hellojewby wrote: »
copy/paste from my answer to this question, so i thought i'd make a thread.
yesterday on a whim, i wanted to play sims 1 again. it'd been a few months. well, i could not get it to run at ALL. not with my regular "run as admin" or anything. i still right clicked my sims.exe icon, went to properties, compatibility, check box "run program in compatibility mode" and choose windows xp service pack 3. also click box "run as administrator". now that thats done, i expected it to work once again. nope. google search after google search, i finally found the problem.
a windows update on september 9th has apparently screwed up many people sims 1 game, making it not play. trick is to remove it.
remove update KB3086255 and it should work.
control panel, windows update, view update history, click installed updates at the top of tab. there you should be able to remove update KB3086255. this is the only way to play it to my knowledge.
MANY thanks to beatlesblondie over at the Mod The Sims forums for the tip. you saved my sanity!!!
thesimmer14 wrote: »
Is there any place online to download TS1? I am running a Surface Pro 3 and it does not have a disk drive, therefore I cannot install it via CDs/DVDs.
[Deleted User] wrote: »
Installing the mod that bypasses the disc and running the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP2 fixed the problem for me. A modified Sims.exe to do this can be found here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByvqSle1TbhCSGJETG1Ha3lEUUE/view?usp=sharing
I have uploaded it to Google Drive, as the website I found it on was a bit sketchy. I scanned it with my anitvirus and it came up normal... Google Drive also scans anything you upload with it's antivirus, but regardless use at your own risk. Please note that this is not a link to a pirated version of the game, just a fixed Sims.exe that will allow the game to launch on Windows 10. I own the game and installed it on my computer via the installation disks. Obviously you will have to own the game too for this to work.
Instructions on getting it working:
1.) Make sure you already have the game installed on your computer.
2.) Go to :C > Program Files (x86) > Maxis > Sims. Rename the Sims.exe to sims.old. Make sure you keep this file in case the new one doesn't work.
3.) Download the file and move the new Sims.exe to the same folder (:C > Program Files (x86) > Maxis > Sims).
4.) Launch, run the game in compatibility mode if necessary.
5.) If it works, enjoy. If not, remove the new Sims.exe and change the old one to it's original name.
Hopefully this helps anyone who's spent hours searching the internet trying to find a solution to this issue.