How to Install SimCity (2013) (Bypass DRM/Play Offline)




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DISCLAIMER- I am not asking you/supporting you/helping you to pirate this game. I am simply helping you install and run this game if you are having problems with downloading from Origin. That means I am assuming you have already bought “SimCity″ and are here just so I can help you install it. Like I said, I am not helping you if your pirating this game, so if you actually are pirating, and you are caught, you cannot lead them here to this website because we weren’t helping you in the first place. If you are in fact pirating, then you are on your own in case of legal action.

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Okay finally, it’s now possible to play this game offline. It’s about time. Now this method isn’t easy, it will probably not work the first time, but take that as a challenge. This method works, I played the game for 5 hours today. It comes patched with version 4, which as of now is the latest. What I am about to teach you is a way in which your SimCity won’t connect to those unfortunate EA servers and rather the game will run and save on your computer, offline. Ready? Ok.

(Note- Updated for version 1.6 of the server.)

 

Requirements-

- Windows XP, 7, 8 (64 bit only)
– Uninstall Origin and SimCity (If you already have it)
– This 2 Gb Torrent. (Note- The creation of this torrent was overseen by me personally, so it works and it contains the latest server as of now 1.6)

 

(For users of a working 1.5 server SimCity and want to update to 1.6 scroll down)

 

Seems easy enough right? Just eight more steps to go-

 

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Step 1 – Make a new folder called “Program” in either C or E or whatever drive you use the most, in that folder make another folder called “Simcity” and copy paste all the data from the torrent file. (For example mine was M:/Program/Simcity).

 

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Step 2- Right click the new ‘Simcity’ folder (now with all the torrent data in it) and go to ‘Properties’, and then uncheck ‘Readonly’, when it asks if you want to apply this to subfolders click ‘yes’.

 

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Step 3- Inside the Simcity folder go to the Extra folder and open the “Electronic Arts, Inc CA.crt” file, click “Install Certificate” then click next, then click the “Place certificates in the following store” button, click ‘Browse’, Select “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” and click Ok. Then just click next and finish. You should see a message appearing saying “Import successful”. (Windows might ask you that the certificate is unverified or something, just click OK).

 

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Step 4- In the Extra folder copy the “Hosts” file, then go to “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\”, and delete the “Hosts” file there (back it up somewhere else if you want, you will need it if you want to use Origin legitimately). And paste the torrent version of the Hosts file (might be slightly larger than the previous one).

 

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Step 5- In the SimCity folder, make a desktop shortcut for “Start.exe” (you will need that file to play the game), then run it. Click “Start Server”, it should say “Everything sounds good!”. If your firewall asks if you want this software to access the internet, click “Allow”.  Now on to the next step!, we are almost done. (If it says “Database needs to updated”, click okay and wait a few seconds, it may become unresponsive and then start working again in a few seconds, also if a message appears saying “Dummy certificate is not installed”, go to Step 3 and install the certificate again properly. And If message appears saying “Private server cannot be started”, go to Step 2 and uncheck Read-only.)

 

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Step 6- Back in the Extra folder, install Origin from the provided installed. Make sure your old Origin installation is completely removed before you install this one. Uncheck all the options, and then complete the installation. Now make sure the Start.exe server is running in the background, now run the freshly installed Origin. Enter a cool username (That will be the mayors name in the game) and enter anything as a password.

 

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Step 7- Go to “My Games” in Origin, Click on SimCity and click Install. (It wont actually download anything from the internet, it will just extract the files you already downloaded from the torrent, also it will install the game in the C drive, and it will say that it needs like 12 GB of free space but in reality the game won’t be bigger than 2 0r 3 GB). (It might seem to get stuck at 25% at one point, don’t worry its not stuck, just let it take its time).

 

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Step 8- Now when it finishes, click ‘Play’, It will run the game and update it, let it run (will take like 5 minutes max), then click the Play button and have fun! (If you are on something other than windows 7, clicking play wont make the game run, if thats the case, from the server click “Activate”, and then click the Play button again, it will work this time). Also if error message appears saying “Could not login to game server”, just click “Retry”. It happens only once and then the game starts, and you can high five yourself.

 

 

Thats it, now you have a fully functional SimCity (mostly) without all the online DRM stuff.

 

 

Now to play this game-

Run the Start.exe, then run the server, and then click the SimCity shortcut and play.

 

To users already using the working SimCity (server 1.5) who just want to update to 1.6. Download and copy this over your server.

 

FAQ-

Q1. Does the server need to run everytime I play it?

Yes.

 

Q2. Can I delete the SimCity folder (torrent version)?

No.

 

Q3. I think I screwed up, it’s not working, what should I do?

Remove all the files and start all over from scratch.

 

Q4. Will it work on 32 bit systems?

Previous versions of the server did not work with 32 bit systems, but I have no idea about the new one (1.5) feel free to try.

 

Q5. Will the game work when the new patch comes out?

In theory it should, but one can never be too sure. I will update this guide when the patch comes out.

 

Q6. I can only play in one shitty region?

Not anymore! There are three regions now as of update 1.6 to the server. (The new torrent link)

 

Q7. Other than the regions, are there any other features cut?

