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The Sims Complete Collection on WinXP

On February 2, 2000, Maxis Software released the first of a series of life simulation video games, The Sims. Microsoft XP was released on October 25, 2001. There were several expansion packs released for The Sims and several Service Packs released for Windows XP. My goal is to install the most current version of Windows XP on 32-bit hardware and install the DVD version of The Sims Complete Collection.

The motherboard used is a Microstar MS-7061 with an AMD Sempron 3000+ and 2GB of RAM. There were no IDE hard drives or CDROM drives available, so IDE to SATA adapters were used on SATA drives. The video card is an nVidia GeForce 6200 compliant with Microsoft DirectX 9.0c specification and OpenGL 2.0

Installation began with an on-hand copy of Windows XP SP2, but it turned out that the game would install but not run on that, so an update to SP3 was needed. I did find an unofficial "SP4" and installed that without issue.

Security on this system is not much of a concern since there…