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.
And if you need help getting The Sims 1 to install on Windows 10 in the first place, see my video tutorial here.
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.