How to Get Sims 1 to Play on Windows 7

If you have Sims 1, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that if you have Windows 7, you’ll be able to install the game with no problem, but you won’t be able to run it. The good news is that there’s a fix. (Yay!) Read more to find out what it is.

Windows Update KB3086255

Okay, so what’s up with with Sims 1 and Windows 7? Two years ago, Microsoft put out a security update for Windows 7. It made Windows all secure and everything but affected Sims 1. Thousands of players woke up one day, clicked on “play” as usual but nothing happened.

All seemed lost. Luckily, some people did some detective work and figured out that update KB3086255 was the culprit. Some people have claimed that there’s another update that causes the issue but from my personal experience, it’s always been KB3086255 that has caused Sims 1 to stop working on my system.

What’s the solution? All you have to do is this:

  1. Go to Start
  2. Type in “Windows Update.” Select it when it shows up.
  3. Click the link that says “View Update History.”
  4. Go to the top of the page and look for the link that says “Installed Updates.” Click on that.
  5. Look for KB3086255. As soon as you find it, right click on it. Then select “Uninstall.
  6. Restart your computer.

Update KB3086255 will then be removed from your system. But hold on–you’re not done yet! As you can imagine, the next thing your system will try to do when you restart your computer is to download and install it again. You need a way to stop it from doing that.

So the next step is this:

  1. Go back to Windows Update. (Remember, just type in “Windows Update” in Start.)
  2. Go to the section that says “Updates are available for your computer.” Click on the link that says “X important update available.” If KB3086255 is there, right click on it and choose “Hide update.”

And voila! You’re done! Now you’ll be able to run Sims 1 again on Windows 7 with no issues.

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