VisitJoan

Some computer help or something to play an older game

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So here’s my problem. After playing the Sims 4 for a while, I really want to play the Sims 2 again. The Sims 3 and Sims 4 are good games, but there’s just some stuff the Sims 2 has that they don’t. So that gives me a few options.

 

1) I could play it on the computer I already have it on. Problem is, this computer takes 5 hours just to boot up, and even if I get all of the custom content off of there, the game is still going to lag - a lot. Not the best idea.

 

2) I can see if I can get the Sims 2 Ultimite Collection. It was available for free for a week a few years ago and aperently I can still claim a copy. To do that I have to contact support people and that seems like a lot of hoops to jump through just to play a game.

 

3) I can try to run it on one of the newer computers in the house. I would have to do this in compatibility mode and this has mixed results. Some people say it works just fine, others say it won’t work at all. Some say it worked until they installed expansion packs and others had the opposite problem. Basically I really don’t want to waste my time trying to install something that might not work. Not the best option.

 

I’ve decided that the best thing to do is to just get a computer that runs Windows X P (and it has to be X P. I tried Vista once and it didn’t work out). I have a netbook with X P on it, but it has no disc drive. I’ve done some reascerch and these computers still exist. I even asked my dad about it, but he was no help at all. I could just build my own computer too.

 

So I’m looking for advice. Do any of you who are skilled in this kind of thing have any suggestions?

Edited by VisitJoan

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have you tried turning it off and on again?

 

To try on your x p netbook you can get an external disc drive to read and play the disc. I suppose for performance issues you can make sure no unnecessary programs are running using ctrl + alt + delete (task manager) yes try to run install/run in compatibility settings and to run as administrator (when right clicking) and check if any pc your are going to use is missing any Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable(s) because some games require them to play the game properly (in my experience skyrim is one I remember for sure) or you can try to find any documentation of said game to see if there's anything you are missing. Hope it helps.

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I think it's going to take some experimenting to decide what method works best to play it on.  Do you already have the game disc?  Personally I would opt for an option that will cost as little as possible.  Building a new computer just to play one game doesn't sound like it would be worthwhile to me.

 

I favor the advice that Sigrun proffered and just get an external disc driver so that you can read and play the game on your netbook.  Does your Netbook run reasonably well?  If not, I would probably try to contact support to see if you can get the other version of the game.  It might be a one-time hassle, but it looks like your other options will be problematic as well, or at the very least expensive.

 

Good luck!

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Thanks for your help. I installed it on the same Windows 7 laptop that runs The Sims 4 and it works just fine. I’m so happy about that.

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