Jan. 20, 2018, 9:57 p.m.
You don't really understand…
I know the programs, I know how to mod, and I'm definitely not a newbie. I've been using NFS-LangEd for Most Wanted and Underground 2 for awhile now. My main problem here is the fact that the edits I'm doing to the Most Wanted language files are not appearing in-game - custom car names, racer names, and HUD - well after I did the reinstallation from a different source.
Let me backtrack again so you could see the whole spread of the problem:
In my PC, I have a copy of NFSMW installed from a game disc I bought. I modded it extensively, from cars to textures and even text and new lighting effects. A couple years later, I was given a laptop, and I wanted to install some games on it to keep me entertained. I simply dragged and dropped my copy of Most Wanted from my PC to a flash drive and to the laptop, as I've lost the disc itself (it has been 5 years) and the laptop doesn't have an disc drive in the first place.
I went through it with no issues, but then, things started to glitch out - Blacklist events not appearing, textures missing, framerate issues, and a whole more. I tried 'unmodding' the game (removing all mods except for texture mods and text where I have no backups of), but the issues persisted. I uninstalled the game (by deleting the folder, as it's a copy paste) and, since my PC's dead as of now, I obtained a copy from an Internet source and installed from there.
The game ran fine and I started to mod only the little things (some lighting and texture mods), but when I got to the text modding, my changes do not show up. I tried changing the car names (i.e. from "Fiat Punto" to "Fiat Grande Punto Sport"), but they won't appear. I test it by simply launching the game and looking for a Punto I made in the My Cars menu - it doesn't show up. I double and triple-checked my English.bin file in the LANGUAGES folder, and the changes ARE there - it isn't just showing up in the game. I even went as far as changing "Downtown Rockport" to "Fartcan Diddy" in the files, but it isn't showing up when I go to Career freeroam.
I went as far as DELETING the English.bin file, where the game would probably go nuts and crash on launch, but no, it still runs like normal, displaying text as it should.
It made me think that it HAS to be pulling the file from SOMEWHERE - the executable doesn't contain the text of the game (just a search of "IS300" on the Hex Editor gave an invalid result). I searched the entirety of my laptop and there's no other "English.bin" file hiding in the drives, other than the file of Underground 2 and some backups. Did some registry edits and the only thing it did was to validate the install of the game. Tried your suggestion of NFS Control Panel, but changing the language option from there, as I've said, only enables/disables the intro movies.
Now, do you see the problem?