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Need for Speed: Carbon

Windows - 2006

Alt names NFS:C, Need For Speed: Carbono
Year 2006
Platform Windows
Released in Brazil, France, Germany, United States (2006)
China, Germany, Poland (2007)
Finland, Germany (2008)
Germany (2009)
Genre Racing / Driving
Theme Arcade, Automobile, Licensed Title, Street Racing, Vehicle Simulator
Publisher CNEC Inc., Electronic Arts Ltda., Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Electronic Arts Black Box
Perspectives 1st-Person, Behind view
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Description of Need for Speed: Carbon

Description from the publisher:

What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you in the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. With online racing and the most advanced graphics and car customization tools ever, this ultimate racing game delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology

We recommend you to install the Collector's Edition of the game. The Collector's Edition of Need for Speed: Carbon includes the following additions:

  • Four new cars: 2006 Chevrolet Camaro Concept, 2007 Jaguar XK, 2006 Koenigsegg CCX, 1992 Nissan 240SX
  • Ten pre-tuned versions of existing cars
  • Extra events: six new races and three challenge series, including drift courses in the city
  • Ten new vinyl kits
  • Bonus DVD with a behind-the-scenes feature about the cars, environments, characters and actors, and the Need for Speed AV Wars Remix Project, a collection of six audiovisual remixes based on the game

Need for Speed: Carbon still has very active fan community, you can find many mods for the game on fansites like NFSAddons, NFSCars, NFSMods and many other fan websites and communities. Also, check GamePressure for some gameplay and graphics mods

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How to play Need for Speed: Carbon Windows

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Collector's Edition of the game with patch 1.4 and NoDVD has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 10, works fine. We recommend to install US release of Collector's Edition since it has more content and most mods & fixes are based on that version. Both repacks features all content from Collector's Edition.

Check our Guide and Notes for more details

Install & play guide (for Collector's Edition):

  • Mount the disc image. You will need the utility for mounting disc image files, like WinCDEmu, UltraISO, Alcohol 52%/Alcohol 120% or Daemon Tools Lite
  • Install the game (if autorun doesn't work - simply launch the installation from Setup.exe inside the disc). Ignore registration window, click "Register later"
  • Also it is recommended to install DirectX 9 from the disc (if you're using Windows 10 - enable DirectPlay, read this or this guide how to do it)
  • After that install patch v1.4 for Collector's Edition
  • Then install NoDVD (simply copy NFSC.exe from the archive and put it into game directory, replacing original NFSC.exe)
  • Optionally install Widescreen fix (instructions inside the archive)
  • Open the directory with the game and find NFSC.exe. Right click on NFSC.exe - Properties - Compatibility - Set "Run this app in compatibility mode with Windows XP SP3" and "Run as administrator"
  • Launch the game and play. If the game doesn't work in compatibility mode with Windows XP - try to launch it in compatibility mode with other version of Windows (98, 2000 or Vista)

Here's also video guide by 77Vids


  • If the installation doesn't start - try to launch Setup.exe in compatibility mode with old version of Windows (98, 2000 or XP)
  • NoDVD is required for the launch because the game is using SafeDisc DRM protection, which doesn't work on modern systems. That NoCD "breaks" DRM protection and allows the game to work on modern systems
  • The game works on DirectX 9, so if you're using Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or 11 - you need to enable DirectPlay: Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off', click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer
  • It is recommended to install all versions of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for the correct work of the game
  • Also it is recommended to install RAD Video Tools and K-Lite Codec Pack for the correct work of in-game videos
  • Patch v1.4 includes the content of all previous patches, but if you have troubles with installation of patch v1.4 - try to install patch v1.3 first, and then install patch v1.4 over it. All patches are available here
  • By default the game works only in 4:3 screen resolution but you can run the game by using Widescreen fix by ThirteenAG. Simply copy files from the archive and put them into main game directory. Then open NFSCarbon.WidescreenFix.ini in Notepad and change ResX = and ResY = to your screen resolution. For example, if you have 1920x1080 display, make ResX = 1920 and ResY = 1080
  • Some of graphical mods, like HD Reflections mod, are using dinput8.dll from Widescreen fix as a base. If you want to play with both HD Reflections and Widescreen - leave only the newest dinput8.dll
  • Extra Options is a mod that adds various new settings, including debug mode, and fixes some game bugs
  • If you want to play with controller - check PCGamingWiki guide for instructions
  • Check PCGamingWiki guide for modifications, there's a lot of mods that can enhance game's graphics and improve gameplay, like HD textures, vinyls, quality HD in-game videos, etc. Also, check GamePressure to find some gameplay and graphics mods
  • For users of Windows 64-bit systems: if the game doesn't work after you launched it - open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del by default) and check for processes NFSC.exe and rundll32.exe. Close NFSC.exe but don't touch rundll32.exe (it's a Windows app for running old apps from 32-bit operational systems, most old games running through rundll32.exe). Now try to launch the game again, it must work. Don't forget to close rundll32.exe process in Task Manager after finishing playing
  • Don't forget to check PCGamingWiki page if you have troubles, it is very useful!