Its mostly complete, minus the extra regions and great works don’t work as of now.

 

Q8. I still have a question/ I am still stuck etc? Help?!

Reread this guide, if it doesn’t answer you question, post in the comments section below. I will try my best to reply soon, but the users are generally very helpful. Just post screenshots for your problem and detail what computer you use (windows 8 etc). A shout out for  Zeljko and Nikola Hudinčec for their helpfulness. It has been noticed :D

 

Q9. I am using a different region when installing and its causing issues!?! (Asks to redeem a product code in Origin)

Do this- uninstall SimCity then set your origin to English US and install SimCity once more. Voila!

 

Q10. The games isnt saving!

Make sure you downloaded the torrent, from the link I provided.

 

Happy Hunting!

 



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  • Chris

    when i try to log on origin it says ‘You must be online when logging in for the first time.’ what does this mean?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com Maximus (Admin)

      I had the same problem the first time I installed the game. Follow Step 3 and Step 4 again. Then try again.

      • Sparky

        I have followed all the steps and i am still getting an error for invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A). I have tried clicking exit then going to the server then clicking activate and trying again multiple times, i am on Windows 7 ultimate, help would be very much welcomed

  • Hoolio

    I have a problem wont download the game. “There is a problem with the download service.Please try again later. Error:7049:404″

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com Maximus (Admin)

      Restart your computer, then delete the ‘Origin Games’ folder from c:/program files (x86). Then try again.

      • Hoolio

        same,server starts without problem login to origin and cant download

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Download the torrent again, I think the files got corrupted. If that doesnt work, reply here.

          • Hoolio

            downloaded again,started updated and now wont start the game its get an alert network error. Clicked retry 50 times and wont start

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Disable your firewall and your antivirus.

          • Hoolio

            everything is off,still not working

          • Hoolio

            i reinstalled the game now its working fine :) thx for help

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            No problem :)

  • Sim

    When I open SimCIty in Origin, it says that I haven’t got the productcode, please help!

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com Maximus (Admin)

      Did you install the origin included from the torrent? and did you replace the ‘Hosts’ file from the torrent?

      • Sim

        Yep, I did, I´ll try agian, and I´ll download update 1.3 of this torrent.

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          This torrent already has 1.3 included, it says 1.2 but it actually is 1.3. 1.3 added the new activation button. Did you have a legitimate SimCity installed before this? if you did, uninstall everything and start all over. And clean your registry using a free program like CCleaner before you retry.

          • Sim

            I haven’t got the legitimate install, and I’ve updated to 1.5 as well, I’ve still got the same problem as Dylan, I hve exactly the sma screen as he does.

      • Sim

        Still doesn´t work, installed the origin file, replaced hosts file and also downloaded the 1.3 update.

  • Help

    I did everything, when I try to start servers, it says that dummy certificate is not installed :( ?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Redo Steps 2, 3 and 4. Then if it doesnt work, reply here.

  • kishen

    origin download error! :(…”unexpected error occurred please try again” tried everything from restart to deleting origin games folder still doesn’t work! please help!

  • Vlad

    I have this problem “Invalid license. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)”. I followed the tutorial EXACTLY!

    • Vlad

      I forgot to add, server doesn’t report any problems, origin is open (not updated), game downloaded and installed but when I press PLAY I get that error.

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Are you on windows 8? Assuming you are, read this comment –

        “This does work on Windows 8 64-bit. Make sure the DRMLess server is
        running and it says “Everything sounds good”. On Origin, you should have
        a Download button. Click on that and it actually installs SimCity. (It
        doesn’t download anything). After that click play. You will
        automatically get an error message. “Invalid Certificate = Tampered”. No
        problem. Close it and go back to the DRMLess server and click on
        Activate. You will get an error message saying you need to have at least
        run it once. Go back to Origin and press play. You will get the same
        error message again. Go back to DRMLess Server and press Activate again.
        It should say it was successfully activated or something. Go back to
        Origin again and press play. It should now launch and update itself.
        Then you need to restart it by pressing the restart button. It will
        launch SimCity again and an error will appear saying it could not
        connect. Close the message and SimCity DRMLess server takes over and is
        now working.”

        • Vlad

          I was on Windows 8 (32-bit). Thankfully the game worked once I updated to 1.4 :) but it didn’t save the town so I got 1.5 … it works perfectly as of this moment. Now I’m just waiting for more regions, until then I will enjoy the one existing :D Thanks :)

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Already did. Step 9.

  • helppp

    All steps done correctly, but when I start the game it keeps telling me I need to activate my product key on origin, any solutions? (and YES I have replaced the host file and installed the certificates correctly!)

    • Dylan

      Why is no one anwering these questions I have the same problem :(

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Are you both on windows 8?

  • Prle Car

    Cities in region doesn’t synchronize, did i do sth wrong or that feature it’s not yet possibe??

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Not possible as of yet. Lets wait for a new version of the server for that.

