I've been buying and playing The Sims games since the early 2000s. A couple years ago, when I realized that my future computers might not have disc drives (and The Sims 1 and 2 aren't sold digitally), I ripped all these to ISO files so I could continue to play them.
Today, I tried to re-install The Sims 2 Special DVD Edition on my new computer using these ISOs. The installation went great, even accepting the code I still had on my physical box! However, when I went to play it (keeping the virtual disc in the virtual
D: drive), it gave me this error:
To my horror, when I tried to insert the physical disc (thankfully I have a Blu-Ray Drive on this computer), it couldn't be read; it seems that it's too scratched over time.
So my physical disc can't be read and the game won't see my ISO rip of that disc. What can I do do get the game to run?
- Windows 10 Pro (x64)
- Virtual DVD drive labeled
- Physical BD drive labeled
- 32GB of DDR4 RAM across 4 sticks
- Xeon E5 v3 — 12 x 3.50 GHz cores (virtualized from 6)