How to download and install Need for Speed Most Wanted: Remastered

How to download and install Need for Speed Most Wanted: Remastered

Published at: 07/06/2022
Updated at: 12/03/2023

Need for Speed Most Wanted Remaster

Need for Speed Most Wanted is an arcade driving videogame that came out in 2005, and was developed by EA BlackBox Games.

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I recently discovered the existence of an unofficial Remaster, I wanted to try it and I liked it, that's why I thought about writing these instructions, in order to help other people to revive this masterpiece.

1) Download the repack

Important information

This step requires you to download unofficial and potentially illegal software. The repack is offered by DODI, who is a known cracker that distributes commercial software by removing controls on licenses (cd keys and similar). It is your only responsibility for the usage of this programs.

Of course I invite you to buy an original copy of Need for Speed Most Wanted. That said, the repack also includes the full base game, and at the moment I have not found an easy way to obtain the same result by installing the single packets on the original game. If I'll manage to do that in the future, I will surely update this article.

First of all, download the repack from DODI website, I advise you to choose the Torrent.

To download torrents I recommend you to use qBitTorrent, it is an opensource free software, a good alternative to uTorrent and BitTorrent.

I personally installed the Remaster and had no problems, so I think there are no hidden malwares. Of course I cannot give this for granted at 100%.

2) Install the Remaster

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After downloading the files, run setup.exe. Then, click on the window that appears and press Up Arrow to continue.

Installation window for the Remaster
Installation window for the Remaster

Click on Install, then on Proceed, and select the path where you want to install the game.

You will need 2GB of free space on the disk, and the installation will need a few seconds (less than 20 for me).

3) Run the modified game

Important: you'll need to follow these steps every time you run the game, in order to play it with the new textures.

Here is how to launch the Remaster:

  1. Run Texmod.exe
  2. Search for the Speed.exe file where you installed the repack
  3. Click on the small folder icon and navigate to the Texture Mods folder, at the same path where the exe files are. You will some TPF files inside here, they are used to load the textures. Select them all.
  4. Click on Run to launch the game, it will take a couple minutes to start because it has to load all the textures
Window for Texmod
Window for Texmod

4) Update ReShade

This step is optional. It also requires some deeper knowledge about graphics and computers. If you don't like to put your hands on advanced settings, you should skip this step.

When you run the Remaster, you will notice that some text appears over the window. This is generated by ReShade.

In the case you want to have some more advanced customization options, I recommend you to download the latest release of ReShade. The source code is also available on GitHub. Basically, ReShade offers modern graphics settings to apply new visual effects on old games.

Run the program and click on Browse to search for speed.exe.

Click on Next, select DirectX 9 and install the packages you want. If you just want to update the base stuff, click on Skip. Otherwise, to install everything you can click on Uncheck all and then on Check all to select all the packages. Continue, it will take a few minutes.

Reshade is selected on the DirectX 9
Reshade is selected on the DirectX 9

In my opinion, the updated version is better because it allows you to enable many more options and find the settings that fit your preferences. At least for me, the pre-installed version from the repack was kinda dark and I did not like it much.

In case of some error messages with ReShade when you run the game, you can ignore them and play anyway. At the moment I chose not to go deeper in the details to find solutions, I think it would be a bit complicated.

Differences between the original game and the Remaster

First of all, the modified game is patched at version 1.5, while the normal installation from the CD-ROM is usually much older. Moreover, many textures have been added to improve the graphics, and you can surely spot the differences!

New cars have been added, as well as some accessories. The user interface has been redesigned.

You can find a gameplay video also on Youtube.

Here is a comparison screenshot, using the updated ReShade version (see step 4):

Comparing the original game (up) with the modified one (down). There are differences in the details of the cars and the city
Comparing the modified game (up) with the original one (down). There are differences in the details of the cars and the city


Good, now you can play the Remaster of Need for Speed Most Wanted!

If something did not work or you encountered any problem, let me know in a comment here below.

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  • 2023-12-03 19:05:58

    Author: eartahhj

    @ranjasoapatsys if you updated Reshade, can you instead try without updating it? Also try taking a look at this link for a solution: - Let me know

  • 2023-12-02 11:41:54


    Salut J'ai cette inscription sur le haut de mon écran "there were errors compiling some effets" Et après ça RAM trop Configuration: Win 11 pro 23h2 Ram 8Go ddr3 Core i5 2eme Gen Nvidia GeForce 610m 2go dédié ddr3 Pourquoi le mien Ram? Le jeu se lance normalement mais ça Ram.

  • 2023-11-16 09:07:44

    Author: eartahhj

    @Derek I guess the reshade update can give a few problems on some systems, also because it depends a lot on the video card and video drivers for what I have seen. I believe in this case it is better to go without the update since the game can run fine anyway. The updated reshade version can give a few more options to tweak with but that's it.

  • 2023-11-16 09:06:08

    Author: eartahhj did you to run the game in compatibility mode? What Windows version are you using? What are your PC specs (cpu, ram, video card, etc.). Are you able to run the original game (without using Texmod) fine?

  • 2023-11-16 00:53:51

    Author: Derek

    Hello! First I want to thank you so much for this. I have ran across an issue where when I run texmod and add all the textures it’ll start to run then crash. This was after I tried installing the reshaper update. I can run the game normally and it says there are some issues but it allows me to run it. Just not through the texmod. Tia

  • 2023-11-08 07:12:09


    I did what is in the instructions except reshade thing, and it didn't work on mine. I still can't open the game.

  • 2023-10-04 20:37:17

    Author: eartahhj and what issue does it give you? If there is no detail about it, it might be your system is not compatible for some reasons.

  • 2023-10-04 17:26:08


    I did the texture mod step and it said there is an issue. I'm not sure what to do about it.

  • 2022-12-19 23:32:25

    Author: eartahhj

    @Muhammad you are welcome! You can follow me on Facebook and Youtube to receive all the updates!

  • 2022-12-19 22:24:54

    Author: Muhammad