      • Prle Car

        Thanks

  • carlty

    cant save game always “unable to load city at this time” pls help

  • Flievel

    Yeh sure this is not for pirating *rolleyes* Thank god we are so naive that your butt is covered :p

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      I know :p

  • Carl

    This does work on Windows 8 64-bit. Make sure the DRMLess server is running and it says “Everything sounds good”. On Origin, you should have a Download button. Click on that and it actually installs SimCity. (It doesn’t download anything). After that click play. You will automatically get an error message. “Invalid Certificate = Tampered”. No problem. Close it and go back to the DRMLess server and click on Activate. You will get an error message saying you need to have at least run it once. Go back to Origin and press play. You will get the same error message again. Go back to DRMLess Server and press Activate again. It should say it was successfully activated or something. Go back to Origin again and press play. It should now launch and update itself. Then you need to restart it by pressing the restart button. It will launch SimCity again and an error will appear saying it could not connect. Close the message and SimCity DRMLess server takes over and is now working.

    • Carl

      Forgot to mention. If you want to play SimCity again, make sure origin is completely closed first. Launch DRMLess Server, and start server. Then go to your start menu and click on the SimCity icon, not Origin icon. After login it will automatically launch the game. This may help on issues where some people can’t click on the play button because it is disabled.

      • carlty

        how about save game problem? i cant seem to load my city

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Thank you Carl, thats some useful info. And carlty, are you using a windows 8? Because this save game problem is mostly happening only to users of win 8.

          • carlty

            im using windows 7 64bit.. maybe its because i used cheatengine for money cheat

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Yeah cheat engines cause issues with this game. Turn it off and try again.

  • Umbaa

    Thanks for the guide, really helpful; before the guide I was extremely confused on how to install and set up the game, but your guide really helped me out!

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      No problem :)

      • Umbaa

        Sandbox is not working, is this a problem for everyone? Will there be a fix for the cheats? Does Sandbox work for you?

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          No sandbox and cheats etc dont work for me either. Would probably be fixed in the next update.

          • Umbaa

            Will there be more regions in the next update? I only have 1 region.

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Yeah there hopefully would be, for now we all only have one region.

  • SeanKarlo

    can i move the games files to my game drive like E:??

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Yes, but it has to have “Program” folder in between, e.g E:/Program/SImcity

  • cons

    i cant find “activate” button on your drmless server

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Are you sure you are using the one from the torrent? Its a button inbetween Check Components and Exit.

  • Zeljko

    It’s working perfecly,but i can’t load my town :/

  • Dylan

    When I click play, it opens up, but it says the product key/code for Simcity is not installed in Origin, i just dont get it. I completed every step succesfully, I’m running Windows 8 64 bit

    • Zeljko

      DId you put torrent’s Host file in System32?

      • Dylan

        Obviously

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Click the activate button from the server and try to rerun the game.

          • Dylan

            Doesnt do anything.

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Go to the simcity folder (torrent version), right click it and uncheck read only, apply to all subfolders. Then open the server again.

          • Dylan

            I did that, and also doent work, when I click Readonly again it just keep checking Read only back

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Are you sure you are the computer administrator? The dummy certificate issue is caused by the simcity folder being readonly. Also in the last line of this guide I posted an updated server (1.4). Download it and copy it over your simcity folder (torrent version) and try again. Tell me if it works.

          • Dylan

            I dont have a dummy certificate issue, its just it asks for a product key everytime.

          • Dylan

            Updated to 1.4, still asks to redeem a product code in Origin

          • Sim

            I’ve got exactly the same issue as you, Dylan. And I’ve also got the dutch install, could it have something to do with the countries we’re in?

          • Dylan

            LOL, I have no idea what so ever.

          • pepper694

            I had the excact same problem as you guys (Yes, I am Dutch) but i found the solution.

            Uninstall simcity then set your origin to english US and install simcity once more.

            For me this worked, hope it will for you guys too.

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            This seems so strange, and amusing, I am about to move to Amsterdam myself in a couple of months XD But anyways thanks for sharing I am adding this to the guide.

          • pepper694

            No problem, I am glad to help. Also I hope you will like Amsterdam.

          • Dylan

            OMFG AFTER ONE WEEK OF TRYING I FINALLY GOT IT WORKING, BEST GUIDE AND HELP EVER! Thank you so much guys!

          • Sim

            Wow, it works now! Anyways, lots of luck in our little country ;)

          • Koeny

            Ik hou van jou!

            This works!!!

          • Paul Molenaar

            I get this error exactly HELP pls

          • Sim

            Hmm, 3 Dutch people who can’t start the game, with the same error…

          • Koeny

            Before dl’ing the game set Origins language to English US.

          • MuD

            There is no ‘activate’ button on my ‘server’ only : start, stop , check , exit

            Mine also wont start with msg that it needs key etc.

            Tryed CCleaner cleand hole registery and reinstalled simcity

            Also when i boot and start server it says : dummy certificate does not …etc

            but when i click stop then start again it does seem to say ‘good’

            Any ideas?

  • Zeljko

    Please,anyone know how to fix my town won’t load :( it says “Unable to load city at this time,please try again later” i’m trying for 2 hours but nothing

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Start all over, it took me three tries to get it working myself. Clean the registry (use CCleaner) and follow the instructions to the fullest. By the way are you on win 8? Because those users are having the most issues with the save files.

