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i rediscored the other day one of my middle-school games – need for speed 2 se (special edition). unfortunately, the install kept crashing on the windows XP box i had handy.

upon running the game, i kept getting the error:


to fix this problem, i found out that you need to:

  1. open System in the Control Panel
  2. on the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings
  3. on the Advanced tab, under Virtual Memory click Change
  4. select Drive [C:]
  5. Under Paging file size for selected drive, select Custom size and enter 512 megabytes in the Initial size (MB) and in the Maximum size (MB) fields.
  6. Click set.

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44 Responses to “get need for speed 2 se working in windows xp”

  1. on 29 May 2007 at 7:37 am /C

    initmem – INSUFICIENT MEMORY TO CONTINUE FILE win\initmem.c LINE 242

    I get the same er msg, but the steps mentioned in the abv post didnt seem to fix da problem at my end!! Is ther anythin else tht i cud try?

  2. on 26 Sep 2007 at 2:32 pm Nenji_Avero

    I didn’t ever get that message, but when I start the game under XP+SP1/2 I get the message “your memory is lower than 1MB” and when I click ok, I play the game normally, just with a few graphic-coruptions in the speedmeter.

    PS: Do you know where I can download a good car editor for NFS2SE?


  3. on 14 Dec 2007 at 4:29 am arafat


  4. on 02 Aug 2008 at 12:16 pm rene

    its not work for me either. it seems the problem happen with people that have windows SP3.

    anyway your trick dont work. do you have any others idea ?

  5. on 02 Aug 2008 at 1:38 pm rene

    HAHA! NOW YOU CAN PLAY NEED FOR SPEED 2 SE with my instruction 100% for anybody even if you have windows xp sp3 and 8 gb ram like me.

    got it to work. but ita long process.

    1. install Need for speed 2 Se and copy the NFS2SEA.EXE ( 3dfx glide ) from your cd to your game directory. ( you can only get the game working with a glide wrapper.)

    2. Download dgvoodoo1 1.50
    ( see instruction in dgvoodoo readme file and copy the dll files and the setup files to your game directory)

    3. download microsoft Application Compatibility Tool 5.0

    4. Run Compatibility Administrator from Start Menu.
    Go to Custom Database / New Database.
    Click ‘Fix’ button.
    Type the name of the game, vendor, and browse to NFS2SEA.EXE file. If it is not in NFS2SE folder on your hard drive yet, then copy it manually from CD.
    Click Next, None, Next.
    Toggle following positions on:
    - CorrectFilePaths
    - EmulateGetDiskFreeSpace
    - GlobalMemoryStatusLie
    Click Next, Finish.
    Save your database preferably in game directory.
    Now click on NFS2SEA.EXE file in the right panel of Compatibility Administrator. Click Run button. The game should start.

    ITS WORKS for any windows xp version even with more than 2gb ram

  6. on 04 Sep 2008 at 11:20 am cosco

    it didn’t for me, i just doesnt happen anything when i run the game, with, or without ure help.

  7. on 12 Sep 2008 at 4:28 am Venkadesan Tharshan

    thank you.

  8. on 12 Sep 2008 at 2:06 pm rene

    its my pleasure :)

    this should work for everyone

  9. on 12 Sep 2008 at 6:04 pm Mark

    Rene, i did all the procedures above, and absolutely nothing happens. I double click both nfs2sea.exe and nfsen.exe and the game doesn’t run. nothing happens. the same goes when I run the game trought compatibility administrator. any clue ?


  10. on 13 Sep 2008 at 10:44 pm Emhel

    i downloaded an need for speed 2 SE in torrent site and wen its complete i unzip the files and after unzipping i click NFS2SEN.exe and its nothing happened and the NFS2SEA.exe file is in that directory plssss help me my OS is windows xp sp2

  11. on 16 Sep 2008 at 8:22 pm rene

    retry it from the beginning, maybe you did something wrong guy. maybe you didnt understand how to install the glide wrapper , read the glide wrapper infos

  12. on 06 Oct 2008 at 4:20 pm hinsert

    hmm doesn’t work for me either, i got a black screen when i start the game after following the steps above. it seems like it’s not working in all cases.

    besides i have the networkfix files from EA (an old official NFSIISE patch) which allows people playing the game together via TCP/IP. the steps above also don’t work for that patch either

  13. on 07 Oct 2008 at 5:16 am Mark

    The game is running fine now with dgvoodoo.

    thanks for the help!!


  14. on 15 Oct 2008 at 9:11 am Arun

    Thanks the game is now working.

    But race music and menu music not playing.

  15. on 21 Oct 2008 at 8:57 am lea argentina

    traduscan plizz.. :P

  16. on 31 Oct 2008 at 1:18 am PersianLamborghini

    I can’t even install the game
    (I downloaded the game)
    I click on English (In the first step
    Then I click on Install……then nothing happens

  17. on 07 Nov 2008 at 11:44 pm Cyberdemon87

    Hello! I finally get this to work. But as one other fella said, menu music and in-game music are absent. The videos too..

    Anyway to make those work?

  18. on 21 Dec 2008 at 1:33 pm iicocuk

    thanks a lot! it worked.

  19. on 14 Feb 2009 at 2:41 pm Ericson

    hello, than you , than you

  20. on 17 Apr 2009 at 4:41 pm Kasper

    Worked perfectly! NfsIIse is just perfect on a netbook with limited graphics-abilities – its so good looking, it brings tears to my eyes… Thanks!

