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Windows 7: Unable to run SimCity 3000 on Windows 7

01 Jan 2017   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Hmmm. It sounds to me like something is wrong with Windows, or it has become corrupted somehow. Especially if SFC /SCANNOW is returning errors.

I'm becoming a little out of my depth here, so I'm going to ask a couple of members if they wouldn't mind helping out. It may take a day or so, so I'll have to ask for your patience while we look at things.


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01 Jan 2017   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

When running sfc /scannow you need to reboot before running it again.

The reason is some repairs that sfc /scannow wants to do can't be completed unless you reboot.

1. Run sfc /scannow
2. Reboot
3. Run sfc /scannow
4. Reboot

Ect. ect. ect.

If after 3 times sfc /scannow can't fix the problems I would suggest doing a Repair Install.

Here is a little tutorial by Brink that will guide you through the steps.

Repair Install

One must get Windows 7 file system corrected first.

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02 Jan 2017   #13

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Possibly @CKing123 is around somewhere :)
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02 Jan 2017   #14

Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJC1992 View Post
I ran the command "SFC /SCANNOW" a few more times, but without success, I also done "chkdsk /f", which the computer done when I restarted it, I did read that it fixed some problems but was unable to read the rest as the page disappeared, I'm not sure if there is any way to view the report afterwards. I also done the virus scan, it did find some P.U.P.S but that was all. I tried running the game but still nothing, I'm not sure if there is a fault within my PC, or how I would be able to find it.
Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log
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03 Jan 2017   #15

Windows 7 32 Bit

I managed to look at the Event Log to see the results from running "chkdsk /f", but there wasn't anything there that was helpful, although I can see within the Event Log every time I have tried to run SimCity as there are many error logs.
I also ran "SFC /SCANNOW" 3 times, restarting the PC after each time, but still no success, so I think the only option I have left is to run the Repair Install, which I'll do on a day when I have a bit more time. But how do you mean "I should get Windows File System Corrected first", how would I do this?
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03 Jan 2017   #16

Windows 10 Pro

SFC stands for System File Checker, a utility with which someone can validate the system files.
By running sfc /scannow command you check if the system files are having problems, if there are problems, depending on how big the problem is, a few reboots and a few sfc scans may resolve the problem.

But how do you mean "I should get Windows File System Corrected first"
In case you don't know what a file system is: File system - Wikipedia

You can correct the file system by running chkdsk and sfc.
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03 Jan 2017   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

As axe0 has stated.

Disk check is another great option.
Disk Check

These program are built into Windows 7 so Windows 7 can try and fix things.

In simple terms.
Windows 7 must be happy with itself. (File System) first.
Every thing done on a computer is controlled by the operating system.
Once the Bios shakes hands with Windows 7, Windows 7 is boss.
That is why the Windows 7 system files are so important. We must keep the boss happy.
Then the boss will help you and axe0 find and fix other problem child you may have.

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05 Jan 2017   #18

Windows 7 32 Bit

I'll keep trying the "SFC / SCANNOW" command, and the other disk checking options that were mentioned too, and I will try the repair tool if I still have no luck, should hopefully sort it, thanks to all who have helped me out :)
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