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Sims characters on Windows Vista

Question: Sims characters on Windows Vista

I have recently bought a new Benq computer with Windows Vista, and my previous computer was with Windows XP. Originally my The Sims discs worked fine with the computer, and a few days ago I tried the discs in my computer, and everything worked fine. I was starting to renovate a house, when I realised that there were no people waiting outside. Once I had completed the house, no little previews of my family's faces popped up and a few seconds later a message popped up on the screen stating something along the lines of "It seems your users 007 and 008 have not been found on your source. Please check your discs and try again". I tried again and nothing worked.
I asked some staff at a games shop called Game, and they said they hadn't heard of it before, but seemed to know that it had something to do with swapping from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Now I was about to buy some Sims 2 games for the first time, and the staff at Game gave me a list of system requirements I needed to have and for Windows I need either a 98/200/Me/XP and I have none of them! Please help me work out these two problems...................
Thankyou a lot

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Answer: Sims characters on Windows Vista

Originally Posted by soccer_dance95

I have recently bought a new Benq computer with Windows Vista, and my previous computer was with Windows XP. Originally my The Sims discs worked fine with the computer, and a few days ago I tried the discs in my computer, and everything worked fine. I was starting to renovate a house, when I realised that there were no people waiting outside. Once I had completed the house, no little previews of my family's faces popped up and a few seconds later a message popped up on the screen stating something along the lines of "It seems your users 007 and 008 have not been found on your source. Please check your discs and try again". I tried again and nothing worked.
I asked some staff at a games shop called Game, and they said they hadn't heard of it before, but seemed to know that it had something to do with swapping from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Now I was about to buy some Sims 2 games for the first time, and the staff at Game gave me a list of system requirements I needed to have and for Windows I need either a 98/200/Me/XP and I have none of them! Please help me work out these two problems...................
Thankyou a lot

What you need to remember is that The Sims 2 was released BEFORE Vista was out, so it's logical to assume that the packaging will not mention it. Most games that work on XP will work on Vista, but it help to confirm compatibility first.

If you go to The Sims 2 Website, you should be able to download a patch that will fix compatbility issues within Vista. I have Sims 2 myself, and it works great on even Vista x64.

Get the Sims 2 updates - Updates

The original The Sims is fairly old, so you may not get a patch for it to work on Vista. But try here anyway: The Sims? - Official Site - Find your Sims community

Hope this helps.

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I have always been interested in Sims 3 and have the game and all the expansion packs previous to generations (world adventures, ambitions, late night and all the "stuff" packs). I have, up until generations, never had any problems playing any of them on my Dell Vostro 1015 laptop. I am currently using Windows 7.

When i installed Sims 3 Generations, that's when the problems started. The game ran smoothly, however, yesterday when I turned it on there was problems with two of my characters. On the family display unit on the left hand side, the character box of both sims was present, but their faces were no longer inside it. When i scroll over, the character name appears but not the picture.

In terms of these two characters themselves, one has disappeared from the game completely (even though they were there when I saved the game the previous day) and the other one is on screen but cannot be clicked on or interacted with. In addition, when I have tried to save the game, i received a notification stating "Error Code 12" and my game could not be saved.

I have downloaded all the available Sims 3 patches from EA and they have not made any difference and I have also tried the live chat with a Sims 3 adviser who suggests that it is my graphics card that is the problem.

He had me run dxdiag and this is the resulting log:

System Information
Time of this report: 8/6/2011, 19:45:59
Machine name: PAULA-PC
Operating Sy... Read more

Answer:Sims 3 Generations Problem - Characters become unplayable - Please Help!

Looks like your graphics chip is on-board, meaning it's built into your motherboard. I'm not too keen on laptops, but I'm not sure it's possible to upgrade to anything faster than your 64MB of video memory. Your system is also assigning a portion of your RAM to your graphics, which means you don't always have 2 GB of RAM necessarily.

I didn't read all of that post as the majority of it reminded me of The Matrix, so I may have missed it if you already said you updated your graphics drivers.

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Some older posts reported French characters appearing. I solved the problem by going to Control Panel, Keyboard, selecting the Buttons tab, and clicking on the Restore Defaults button at the bottom. Hope it works. Good Luck.

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Hello i was wondering if anyone could help me :S
I have Windows Vista on my laptop and i would like to run sims 2 on it. It installed fine but then came up with an error and sent me a link to the sims website telling me to download a patch. I have tried but it doesnt work, i try doing it again but it tells me my sims is updated. When i go on it some houses are white with writing and it crashes once loading familys. It is very frustrating and i havnt a clue what to do can anyone help??????

Thanks very much

Answer:Help- Windows Vista and Sims 2

Hi there, welcome, have you try the compatibility mode?

Try right click on the application go to properties, and go to compatibility tab.

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hi ! i really need help . i loaded on the sims 2 and 5 other expansion packs in december. it has all been working fine until about 3 weeks ago. it started freezin on really random screens , and then tells me that it is not responding. i uninstalled all packs and just left sims on there so the memorys fine. it then tells me that there is a compatabilty issue with windows vista. and everything just stoped working. i couldnt take it off and when i did it wouldnt put it back on, after a struggle.
ive tried everything and nothing seems to work. it still feezes.
any advice or hints would be birlliant ...please help

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I am having a hard time saving the sims complete collection on my computer. Is there any type of patch for windows vista so i can play?

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Hey everyone,

I recently purchased the sims 2 double deluxe for my dell inspiron 1525 laptop which has windows vista home basic on it and the game doesnt seem to be working. It freezes whenever I try to create a new family, play a family or go into town. The computer says the program isnt responding. So far I have emailed EA twice and they said to update my drivers, which I did. I have run it in combatability mode and as an administrator. There are no background programs up while I run the game either. Any ideas?

Answer:The sims 2 crashing/freezing with windows vista

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hey does anyone know how to get sims file maid for sims 1 working with windows vista?

it wont let me drag a zip file onto the lawn.
thanks for any help!!

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I have recently purchased a computer that runs windows vista. I was really happy with it but I downloaded Sims 2 onto the computer and I thought it was fine. But when i tryed to play the game, the floor and the walls on my Sims house was distorted. Can somebody tell me what I can do to fix this problem because im upset I cant play the game

Please reply or email me on [email protected]

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Whenever I would attempt to create a sim on the Sims 2, the game would freeze and not load the sim that I had created, my labtop runs on windows vista, I run the game through administrator, and I had configured the game to run on windows xp service pack 2, how can I fix this problem so I can make sims?

Answer:The Sims 2 Windows Vista problem-no character creation

Try looking through some of this sticky.

