Need for Speed: Undercover

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Need for Speed: Undercover
Need for Speed: Undercover cover
EA Black Box
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2008
Need for Speed: Undercover guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Undercover at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge TBA

General information

Official website
Need for Speed Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7 DRM, unknown machine limit. A De-Authorization Tool is available.
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Steam uses v1.0.0.1 of the game; Origin uses v1.1.2.1.[1]
Steam's Origin key is stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Electronic Arts\ea games\need for speed undercover\ergc

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename ea_bumper_##.vp6 (where ## is the region name of your game version)


The latest build is Patch for Steam version is available here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA Games\Need For Speed Undercover\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Undercover\<user-id>\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings
General settings
World settings
World settings
Car settings
Car settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use NFS Undercover - Screen resolution detector to fix the game's code to automatically detect available resolutions of a selected screen properly.
4K Ultra HD
See 4K Ultra HD.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Only an 'Anisotropic' mode is available. Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 6x FSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

4K Ultra HD[edit]

Replace 1280x720 with 3840x2160[citation needed]
  1. Open nfs.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Search for 5FFB357B00050000D002 (hex) and replace with 5FFB357B000F00007008 (hex).
  3. Search for 00050000D00200000004 (hex) and replace with 000F0000700800000004 (hex).
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Start the game and set resolution to 1280x720.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV fix[citation needed]
  1. Download FOV fix by NFS Business.
  2. Unzip Update 2-4-18.nfsms.
  3. Download and run NFS-VltEd.
  4. Import unzipped Update 2-4-18.nfsms.
  5. Save.


Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set the window position and size.
  5. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  6. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  7. Click OK, then File and Save.

Change bloom effect[edit]

Use Customizable Bloom Effect[citation needed]

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, Sound Effects and Engine Effects.
Surround sound
Only a 'Surround' option is available.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


In languages with subtitles, they are on by default and cannot be turned off.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.
Subtitles only in cutscenes.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Video settings not saved correctly (Windows 8)[edit]

Disable display scaling[2]
  1. Open nfs.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\nfs.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].

FPS issues on modern machines[edit]

Use specific game version[3]
  1. Install retail 1.0 version.
  2. Install 1.0.17 patch
  3. Use original binary.
  4. Origin key can be used during activation of retail version.
  5. Steam users can obtain key from the registry after installing the game. Follow this guide:
  6. Be aware that patch 1.0.18 introduces challenge series. You can have 2 copies of the game at the same time.
Set compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open nfs.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Choose "Windows XP SP3" from menu "Run this program in compatibility mode for"
Game settings can constantly reset after restart of the game.
FPS boost on high details can be even more noticeable then applying specific game version.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable


HD textures pack[edit]

HD texture packs has been made by An7hraX and Dragozool. Both require texmod in order to work.


Changes: new responsive controls. Are flip turns necessary - Disabled the effect of yellow with SFX - Disabled the effect of trembling camera. - New texture of the sky. The saved effect of the dome, the sky now looks drawn. Now the reflections look more natural on all surfaces. - Fixed a glitch with the wheels, now tires have no Shine - Fixed the ground clearance on some cars - Changed some of the camera effects - Correctly built light source for daytime - Minor bug fixes.

The mod makes all performance upgrades availible for free from the very beginning. To fix this, use FE_ATTRIB.bin from the original game (<gamedir>\GLOBAL\).
The mod increases difficulty of the game making several missions nearly impossible to complete. There is no easy fix for that.

If you are interested in visuals only, copy only modded InGameA.bun to <gamedir>\GLOBAL\ then use VltEd to apply this script.


System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9500
Intel G45 Express
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-02-17
    Verified by downloading and checking the details of the files.
  2. Patch for Steam :: Need for Speed: Undercover General Discussion
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