How to Transfer a Sims Game to Another Computer

Updated June 13, 2017

When a computer crashes and it is time for a replacement, owners may fear that progress made in a "Sims" game has been lost. You can prevent data loss by saving a backup of your files and transferring it to another computer. The Sim families, neighbourhoods and homes you created in your game can survive and live again in a virtual world on a new computer, or you and your friends can share your creations.

Open your desktop and click on the "Start" menu. Click on your desktop folder to open the area where your pictures, videos, documents and other files are stored. Click the "Documents" folder, and then select the "EA Games" folder. Depending on the Sims game you have, the "EA Games" folder may instead be a "Maxis" or "Entertainment Arts" folder.

Click the folder provided. If you have multiple Sims games, all of them may be listed. Click on the desired game. A series of folders will appear, including those listed for "Neighborhoods," "Music" and "Lots." Highlight the "Neighborhoods" folder. Plug in your flash drive or SD card and open it. Copy the "Neighborhoods" folder into your flash drive or SD card folder.

Remove the SD card or flash drive and go to another computer. Plug your flash drive or SD card in. If the new computer does not have the same "Sims" game downloaded, download it by placing the game disc into the disc drive. Follow the pop-up dialogue directions to successfully download the game. Repeat the previous steps to open the "EA Games" folder.

Select the "Neighborhoods" folder under the "EA Games" folder and delete it. Copy the "Neighborhoods" folder from your SD card or flash drive folder and paste it to replace the previous "Neighborhoods" folder. Your neighbourhoods, Sims and homes from your previous game will now appear in your new "Sims" game.


Follow your SD card and flash drive instructions when inserting or removing it from a computer. Improper removal or insertion could result in data loss. Always keep backups of files to avoid accidental data loss.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows operating system
  • Flash drive or SD card
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Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.