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so when i put the disk in my disk drive, it will make a sound like it is reading it, but then it will suddenly stop. If i go to "my computer" and click it the window will say "not responding" and the program "my computer" freezes and i either have to wait for the program to end or restart my computer. I have all the requirements for sims 2 to install so why does it never work?
i 147 GB of free space and it said that it was compatible with vista. is it a problem with my computer itself?

Answer:I am having problems installing sims 2 on my windows vista laptop?

Is the Disk damaged, as in scratched or dusty in any way? Also refer to

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Sorry that I may sound short tempered but no one has had this problem or posted about it if they had. I Have Windows 7 64bit With 8gig of Ram and a 450 gig harddrive on a HP Laptop. I am Trying to get "The Sims" to work Its nothing fancy its nothing major No expansions or anything else. I Installed the game into my laptop put Tried to get it to load and it will act like its going to load and then do nothing. I Then read on here about putting it in ADMIN mode I did that Nothing, Then tried Compatibility mode on Vista, XP SP2 and 3, and Win98 Nothing works. I uninstalled and reinstalled. Nothing is working. I talked to POOJA at EA Games... Worst customer service rep EVER. No one can answer my question and people act like i have lobsters coming out of my ears. Please SOME ONE HELP!


Download this, and patch the game:

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Er... hello!

Im having trouble playing my Sims 2 game on my new PC.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4500
<LI class=indentFeature>2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache Genuine Windows Vista (R) Home Premium
2GB Memory
360GB Hard Drive
128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8300 GS GraphicsDual Layer DVD Rewriter6 USB connections8 in 1 Media Card Reader22" Widescreen MonitorI know there are lots of people with this problem, but cant find any solutions... it worries me a little that il prob have to same prob with all my pc games

nonetheless i have a ps2 and xbox to console me until i get it sorted.

Anyway- it installed fine, then when I go to run it, it states "unexpected error"...

Is this because it may not have installed directX9? i didnt remember it asking me to install it? should i find out if it has or not?

Ive also tried changing the compatability of the program by going to properties etc ( and ive tried all of the options to no avail)

What is left to do? short of giving up!

Ps. the Sims webiste I found useless!

please help if you can

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When I try to download a file from Internet explorer it replacec the white space with underscores and double quotation with weired characters. How can I avoid this. while downloading I want my original file name. Any Ideas please tell me.

thanks in advance,

Answer:replaces special characters with weired characters on download from internet explorer

When you download it are you hitting save or run? (I reccomend save BTW)

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Ei, need your help. My laptop cannot read korean characters.
I'm accessing korean sites but text appears to be disoriented.
Do you have any application so that the text can be read properly.
Here's the specs of my laptop, HP DV2766TX , Vista Premium.

Thanks in advance!

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I'm currently trying to create user-defined characters in Vista 64 Bit using the private character editor (eudcedit.exe).

I can create characters, but I can't select the user-defined font in the character map (charmap.exe).It's not in the list of fonts.

It does work in Windows XP and Windows Vista 32 Bit, but not in Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit.

Is there a way to use my own characters in Windows Vista 64 Bit editions?


Answer:User-defined characters in 64 Bit Vista?

Have you tried any other free character editors?
There will be freeware ones available, have a search on google.
free font creator vista 64 - Google Search=

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I have some japanese songs in my collection. Some of it are in Japanese characters and they display as boxes.

On Windows7, they display correctly without installing/setting anything.

I tried adding a Japanese language pack which does nothing. There's no download for the pack. It says it's not available.


Answer:[WIN8] how do I display filenames using multibyte characters (Japanese characters)?

mrjayviper said:

On Windows7, they display correctly without installing/setting anything.Click to expand...

What's the problem then?

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Without changing anything I was aware of, my Dell Inspiron 1520 with Vista 2007, enlarged my desktop and whatever programs I open. (As an example the turtle on my desktop barely fits on the screen now and icons are huge.) I've looked many places and can't find anywhere to return to the default settings. Can you help? Thanks!

Answer:Enlarged screen/characters - Vista 2007

Right click on desktop and go to Screen Resolutions.

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I have a Toshiba satellite A300 installed with Vista. I have had problems with the following:

In order to type "Emily", I have to enter ["][spacebar][Emily]["][spacebar]
Quotation marks only appear after pressing the spacebar or typing in another character. Typing the single or double quotation marks, immediately followed by the letter will result in a special character like:
['][e] - ?
['][a] - ?
['][i] - ?
["][i] - ?
["][e]- ?.....and so on

How do I change this so that the quotation marks appear when I type them and that the special characters disappear? Please, please, please help me!

Answer:Vista - Keyboard displays wrong characters

change ur keyboard language to US
Instructions for Windows Vista

Click Start and then Control PanelIn Control Panel, if you are in Classic View, click on Control Panel Home (top left corner)Open Clock, Language, and RegionClick on Regional and Language Options.Click the Keyboards and Languages tab and then click Change keyboards.Under Installed services, click Add.In the Add Input Language dialog box, select the keyboard layout you would like to add from the list available and click OK.The keyboard layout you added will be included in the list. To set the new layout as your default, select it from the list. Click OK to save your changesYou can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by clicking on the Language Bar button or by pressing the Alt + Shift keys

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Question: vista and sims

my sims complete collection dose not work right on vista it will boot me off the game every time i want a sim to go some where as soon as the cab comes to pick up my sim bloop there go's my game shuts off what can i do to fix this problem ?

Answer:vista and sims

My Sims Complete Collection does not work on Vista either. Sims 2 works fine, but I just think that the SimsCC isn't compatible.

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Question: Sims 2 - Vista

OK problem consists of installing the game itself, when the disc is inserted the autorun feature will not display, when I go into my computer the DVD Drive has no Sims 2 image displayed onto it either. When i enter the disc myself and try to run the 'setup.exe' feature as the admin then windows will try to process this but will never actually start, no process will be created either. When I try to run the Autorun feature from the disc as the admin then an error message will be displayed saying:

Missing file:

Cannot find required DLL 'C:\windows\system32\AutoRunGUI.Dll'

I have tried researching but could not find any help, something did work by creating folder within the local disc and copying the disc content but if some disc have 2 discs for instance the main game has 4, then it cannot run the next one when it asks you to change. So anyone out there that can suggest ideas?