Comments and reviews

admin 2023-03-22 0 point

@HAPPY - add NFSC.exe in antivirus exceptions. If it didn't work - check if you installed the game in C:/Program Files directory. Sometimes antiviruses block any file replacements in "Program Files" directory. In that case reinstall the game in some other non-system folder, like C:/Games

@ORIONAS Checked French version with patch and NoDVD just right now, everything worked fine. Make sure that you installed the patch and then NoDVD. Also, install all Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable versions, and K-Lite Codec Pack, it should help

crazy dude 800 90 million 2023-03-21 0 point



Orionas 2023-03-21 0 point

Hello support i have a problem with the need for speed : carbon french version. When the game is on EA logo. The game closed himself

Happy 2023-03-19 0 point

I can;t copy the noCD NFSC.exe into the game directory

LeSs 2023-03-18 0 point

Finally NFS Carbon:)

Foodzilla 2023-03-16 3 points

finally, it has arrived! ProStreet when?

Mexmox6562 2023-03-14 2 points

i have been looking for months to see if they added this AND THEY FINALLY DID!
Thanks abadonware team!

admin 2023-03-09 1 point

@LEMI The part "Ignore registration window, click "Register later" is not about CD key, it's about EA Registration app, that window appears during installation but you can skip it.
You still need to enter CD key to install the game, CD keys are available in Downloads, just scroll down to Game Extras - Serial keys

lemi 2023-03-08 1 point

hi, following the guide and on the installation there's no option to skip registering the cd key for me? i've tried the auto run and the setup, using the US version at the top.

admin 2023-03-06 1 point

@MUHAMMAD OKKY Just select the language you need and follow the installation guide in game description. We added many different language versions, you can see languages by flag icons.
Or you can install repack by Magipack, it has all-in-one installer. But that repack is English only

@SNIPER65615 Well, maybe one day ;-) This month we will add another big racing game (not Need for Speed), keep watching the news

Muhammad Okky 2023-03-06 1 point

Hello, how do I install this game? the installation is very hard. If you have questions, please answer me.

sniper65615 2023-03-06 1 point

Well now we have Carbon but now where will be the Prostreet?

admin 2023-03-05 0 point

@42069 If you get warning for NoDVD - it is safe to use, VirusTotal scan showed only 1 warning

Many antivirus apps doesn't like NoCD/NoDVD files, just add the file to antivirus exceptions

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Windows Version

DownloadCollector's Edition
US release (English only) English version 3.9 GB
DownloadRepack by MagiPack (includes widescreen patch, NFSC extra options & HD reflections mods) English version 3.1 GB DownloadGerman version German version 3.5 GB DownloadRepack by posedenNETSHOW (Multi-language) English version French version German version Spanish; Castilian version Dutch version Finnish version Danish version Hungarian version Czech version Polish version Russian version 6.5 GB DownloadEuropean version (Multi-language) English version Dutch version Swedish version Danish version Polish version Czech version Hungarian version 3.6 GB DownloadCollector's Edition
Swedish release (English, Swedish, Finnish & Danish languages) English version Swedish version Finnish version Danish version 3.9 GB
DownloadSpanish version Spanish; Castilian version 3.6 GB DownloadFrench version French version 3.5 GB DownloadItalian version Italian version 3.5 GB DownloadJapanese version Japanese (ja) version 3.7 GB DownloadRussian version Russian version 3.5 GB DownloadTraditional Chinese version Taiwanese Mandarin (Traditional Chinese) version 3.9 GB

Game Extras

Various files to help you run Need for Speed: Carbon, apply patches, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

NocdNoDVD (compatible with all versions) English version 3 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for Traditional Chinese version Taiwanese Mandarin (Traditional Chinese) version 10 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for French version French version 29 MB PatchPatch v1.3 for Russian version Russian version 7 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for German version German version 26 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for Italian version Italian version 26 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for Spanish version Spanish; Castilian version 26 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for English version English version 36 MB PatchPatch v1.4 Rest of Europe (for all other languages) Dutch version Swedish version Danish version Polish version Czech version Hungarian version 26 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for Collector's Edition (US release) English version 26 MB PatchPatch v1.4 for Collector's Edition (UK & EU releases) English version 26 MB FixWidescreen fix by ThirteenAG (compatible with all versions) English version 4 MB Misc"Making of" video from bonus DVD English version 740 MB MiscBonus DVD from Collector's Edition, includes "Making of" movie about NFS: Carbon development and other extra videos English version 3.2 GB MiscTurkish translation patch Turkish version 668 KB MiscSerial keys English version 651 B ModNFSC Extra Options mod (adds new gameplay settings) English version 1 MB ModHD Reflections mod English version 1 MB DemoEnglish version 651 MB

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