Homeworld 2 continues the epic struggle of the Hiigarans and their leader Karan S'jet. Many thought their hardships would end when they returned to Hiigara, yet fate has not been so kind to the Exiles. Now the Hiigarans face a new and bitter enemy, a renegade clan from the eastern fringes of the galaxy, who wield the power of the ancients. Homeworld 2 chronicles the valiant journey of the Mothership and its crew into the oldest regions of the galaxy to confront their new foe and discover the truth behind their exile.

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This problem touched a lot of people and Sierra didn't care... I do care and I will end your torture.

Posted by piper647 on Jan 2nd, 2009
Basic Other.

Here's how to play homeworld 2 in 7 easy step:

1- Install the game
2- Update to 1.1
3- Open a command (type ''cmd'' in the search bar and press enter)
4- Copy/paste this line (use the right button) bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff
5- If Operation Completed Sucessfully appear restart your computer
6- Right click on the shortcut and press ''Run as Administrator''
7- Press Allow and ENJOY!!!

If you have any question or problem send me a PM.

P.S. If the next time you click on your icon it still dosen't work redo step 6 after some time the game will start on click.

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Dammo May 25 2009 says:

Hi, I registered specifically to add something to this bcdedit.exe suggestion.

In my case, when I rebooted my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 1720 running Vista Home Premium as the OS), it caused a big headache. Vista failed to boot. It would show the Dell logo, then flash with a blue screen (BSOD) for a moment, then reboot and load into a System Diagnostic tool. It would run diagnostics and disk scans and ultimately conclude that it could not find the problem, or that it was caused by unspecified system changes.
System restore did not help. (I had set a restore point immediately before making the bcdedit.exe change above).

The disk scan can be cancelled, which will allow you to proceed to some additional system diagnostic tools - including a command prompt.

SO, what to do?

First, I tried un-doing the bcdedit.exe command.
In the command prompt, I entered the following:

bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOn

Then I rebooted the laptop. Still not fixed... the blue screen continued.

Further research revealed the following suggestion:

bcdedit.exe /set {default} nx AlwaysOn

Then I rebooted the laptop, and it loaded into Windows Vista as normal. As if it were all but a dream...!

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piper647 Author
piper647 Jun 14 2009 replied:


Ultimate BSOD maker. I had a 1525 once. It decided that he would destroy windows... just like that. Called Dell... ¬_¬

Anyway, u understand.
Try an other computer or in compatibility mode.

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mololu Jul 20 2010 replied:

had the same symptoms on my xps 1530 - decided to just screw it and stick to the disk until it breaks to be on the safe side.

Never had any issues before but this has just shaken my fairly thin patience with windows and anything remotely related to it.

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GMagoy Jun 8 2009 says:

Hello, I am having a really strange problem, running the game on Vista.
Well, I've tried running the game emulated for WinXP SP2, as admin, and I can run the game.
Every onscreen moving object is very fluid, ships moving around, etc.
But every time I try to move the camera (change the focus, zoom, pan, rotate, etc.) the game gets more laggy than hell, with less than 1 FPS.

I have a nvidia 9800 GTX with the most recent drivers installed (185.85) also running RivaTuner (dont know if that causes a problem) Pretty solid gamer rig, Core 2 Duo @ 3.22 ghz, 780i SLI mobo, 4GB RAM, etc.

I really feel like the game is sitting in front of my rig, what looks to him like a Demi-God and he's just too bedazzled to use any of the resources properly.

Any help ?! Please ! The game doesn't crash, but it's not playable anyways !

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piper647 Author
piper647 Jun 14 2009 replied:

Sorry, I have no idea.

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tamaron Nov 10 2009 replied:

Turn on (or off, Idon't remember) the VSync in the video configuration inside the game.

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mbs357 Nov 22 2010 replied:

I'm having this problem too.
The solution to get it to work 1.1 patched in Windows 7 64bit worked but I still get the screen stuttering.
I found that if you leave the build, research or launch windows open it doesn't do it, and eventually after the game had been running a while it clears up on its own.

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linus2002pop Oct 27 2012 replied:

Works perfect with: Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor EI200.

Nvidia 7200 GT.

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Madman4700 Jul 8 2009 says:

Hey, it wont let me update homeworld 2, i tried ingame and i tried downloading it and installing it manually, also, can it be ran in 1440X900?

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SAROMON Jul 24 2009 says:

For me it says that it is forbiden to do that .