Answer:Sims 2 - Vista

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Question: vista and sims

When i play sims deluxe edition with makin magic it gets to the first loaing screen then (It has come to our attention that you have installed another sims expantion pack after The Sims Makin' Magic. For this to work properly, The Sims Makin' Magic installer will now update your installation. Select OK to proceed) then it uninstalles deluxe and makin magic and i installed deluxe b4 i installed makin magic, called geek quad thay recommended i download the sevice pack 2 since xp was a service pack 2...did that and no diffrence. But if i try sims deluxe version by itself it loads about half way and shows the (program has stopped working) please help.

Answer:vista and sims

The Sims was notorious for its expansion packs back in the day.

The trick is you have to install them in the correct order for them to work properly, I had the same problem a few years a go.

The order in which they need to be installed cn be found at Order to Install The Sims Expansion Packs.

I recommend you uninstall all expansion packs (making sure not to delete save games etc.) and then reinstall them in the correct order.


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Question: Vista and the Sims

I am confused because I can play more graphics intensive games like Oblivion or World of Warcraft... but when I try to play the sims I get a blank screen.  When I open the program, I hear noise from the pre-game ads (like for EA) for a minute and then the screen goes blank.  can anybody help me?

Answer:Vista and the Sims

must be your graphic card or whateverrrrrrr

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I have The Sims 2 games on my Toshiba laptop. The games include most E.P.'s. The OS is Vista. Specs are: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor TK57, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVD SuperMult Drive. I have the latest updated drivers. I have all the game patches. I have had all these games on my other system (XP) and they worked fine so I know there are no problems with the games. I continue to have graphic problems no matter what I download or try. Is it just Vista?? If there is a thread can someone point me in the right direction? We can only play the game for about 5 min. until it starts glitching bad. The sims and objects start stretching out and become dis-embodied. If we continue to play big black blotches appear across the screen and don't go away. (other games work fine btw, so I know it's not the drivers) What to do? I am soooo frustrated!

Answer:The Sims 2 and Vista

The symptoms you are describing, sound like the laptop is overheating.
Can you post your temps when your not in a game, and right when it starts messing up?
Use this tool, and for a screenshot press "Print Scrn/SysRq" then go into paint, paste the image, save, then upload.
It would also be helpful for the exact laptop, the model, etc...
It's possible that "The Sims 2" is overworking your graphics card, or maybe it was a bad install. I have no problems with "The Sims 2" on my computer.

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i just bought a new laptop with windows vista and i have the sims 2. At firstthe game installed fine i have the right amount of memory and the laptop is very up to date. But the floors and walls on the sims 2 are all corrupted and it looks horrible also it wont let me use smooth egdes. PLEASE PLEASE can someone help me!!!!

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Okay, so I've tried absolutely everything I've read: run as administrator, change compatibility to xp service pack 2, disable visual themes, uninstalling and then re-installing, etc.

It still doesn't work! I've got the Sims, Livin' Large, House Party, Vacation, Hot Date, and Superstar. I love this game, and really want to figure this out. Any new tips or tricks.

I really hate Vista right now.

Answer:The Sims Will Not Run w/ Vista! Help!!

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Question: Sims on Vista

I know a lot of people have posted similar threads to this, but I have tried all their solutions and nothing seems to work!
I wanted to install my copy of The Sims onto my laptop which runs Vista, but it doesn't even get to the installation screen. I've tried installing it about 3 different ways and nothing happens every time. I have allowed it on User Account Control each time but then after that nothing further happens. I've changed the properties so that it is set to run as an administrator and on both Windows XP/Windows 98 but nothing seems to make any difference. I'm not getting any of the Sims screens up at all, and my laptop doesn't make any noise as to indicate anything is happening. Is this just my computer's way of telling me that it's not going to happen?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Question: Sims 3 in Vista.

Anyone know how to do this? Worked perfect in XP SP2, but doesn't after I moved to Vista; didn't bother with the hassle back then. Now I'm itching to lay my fingers on some Sims again.


Answer:Sims 3 in Vista.

What happens when you try to install it? Any error messages?

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Question: Sims 2 and Vista

right before the newest stuff pack came out at the end of June, i made the switch from windows xp to vista home basic. for my operating system.i finally was able to instill the newest stuff pack for my sims 2 game this past sunday(work was keeping me busy) and when i loaded up the game, it loaded fine, so i went into the neighborhood i wanted to use--no problem there either.

when i clicked on create a family, it started out ok and then without warning, the song i had playing started skipping and sounding like a broken record(i have my own music playing instead of the crappy sims 2 stuff.) and it crashed to my desktop.

i waited a couple minutes reloaded my game and again when i went to create a family, it did the same thing!

is sims 2 not compatible with vista? can someone help me please? i would apprciate any help i can get.

Answer:Sims 2 and Vista

i have deluxe hot nights and freetime its compatible with vista but what kind of graphics card do you have and what what kind of computer are you running and how much ram do you have also find the front side bus of your ram how many megahertz is the ram running at and what kind of processor do you have and what is the front side bus of your processor if youve never change the inside hardware of your computer tell me the name of the computer and model number

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Ill be playing a game (So far it has always been full screen games) and some random amount of time after I've been playing a vista themed bar will kind of flash (as in you see it for a second then its gone).

It looks like a one inch section of the task bar on vista with a white text field in the center and a green looping arrow on the right.

When ever I hold down or hit a letter key it will flash and some foreign characters will start appearing like I'm typing Japanese. So I have to restart my game to get it to go away, but after playing the game for a little bit it happens again.

Games it happened to: GTA IV, GTA SA, BF 2142, COD 5, and a couple others

Please help, and if any additional info is needed just say so.
BTW operating system is Vista 32 bit

Thanks in advance

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Recently I installed Sims 2 on my computer, Im not gonna lie i as very excited to play it. When i started playing it loaded up jsut fine no problems with that so i went into one of the towns to start playing first the trees and cars wouldn't load up then I went to go and create m family and then the game crashed. It did the same thing, i downloaded the patch and my drivers are up to date and i went to can you run it or whatever and passed with flying colors.
why isn't it working and what can i do to fix it?


Answer:Sims 2 Vista Crashing

Did you purcashe the game or did you get it off the internet? sounds like something didnt install properly that is causing the game to crash on you.

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please help. says something about graphics. error. I'd like some help. thanks 

Answer:cant install first sims on vista.

I'm not vista savy but we need more info then that in order to help here.

