Game already running


I get the following error message when I try to start the game

Unable to start: The Sims™ 4 is already running.  




This error has to do with missing rights or blocking of the user folder. The actual message is a bit misleading. In most cases the game isn’t already running.


Option A

Where can I find my installation folder ?
The following tips need to be done for the exe-File of the game. It's best to do it for both the 32 bit Version (TS4.exe) as well as TS4_64.exe). Also add the Origin.exe file. Both Sims files can be found in the folder <Installation folder>\Game\Bin and \Game\Bin_LE The Origin file can be found in the folder you installed Origin in (Default: c:\programs(x86)\Origin)

Option B

  1. Go to this folder: Documents\Electronic Arts
  2. Right click on it and choose “Properties”.
  3. Choose the tab Sharing and and press the button Sharing …
  4. In the new window, choose Everyone from the drop-down list and click Add
  5. Everyone will be added to the list below. Choose Read/write as permission level
  6. Save the changes.
  7. Try to start the game again

Further Suggestions

  • Make sure the game is in fact not running by checking the Task-Manager and looking at the processes. Look for The Sims 4, ts4.exe or ts4_64.exe and shoot down the process.
  • Repair the game through Origin

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