Need for Speed II

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Need for Speed II
Need for Speed II cover
EA Seattle
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows April 30, 1997
Need for Speed II guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed II at Wikipedia
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Key points

Re-released as Need for Speed II: Special Edition, featuring extra content and Glide support.
Installing on 64-bit systems requires a workaround. See Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows.

General information

Need for Speed Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480; use nGlide for higher 4:3 resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
dgVoodoo 2
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
dgVoodoo 2
Vertical sync (Vsync)
In 3dfx wrapper.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
64 fps cap

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Split-screen.
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Game wrapper for modern Windows/Linux/MacOS OSes[edit]

Modern NFSIISE wrapper[1]
  • Cross-platform wrapper for the Need For Speed II SE game with 3D acceleration and TCP protocol
  • Binary releases for Windows/Linux/MacOS, support for non-x86 CPUs, and build target for Android
  • Links: README, Releases.

Installing original game on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

Fan-made installer[citation needed]
  • Fan-made installer can be downloaded from It comes with required compatibility tweaks and nGlide wrapper.


Start Glide.exe shuts down explorer.exe for the time of running the game.
Manual installation of Need For Speed 2 SE[2]
  • Create a new folder named NFS2SE, somewhere on your hard disk.
  • From game's CD copy folders FEDATA and GAMEDATA to NFS2SE on your hard disk
  • From a root folder on CD copy files:

to NFS2SE folder on your hard disk.

  • Change an extension of INSTALL.NFS to WIN (INSTALL.WIN).

Fixing Glide compatibility on modern Windows systems[edit]

Fixing compatibility issues[citation needed]

To fix most of compatibility issues you're going to need a 3dfx wrapper (recommended nGlide) and a small system compatibility patch.

  • Download nGlide and install it (default settings should work fine).
  • Download compatibility patch, extract it and run PatchInstall.bat.
  • To run a game use NFS2SEA.EXE - this exe file uses 3dfx. NFS2SEN.EXE is for software renderer only.
Fixing sound issues[2]
  1. Download and install Creative ALchemy Universal
  2. Run the program and create a new profile for the game.

If ALchemy is unable to run properly on your pc, then try the alternative method fix by copying the dsound.dll from a Windows XP installation.

  1. Take dsound.dll from a Windows XP installation or download the dll version 5.3.3790.3959 of dsound from dllDownloader
  2. Copy it and put it in the installation folder just where nfs2sea.exe is.
  3. Run nfs2sea.exe and enjoy.

Running in software rendered mode on modern systems[edit]

Despite being able to run in 3dfx mode, the software mode of NFSIISE (NFS2SEN.EXE) is unique for being the only way to play with dashboard view camera and it is the version that preserves the original style of the game.

Fixing compatibility issues

To fix most of the compatibility issues, these fixes need to be installed using the Compatibility Administrator from the Microsoft Application Compatibility:

  • ForceDirectDrawEmulation
  • CorrectFilePaths
  • EmulateGetDiskFreeSpace
  • GlobalMemoryStatusLie
  • SingleProcAffinity

It can be used for both NFSIISE software mode (NFS2SEN.EXE) and NFSII (NFSW.EXE). To solve problems with audio that may appear, follow the "Fixing sound issues" guide.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz (133 MHz required for Multiplayer)
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 MB
Video card (GPU) Hi Color (65,535) support
1 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Sound (audio device)
Other 4x CD-ROM drive
Multiplayer: 14400bps or Faster Modem (2 Player), Null Modem Cable (2 Player) and/or IPX-Compliant Network Card (2-8 Players). One CD Per Computer, unless using Remote Installation.


  1. Verified by User:grantek on January 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 11, 2016