      • Zeljko

        I’m on Windows 7 but i think i got it working.I think it’s because i used CheatEngine :D

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Okay :D

  • Ravi

    There Is An Error Like ” Sim City (TM) has stopped working ”
    When I Click ” Check online for a solution and close the program ”

    Then I Click Play Sim City There Is An Error Like Invalid licence. Reason Code= Tampered (0*000A)

    Please, Help SomeOne…………..

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Go to the server and click Activate.

  • Help please

    Ok, I did everything, and I’ve tried several times. Server is working, certificate is working, but after installing Simcity, when I click Play for the first time, nothing happens. So then I’m clicking Activate on the server, but I’m getting the message: you need to run the game at least one time before activating. So I’m going back to game, but after pressing play I’m getting the EA window saying “Error; unable to connect to EA severs” or something like that. And that’s it. Help please.

    • Help please

      btw. I’m running Windows 8, x64

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Read the bottom of the guide, download that update link and update your server. Might solve your problem.

  • Paul Molenaar

    no product code error

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Read the bottom of the guide, download that update link and update your server. Might solve your problem. Also copy the Hosts file again.

  • Gabriel Renault

    After step 5 i have this message :

    -Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Private server returned an unknown response, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Private server returned an unknown response, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

    can you help me please?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Make sure, readonly is unchecked in the simcity (torrent version) folder.

      • Gabriel Renault

        ok thx I will chek ;)

        • Gabriel Renault

          still not working :(

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Download the new server version (link at the bottom of the post) and try again.

          • Gabriel Renault

            it works perfectly fine now!! :D :D
            i think it’s 1.5 update ;)

    • Prle Car

      Try to reinstal origin, i had same problem and it helped

    • MachX

      after start server> click on activate and then run simcity.exe hope this helps

  • Zeljko

    Damn,1 shitty region,i hope there will be all regions avaliable

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Soon soon. Hopefully.

      • Zeljko

        Yeah

  • Carl

    Update 1.5 is available. It fixes game save problems. VuplesZedra has posted a tweet about it.

    https://twitter.com/VulpesZedra

    Again, follow all the instructions posted in this blog carefully. It works fine. Everything works including abandoning regions and saving. Replace hosts file. Allow connections to DRMLess Server. After you get tampered error, press activate on DRMLess server and press play again. Don’t panic if you get EA servers can’t connect, DRMLess takes over and you should see the VulpesZedra rabbit logo on the SimCity start page. Not sure why people are running into trouble.

    • Prle Car

      It also fixes offline timer, no more main menu drops and it fixes zonal disappearance.
      Things are moving that’s nice

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Wow, that’s really epic, I think all there is left to fix are unlocking more regions and the ability to create great works. I am adding this update to the guide. :)

        • Prle Car

          I hope they’ll fix the city synchronization because thats what this game is all about, region doesn’t make sense if you can’t trade resources with other cities.

          • MachX

            lets hope so a better update should come up which fixes regions and region sync and great works.

        • MachX

          that’s correct waiting for more regions to be updated for this game.

  • Vlad

    You should edit your article, if you install Update 1.4 and 1.5 the game works perfectly on Windows 8 (32-bit / x86)

  • LordChaos

    Realy no one knows whats going wrong ???

    please help me i cant figure this out :'(

    here is a screenshot from the error

    http://yuq.me/users/26/657/vbyPOpLCDj.png

    • LordChaos

      nevermind allready found my problem

      • Blabla

        Please tell me! I’ve got the same issue!

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Read the FAQ, make sure you are using an english Origin, dont use any different region.

  • Domi

    I get an error in Origin: You must be online to login for the first time :O

    • Prle Car

      then go online on origin

  • MachX

    the game isnt saving at all even when changing to clearwater form norwich how do i do it? pls help

  • Lilliblue

    The server keeps telling me this. I’ve followed your instructions to the letter and still can’t get any joy at all. Please help!

    -Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Private server returned an unknown response, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

    • Prle Car

      Reinstall origin given in with download

      • Lilliblue

        I have reinstalled Origin at least 4 times, not to mention the fact that the dummy certificate doesn’t seem to be installing, despite telling me that it has. I’m also having trouble taking read only off the indicated files, it just keeps coming back on after I click it off. I’ll try shutting off my firewall ect. and see if that helps. Here goes nothing.

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Have you used the updated server? The one from Step 9?

          • Ian

            Have the same issue. I’ve done the steps Lili did (reinstalling certificate, reinstalling origin, etc), but the same error message appears.

          • MachX

            make sure to replace the host file in system32/drivers/etc and take the backup of original. next run the start.exe and wait for message to appear saying everything sounds good and the click on activate. It should then say game successfully activated. If origin is installed then run or install install the game and run it and also let it update if running for the first time. don’t worry its all offline updates. also apply the update 1.4 and 1.5 specially when saving the game. i hope this helps…

          • Lilliblue

            I’ve done that already and there doesn’t seem to be a problem with the host file. Just with what I stated above. It’s increasingly frustrating. But I’ll keep going with it. :)

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Open the server and click Start Server. It will show those error messages but just leave the server alone for 1 minute. Then click “Check Components”. Does it solve the issue?