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I am not able to install or even run my Sims game. It was working fine yesterday and now I can't even open it. Please help me figure this out. Thanks

Answer:Installing The Sims on Vista

im new to this thread, but I know alot of problems with support problems via vista was solved by Running the program in Administrative mode, and or changing the Compatibility to WindowsXPSP2

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hello all im new here, i currently have windows vista 32 bit home premium edition with option to upgrade to vista ultimate. Currently i can play alll but one game of my collection the game in question is the sims 2 with its various expansion packs.
Im not one to usually ask for assistance since i am a network engineer myself and pretty good on the tech side of things , that being said i do need help with this im baffled.
My problem is as follows...
I can load sims 2 up no problem, i can create a sim also with no problem the minute i start to actually play the game tho weather its on community lots or just a single sim i get serious lag issues my framerate drops so low the game is un-playable.
i have tried the following with no results.
Tried changing process afinity to one cpu as suggested on various other forums.
Tried playing on lowest graphics.
tried running in xp combatiblity mode with admin rights.
tried the programmers test perametres in game console aka the boolprop tricks also the vsync trick to no avail.
tried multiple settings in the catylist control centre also no impact.
updated every driver i have including updating the bios.
as you can see i have tried quite a few things with no luck. there are other things i have tried but it escapes my memory currently.
in anycase onto my cpu specs.
motherboard Dell studio 511.15
Intel core 2 duo quad core @ 2.33ghz x4
memory 4gig ram @ 645mhz with the option of nvidia 4gig @ 1000mhz(ps i have also tried those ram sticks also... Read more

Answer:The sims 2 vista lag issue

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hey just bought a new computer and am trying to install the sims 2 but it gets to 1% then says that the european language pack or something like that isnt being transferred correctly then it cancels the install. It game works on my home PC window XP. Any help.

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When I purchased a new computer with VISTA operating system I was assured that the sims game would work (my teenager loves it) However it doesn't work. Any suggestions would be great

Answer:SIMs game and vista

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this is an old issue some ppl have had, unfortunately none of the answers received have helped me with my current issue...

i upgraded my PC, and with that i went from Vista 32bit to Vista 64bit, and re-installed all the old games i had on my old machine onto the new one...

i installed the main game for Sims2 (no expansions installed yet) and tried to run it... and nothing happens.

i ran it in compatibilty mode... and nothing happens.

i ran it in both comp. mode and as admin... and nothing happens.

i had no problem playing it on my old machine, and this one is 100x better, but Sims simply wont start.

every other game i tried, from GTA to Crisis to CoH to AoC works fine, only Sims wont even start...

any ideas?

i tried the patch at the Sims site and it says my Sims game is up to date...

i cant believe that going from 32bit to 64bit would make such a difference.

Answer:Running Sims 2 with Vista

please ignore the above post... it was an egg on my face kind of stupid error...

when i brought over all my old files, it had my custom content folders too... :P

took them out, it is running fine.

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Sims 2 keeps freezing and I was wondering if it was because i have 64 bit vista instead of 32 bit. I have 4gb ram. so i dont think its to do with that. and there is barely anything on my computer. and its new and not slow at all

Answer:Sims 2 compatible with Vista 64 bit

Hi. . .

Some 32-bit (x86) apps simply cannot run under x64 which may be the case here. I can also tell you that some of the SIMS programs cause problems under Vista x86 as well as I have some problems here with them when the kids run them.

I suggest that you check two areas within Vista for clues:

? Problem Reports and Solutions -
START | type wercon.exe into the Start Search box | right-click on wercon.exe that appears up top | select Run as Administrator | view "See Problems to Check". This will usually tell you if the program is non-compatible or if there were problems during installation.

? The Event Viewer -
START | type eventvwr into the Start Search box | right-click on eventvwr.exe that appears up top | select Run as Administrator | view the various logs starting with the Administrative logs.

Look through the log specifically for red errors and yellow warnings noting the date and time of the system freeze.

Good Luck to you.



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My computer runs on vista and I recently just found all my old sims stuff.
Problem 1
After Install my 2 expansion packs it worked fine when i opened it immediatly but when i tried to reopen it a message box appears saying "an expansion pack was installed after sims on holiday" then it wants to uninstall.

So right now i'm just running on one expansion pack
Problem 2
In sims livin large I buy a lot with a family and all goes as usual but when the game screen changes and i'm actually at the lot there is no people there.

If you can answer any of these that would be great.

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I have the Sims 2 installed on a new Vista Home Premium Dell 1505 laptop, it has been running fine. Now we get no sound when running the game on the standard user account, but when I right click on the Sims 2 icon and pick run as Administrator it starts with sound and music with no problem. It seems to only be the game; it still has sound for everything else. I've tried searching the net for similar problems but can't find any.

Answer:Sims 2 Vista Problems

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HI. I have garbage characters replacing all the words appearing in xp home sp2.
Can't change language since garbage characters replacing all characters
in control panel.
Please help.

Answer:Garbage Characters Replacing English Characters

Run Windows One Care Free ScanGo to Windows Live Onecare Free Scan It will say "Get a free PC safety scan" sure you click "Full Service Scan" in the middle of the page and not the "Try It Now Free" on the right side.Allow it to download an Active X component.Choose "Complete Scan" in the window that opensClick "Next"Do not click on anything else that offers you a free trial or to sign up if you live in the US.Allow it to scan - it may take quite a while, maybe two hours or so depending on how big your hard drive is and how fragmented your registry and drive are.

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I can log in to XP like normal on my laptop, but once I'm logged in the keys on the keyboard are all over the place. An M is an O a C is a 6. Anyone ever heard of this poblem and how to fix????

Answer:Keyboard characters don't type proper characters

well u probably messed up the keyboard mapping when u formated windows and the only way to change it back is to reformat again
search TF i answered something like this befor!

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I am a total newbie to Vista and can't find Sims 2 Apartment Life's Bodyshop on Vista. Could someone guide me to where I can find it?

I don't know if it is just because I am new to Vista, but so far I hate it.

Answer:Can't find Sims 2 Bodyshop on Vista

As far as I know it is NOT a Microsoft product and one must buy it and install it on ones computer.

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Hello =) I am aware that there are numerous topics about Sims being used on Vista, but I have not found one that helps me with my specific problem (other than this, which did not really seem to help: I have "The Sims Complete Collection," and I know that at some point I had it running on my laptop which uses Vista. However, the game would not properly save etc so I uninstalled it. Yesterday I tried reinstalling it to no avail. It would begin to install, and then an error message would pop up saying "Unknown error encountered, aborting setup..."

I have Vista, and this is the 1st Sims, not the 2nd or 3rd. I'd just like to know if it's even possible for the Sims to run on Vista because so far I have seen a lot of topics wherein people are complaining about their problems etc.

And if the first Sims would not run on Vista, would the second or third?

Thanks for any help =)

System Information
Time of this report: 12/30/2009, 00:02:14
Operating System: Windows Vista&#8482; Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.090803-2339)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.7GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
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Answer:Sims on Vista. (I know there are numerous topics of this.)

