The “Sims 4 Won’t Open” Problem
There can be many reasons why your Sims 4 game just won’t open. Mods and CC, corrupted game files, or lack of updates on your PC may play a critical part in this. And while you can’t be sure what may be the culprit here, there are multiple ways of solving this issue if you’re experiencing it.
In this post, I’ll go over the multiple methods of fixing the “Sims 4 won’t open” problem. We’ll start with the easiest one and move down to more difficult solutions.
Keep in mind that for different people different methods are going to work. Sometimes, Sims 4 doesn’t launch because it needs repair, but sometimes because your PC isn’t updated. And so, it’s good to try all the methods in this post to find the one that works for you.
How to Fix the “Sims 4 Won’t Open” Problem?
1. Close all Processes and Restart Your PC
Before you do anything else, you should restart the game and your PC. This will end all the processes that may be blocking Sims 4 from launching while they’re working in the background.
To do this, open your Task Manager and check if you have any Sims 4 processes still on. Make sure you close them or force them to end if you have to. Then, you should restart your PC and try to launch The Sims 4 again. In some cases, this fixes the problem.
2. Repair Your Sims 4 Game
If your Sims won’t open even after you’ve restarted your PC, the best thing to do is to repair your game. Don’t worry, repairing a game is pretty easy, especially Sims 4.
All you have to do is open your Origin and go to My Game Library (it’s on the list to your left). Then, you’ll need to right-click the Sims 4 game and choose Repair. The Origin client will start a few processes and you’ll need to wait for the entire thing to be done. Depending on your PC, this may take anywhere from 2-3 minutes to 10-15 minutes at most.
If you’re playing the game on Steam, the repair process is different. But here’s what you need to know.
Open your Steam and go to your Steam Library. Find your Sims 4 game and click on Properties. Then go to the Local Files tab and select Verify Integrity of Game Files to start repairing your game. Wait for everything to finish before you try opening TS4 again.
3. Update Your Graphics Card
Sometimes, the problem of “Sims 4 won’t open” isn’t with the game itself. Outdated graphics card drivers can also cause many problems for many games, including TS4. So, it’s best to keep all of your drivers updated, but especially your graphics card since it can directly impact your gaming experience.
Here’s how to do it.
If you’re using an Nvidia graphics card, I suggest you download GeForce Experience too. It’s a free app made exclusively for you to manage your video games while using Nvidia. It offers optimization for all games you have, including The Sims 4.
But under the Drivers tab, you can check whether your Nvidia graphic card needs updating or not. If there’s a new updated, simply click Download. The app will automatically install it for you, so it’s all very easy to do.
If you’re not using an Nvidia graphics card, there are other free software apps you can use. But if you know the exact model of your graphics card, I suggest you do a manual search for a new driver. If there is a new version, the publisher will let you download it for free.
4. Reinstall Sims and Origin/Steam
If none of the methods above worked for you, then it’s time to think about reinstalling The Sims 4. I know, the process of reinstalling is painful and boring, but you have to do it in this case.
Simply go to your Control Panel, find The Sims 4, and Uninstall it. I advise you to do this to Origin or Steam and Sims 4 too.
Once you’ve deleted all files, go on and reinstall Origin/Steam and Sims 4.
The game should work after doing this.
Keep in mind that these 4 aren’t the only solutions for the “Sims 4 won’t open” problem. Sometimes the fix lies in cleaning your registry or updating your Windows version. However, they are the most common fixes for the problem and the ones that are likely to work for you too. I’ve had this issue several times over the years and I’ve always been able to solve it.