[Fix] “CD Key already registered” Error – EA Nation – Need for Speed: SHIFT

“CD Key already registered” Error occurs in EA Nation of Need for Speed: SHIFT when CD key value is set incorrectly in “Installscript.vdf” file. In this post, you’ll learn how to fix it quickly.

Fix 1: Set your CD Key manually

Follow these steps below:

  • Go to your Steam library.
  • Right-click on “Need for Speed: SHIFT” and click Properties.
  • Go to Local Files and click “Browse Local Files” to open the installation folder.
  • Look for “Installscript.vdf” config file and open it with any kind of text editor. For example, I use notepad++.
  • Press CTRL + F to open search window, type “%cdkey%” in it and press enter.
  • Open Windows registry editor.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > WOW6432Node > Electronic Arts > electronic arts > need for speed shift > ergc.
  • You’ll see your original CD key is there. Copy it.
  • Replace it with %cdkey% value in “Installscript.vdf” text file.
  • Save the file and exit.
  • Launch Need for Speed: SHIFT and try to activate your EA Nation again.

There should not be “CD Key already registered” error anymore.

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