I'm afraid Sims 1 will have a lot of problems trying to run on your system because of it's age. You may have better luck with Sims 2, or Sims 3. Although, because Sims 3 is so new there are a lot of sticky problems with it. Also, people buying Sims 2 Collections are having problems with Pets. If you install the Business Collection before installing Pets, then revert back to the Business Collection cd to start the game you should be fine. Please do not take this as Gospel because I am not a computer or Sims expert. Just trying to help.

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I'm having a slight problem with my new game. I have the sims 2 deluxe and bon voyage installed on windows vista. I downloaded a few clothes etc., but when I went to extract my files to the right folder, it wasnt there. If I'm right, I'm supposed to extract them to c:/my documents/ea games/the sims 2 bon voyage/downloads. but that doesnt exist. As a matter of fact...the sims files arent even in my documents. I did find the Sims files, but it didnt have a download file. So, as instructed, I proceeded to add a download file, but for some reason it wont let me. Can anyone tell me how to use the stuff I downloaded?

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I've installed and played this game on this laptop before and it worked fine. But it was uninstalled to make space. Now that I want to reinstall it, my computer seems to think it's just an empty folder and nothing comes up, even when I try to manually run it. My OS is Vista Home Premium and my graphics card is NVIDIA Geforce go 6150

Any advice?

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I am not great with computers and only know the basics. Been having a look around for a solution to this problem and tried a lot of different things. Here goes -
I have vista and my Sims Deluxe & expansion packs were working fine until a couple of days ago when everytime I tried to open the game a message came up saying I had installed a new expansion pack and it was updating (I hadnt as I already had all expansion packs installed and working fine). After this it kept bringing a message on screen saying it was installing. I have been unable to open the game since. I have tried uninstalling the program, which it wont allow me. I have used the sim eraser and then deleted manually and tried reinstalling. I have also tried checking the compatability and running as an administrator with no luck. I'm giving up hope, It wont even allow me to remove the program and start again. I am stuck. Sorry this is so long winded, hopefully someone can help.

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I installed the Sims Deluxe Edition on my laptop (with windows Vista) and it installed successfully. But anytime I try to run the game, it exits to the desktop during the loading sequence with an error message saying that the game unexpectedly stopped running.

I have checked out my specs with the games and my laptop has all the requirements, and the game works on my other computer (desktop with Windows 2000). I've tried running the game in compatibility mode for XP and 2000, and as an administrator as well.

Any suggestions or fixes? Thanks all in advance.

Answer:Sims Deluxe Edition on Vista

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My name is Katherine
Im having a big problem with the installation of the original sims on my laptop running vista
before i installed successfully this game on my old pc which ran XP but now i tried to install it into my laptop and evrytime i clicked Install, it comes up with a box saying
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDrivers.Virtual Device Driver format in the registry is invalid. Choose'Close' to terminate the application.
I'v been trying for 2 days to find ways to slove it but it doesnt help at all so i'd be so grateful to anyone who can help me cuz i dun wanna get a nrw pc jst becuz of this game but i love it a lot!!

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My OS is vista home premium, are there any Combat flight sims that are compatable? I'd really like to get Microsoft combat flight sim 3 but i don't think it'll work?

Answer:Combat flight sims for vista

Not sure about CFS But FSX works ok although not happy with vista aero.Maybe someone else can confirm CFS works.

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I have Vista Home Premium.
I just got the Sims 2 Double Deluxe yesterday.
Sometimes it works fine, but whenever i go to create a family, it freezes up while loading the family, and my family is lost. this has happened multiple times. it also sometimes freezes when i try to go to pleasantville. the last thing that happens to me on the sims 2 double deluxe is sometimes i get a message saying "the application has crashed. the application will now terminate." this has only happened 2 times, but it's very frustrating. i loooove this game, but its sooo annoying when i cant really even play it.
thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!

Answer:The Sims 2 Double Deluxe Vista Freezing

Somebody please help me!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi, Firstly I am computer challenged. I used to have XP I have just bought a new computer with Vista. I enjoy playing flight sims but it seems that most of the WW2 and Jet sims all run on anything up to XP is there a device or program that I can download so that I can use the XP games? C'mon give me a break I live in Australia we are about 10 yrs behind everyone else (Too busy throwin a shrimp on the Barbie?) Please Guys if anybody can lend a hand I would really appreciate it, Thanks,SadSack666.

Answer:Having trouble finding flight sims for Vista

You could try right click on the setup program on the XP CD , properties, and run in XP compatibility mode to set it up.Flightsim X says it runs on vista click here

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Foxconn C51 variant mobo w/ nForce 590
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ @ 2.8GHz/core
2GB OCZ Platinum Rev. 2 @ 933MHz, 5/4/4/12/17
BFG Geforce 8600 GT OC 256MB @ 567/702 MHz (stock)
Ultra 600 watt dual rail SLI approved PSU
NEC ND-3520A DVDRW dual layer
Seagate ST3250823A (no SATA until this dies )

All hardware is new, running cool and stable, and tests good with voltages at or under spec. Trust me on this, I know what I'm doing. No offense intended, but I have degrees and my own business, and I'm tired of hearing "yup, must be bad RAM" when it's obviously not


Searching for a fix for my younger sister. She says it crashes when loading occupied or unoccupied lots, or when moving Sims into a lot. I installed the following myself, with no errors: Sims 2, University, Nightlife, Pets, Seasons.

I don't play the game, but she showed me the error. It's a basic dialog box that says something like "This application has crashed. The application will now terminate.". Nice and vague, huh? Well, we programmers call this a handled error, hence nothing in the Windows event log and we can blame EA!

Snooping around, I found a logs directory with application minidumps and some mostly unhelpful logs. Let me know if anyone wants me to zip some dumps and/or full logs. The logs show that the crash has occurred on with different expansions (mainly Pets and Seasons), in different neighborhoods, and on different lots. It's always exception 5... Read more

Answer:Sims 2 - Crash when loading occupied or empty lots, or moving Sims in

Come on, nobody has a clue? I've seen other people have this problem, so it's a known issue...

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From Origin (or even without origin, just trying to run the game from my desktop alone), I cannot play the Sims 3 or my only expansion pack, the Sims 3 Pets.
I have two other games installed that work completely fine: Plants vs. Zombies and SimCity.

The error happens just a few seconds after trying to launch either of the Sims games, without even opening the launcher. This is what the error message says:

Sims3LauncherW.exe - Ordinal Not Found

The ordinal 304 could not be located in the dynamic link library iertutil.dll.

