NFS Most Wanted Crashes On LAN Play Or LAN Server Not Working With NFS Most Wanted

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on December 15, 2009



Recently I was testing NFS most wanted on LAN play between my HP Laptop running Windows Vista and Windows 7 Desktop with 32 bit Ultimate edition. The NFS game crashed every time I tried to run it on LAN play mode.

NFS-most-wanted crash

The surprising thing was that the game was working fine with Windows XP on the same computer same hardware (tested with Windows XP on the same PC as I have XP and Windows 7 in dual boot).

I disabled Windows 7 firewall and then tried, but it did not help.


In this article I will share with you a small tool to fix this and many related issues for NFS Most Wanted.


On searching through some forums, I got this NFS Most wanted Patch on Softpedia which helps to fix the following issues :

  • Fixed problem with user not being returned to the offline main menu when losing their connection.
  • Users are no longer returned to the offline main menu after a LAN race.
  • Fixed host hanging in an empty game room after exiting a race.
  • Users are now able to find LAN races created through Quick Race.
  • Fixed issue where the game will softlock and lose focus when clicking on ‘Continue’ in the [create new account] screen when information is entered but not confirmed in one of the first four fields.
  • Corrected number of laps in Knockout race event in Blacklist 15.
  • Fixed problem where users are disconnected from LAN after finishing a race.
  • Fixed issue with background disappearing when mouse clicking the ‘Statistics’ button during the Hurry Up timer.
  • Fixed a crash in the Foreign Registration Alert screen if the user clicks the back button.
  • Fixed a crash when backing out and re-entering the Rap Sheet using the mouse.
  • Clicking the back button during the Rap Sheet intro now returns the user to the Main Menu.
  • Fixed issue with the interior of the car sometimes disappearing during gameplay.
  • Fixed performance parts not showing up unless profile loaded. 

You can run the patch it will replace the speed.exe file, server.dll file and two folders in the installed location of the game.

NFS-most-wanted crash fix patch

[Download NFS Most Wanted Patch 1.3]

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Chandu January 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

it shows Check CD ROM

hell February 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

i cant connect in lan
lan server connection lost

Cool_DUDE July 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

If you are using windows 7 and LAN play crashes just go to game installed folder and right click on the speed.exe and go to Properties>>compatibility tab and select:”Run this program in compatibility mode for:windows XP (SP3) and enjoy LAN play!!

Sifat July 14, 2010 at 2:25 am

@Chandu, Copy the crack from the disk into the game folder again.. hope it will work:)

nikhil August 8, 2010 at 3:09 am

it gives a “patch warning”-it says “missing or invalid registry entry”

malith September 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

@ nikhil – you might not have installed the game correctly. are u using a copy of the game?
then delete the copy and install the game properly. then try putting the key again.

Pradeep November 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm


Thanx bro its working…

surendra April 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

LAN Server Not Working With NFS Most Wanted
send solution for this problem

pRAVI May 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Check cd error came,and as Sifat said I again copied from crack but the same error “speed.exe stopped working” happend..
Help me

shreyas June 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

your game may be missing some game files or ur computer’s graphics may not be supported by the game or there may be a bug in the game try reinstalling it

francis Calvin June 9, 2011 at 2:26 am

Service Pack 3 is nt available , ihv service pack 2 only…. wht do i do

fawfawfaw June 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

@ cooldude.
you are a legend man thanks

Boki June 11, 2011 at 12:21 am

Ello, i have same problem after instaling patch eaven. Running NFS on Win7 ultimate 64bits , i see both pc’s but when im about to enter hosted game my NFS crash. Also IP’s are ok and everything else is working (Firewall off , Kaspersky off etc). Any help pleasE?

yogi June 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

@cooldude: thanxx dude..perfectly working:)

раddу August 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

@cool_DUDE: u’re the best:)

Shan September 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

My pc Intel duo core, 1 gb ram, nvdia 512mb, windows 7 32bit…. When i try to create server for lan play, it just showing ( Connecting) only, after few moment show that( Lan connection are lost)! Got any solution for thiz?????? Help me!

