Summary: Unfortunately, no matter how much I tried, I could not get the game running on Windows 7. No amount of patches or compatibility tweaks will make this game work for me. I know this game is great, and it is a shame I can't play it on PC. I guess I will have to settle for PS3 or Xbox 360. As a side note, the PSP game is just as great. I would give that game 5 stars.
Summary: When I initially installed this game in Windows 7 I was only able to get it to run in Windows 98 compatibility mode... However once the "New Need for Speed Carbon Collector's Edition Patch (1.4)" was installed from [...] the game ran perfectly without compatibility mode. This game also has very low system requirements to run smoothly, however to run at a higher resolution (above 1280x1024) or even widescreen you do have to use a third-party utility to patch the game.