Will Sim City 4 run on Windows 7?

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Initial post: Dec 20, 2011 4:46:37 PM PST
E. Zamora says:
I want to get Sim City 4, but before I spend the money I would like to know if it wil run in my system:

OS: Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad
RAM: 8 GBs
Video Card: ATI Radeon 4800 series; 1 GB of VRAM.

The hardware seems quite over the requirements, but the game says that it will only run on Windows XP.

Have anyone been able to run the game in Windows 7?

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 8:47:48 AM PST
Slick says:
I have the same exact question..

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 12:34:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2011 12:44:28 PM PST

It will work on Windows 7, but you may need to run it in windows xp compatibility mode. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/10436/using-program-compatibility-mode-in-windows-7/

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 1:04:42 PM PST
E. Zamora says:
Alright, I risked it and bought it. It does work on my Windows 7 machine. The only thing I found is that I have a wide-screen monitor with resolution aspect ratio 16:9 and all the resolutions on the game are 4:3 aspect ratio, so, it looks a bit stretched. Nevertheless, it worked perfectly on my system:

OS: Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad
RAM: 8 GBs
Video Card: ATI Radeon 4800 series; 1 GB of VRAM.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 1:59:03 AM PST
Good to know. For some reason my disc based version never worked on my old comp that had windows xp installed so I never bothered trying to install it to windows 7.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 5:10:57 PM PST
Kay says:
I'm running Windows 7 on a desktop and laptop and it installs fine, but there's considerable space around the edge and the visual is different on the laptop. Any suggestions for getting it to fit the whole window?

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 7:10:28 PM PST
Wade Arnold says:
Go here to find out how to make it widescreen and fill the screen if you have a border. Works like a charm. http://www.widescreengaming.net/wiki/SimCity_4

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 4:28:01 PM PST
James C says:
what's the DRM on this? does anyone know?

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 1:45:23 PM PST
This is super helpful i had the same question. thanks for taking the risk, and letting us know. I will buy it now. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 10:11:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2012 10:13:04 PM PST
Calligen Nox says:
I downloaded this today, and it works fine with:
OS: Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
CPU: i7-2600
Video: 2GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 530
(This computer is a monster and I was a little afraid it wouldn't work)

I'm not running it in any sort of compatibility mode, and I've been playing all day with no problems.
I have 2 monitors, and this site was helpful in making the graphics work.
Just a quick matter of modifying the shortcut to the resolution I wanted (I wanted it on only 1 monitor, so 1920x1080x32).

I'm so glad I came in here before I paid Origin Games $20 for this download. Sheesh.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 10:49:12 AM PST
Michael says:
I don't know if you still need an answer but I bought mine as a download from GameFly for dirt cheap and it has no DRM at all. The game works fine with a shortcut modification to enable custom resolutions on a MacBook Pro with i5, 8GB RAM under a Boot Camp partition running Win 7 64 Bit Home Premium. Having said that you may want to look at Cities XL 2012. It's similar (without the disasters) but looks and runs much better. It too can be found for a very reasonable price.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 6:32:34 PM PST
Farthion says:
To change the resolution to widescreen in Sim City 4, right-click on the shortcut you use to launch the game and look for the "target". After the last quotation mark add the code "-r1600×1000x32 -CustomResolution:enabled" (with the 1600X1000X32 meaning 1600 by 1000 resolution at 32 bits). Don't use quotes for that, though. You can put in your own resolution numbers based on what your native screen resolution is. Be warned NOT to use one that you can't adjust your computer screen display properties to. Serious instability issues will result.

As for it running on Windows 7 at all, if you have native 32 bit, it MIGHT work. If you have native 64 bit, it's probably not going to work. Almost all home-computers are 64 bit, which is why it's officially listed as NOT compatible for Amazon. No one at Microsoft seems to realize that XP compatible mode only works well for 32 bit Windows 7 installations. The number of older programs able to run on a 64 bit Windows 7 machine without a lot of tweaking and 32 bit emulation is extremely limited. This is why Microsoft lists Sim City 4 Deluxe as compatible. It is, but in a very limited sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 7:28:40 AM PST
S. Scott says:
Ok I went to that website and I'm not real sure where I go to type in the custom resolution. Would you be able to help?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 7:33:11 AM PST
S. Scott says:
How do I find what my native screen resolution is?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 8:03:22 AM PST
Michael says:
The site has settings for most/many popular, older games but here's the direct link to SimCity 4 http://www.widescreengaming.net/wiki/SimCity_4

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 8:05:21 AM PST
Michael says:
Most modern OS should detect and select the optimum settings for your display. So if you right click on your desktop and go to the change resolution tab you should see your current settings. If for some reason you can't find the tab, just go to the manufacturers site and look at the specs for the monitor.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 9:55:34 PM PST
Will it work with windows 8 as well then?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 7:16:41 AM PST
Michael says:

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 8:54:39 AM PST
gtrpstr says:
Actually, you can run the game with any aspect ratio.

All you need to do is add this to the target of your SimCity4 shortcut:
-CustomResolution:enabled -r1280x720x32

Source: http://www.widescreengaming.net/wiki/SimCity_4

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 2:41:47 PM PST
P. Lawlor says:

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 9:32:29 AM PDT
don't forget to use -cpucount:1 to make the crashes go away

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2013 1:07:38 PM PDT
E. Johnson says:
where do you make that change?

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 9:46:19 AM PDT
Mohammed says:
Yes I did

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2013 1:15:45 PM PDT
Did you buy the disk or the download? I am wondering if that would make a difference? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2013 2:07:42 PM PDT
Michael says:
I bought the download when it was on sale. According to the config log it is version 1.1.641.0 and, because someone else asked, it has no DRM at all. The game runs well but it's age is apparent. I also have Cities XL 2012 and while it isn't exactly the same as SimCity4 it is enjoyable and takes advantage of modern hardware. I'm nearly certain the publisher of Cities has a demo available.
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