Ravindu September 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

ya cool dude its working …………. try it… and enjoy playing……..thanks u so much

Mathew October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

thanks dude………….it works

segfault October 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm


Thanks man it worked

Maxwell October 13, 2011 at 9:09 am


I have the exact same problem. No solution found yet.


zd October 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

Whenever i start nfs mw, it starts and and everything works fine. When i select my car and enter the safe house and start the races, it crashes to desktop wit the following message

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: speed.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 438e4c8c
Fault Module Name: StackHash_6989
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 03ebd0be
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 6989
Additional Information 2: 69898a5324cd9915ccc52c19e790ba1e
Additional Information 3: 0ac2
Additional Information 4: 0ac2ba99037fa673237d62a3de529705

I have installed patch 1.3 and put a no-cd crack also. Without these 2, i had experienced the same problem.

Please help, this is a very good game and i want it to work


chethan October 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

hi sum1 help to play lan on nfs most wanted….

King November 1, 2011 at 1:56 am

If you are using windows 7 and LAN play crashes just go to game installed folder and right click on the speed.exe and go to Properties>>compatibility tab and select:”Run this program in compatibility mode for:windows XP (SP3) and enjoy LAN play!!
@Cool Dude

thanks working perfect 🙂

Pavan November 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

@cool dude
thanx bro…… u r solution was really awesome and great……’s working and i have another problem when i am playing game it strucks some times…..can guys please help me

buddhika November 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

i am using windows same version of xp Sp3 in both computer ,when i try to play most wanted LAN play i cant connect to the other computer,i installed patch 1.3 but its not working,if any buddy can help me to fix this problem im really appreciating that.

hasan December 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

thanks @cool_dude
its working on windows 7

Satish December 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm



help January 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

help i have the copy i installed everything the patch ect…………… i have windows 7 64 bit tried every thing but it crashes when i start to play lan game… pl help

Sarath K Radhakrishnan January 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

Well for me too the speed.exe error used to com after that i shared the folderin which the game was installed & tadaaaaaaaaa tje game worked!!!!!!!!!Try it out guyzzzzzzzz itz worth the try…

pavan February 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

guys don’t install patch 1.3 it’s not working for windows 7 try without installing the patch and make sure that the ip address in the host and client systems is same like


# This line allows the server to determine on what interface to listen for
# connections. It can be any publicly routable IP address (this is the case
# even if the host is on a LAN that is isolated from the Internet). There is
# no communication attempted with the IP address listed here.

surendar March 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

right click on the exe file and give “Run as Admin” and go to lan and join the game everybody playing must give “Run as Admin”-it works for me i am using NFS version 1.3

Nitin Raj March 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

@cooldude u rocks man all others r shit, but U r a genuine man keep it up buddy

Chandu March 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Cool Dude you’re really man…It works like Charm!!!

SHABIN April 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

HEYOYYY… nfs most wanted is having problems while connecting to the LAN.. its not workingggg…

gagan April 18, 2012 at 5:08 am

thanks cool dude but my game is lagging .

rajilpaloth May 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

@Cool_DUDE You rock man…………100% WORKING!!

tear dem June 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

@ cool dude thanks for the info man the game is working wonderful now I can beat my friends

KAI June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

COOL DUDE THAnks a lot bro

SLs June 30, 2012 at 3:19 am

@Cool_DUDE Thank a lot man 🙂

rohan July 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

hi dude my nfs mw is not find any server pls help me

Dan D August 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

@rohan Same problem >:@

zeus December 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

my nfs most wanted is not working, when i trying to open that application getting the message like” insert dvd/cd into cd rom and click ok and restart application” i tried several times but still facing same problem. could you please sort our this problem

raptor March 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

@ Cool_DUDE u r really COOL .. it works 🙂

kaustubh April 2, 2013 at 4:43 am

@Cool_DUDE- Thnx man it works……

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