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Please refer to this FAQ for a few common issues and solutions. If you have further issues, use search to see if someone else had a similar issue and if you don't find a solution, start your own thread with as much info as possible.
If you have issues with your Serial Code or downloading, please refer to this this post: [FAQ] Serial Codes, Game Activation and Download issues and also refer to the Origin FAQ for general Origin troubleshooting: [READ FIRST] Common Issues and Solutions.
A few known issues and basic trouble shooting steps can be found here: [FAQ] Troubleshooting Steps & Known Issues
You're allowed to install the game on up to 5 computers at the same time but you can only play it on one at any given time since you need to login into Origin to play the game.
If you no longer use the game on a certain computer, make sure to uninstall it while connected to the Internet to free up the license.
Make sure there's no other programs interfering. You can also use the Process Monitor (just google) to see if anything else is taking priority over your installation.
First make sure that there aren't any scratches on the disc and check if you can open the content of the disc by right-clicking on the DVD drive icon on Computer and choosing Open. If that works, try double clicking on setup.exe to install the game.
If your computer still can't read the disc, either exchange it or get the download version for free instead. To do so, activate your game code on Origin and the follow instructions to install the download version.
The base game can be uninstalled by right clicking on the game in Origin and choosing Uninstall. This will uninstall the base game as well any Extra Content and the Holiday Celebration Pack.
The best way to uninstall the packs is to uninstall the base game with all the packs and then reinstall the base game only
Before uninstalling, you should backup your user files (see below)
The user files contain all your personal Sims data like your save game, the Sims you've created or mods/cc you have installed. To make sure you don't loose that, it's important to backup these things so you can put them back should they get lost.
You should backup your user files on a regular basis but in particular before updating your game or reinstalling.
Your user files can be found in this folder: documents\electronicarts\thesims4\. An explanation to what file does what is here: User files explained
Every once in a while, EA will release a Patch/Update for the game which adds new stuff to your game and/or fixes game issues. Most of them are mandatory so you need to update your game in order to be able to play.
If you have automatic updates turned on in Origin, the game will be patched without you having to do anything. If not, you'll find a link to patch on the game itself or you can choose Update Game by right clicking on the game in Origin.
Details can be found here: Patching
You can start the game by either double clicking on the short-cut on your desktop or by pressing Play on the Origin Client.
Starting the game through the short-cut will also start Origin and there is no way to turn if off. You can minimize it but not turn it off.
It is possible to play the game offline without an Internet Connection but you need to have one to install and activate the game. After you installed the game, run it once with an Internet Connection, then start Origin, login and put it in offline mode. You will need to login into Origin each time you start the game but you can do so in offline mode.
If you run into issues when trying to run the game, see below for a few suggestions.
Make sure your game is updated to the newest version (see above). If that is the case and the play button is still gray, try the following things (or any combination of it)
Try right clicking on the game in Origin and hit Repair.
If you have this error in game, you most probably have this issue: [SOLUTION] Savegame was saved with a newer version.
Try the suggestions below
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General Startup Issues
Some more suggestions can be found here: [FAQ] Troubleshooting Steps & Known Issues
Specific Startup Issues
VC++ error code 1603
Follow the linked steps
- If the issue persists try these stepsSpoiler1. Go to Windows Update
2. Click Installed Updates
3. Find Update KB2918614 in the list and uninstall it.
4. Restart your computer.
5. Run Sims 4 installation again.
6. Play Sims 4
- If you are on Windows 8 or 8.1 and the steps aren't working, try them on an Admin account.
- SpoilerGo to Control Panel > Accounts > Create a New Microsoft Account.
Check that this is an Admin account, then try the steps above again.
"Invalid License. Reason code = Missing DLL: [msvcp120.dll] Error: 0x7E"
Install vcredist_x86.exe from Microsoft. [Instructions in spoiler]
Origin is not running, make sure that it is running before attempting to play the Sims 4 (d3382ced:
It's unclear what's causing this issue at this point but there's a few suggestions in this thread: Origin is not running message (d3382ced:984c6a38:00000000)... although it is
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