            Another thing, I am assuming you are on windows 8? Thats because a few users had the exact same error, some comments below and they were on windows 8, and when they updated to the 1.5 server this issue was gone. So make sure you are on 1.5 aswell.

          • Lilliblue

            Yes I have but I decided to delete the torrent and start again. :) Hopefully it’ll work this time. :)

          • Lilliblue

            I’m still having the same issue and can’t seem to get the read-me only setting off the simcity folder for some reason…I’ve installed the updated server from step 9 as well. I know I’m probably driving you all insane with my problems.

  • JamesD

    What means “No region simulation” and “No Greatworks simulation”?

    • Prle Car

      it means when u play with more then one city and you enter “city wall” no matter what u made in other cities the game will tell you that your city has no population nor money. You can’t trade resources with other cities in region. It’s like every city is for itself.

  • MachX

    First of all thanks to Zedra for this lovely piece of art that he has done for simcity lovers who do not wish to buy but enjoy the game. I have been playing simcity offline version ZEDRA for nonstop having 250,000 population and 2,500,000 simoleons with 5 casinos and electronic power house.
    Well i do noticed something that great works doesn’t work cos it still says pending great work for international airport. Its taking ages. I don’t know its some bug or something. I have donated you some cash in your Paypal account so that you add some more regions and thanks giving for this great job. Cheers!!!

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Well I am not Zedra. I am just a fellow gamer who wrote this guide to help other people out :P And great works don’t work as of yet, but they will probably be fixed soon, and neither does any regional simulation work as of now (trading with other cities etc).

      • MachX

        hope to see that fixed patch soon when all simulation work in offline server mode, cant ask anything better then this.

  • MachX

    any idea when will new update with “regions or great working” would come out which would complete simcity package?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      I have no idea, but my guess is soon.

  • MachX

    maximus great work for this article. this is in one word AWESOME

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Thank you :)

      • MachX

        one more last question do you think this game is worth buying it?

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          No, its not. The DRM crap has ruined it. I rather you wait for a new updated server and have fun with it then :)

  • Mike

    Please help me, followed the tutorial a thousand times. I’ve replaced my own host file with the hostfile provided, but when I click “Start Server” I get the following message:

    -Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.

    Can anyone please help me.

    Also when I go to:
    C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc

    And edit the “hosts” file, everything seems to be OK.

    In the location:
    C:WindowsSystem32Driversetc

    are the following files:
    hosts
    hosts.ics
    hosts.umbrella
    lmhosts.sam
    networks
    protocol
    services

    what can couse this problem?

    When I edit the hosts file, it includes the following:

    127.0.0.1 csc3-2010-crl.verisign.com

    127.0.0.1 ocsp.verisign.com

    127.0.0.1 crl.verisign.com

    127.0.0.1 download.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 secure.download.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 loginregistration.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 achievements.gameservices.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 friends.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 avatar.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 ecommerce.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 static.cdn.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 tealium.hs.llnwd.net

    127.0.0.1 heartbeat.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 web.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 store.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 ec2-54-243-231-82.compute-1.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 eaassets-a.akamaihd.net

    127.0.0.1 ssl.resources.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 akamai.cdn.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 novafusion.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 proxy.novafusion.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 ec2-23-23-167-200.compute-1.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 dirtybits.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 chat.dm.origin.com

    127.0.0.1 easo.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 ea.com

    127.0.0.1 telemetry.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 ec2-54-228-227-181.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 ec2-46-137-177-16.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 s3-1-w.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 static.prod.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 avatar.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 adsrv-dummy.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 adsrv.ea.com

    127.0.0.1 socket.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 update.prod.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 worlds.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 scproddefaultservicenews.s3.amazonaws.com

    127.0.0.1 api.simcity.com

    127.0.0.1 help.ea.com

    Kind regards.

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Delete (backup somewhere else), the hosts, hosts.ics, hosts.umbrella files. Then copy over the torrent Hosts. Then try again. Tell me what happens. Also which windows are you on?

  • NightEx

    I followed the tutorial. I start the server.. no license whatever … then i click on check components.. everything sounds good.
    I start origin download the game.. press play.. tampered error.
    I pressed activate and play again. Same error.
    Simcity, Origin Games and Origin folder I unchecked readonly.

    Windows 7 32bit
    Can anyone help me?

  • phife

    works lovely up until where i need to “download” the game. thing tells me it cant find the files and gives me an error code. someone else here had the same problem, and i did the same thing, but it didnt work for me. root is c:/Programs/Simcity and origin is in c:/programs (x86)/Origin. i did change the instal folders around to no avail. did also apply the updates one by one up to 1.5. just tells me it cant find the game files. something funny that i discovered: win tells me the simcity folder is about 2 gb in size. when i look inside of it, i cant find any big file at all to justify the file size win tells me. no hidden files either. could this be related? any idea what else i could try?
    thanks in advnace

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      It is supposed to be c:/Program/Simcity. Program without the ‘s’. Try with that.

