix NFS Hot Pursuit crash to desktop (CTD) after selecting race

Judging by the number of people complaining on various gaming forums, this seems to be a fairly common problem. The game sometimes seem to crash when running on processors with 4 cores. You can try either one of the solutions mentioned below to try and fix this issue:

Set the NFS process to use only two cores

Instead of setting your computer to use two cores, you can try enforcing this restriction on NFS HP process only.

  1. Start the game. Immediately start Task Manager
  2. Locate the NFS hot Pursuit process in the processes list.
  3. Right click the process and select ‘Set Affinity’.
  4. Tick only two processor cores, preferably Processor 0 and 1. Press ok and close the dialog.
  5. Switch back to the game and try selecting a race.

If this method does not work, try the solution below.

Set your computer to use only two cores

  1. Run System Configuration utility. Typing msconfig in the start menu run or search box should do the trick.
  2. Switch to ‘Boot’ tab.
  3. Select ‘Advanced Options’
  4. Set ‘Number of Processors’ to 2.
  5. Restart your computer and run the game.

While the crash on race selection may get fixed, note that your computer will now only use only two processor cores instead of 4. You may want to undo the above change once you stop playing.

How to change language in NFS Hot Pursuit

  1. Open Registry Editor. Type regedit in start menu run or search box.
  2. Locate the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit\1.0 (on 64-bit systems)
    OR
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Electronic Arts\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit\1.0 (on 32-bit systems)
  3. Change the Language key value to ‘English’ and Locale key value to ‘en_US’.

It may be possible to switch to other languages/locales if you are using a MULTILANGUAGE release. However, I personally have not tried it.

How to manually edit NFS Hot Pursuit configuration settings

It is possible to manually edit your configuration settings files to tweak settings you can’t change in game.

  1. Browse to c:\Documents And Settings\<USERNAME>\My Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit\
  2. Open the config.NFS11Save file with a text editor.

Most of the display options are listed under the [Display] section of above file.

How to run NFS Hot Pursuit in windowed mode

  1. Open the config.NFS11Save file as stated above.
  2. Browse to the [Display] section.
  3. Set fullscreen=false. Save and close the file.
  4. Run the game.

How to change resolution in NFS Hot Pursuit

  1. Open the config.NFS11Save file as stated earlier.
  2. Browse to the [Display] section.
  3. Alter width and height properties to fit your desired resolution. For example, values for 800x600 resolution would be : Width=800
    Height=600
  4. Save and close the file.
  5. Run the game.

Note that adding a resolution unsupported by your video card/monitor would cause black screen issues when trying to launch the game.

Please keep in mind that this article is a work in progress - more fixes will be added here as and when they are discovered. Check this space for updates.

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18 Comments

  1. coldair // 11/19/2010 08:27:00 PM  

    Thanks a bunch for this appreciate the time taken to put this all together. My game is crashing on race start.

    This is my system;

    Win 7 64 bit
    Q6700 quad core
    Geforce 8800gt

    So far I've tried these suggestions from another site.
    I've tried running as admin. Win xp sp3 compatibility.

    Someone mentioned the 360 controller caused issues. I unplugged the adaptor. The game still crashes on race start.

    I'll try using two cores with the task manager when I get a chance and post my results.

  2. Namura // 11/28/2010 07:06:00 AM  

    "How to fix NFS Hot Pursuit crash to desktop (CTD) after selecting race

    Judging by the number of people complaining on various gaming forums, this seems to be a fairly common problem. The game sometimes seem to crash when running on processors with 4 cores. You can try either one of the solutions mentioned below to try and fix this issue:

    Set the NFS process to use only two cores

    Instead of setting your computer to use two cores, you can try enforcing this restriction on NFS HP process only.
    Start the game. Immediately start Task Manager
    Locate the NFS hot Pursuit process in the processes list.
    Right click the process and select ‘Set Affinity’.
    Tick only two processor cores, preferably Processor 0 and 1. Press ok and close the dialog.
    Switch back to the game and try selecting a race.

    If this method does not work, try the solution below.

    Set your computer to use only two cores
    Run System Configuration utility. Typing msconfig in the start menu run or search box should do the trick.
    Switch to ‘Boot’ tab.
    Select ‘Advanced Options’
    Set ‘Number of Processors’ to 2.
    Restart your computer and run the game.

    While the crash on race selection may get fixed, note that your computer will now only use only two processor cores instead of 4. You may want to undo the above change once you stop playing."



    The above did NOT work for me :(

  3. İsmail Demirbilek // 12/01/2010 03:12:00 AM  

    Thanks, it helped a lot.

  4. Anurag // 12/03/2010 08:25:00 PM  

    CAN SOME PLZ GIVE ME nfs HOT PERSUIT 2010 SERIAL KEY

  5. Sujit // 12/12/2010 01:19:00 PM  

    Any way to get serial key for NFS Hot Pursuit ?

  6. dylan // 1/09/2011 02:52:00 AM  

    To get a license key. Buy the game!

  7. labhesh // 2/06/2011 09:04:00 PM  

    dont require serial key for activation. just say no and installation starts automatically

  8. koko // 4/03/2011 01:21:00 PM  

    you all probably have ati cards :)

  9. Harrison // 5/08/2011 06:51:00 AM  

    Windowed mode fix does not work, there is no fullscreen option

  10. yagneshgfgc // 6/03/2011 04:44:00 PM  

    how to change language to english i tried wat u told in 1.0 ther is language name and i modified it to 'en_us' but it still not working need help

  11. Deepak_Pappu // 7/02/2011 07:20:00 AM  

    hello...!!! please upload the 'EN' folder after you have installed the game in Eng language. There must be a folder named EN in the game folder...!!!

  12. Deepak_Pappu // 7/02/2011 07:21:00 AM  

    Can anyone give the list of files that have been created inside the game folder 'Need For Speed Hot Pursuit'...!!?? plz...

  13. Deepak_Pappu // 7/02/2011 07:28:00 AM  

    game doesnt start at all after changing the language via reg editor...!!! plz give a different solution..

  14. ovidiob // 8/18/2011 11:08:00 PM  

    Hello. Please can anyone upload the language folder? Even if i change the lang with regedit the game doesn't start. I think because i have only the RU folder and not the EN. Where i can find it? please !!

  15. DSRAJ // 12/17/2011 11:18:00 AM  

    If anyone still looking for help in changing your language, download the language changer from the below link.

    http://www.code5.de/downloads-id2548-need-speed-hot-pursuit-2010-language-changer.html

    it works for me...

  16. John Tracker // 12/15/2012 07:12:00 PM  
  17. Srikanta Panigrahy // 9/10/2013 05:06:00 PM  

    windows 8
    I changed to english language
    but the game not running

  18. utkarsh pandey // 5/31/2015 01:06:00 PM  

    WHEN I CHANGED THE LANGUAGE FROM RUSSIAN TO ENGLISH THE STOPPED OPENING AND WHEN I CHANGED IT BACK TO RUSSIAN IT OPENED FINE PLZZ HELP