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madman2415 May 14 2010 says:

I have followed all the steps described above and still not working. I run Homeworld 2 mouse flashes to the busy icon for about 3-5 seconds, and then nothing. If I open my Task Manager it shows Homeworld2.exe is running but nothing happens. Also If I try to end the process it does nothing and it stays there.My event viewer shows no errors durring this time. Any help would be apreciated.oh and I also set the compatability for windows xp service pack 2 and disabled all vista graphics.

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madman2415 May 14 2010 replied:

Nevermind I found out (It was on my friends comp I was trying to get it working for him) that he was running a downloaded cracked version of Homeworld 2. So it is on Him to figure it out. I think I will try this game out myself on my comp (I will go and buy it if I can though. Will it run on a dual boot system (XP and Vista)?

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Obrusnine Jun 6 2010 says:

It's still not working for me, no matter what I do. The screen still goes black and crashes to the desktop.

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xenocide2003 Jun 13 2010 says:

when I type in bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff and hit enter it says "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. Access is denied."

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Dark~Volition Jul 12 2010 says:

ok i guess i may be having a different prob altogether...i can run 1.0 just fine...however once i patch to 1.1, it runs slow as though something is running in the background...

i'm runnin Win7 64b

i get no errors and no messages, its just ridiculously slow

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Deorsa Aug 1 2010 replied:

I have same problem as guy above, it tells me crap about my graphics driver but runs smooth as a babies arse without 1.1 patch. Rude. oh and I tried it with the cmd bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff but in short it says access denied. I'm the administor too.. rude Pc

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Yanxa Oct 17 2010 replied:

Same problem as Dark~Violition - I wouldn't have a problem with it, if it wasn't for the fact that all the mods require the 1.1 patch.

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mbs357 Nov 17 2010 says:

I'm also having these problems.
I haven't tried the solution in the tutorial yet though.
When I run 1.0, I get the outdated graphics error, and the horrible camera movement but smooth FPS otherwise.
The bad camera stuttering makes it almost impossible to play at some points.

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Jastrząb Nov 19 2010 says:

I didn't have a problem to start the game on Vista 32bit and on Win 7 64bit.Just turning the V sync on broke the game forever...But if someone has LCD Monitor with 60Hz then you will have maximum 60Fps in game,in any game for that mather.That set up is for CRT Monitors only.
My PC:
Intel Core 2 Duo 8200(2.66Ghz)
4G Ram

In Complex Mod.max detail i have from 8 to 150Fps...In 1680/1050

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Jastrząb Nov 19 2010 says:

For those who want to change for any resolution.Right click on the shortcut and wrote that in the command line for example:
Homeworld2.exe" -w 1680 -h 1050

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Entropy_Anton Feb 2 2011 says:

dude it also wroks for windows 7. i tried it on my windows 7 ultimate and it worked.

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MassDownloader Feb 15 2011 says:

when im playing the game for i don't know how much time it just closes down goes to desktop without ANY message and the game closes.
i turned the DEP off already but nothing changed?
any fix for this?

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Dark_Ripper117 Apr 24 2011 says:

Hell...I see, It doesnt even let me path to version 1.1....it just sais "failed to start download"....i also tried to play mods like "star wars warlords" with ver1.0 and it crashes in the middle of the game or simply it doesn start....if you have any sugestions or help...Im starting to regret about buying the game.!

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NMilitant Dec 12 2011 says:

For those that have bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff ending with access denied...


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Higaran87 Sep 8 2012 says:

i have the same problem as Dark_Ripper, 1.1 says "failed to start download". is their anyway to get the update? and make it work properly?

im on a windows 7 home premium 64 bit
intel core i3-530 processor
6gb DDR3 system memory
intel HD graphics

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lukkypuggy Jan 30 2013 says:

Hey guys Im having the same problem: Homeworld 2 does not work AT ALL on x64 windows machines, all it does is have a black screen no matter what I do to fix it. I recently upgraded from 7 64bit but it still didnt work then.

Dell Vostro 200
Intel Core 2 Duo @2.20Ghz
Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

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Jasanna Jul 14 2013 says:

Somehow i can't change the Resolution. I can't even access the Options Menue because i can't see it -.-

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zigarythedovahkiin Nov 2 2014 says:

can you please help me i installed the patch and did everything. here's the error i get.

Homeworld2.exe caused an Access Violation in module atioglxx.dll at 0023:5e8b6c61.
Error occurred at 11/2/2014 16:50:14.
Homeworld2.exe, run by Ethan.
Microsoft Windows XP?.
8 processor(s), type 586.
1024 MBytes physical memory.
Read from location 00000020 caused an access violation.

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