      • phife

        yep did that as well. no luck tho

      • phife

        sometimes i really dont understand whats happening. apparently there is a difference between the version provdied in the v1.5 of vulpeszedra and this one (which is v1.3) even if updated to v1.5 the install looks different. but, now it works. i got the files from gully, which was the v1.5. thank you though, i never thought itll come down to this.
        maybe mention that in the guide above? i think many people will go for the v1.5 which wont work

  • Sim

    Hey Maximus, Daruca uploaded a new version, this one is the 1.5 version + the original torrent, so now you don’t have to dl all those files, maybe you could put this in the guide. Here’s the link: http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/8590087/SIMCITY_DRMLESS_CRACKED_VULPESZEDRA_VERSION_1.5

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Thanks for sharing the link. I looked at the files of that torrent, and they are a bit different, the description of that torrent has also added alot of extra steps (which are not needed in this version). So I rather everyone sticks to this method because if something goes wrong, atleast I can help them. In the near future when the SimCity Server is stable enough (with all the features restored). I will make my own updated torrent and link it here.

  • MachX

    cant play even sandbox mode with cheats enabled.. sad

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Yes at the moment it doesnt work either.

  • SC

    Hello, I have done everything as you said but im stuck on starting server…nothing happens…after some time i just get on top Not Responding.

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Are you on windows 8? Also click Activate from the server.

      • SC

        No, im on windows 7.

  • Zeljko

    I don’t know what the crap are you talking about,i made SimCIty to work from my first attempt.Calm down and read all steps carefully.

  • Troy-Ashley Crivellone

    i have read the steps in every tutorial on the web… still get the license tampering error. my folders won’t stay read only unchecked… server running, hosts file changed, ea cert installed, start ran as admin, click simcity.exe clicked activate(says success), everything running good on server program..

    tried to click go Offline within orgin and online and no change. firewall disabled. bascially i’ve done everything you have commented on as well…

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Make sure your server is running in the background when you login Origin.

      • Troy C

        done that. have gotten the license tampering error every time no matter how i install or run the programs…

        • NAndrewD

          Click activate in server

  • Miszu
    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Is the server running fine?

      • Miszu

        yes it is

      • NAndrewD

        Same here,vulpes said that microsoft loopback adapter fixed it but it still dosen’t,if you hear something please tell me

  • gustavo

    I’ve done everything right, and the game worked after a while. Problem is…. after restarting my pc and waiting for 1 day, now I can’t login into Origin anymore. I start the server, it goes ok, then when I try to login in Origin, it says my password is wrong, or maybe that I shall go online to login first time. What can I do?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Recopy the hosts file, install the certificate again then run origin with a different user name and use a simple a password like “1”. And make sure the server is running in the background.

      • gustavo

        Done. Not working yet. Should I reinstall it all from the beggining? =(
        The server runs ok after the 1st error message.

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Yes i think you should

  • Jason

    fantastic walkthrough thanks a lot!

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      No problem :)

  • Linkmations

    Hey Maximus, My mom and I both have separate copies of SimCity, but our internet connection is the crappiest. Is there a way we can play together with this, or is it all strictly singleplayer? Please reply as soon as you can Thanks in advance.

    -Daniel

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Sorry for the late reply, I was really busy. And sorry no you cant. Its strictly single player as of now.

      • Linkmations

        All righty, it’s okay. If it does happen to enable LAN Multiplayer or something, let me know, I would love to play with my mom or something, since it’s somewhat boring playing alone, it’s still a good game though.

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          Yeah lets hope, man.

  • Mcbone

    Happy to report I got this to work on Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit.

    I HAD to set Origin to English US though, before that, it kept saying I had to redeem a code first.

    But now it works! o/

  • Dinoo

    The game doesn’t show up in origin. When I go to my games it just says go to store or download demos.. Help?

    • Linkmations

      Did you uninstall Origin and download the Origin from the installer in the Extras folder? Also make sure to replace the hosts file in the directory given in the guide.

      • Dinoo

        Thank you :)

  • Bam

    when i press play this comes up

    • Linkmations

      I fixed that by reinstalling the certificate and re-replacing the hosts file, hope this helps.

  • Soer

    I’m getting File not Found
    There is a problem with the download service. Please try again later.
    Error: 7049:404

  • Soer

    nvm, deleted all and did again and it is working,

  • Darkside

    I don’t know if someone asked about this already, and I’m sorry, but when I press “play” or double-click on the SimCity icon, it starts launching then nothing happens.
    Any advices? Thanks in advance.

    • robinhood

      yeah same problem

  • jarifle

    I followed this but i got a screen that i need to activate the key throug origin i clicked activate on the server thing but still does not work

  • Dreak

    I have those problems. I havent seen anybody having the first problem?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Thats turkish right? Anyways did you change the language on origin? It should be English.

      • kdt

        Hey i did everything step for step a few times now everything works great but when i HIt Play button and going to the section where he needs to update the game i get a message that i need to activate the game i running on W8 and i click in the server things many times activate ( i hope you understand my bad english and you could help me Thanks already! good review this )

      • Dreak

        Origin is English. My windows language is in Turkish. Still have the same errors after reinstalling Origin.

