Fire up your launcher (or just wait to see if there are any issues with this patch) as an update is now available which will bring the base game up to version 1.9 and The Sims 3 World Adventures up to version 2.4.  I’ll be adding this update to the site later on, so in the meantime either just download it from the launcher, check the comments for a direct link off of the official EA patch site, or chill until I get them added 🙂  Thanks to SimOperations for the notification and for the link to the patch notes.

To install this update, please start your game and use the “Updates” tab in your Launcher.

Game Update for: 1.9/2.4

  • High-End Loft Stuff – This update is required to play the digital download version of The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff.
  • World Adventures – Users can now capture the Town Theatre subject in photography
  • A change was made so that desks do not burn anymore.
  • Mac only: Fixed an error with uploading screenshots from the Mac when the “.jpg” file extension is deleted.
  • PC only: Fixed a bug where the launcher would display an error message that it could not connect to EADM on Vista and Windows 7 machines.

Before installing an Update for The Sims 3, an Expansion Pack, or a Stuff Pack, it is a good idea to run through the following checklist to ensure your game continues to work smoothly.

If you have any questions about the below steps, please visit the Technical Support forum on the official Sims 3 community found at this URL:

Step 1: Disable Custom Content

Custom Content is all Sims content that did not come from an official The Sims 3 Update, The Sims 3 Store, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack. Custom Content is created by 3rd Party Developers that are not regulated by Electronic Arts or The Sims 3 Development Team and may not work with new updates. Custom Content may cause the game to behave unexpectedly or not function entirely.

To disable your custom content, undo whatever you did to install this content to get your game back into an unmodified state. If you placed it in a Sims 3 directory folder, move it to a new folder that is outside your Sims 3 file directory. Your Sims 3 file directory can be found using the paths listed below:

  • Windows File Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3
  • Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/

Once you have installed the official update you may re-enable your custom content. If you experience problems, disable it again until the 3rd party developer updates their content to work with the official Update, Expansion Pack, or Stuff Pack.

Step 2: Back Up your Save Files

It’s always a good precaution to back up your save files before installing an Expansion Pack, Update, or Stuff Pack. To do this, copy the “.sims3” folders found in the Saves folder onto your desktop or another file directory.

Your Sims 3 Saves folder can be found using the paths listed below:

  • Windows File Directory: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves
  • Mac File Directory: User/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims/Saves

After the Update is installed, run the game to verify your saves still function correctly.

Step 3: Let the Update Complete Entirely

Updates can sometimes be rather large and may take a while to download and install completely. Cancelling the update before it has completed may cause unexpected problems, so it is always best to let it finish entirely. Do not close the Launcher until you have confirmed the update is completely installed, as this will cancel the update.


  1. Hehe, bit of a crazy thing each patch is now a moment so filled with trepidation, hmm? 😛

    Hey, by the way, you’re probably already on this knowing your efficiency, but The Sims 3 Store™ has got another Sims anniversary thing out, a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich and a flamingo thing by the looks of it… though only the picture is showing up at the moment, for me at least.

  2. Oh yeah, by the way, you can get all versions of the patch by replacing the last 2 on both versions with a ‘1’ or ‘3’ and so on.

  3. Ty so much… mines finally updating now… I have had sooo many problems since the eadm had to be used for everything… such a PAIN!!!

  4. I downloaded the new patch and now I have a problem uploading screenshots to the Web site. If I select a screenshot and press “Upload,” it will actually continue to upload repeatedly (one screenshot uploaded 25 times). The only way for me to stop the upload is to actually shut down the game launcher. I don’t have a mac, but I suspect whatever they did to “fix” the screenshot issue with the macs screwed up screenshots for PCs. That would be par for the course with these patches.
    Has anyone else encountered this issue?

    • Sorry folks, I won’t be able to keep my word about the patches. Getting really late and finally caught up with the news. They will be added to this site sometime this week though.

  5. I patched my game and I didn’t even bother with the 1.8/2.3 one since that was a faulty one. I just updated my game with the newest one and I have the new Stuff pack as well. Working great so far, thank God. I pray that it will remain this way.

  6. can you update as soon as you know the overall reaction to this new patch? i haven’t updated since 1.7 and my game has been fine…

  7. i wanna buy the EP eventually, i can live without the SP.

    I just don’t want to wait sooo long for a secure patch and miss out. like, i updated to 1.7 from 1.4, but if i had waited a bit longer, 1.8 would’ve ruined everything…..i just keep an eye out for everything….

  8. Does this new patch disable all custom content? Has there been any problems with it? Because I bought the new EP and wanna play it, but first I want to make sure it doesn’t mess up my game.

  9. ok, im lost. I cant get to the mac patch, cant run or install my new cc, cant get on the forum to try and find the patch… Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. I already drug my electronic arts folder out and tried hitting refresh to get an update but nothing ;(

    Thanks all

  10. Hi Guys
    I have been trying for two days now updating the sims 3. I got the world adventures expansion and says i need to update the sims 3 base pack before i can play. What version of base pack do i need to download and install to beable to play the expansion? I have tried a couple and it keeps telling me i need to update the base.


  11. ew i hate the sims 3 installation
    i ratther go shoppig instead of intalling the sims3
    i think the sims 2 bettter installing
    than the sims 3
    i really hate the sims 3 cauze always need
    update -,-

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