How to Play Sims 2 Over a Network

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How to Play Sims 2 Over a Network
You can play Sims 2 over a regular home network. (network connection image by stresskiller from

The Sims 2, like nearly any computer game, can be played over a home network, but it is illegal to pirate and play games over a network without first purchasing a copy of the game yourself. If you're at a friend's house and you've forgotten to install Sims 2 on your laptop instead of your desktop, you can still play the game through your friend's computer. The game will cause your friend's computer to run slower, but, as long as the network stays active, you'll be able to run the game on your machine.

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Things you need

  • Sims 2 disc

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  1. 1

    Find the folder the Sims 2 data is installed in. The folder is usually located at "C:\Program Files\EA Games\The Sims 2."

  2. 2

    Right-click on the "The Sims 2" folder and click "Properties."

  3. 3

    Click the "Sharing" tab and the "Advanced Sharing" option.

  4. 4

    Click "Share this folder" so the file will be accessible to anyone on your network.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to save your changes.

  6. 6

    Insert the Sims 2 disc into the computer without Sims 2 installed. You'll need the disc to start the game even if you are running the game off another computer.

  7. 7

    Open "Command Prompt" from the "Accessories" folder of the "Start" menu on the computer with Sims 2 installed on it. A black window with limited text will appear.

  8. 8

    Type "ipconfig." Data relating to your IP address will be listed.

  9. 9

    Scroll to the top of the data, and write down the number listed after "IP Address."

  10. 10

    Open "My Computer" and type the IP address into the navigation bar. A new window should appear with any shared files by that computer being shown.

  11. 11

    Open "The Sims 2" folder and run "TS2.exe" to start the game.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to take down firewalls on the computer hosting Sims 2 to access the folder.

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