View Full Version : Can't install Sims 1
22nd Jul 2012, 7:19 PM
I'd like to try the game once more but I can't install it - I can't even reach the first screen. BTW: my CD is OK -tried it out on an older XP PC.
At first I thought that Windows 7 (Professional 64-bit) were the culprit. I looked around the web and found some posts about the problem; the only solution offered, however, was to use a compatibility mode and/or run the game as the administrator. That doesn't work for me; I tried all the possible combinations, even 256-colour, and nothing works.
I am beginning to suspect that my video card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 275) might be the problem but I could not find anything about that.
P.S. Posting here because there is no MTS Sims 1 Help Section.
22nd Jul 2012, 7:36 PM
The sims 1 still works. It just needs an old computer that can keep up with it. :|
I have played the sims 1 recently on an old computer in my computer room..It works like it was brand new! :anime: But we had to get rid of that computer last week. :|
But Sims 1 still works.
22nd Jul 2012, 8:08 PM
Welp, I have the same thing you do, so I don't know why it doesn't work for you. What about it isn't working?
22nd Jul 2012, 9:17 PM
I'm running sims 1 complete collection on a Brand New desktop computer, windows 7 64 bit, i5 intel processor, 8 GB RAM, and an intel integrated HD 2000 graphics card.
I didn't even have to use compatibility mode. On my Last computer, with windows vista 32 bit, I DID have to run it in windows XP compatibility mode to get it to fully install.
You could be right, it could be the graphics card. I don't know for sure. I've heard people say it installs and runs fine, and I've heard people who cannot get it to install and run. I wish I had the answer for you OP and I don't.
I wish the official sims 1 site was still up. That's where I learned to use compatibility mode for the older computer.
31st Jul 2012, 6:48 AM
What condition is the disc in? I know you said it ran fine on an older PC, but some computers/ DVD players/ CD players handle scratches better than other. If the disc is badly scratched, or has cracks, that could still be the reason why it won't work as files may be corrupted.
31st Jul 2012, 10:06 PM
Changing to windows 7 basic is fine, it means that your PC is simplifying itself, but the idea that it's not doing anything afterward seems slightly strange. Don't know what to suggest, really.. You're running yourself as an admin, using XP compatibility mode.. maybe try google around? It seems hit and miss with old games :/
31st Jul 2012, 11:59 PM
Hmmmm I couldn't run TS1 on windows 7 64bit either but in the end 256 colours, run as administrator and combatibility mode for windows xp (service pack 2) made it work for me.
What is the problem it's giving you? Won't it start up at all or are you getting some strange glichy graphics. I have tried to search for a list of compatible/uncompatible graphics cards for TS1 but I've had no luck yet!
5th Sep 2012, 9:39 PM
I have the exact same problem. Is there any possible solution to it yet? :( I really want to play.
20th Sep 2012, 3:18 PM
my game keeps telling me i need to download the updates, I did and then it says do you want to install the updates, i did and then it ask do you want to unstall it?
Why do i keep getting this message? I would like to play it
20th Sep 2012, 4:40 PM
To which loacation did you install your game, Shadow07Sims2? Are you on Windows 7?
20th Sep 2012, 10:18 PM
I instll it in programs / start menua and running Windows 7
21st Sep 2012, 1:30 AM
That's not the install location, that's just where it's put the shortcuts. :)
I'm guessing from what you are saying that you've installed it to the default location, which will be Program Files or Program Files(x86). Sims 1 is really best installed to a location other than the default one for Win7/Vista, since it has to write the save files to that location too (and UAC can interfere with this). So I would recommend to make a folder specifically for your games to be installed to, such as C:\ Games, and install it there.
What updates exactly are being asked for when you try to install the game? Could you post a screenshot? I'm almost certain that Sims 1 did not ask me to install updates when I installed it, so perhaps this message will help us to understand what's happening.
21st Sep 2012, 2:01 AM
I don't know how to take a picture through Prtsc, Where do you install the game, it tells me to pick the location?
21st Sep 2012, 2:57 AM
How to take pictures:
You should be able to pick 'custom' or 'advanced' to get to dialog where you can change the game path, then choose the folder you created (for example C:\Games). So your install path would be C:\ Games\ Maxis.
21st Sep 2012, 6:14 PM
After I install the game and exit the game I still get the same message and I put it in the right folder this time when I try to play The Sims Deluxe Edition
I even took all my games out and reinstall it in order and I still get the message. I would like to play my game
30th Nov 2012, 2:38 AM
Great job! Congratulations! :rofl:
30th Nov 2012, 3:53 AM
I would test it out on my W7, but I left the original game disc in my old desktop and we gave it away.
30th Nov 2012, 9:22 AM
Try DOSBox. Compatability mode in Windows 7 is notorious for not working with old games.
3rd Dec 2012, 3:42 AM
What's the exact problem? Is it hanging at 99% or 100% when it's beginning the installation? Because if it's that problem it just requires a lot of patience >.<
Or Is it something else?
1st Feb 2013, 9:23 PM
The Sims Complete Collection (four CD's) is installed at Program Files\Maxis\The Sims on my PC. I installed the game here as I thought this would have been the path used when the game got first released as there might not have been a Program Files (x86) patch back then.
I'm using Windows 7 64 bit with a GTX 560 SE GPU and have no problems running the game.
2nd Feb 2013, 12:30 PM
for me works fine on win7 64bits. it was necessary to set up the "run as administrator" and "compatibility mode" Windows Xp service pack 2. maybe simsample is right, because i installed outside the "Program Files (x86)" folder to make it work.
13th Feb 2013, 3:18 AM
I can't even get it to install properly. As soon as I get to the last expansion, somehow (don't ask me how) it uninstalls every single expansion and the base game except for livin' it up and makin magic. I think it may be because my windows 7 computer has too much memory for it to handle because when I get to Superstar it says I don't have enough RAM when I checked and have plenty.
Although it used to work on my sister's windows 7 computer but it uninstalled itself after a while and haven't been able to play it since. :(
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