Homeworld 2 on Windows 7

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There are a few issues that you can encounter while trying to run Homeworld 2 on Windows 7. One of the most common problems seems to be that the game refuses to start or crashes to desktop after startup. This appears to be caused by Windows 7 preventing the Homeworld 2 English no-cd exe from working (Data Execution Prevention). The most reliable fix seems to be the following:

  1. Install the Homeworld 2 1.1 patch. If this link doesn’t work try one of the alternate links: alternate 1, alternate 2.
  2. Install the Homeworld 2 1.1 German no-cd exe. Search for and download the 1.1 German no-cd exe (for legal reasons I’m not hosting the exe here). Replace your original exe located at:
    Homeworld 2\Bin\Release\Homeworld2.exe
    Though it may seem odd, the German no-cd exe works around this issue because it isn’t affected by Data Execution Prevention. It won’t change the in game language to German.

Note - according to a numbers of sources on the web no-cd exes are legal provided they are only for personal use. See the Wikipedia No-CD crack page for more details (or do you own research if you are still skeptical). You can read the legal jargon from the U.S. Copyright Office if you’re interested (and if you’re in the USA).

There a few less common issues with running Homeworld 2 that are covered in these posts:

  • Homeworld 2 invisible ships - with recent graphics driver updates for certain video cards some users are experiencing an odd issue where ships will be invisible and you may see oddly broken textures. See this post for more info.
  • Homeworld 2 camera and movement lag - with certain video cards rotating the camera and zooming into your ships will cause extreme FPS drops. See this post for a workaround.

There are a few good relicnews threads on running Homeworld 2 on Windows 7 that you should check out if you’re still having issues: thread 1thread 2.

If none of the above helps, post the crash/error you’re getting in the comments below. Be as specific as possible about your system setup and how to reproduce the problem.

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