Then, after clicking "OK" on the prompt, I get this:



Sims3Launcher has stopped working
Windows is checking for a solution to the problem...

I have had 5 chats with 5 different people from the Origin online help chat, and as suggested I have tried all of the following, all to which none have solved my problem.
Logged out & back into Origin
"Repaired" games from inside Origin
Restarted my laptop
Manually uninstalled Origin, then reinstalled Origin from the Origin website
Uninstalled the Sims 3 Pets and The Sims 3 (not manually, I would need guidance for that), then reinstalled both
Updated AMD drivers
Installed Windows updates
Clean booted my laptop
Please help!

Answer:Solved: Sims 3 & Sims 3 Pets(Origin) - Ordinal 304 Error (Not Found?)

I talked to someone from EA again and was told that the corrupted files are from malware or a virus...

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I am trying to assist a friend with her Sims Game
She has Sims and all expansions Except Deluexe

Here is the message she is getting

Any ideas on how to fix it are great
Here's the error messages I was getting getting:
> "Sims exe - Bad Image The application or DLL C:WINNT\DCIMAN32.dll is not a
> valid windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette."
> After clicking OK this message pops up: "Fatal Error! Game cannot be
> because: DirectX7 or Service Pack 3 for NT4 is required. It could not be
> located." I downloaded the most recent
> direct X, but that didn't seem to help.
> I can't get Sims Explorer or Make a Celebrity to work either. File Cop
> nothing wrong.
> My computer is old, and very nearly full between my sims and my son's
> Last defrag showed 15% available. I am running Windows XP and have 512 MB
> RAM.
> I have all expansion packs except for deluxe.
> I have lots and lots of downloaded skins and objects, wouldn't play the
> otherwise. I hadn't put anything new in right before it quit working
> I'm always fiddling around with my game data, installing houses, etc. so
> it's
> possible I inadvertently deleted or moved something.

Answer:sims error message Sims exe - Bad Image The application or DLL C:WINNT\DCIMAN32.dll

seems you have a corrupted dll... maybe www.dlldump has the dll and you can get it from there...

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hiya i have the sims 2, pets, nightlife,university and pets installed and i have tried installing the sims 2 christmas party pack and festive pack and have installed them but once i put it in the compture it comes up would u like to install it click ok and says it already done then click ok and it closes. but its not installed as not under the programs so cant play on it and when i trouble shoot it says incompiatable appilication

Answer:sims 2 christmas party pack and sims 2 festive holiday stuff

Some SIMS 2 add-on packs are not compatible with Windows 7.

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I put sims livin large on my laptop and it works fine just most of the additions dont even show up like furniture outfits and everything else. I get a few things but not nearly as much wich is suppose to be there. help me out?

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I recently got "The Sims Complete Collection" from a friend and installed it on my Vista Dell Laptop. Whenever I try to boot it up, after about 30 seconds it tells me its the wrong disk. I'm going to try and reinstall it and see if that works. And advice besides reinstalling would be greatly appreciated!

-Jac Falcon

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I had to eventually 'upgrade' my very low 1995 spec PC, after some happy years use! The new one is loaded with Vista Home Premium, and whilst it will allow , for exampe, Microsoft Combat Flight sim 2002 etc to install and run, my joystick Saitek ST290 Pro will not work! You cannot fly using the keyboard.Other flight sims,for example Fighter Squadron, do work with this joystick.Can anyone help me to resolve this problem? Saitek say it's the programme.Microsoft from their base in South Africa (?!) say it ain't their problem.Thankyou

Answer:joystick fails microsoft flight sims in in Vista

click here

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I have two excel spreadsheet that I need to compare using vlookup, using case number to do so. The two sheets have case number stored differently, for example, one has the, displayed as 2012DT00001 or 2001CM00012 and the other sheet displays them as 2012DT1 or 2001CM12. Obviously, they are the same record but when using vlookup to compare the record and bring over information that is on one and not the other it does not work well. I have tried using vlookup to compare and look for approximate matches (TRUE). However, when I look at a sampling of the information it misses 80% of the records. At this point, I am thinking that the vlookup function is missing those records as a result of the two case numbers being different as a result of the unneeded zeros in the one. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:How can i edit characters within a string of characters?

Here are two ways to do it:With your data in Column A:
1) 2012DT00001 2012DT1
2) 2001CM00012 2001CM12
In cell B1 enter the formula: =LEFT(A1,6)&VALUE(RIGHT(A1,5))Drag down as needed.You can now use Column B in your =VLOOKUP() something along the lines of:=VLOOKUP(B1,Sheet2!A1:B2,2,1)The second way is to use the formula directly in your =VLOOKUP() which eliminates the need for column BSomething like:=VLOOKUP(LEFT(A1,6)&VALUE(RIGHT(A1,5)),Sheet2!A1:B2,2,1)The trick is in the: VALUE(RIGHT(A1,5)) section, it takes the last five characters of your text string, IE 00001 or 00012and converts them from TEXT to a NUMBER, and since Excel strips out any leading zeros in a number you end up with your required digit.See how that works for you.MIKE

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Hi there. This is an odd problem, whenever certain characters are used ("^ are just some) then a letter is pressed foreign characters appear.
When I press
" Then O it comes up as ?, instead of "O, and so on.
Does anyone have any ideas, on how this could be fixed. I've checked in the regional/language settings, and in the G15 control Panel.

Answer:Foreign Characters/Characters appearing.

I use English, German and Finnish keyboard layouts on a daily basis. Never had this kind of issue.

Could you please tell which language settings you are using?


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Hi guys:
I have a Dell Laptop that runs on Windows Vista,i recently bought the Sims 2 Deluxe Edition and I installed it and everything was working fine, but once i open the game and i tried to create a family or open a new neighborhood the game would freeze on the loading page. I can't see the neighborhood too, all i see was all grey. I could still hear the music and move my mouse but the game would freeze. Please, please please help me!

i already updated my drivers
my graphics card;
Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family

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Hey, im new to this site but...
Every time I try to move a Sim into a house, the music starts to skip and it freezes and/or crashes. It can't be any of my computer specs because I've been running the Sims 2 since the first one came out and the crashes have been occurring recently. Any help or explanation to this problem would be awesome. I've also just found out that it only happens when I try to move a Sim into a downloaded lot. The only site that I download anything from is and as far I know it is a safe site. Again, anyone who can help or tell me what the problem may be, please reply.