    • Serujo

      exactly the same problem here. did you find a solution yet??

  • Zeljko

    “Hi, an update is expected in few weeks with sandbox fixed and one or
    more regions, still need a legit copy for region trading & other
    stuff” Vuples said on Twitter!
    YAAY MORE REGIONS!! Yeah!

    • Nikola Hudinčec

      Finally some good news, but i still want region sync

  • Petar

    First of all thanks for the guide, but here’s a question:
    I am unable to install Origin. All the steps are ok, but once I install the program from the file provided, the Origin.exe disappears. I uninstalled and reinstalled about 5-6 times (cleaning all traces after each time) but with no success.
    Any idea what might be causing this?
    I’ve never used the Origin before (nor I plan to).

    • Petar

      Found a solution:
      In the Origin folder simply rename the OriginTDM.exe (not sure for about the exact name) to Origin.exe and it will run just fine.

  • Refer

    I’m getting an error all the time, it tells me that it could not connect to the EA-Server and that I have to activate my account to run Sim City.

    • Refer

      Server runs fine, tells me “Everything sounds good !!” all ports are binded.

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Install origin with US english selected as the language, no other languages work.

        • Refer

          I’ve done that, still the exact same error.

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            This seems like a problem with either the hosts file or the certificate. Re do those steps.

          • NAndrewD

            I did 5 times and nothing works

    • Nikola Hudinčec

      Did you made new account on Origin. If yes, did you get any conformation email to activate your new account?

      • Refer

        Ofcourse I did not, since Origin can’t connect to the Originservers and I can login with any data I want to use.

  • roger

    hi i’m getting an error.

    file not found

    there is a problem with the download service.

    Please try again later.

    Error: 7049:404

    Pls assist.

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      It could be alot of things causing this, like running out of disk space etc. Do the whole process again.

      • Brasuca

        I’m getting same error, (Error 7049:404), and I have 200gigs free on HD installing on. What can I try?

  • Ileana

    Hi, i’ve done everything to the “T” but get stuck at step 5. When I click on the start.exe file nothing happens. Same goes for the origin file. I renamed it as suggested from Petar down below but nothing happens either. I’m at a loss and don’t know what to do.

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Which windows are you on?

      • Ileana

        On Windows Vista, pretty sure 64. I figured out the problem. I had to watch a couple of YouTube videos but realized that my download was corrupted which is why nothing worked. I redownloaded it again and followed the instructions. After installing the updates u ran into an error code but found the solution on a YouTube comment. I activated the updates with the server launcher and was finally able to get the game running. Thanks so much for the game and thanks so much for replying to me, I sincerely appreciate it :)

        • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

          No problem, glad your issue is resolved :)

  • Soz

    Hi, when i use “start server” i can ready: -Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.

    Only this text. Can u help me plz?

    • Nikola Hudinčec

      Step 4- In the Extra folder copy the “Hosts” file, then go to “C:Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts”, and delete the “Hosts” file there (back it up somewhere else if you want, you will need it if you want to use Origin legitimately). And paste the torrent version of the Hosts file (might be slightly larger than the previous one).

  • RATAK

    WORK WORK WORK I AM HAPPY

  • The Dude

    Hey there! I’ve done all the steps very carefully and everything was working fine and smooth until i clicked the play button and the game started to update…So it appears that game box with maxis and the news feed(witch is not working) starting the update….11%,24%….aaaand gets to 47% where gets stuck for a while than resets to 40% …and again ,and again until after about an hour I get an error called SMCY-5 when it’s stuck at 47%…Please help me:( Thank you in advance! :D

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Remove the simcity data and try again.

  • Twitch

    Works on windows 7 32 bit too ! Just hit ACTIVATE in the Start.exe thing.

  • kevint

    how do I recover host file and Certificate file back to normal so I can buy the game ?

    • Nikola Hudinčec

      You can delete certificate, and you had to make backup of host file

      • kevint

        where is the certificate file located bro ?

        • Nikola Hudinčec

          Press “window key + R” on your keayboard and then type this “certmgr.msc” and press enter

          You are looking for “Electronic Arts, Inc CA.crt” under “Trusted Root Certification Authorities/cerificates”

  • lanscer

    Need help.
    I got everything right till installation got completed.
    After “Everything sounds good” and installing through origin, am getting an error code SMCY 24? after installing and going for play.

    Also, I do not get drmless server logo in place of maxis logo.

    After starting the game it shows “unable to connect simcity server” wtf.

    And above all i can play is just the stupid tutorial that to till linking the city via airport.

    plz help

  • shadow

    i get “-Private server returned an unknown response” every time while simcity stops to connect..

  • maven

    After pressing play option it shows ” Simcity Server down. Attempting to reconnect” on the top left corner.

    Is server down?

    plz reply

    • NAndrewD

      Click retry

  • Debojyoty Ganguly

    no matter how many times i try…i get the same error…fed up now…mine is windows 7 ultimate…folder created in C:ProgramSimcity…server running perfectly…origin installed…origin started…simcity downloaded in C:Program FilesOrigin GamesSimCity…origin showing game ready to play…as soon as i click play…this message is shown….please please please helpppppppppppp

    • Pyro

      I solved mine by clicking the activate button in the Start.exe server and it activated it. and could play.