  21. on 17 Apr 2009 at 6:03 pm lifesucks102

    thanks a ton the game is good and i love to play

  22. on 04 Jun 2009 at 3:55 pm Casper

    Thanks Rene, worked great! Took me a while to understand what i did wrong but, works fine now!

    A few tips:
    Just follow Rene’s steps as instructed, and make sure when you get to the step

    “…NFS2SEA.EXE file. If it is not in NFS2SE folder on your hard drive yet, then copy it manually from CD.”

    That the NFS2SEA.EXE file is not a shortcut, it needs to be the actual file. I rushed through the steps and failed there! Other then that, worked great.

  23. on 30 Jun 2009 at 3:45 pm skreqoneyo

    hey fellaz… how is dgVoodoo working please? should i run it?

  24. on 30 Jun 2009 at 3:50 pm skreqoneyo

    i did everything, but when i press start, it says “movie file not found” …

  25. on 22 Aug 2009 at 10:35 pm dude

    hey where to download this nfs2se……when i download it password is there.

  26. on 22 Aug 2009 at 10:35 pm dude

    so tell me a correct link to download without password..

  27. on 23 Aug 2009 at 5:43 am Xstioph

    rene: Thanks a lot! It worked. And yes, NFSII was definitely as good as I remembered.. I thought the memories had been a bit glorified over the years, but no way josé! =D

  28. on 28 Aug 2009 at 2:15 pm Zero

    I did just that, but when i launch the game it is the same shit 2d fuck graphics!!!! why does nearly everyone get it to work?

  29. on 22 Nov 2009 at 9:03 pm Falcon

    Also you can try with this glide wrapper (nGlide http://www.zeus-software.com/downloads/nglide) + install patch included in the games list in the wrapper description (http://www.zeus-software.com/files/nglide/nfs2se_patch.zip). Tested. Game is working with glide + movies.

  30. on 16 Apr 2011 at 12:13 pm mark

    nfs runs on windows xp in just small change.on first suggesion,open control pannel,in that open system,click advanced tab and click virtual memory and settings,you can type intial memory in mb is 372 and maximum memory is 744 mb.then click set.and restart your system.now open nfs.it works nicely without any problems….

  31. on 10 Jun 2011 at 5:10 pm FAO

    Good news!

    I managed to fix this problem with a modificated exe. I just replaced the conditional jump which test the installed memory, with a permanent jump (JGE -> JMP, in assembly language). In other words, there is no more memory check, and the game works whatever your RAM is. It is only a single byte different from the original Exe, so it can be any malware =). You can compare them with Total Commander or such as.



  32. on 10 Jun 2011 at 5:12 pm FAO

    Correction: “so it can NOT be any malware”

    …what a suspicious mistake, lol

  33. on 10 Jun 2011 at 5:14 pm FAO

    F*ck me, the post was about NFS2SE and I was talking about NFS2… Anyway, if someone wants to pass me the NFS2SE exe, I’ll try to fix it the same way, sorry guys

  34. on 01 Aug 2011 at 9:19 pm Felix. J

    Thank you Falcon for your help. Your patch file helps me to play NFS SE…

  35. on 09 Nov 2011 at 9:35 am Kasper - Denmark

    Rene – you’re the man! I played NFSIISE for hours in the olden days. Even bought a voodoo-card just to play it, and the graphics were awesome. Thanks to your guide it runs perfect on my small netbook! Probably the best racing-game for netbooks with good old XP :-)

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  37. on 25 Jan 2013 at 9:44 pm Paras Pandey

    even when i am opening nfs2sen nothing happens

  38. on 03 Aug 2014 at 9:28 am muhib

    any one help me i intall new nfs 2 se nfs2 se is working than after 20 min nfs2 se stop working and not opening i try so many times is not working any one tell me plss why nfs2 se is not opening

  39. on 06 Jun 2015 at 4:41 pm asd


  40. on 07 Jun 2016 at 3:05 am vishal

    Not working still same error

  41. on 18 Aug 2016 at 5:40 am SWAT

    i am playing nfs 2 se. it works good but the music is not working. could anyone help me with this problem please..?

  42. on 19 Mar 2017 at 2:51 pm AR87ACE

    Hi all, since NFS2(not SE) is one of the greatest racing games i have played in my childhood, i will show you guys how to get pass the INIT MEM error and get it running!
    Here goes:
    click START->RUN
    in the box type msconfig
    click OK
    Switch to BOOT.ini tab
    check MAXMEM and change the value of RAM Memory to 1024
    click OK
    Restart PC

    This will make your OS use only 1GB of RAM memory!
    When you are done playing make sure you revert the changes by repeating the whole process!
    THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE THE GAME RUN! Because the game checks for how much memory your PC has and so… if you have more than 2GB it WON’T START!
    Because it is VERY OLD!
    Happy RACING!!! :)

  43. on 22 Aug 2018 at 7:36 am hinsert

    Currently I use the NFS2SE wrapper which can be found here: https://github.com/zaps166/NFSIISE/releases

    The framerate is still an issue but it seems like a good starting point to get this game working on a modern pc.

  44. on 01 Apr 2022 at 9:13 am Lamer24

    Thank you! It worked :)

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