Answer:sims 2 crashes when i move sims into houses


I would start by looking at this thread, it has a wealth of information:



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My game was running fine (no hacks or cheats on), however I'll be making phone calls to improve my relationships and after I've completed the call the sim disappears. I can run out and meet a walk by, say good bye, then call them on the phone then it's gone. The missing sims are still showing up in my list of friends though. And now I'm finding that when he sleeps and it goes into fast speed, it runs slow. Then when he wakes up, it runs ok.

I'm not letting my sim age, but without the cheat. He drinks the elixir of life. I thought it might be his memory log, but it dosen't seem to have an awfull lot in it. I thought about dumping the happy logs, but I've been trying to play it without any cheats on. when this most recently happend again, the sim only had three friends.

I haven't seen it played out too far into this condition, but so far their friendship levals are dropping and they are deleting from the town. Any ideas why and how to fix it?

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I use Lotus under DOS and Excel under windows what I want to know is there any way of making the characters displayed on the Lotus under Dos to display the same way in Excel? These characters are from the same spreadsheet.[recovering disk space, attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Characters In DOS or Windows

θϕ?I couldn't find anything exactly like the second one but it looks like it might be a serif-style lower-case Phi, so I went with that.

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We have .Net 4.5 based WPF application. It works correctly on Windows 7.
When we moved it to Windows 10 it started malfunctioning.
On investigation we found that when we type a set of 2 character typing will make one Chinese character.
In windows 7 when we press first character it is converted to <BLANK space> for display in text box. When we press another character again it decides the final Chinese character to render.
In windows 10 this behaviour has changed.
when we press first character it is NOT converted but render as it is. When we press another character it decides the final Chinese character to render, by replacing first and second character typed.
Is the expected behaviour of Windows 7 vs Windows 10?

Answer:.Net 4.5 WPF application worked fine on Windows 7, malfunction on Windows 10 for Chinese characters. Is this expected?

Sounds logical.

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I've had the sims 2 game and two expansions, sims 2 pets and nightlife, for about half a year. Everything worked fine until recently I started playing and my sims' skin is all white and covered in codes. Some of the clothes and pets have this problem too. This does not change when I make a new family, change their clothes/appearance, or play a family that came with the game such as the Goths. They've all turned white and coded too. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the game and the problem was still there. There are no damages to the discs. I've even tried only installing the Sims 2, in the case that it may be the extensions causing the problem, but with no luck. Any suggestions to my dilemma? Thank you.

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Recently got sims 2 university and when you're anywhere with other sims (dorms, coffee house etc), it is really jerky. Seems dependant on speed of the game too but it is still pretty bad. All the graphics options are turned down too.My specs:Pentium 3GHZ Prescott,9800 PRO Radeon,1GB DDR 3200 memory,Abit ic7-g motherboardThanks

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I received an update for windows 10 about 2 days ago. after the update characters are missing in most windows of the os. How can I fix this?
Thanks Mike

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Hi there,

I have a few folders with a lot of subfolders which brings me to the limit of characters of the file path.

My System is:

Windows 10 Pro
Version 1703
System Build 15063.674

In order to be able to have more subfolders, I have already tried to remove the 260 character limit by running gpedit.msc and enabling "NTFS long paths" (Local Computer Policy>Computer>Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Filesystem).

However, when I put a long file into a folder which would then exceed the 260 limit, explorer crashes.

Has someone an idea how I can once and for all remove the 260 charater limit?



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Since few days my computer stopped recognizing some characters and im not sure why...

I havent uninstalled anything and havent change any settings that can provoke that.

Where should I look for to fix this?

Answer:Windows not recognicing Characters

That normally happens when there is asian (Chinese an Japanise) chrichters present.

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I recently used Vistalizator to install the Japanese language to my copy of windows.Since I got rid of it, some characters in certain programs appear as Asian characters - for example, in uTorrent, backslashes appear as an Asian character.Also, I've noticed that in Spotify if I right click, I get language options such as 'Left to right reading order,' and possibly as a consequence of this, i'm unable to type in the Username field.I have checked all of my language settings and everything is set to English, including my keyboard settings, and I'm unsure what to do.

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Hi Everyone,Lately i've been having trouble while trying to login.I have the name icon you click on and then a white box appears into which you can normally type in your password.The trouble is, there have been times when i cannot type anything in, i'm hitting the keys but nothing appears in the pwd box, i can go to another user but he same happens there too. The only way it will work is if i then do ctrl alt del. This give me the option to type in a username and password.Anyone come across this before, i'm stumped.Lahorie

Answer:Windows XP, can't type in pwd, no characters seen

When you do get into windows then Repair XP by replacing corrupt filesTypesfc /scannowin the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive. sfc /scannow problemsclick here

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How to input a Tilde "~" in the Cmd line.
It's Shift # on my UK k/b but it doesn't work
and it's Alt Gr 2 on my French k/b and that doesn't work either :-(

Answer:Windows CMD line characters

It's Shift # on my UK k/b works on mine
sounds if you have yours set to US
Control panel regional settings and languages - set everything to English UK - you may need to reboot for it to take effect.

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I get this word from a windows computer, what does it mean: ??Universe,??

Answer:strange characters from windows pc

Perhaps if you told us when and where you "get this word from a windows computer" we could be of some assistance.Since computers don't usually "give" things, it's a little tough for us to tell what's going on.What application, what OS, what are you doing when it happens, etc.Click Here Before Posting Data or VBA Code ---> How To Post Data or Code.

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i upgraded form windows 2000 pro to windows Xp pro, and the low disk space bubble popped up so i clicked on it to free up some space, when the windows opened asking what i want to remove, it told me that i could free up to *")/((.)-'+,)'( KB of disk space on Windows Xp (E: ), that doesn't look right, so i want to know if i have a virus or if something wasn't properly copied during setup.

Answer:windows xp pro wierd characters

did you not do a clean installation/reformat?? if not then looks like file error from the upgrade, pop xp disc in choose repair install

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The picture is pretty much self explanatory, strange characters appeared all of the sudden when I restarted, can someone tell me please what's wrong? Last thing I did before this problem was run Avira scan and installing Alcohol %52. Obviously I can't run my computer like this, I entered safe mode and took the screenshot. I'm installing Kaspersky as I typed this, it seems it's the 2nd time Avira ruins my computer.

Running Windows XP SP3, formatted not long ago.

Answer:Weird characters in Windows XP


Do a system restore back to just before you did the Avira scan and installed Alcohol.

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I have a fair bit of japanese music in my library and some of the songs which are just written in kanji are displayed as rectangles. As I have just found out from writing this, copying and pasting these into a browser results in them looking correct like this -> &#12469;&#12452;&#12463;&#12523; (Cycle).

