Make SimCity Run in Windows 8.1

I think this one will also work with Windows 8.0, but I’m not sure.

I recently purchased SimCity (now that they allow single player mode, it was worth getting) and I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that it wouldn’t run properly. After installing it and upgrading the files to the latest version, I started the game. The log appeared, and it seemed that a window opened, but it immediately disappeared, minimized to the taskbar. I tried restoring it. No luck there either, I heard a few seconds of music and saw a black background before it I saw both of my monitors flicker. The window was minimized again.

I did a bunch of research and saw a recommendation that I run the programs in Admin mode. I tried it. I set both Origin.exe and SimCity.exe to run as Administrator. And, according to the instructions I found, I restarted the computer. Again I tried running the program and again it immediately minimized to the desktop. I was annoyed. I went to EA’s website for help and was told that it would take at least half an hour before I would be able to chat with a help desk technician. I had other things to do and so I closed the chat window and decided I’d go back later.

I don’t know why, but I decided to try one more time. When I ran it, I got a trouble-shooting message from Windows. The troubleshooter didn’t work either, but it gave me an idea. I right-clicked on the executable files and selected “Run in compatibility mode for Windows 7” and clicked OK. Now when I tried to run the program it actually worked.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer. (By the way, a shortcut method for opening the File Explorer is to press the Windows Key and the letter E.)
  2. Navigate to the location where SimCity was installed. Unless you changed it, that would be Program Files (x86)
  3. First to the the Origin folder.
  4. Right-click on Origin.exe and select “Properties”
  5. Click on the Compatibility tab.
  6. Click on the checkbox next to “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and then select Windows 7 in the dropdown list.

Take a look at the image of the dialog box.


Once you have clicked OK, you need to navigate to the folder Origin Games. Now double click SimCity.

Double click on the SimCity folder inside SimCity (the path is C:\Program Files (x86)Origin GamesSimCitySimCity) and then follow steps 4 and 5 above on the file SimCity.exe to make it run in Windows 7 mode as well.

Now when you try to run SimCity, the program will open and run as it is supposed to. If this doesn’t work for you, please let me know. I don’t know if I can help you or not, but I will try.

Remember, this works on Windows 8.1 but I can’t verify that it will work on Windows 8.0 so if you have Windows 8.0 and this fix works, please let me know that too.


2 Replies to “Make SimCity Run in Windows 8.1”

    1. Skyrim stopped working recently, and when I selected the option to let Windows make a recommendation, it suggested running in compatibility mode for Windows 8 and when I selected that, it worked. Thanks for the comment.

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