I’ve had The Sims 1 installed on my computer (Windows 10) for a while, and I’ve always been annoyed that I couldn’t play it widescreen and/or in windowed mode. As a content creator, this made it very hard for me to create Sims 1 content.
After trying a number of different things, I finally found a relatively easy solution that worked. In this guide, I’ll show you how to run Sims 1 in widescreen and windowed mode.
NOTE: This guide assumes you are using the Complete Collection download found here. This is the version I use, and I’m not sure if this will work if you have the disc version. It’s possible the fix might work if you are using a No CD crack with the disc version, but I don’t know for sure.
How to Play Sims 1 in Widescreen
- Download The Sims 1 Complete Collection Widescreen Patcher by FaithBeam. Click on the blue letters for the most recent release. Then click on the zip file that appears at the bottom to download.
- Extract the contents of the file.
- Open the folder, right-click on the Sims1WidescreenPatcher application and choose “Run as Administrator.”
- If you get a message asking “Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes on your device?” Click “YES.”
- The application will open. Click on “Browse.”
- Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Maxis\The Sims\Sims.exe. The .exe file will be at the very bottom of the folder. Select it and click “Open.”
- Check the box next to “dgVoodoo2.” Click “Patch.” The progress bar will start moving, letting you know the patch is doing it’s job. When it’s complete, you’ll get a message that confirms the game was patched.
- Now, you’ll have two applications in your C:\Program Files (x86)\Maxis\The Sims folder – one called “Sims” and one called “Sims Backup.” Right-click on the one called “Sims” and choose “Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).”
- Now you’ll have an icon on your desktop called “Sims – Shortcut.” Double-click to play in widescreen mode. If you also want to play in windowed mode, follow the instructions below.
How to Play Sims 1 in Windowed Mode
- After you’ve sent the Sims shortcut to your desktop using the instructions above, right-click the shortcut and choose “Properties.”
- In the shortcut properties box, at the end of the “Target,” type in “-w -r1920x1080” without the quotation marks. Make sure to put a space between the end of the text and the -w.
- Click “OK” and you’re done! Now, when you launch the game you’ll be playing The Sims 1 in both widescreen and windowed mode. Have fun!
- When you zoom all the way out, there may be some minor visual glitches. It’s not noticeable if you stay zoomed in one or two clicks while playing.
- When you start the game, you’ll see a large blue border around the neighborhood screen. This goes away once you load a lot to play.
- If you’re having any issues, you may leave a comment but I most likely will not be able to troubleshoot for you here. Please join our Discord and ask for help in the “other-sims-games” channel.
17 thoughts on “Play Sims 1 Widescreen & Windowed Mode (Windows 10)”
Me too, have you fixed this?
So, I went through these steps, and I did get The Sims to open in a window at the size I specified. However, inside the window is a biiiig blue border, and the game is still at 800×600 (I assume) within the border.. is this expected behavior or did I do something wrong? Thanks!
It will look like that on the Neighborhood loading screen, but it should be full screen when you load a lot.
The only thing with mine is when I put in dgvoodoo2 my patch button is grayed out it wont let me click patch. Not sure why its disabled
I went back to playing The Sims 1 when the pandemic started; I find it soothing, during these troubled times, that the sims don’t age or die (unless you take bad care of them) in TS1.
I’ve begun making custom content for the game. Would you please add my site to your list of active CC sites for TS1? It’s at http://corylea.com/Sims%201%20Mods%20by%20Corylea.html
Also, it looks as if you don’t have Simlogical listed. Inge Jones at Simlogical has a large number of very useful mods! I wouldn’t be without her Please Yourself Plant, because after twenty years of simming, I don’t want to have to take a sim to the toilet ever again. 🙂
You can find Simlogical’s Sims 1 content at http://www.simlogical.com/sl/downloadpages/downloads.htm
Thanks for letting me know. I can now play Sims 1 in modern resolution <3
Makes me sad that the “In the shortcut properties box, at the end of the “Target,” type in “-w -r1920x1080” without the quotation marks. Make sure to put a space between the end of the text and the -w.” part doesn’t work for me, I do exactly that but nothing changes in the game – it doesn’t end up windowed :/
The widescreen and full HD resolution looks amazing tho, I love that
me too have u worked it out yet?
I’ve never played Sims 1, Cindy! It’s so exciting to have this opportunity. First you showed me Sims 2 and now it’s my favorite game, then it was Sims 3’s turn. Now I’m installing this patch and getting ready to get to know the one that started it all. You’re amazing. I’m so glad I got to know you this quarantine. <3
Thank you so much! I’m so glad I could help!
I’m so excited to play this game again after so many years! I did everything step by step but when I start the game my ui disappears?
Thanks so much for this timely post, Cindy!
Glad to help!
I like it how older Sims games are getting more attention than Sims 4. Pretty much shows that these games have more charms than the “six years of hard work” EA put in Sims 4.
Me too! I’m glad more people are starting to remember how good these games are!
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