So basically in explorer and media player 12 japanese characters are not displayed correctly but in my browser (google chrome) they are. Anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:Japanese characters not displayed in Windows 7

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Can you please help me, all my files are listed in some strange characters, I can't read any of them.

Anyone know what the problem is please?

Thank you


Answer:Strange windows file characters?

Wow... I love the dates on some of those folders!! 2052!!

Anyway, It looks like some of your system files might have been corrupted.

This could have been caused by a virus. Try running a virus scan, or if you don't have one, here'a free one.

If you happen to have Norton System works, try running an integrity scan, or run Norton Win Doctor.

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How do I type in unicode characters such as "☑"?

In XP you could add a "hexnumpad" key to the registry and then type "Alt +2611", but this doesn't seem to be working. I can still type regular ASCII Characters using the numpad, however.


Answer:How do I type Unicode characters in Windows 7?

Individual characters you can copy from All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character map. But if you need whole strings, that is a little cumbersome.

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I've got the following problem, al system characters are strange symbols as you can see in my screenshot.

I've tried to install Segoe_UI_Symbol font and this seems to solve the problem almost completly aside from some characters. But as soon I restart the computer the problem is back again.

Anybody got a solution?

Thanks in advance

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Hi. I'm running an english version of xp home on my desktop machine but i was wondering if there was any way that i could make everything so that it displays chinese characters? Such as icon names, menu.... everything in fact. I know there are chinese versions of windows but i was wondering if there was an easier and, to be frank, cheaper way of doing it?

Answer:Make windows use only chinese characters?

See:click hereclick hereclick hereclick herePlenty more available...:-)

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Im running Windows NT and going through explorer I need to rename certain files. Is there a limit to how many characters you can have for filenames i.e. a standard default of say 20. Or is there a way to have unlimited characters?


Answer:Windows NT explorer – How many characters can you have for filenames?

You should be able to have up to 256 characters.

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Hi all,

I just noticed that iTunes in the x64 version of windows 7 doesn't display any japanese characters. Judging by the nature of the problem, I don't think it displays any foreign Unicode characters.

I have my computer set up to properly display (and also type) japanese. I surf japanese websites all the time and for some reason iTunes refuses to do this. I tried sifting through the new preferences interface but can't find anything with regard to unicode support for applications, or anything related to it for that matter.

Any input regarding this issue is greatly appreciated, even if it regards a completely different language.


Answer:Windows 7 x64 and Japanese characters in iTunes

in my windows 7 32bit, they are displayed in itunes. weird

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I am trying to use windows desktop search to find all files that have a filename stucture of filename1_(2).jpg, filename2_(2).jpg so that I can mass delete them. I can not seem to find a way to search for this a windows search seems to want to include everything between the ( and ) and being part of an or function.

Any ideas.

BTW, this happened when using windows photo import. for some reason, it did not properly ignore existing photos.



Answer:Windows Search and Special Characters

try using quotes. "filename(2).ext"

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When I open a folder which has Chinese characters as the filename, the title of the windows window appears to be squares (if you know what I mean). Also, when I want to type Chinese characters in notepad, it also appears to be squares. Please help!

Answer:Windows could not read chinese characters


Have the XP CD ready, get into Control panel>Regional and Languages and you'll need to instruct XP to install support for "East Asian languages" and "Install files for complex scripts" under the "Languages" tab.

Also under "Text services and input">Details>Advanced, tick the top most option.

Apply that, reboot and you should be right.

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Exakt same problem as this guy:

But I couldnt write in that thread. It was closed for some reason.

Answer:Japanese characters not displayed in Windows 7

Why would you write in someone else's thread, anyway?

Do you have East Asian language support turned on in Control Panel? Have you tried installing tha Japanese language pack (should not be needed just to display Japanese)?

Do you see Japanese characters in my signature?

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With Microsoft Word, Wordpad and Notepad running in XP and Win7, you could type any unicode character by typing its number followed by Alt+X. For example, you could type ≠ by typing 2260AltX. This doesn't work in Wordpad or Notepad running in Win10; it seems to work in Word, but other codes don't work. Is there a way to type '≠' from the keyboard in Win10?

Answer:How to type unicode characters in Windows 10?

I haven't the right keyboard available on my laptop, so I can't test this, but the way we used to do it was:
Press and hold down the Alt key.Press the + (plus) key on the numeric keypad.Type the hexidecimal unicode value.Release the Alt key.
This comes from:

How to enter Unicode characters in Microsoft Windows

Which leads on to this small utility:

UnicodeInput - a utility to enter Unicode characters on Microsoft Windows

Which I also cannot test.

In Microsoft Word,there must be numerous published macros for handling Unicode - some will be better than others - just go to:

microsoft word unicode macro - Google Search

for loads of links.

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I'm using Windows Mail 6.0. Every now and then, I start to get weird characters...for example, when I type a question mark, an ? is what I get, when I type the at sign, this " comes up. It`s only happening in my mail program.

My control panel setting is correct.

Very grateful for any ideas about how to fix this annoying problem...


Answer:Weird characters in Windows Mail

Have you made sure your keyboard layout is set correctly for your language input ?

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I had some printiner problems, and suddenly my PC started to be slow. I then restarted the PC, and when it restarted, instead of English font (right from the Welcome screen to almost everything in Windows!!) there were strange characters that look like squares and dots and question marks etc etc.

I have restarted my PC. I have checked for viruses. What else can I do?
Please help!!!!


Answer:Strange font/ characters in my Windows!!

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Hello. I have an HP computer running XP Home that recently had the following message and wouldn't boot:

Windows could not start because of an error in the software.
Please report this problem as :
load needed dlls for kernel.
Please contact your support person to report this problem

I ran HP Recovery which resolved that error... but now I have another problem. During the recovery process there were several .DLL files that it said couldn't be recovered. Now when I boot I get the HP startup screen, then it goes to a black screen with about 10 random characters and figures which aren't even on the keybord, in the top left corner of the screen. It doesn't boot past this. However, if I press F10 during startup (which should be System Recovery) it doesn't give me the garbled letters and it boots normally. Has anyone come across something like this before? Thanks!

Answer:Random characters, windows won't boot

Hi Jools,

This should sort it out.

Run the System File Checker:
Click Start >> Run >> Type sfc /scannow (note space after sfc), then click OK.
You may be asked to insert your Windows disc.

If when you insert your disc, it auto starts, close it down so that you can see the command window.

The process may take quite a while, be patient and wait until you see a new line which should say "C:\Documents and Settings\****>

(**** being your name or computer name.)

Then reboot and let me know if this solved your problem.

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