      • NAndrewD

        Clicked here also but it says that you must enter the game at least once

  • Christyan

    Private server returned an unknown response, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to

    • NAndrewD

      Same here

  • Christyan

    Thisis my problem

  • Ray

    Hello, I can’t play simcity because of this problem. I tried difference solution but nothing happen I still got the same error :( Hope somebody could help me.

  • ♥AMINE♥™

    Port 80

    Not available, already binded by System

    • NiceDude4u

      how did you do it?

      • vic

        open cmd as administrator and type: “net stop http” without the quotes. the type y for yes

  • ♥AMINE♥™

    Please please ! Help Me i cant open the port 80 and i have already installed the EA certificate i have this stupid error message i cant run the server please anyone help me

    • monsef

      a program is using your port 80 and you have to shut it down .it could be IIS

      • ♥AMINE♥™

        i solved all my problem’s thanks

  • Guest

    Always SAME Problem please anyone !

  • ♥AMINE♥™

    please anyone help me i have the same problem !

    • ♥AMINE♥™

      i’v tried more than 3 version of this torrent all of them have the same error i was careful with all the steps :
      i have Windows 8 64bit intel i7 nvidia 2Gb

    • Me

      You have to have all ports open, just exit out of the program it says

  • ♥AMINE♥™

    i solved my problem with this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVSZxvPPRMc

  • ♥AMINE♥™

    Ok Now i have this problem WTF!!

  • ♥AMINE♥™

    It’s working Now i solve all my problems by my self one of my downloaded file wasn’t good !!

  • Zennon

    Thank you so much.

  • Sparky

    I have followed all the steps and i am still getting an error for invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A). I have tried clicking exit then going to the server then clicking activate and trying again multiple times, i am on Windows 7 ultimate, help would be very great

    • Hülooğğ

      I think I solved the problem.

      1. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
      2. “invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)” error message will shown. No matter.

      3. Go to “Start.exe”. Click on “Activate”, you’ll see “Successfully activated.” (or something like that. I can’t remember well.
      4. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
      5. Program will search for updates. Wait.
      6. Enjoy!

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Thanks for sharing.

  • Mariana Guerra

    Hi! I have followed all the steps but with origin I can’t download the game. To start with in your instructions it says install but on my origin it says download. So, if I have the servers running with everything good I can’t download the game, I get the error 7049:404. However if I close the start.exe it starts preparing the download but another error shows up after a while this being error 65538:-3. I really do not want to have to do this all over again, it has been an hour since I started. Any thoughts on how to fix this?

    • anonymousJ

      Here follow this video

      One thing to notice, u need to right click the ‘Start.exe’ and click on Run as administrator to open ‘start.exe’

  • Michael

    Hi,
    I got stuck in step 5. I ran “start.exe” and it crashes and not responding, so I cannot proceed to click stat server. I am using windows 8. Please help…

  • J

    i hit play and it says cant connect to server, i look for activate button, i see none

  • Enooo

    to the guys who get invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A) click active on start.exe I fixed it like this

    • SIMCITY USER

      THANKSSS!!! BUNCH OF LOVE!!

  • HELP

    Once I run Start.exe i get “Evaluation Version ZZEEPhpExe”. When I press “continue” in the red box, The program does not respond and I have to force quit

  • Zeljko

    Woah,woah,woah!1.6 is out! “Update 1.6 is out. Two regions added, sandbox and some bugs has been fixed” Check his Twitter for link!

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Thanks for telling me, I just updated the guide with a working link of the new update :)

  • nicknl

    i’ve done everything the right way in the right order , but when i want to play they say i still need an productcode

    • kefijn

      exactly the same here!

  • Breanne Grondin

    When I open the server I get the whole “Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed-Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to.”
    Port 8001 is red, saying its already binded by the system. All other ports are green. Someone suggested just downloading the certificate multiple times. I’ve tried that. My SimCity folder is unchecked for read-only. I don’t know what the hell else to do. I don’t have skype, and i have also tried going to processes and ending pmb.exe (but it wasn’t there) Help, pretty pretty please!!!!!

    • Joakim432710

      Make sure you install the certificate as “Trusted root certification authorities”
      The 8001 binding you’ll have to google to check for which programs / windows services may use that port from your system.

      • Breanne Grondin

        I have tried many many things. I’ve tried to google it. And nothing seems to work. I have installed the certificate to “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” I have literally followed the instructions to the T. I have asked many different people about it. But nothing seems to work.

  • Alex

    Hi – I get a “cannot connect to EA servers to activate Simcity with your account” like Ray … Any ideas ??? Please advice!!!!!

    • Alex

      Ok – solved this one – I had installed the certificate wrongly – but now, I have another problem – while trying to start I get an error “No valid license – Code = Tampered (0x000A)”

      • Joakim432710

        Simply go to the C:Program filesOrigin games and rightclick Simcity, untick the “Read only”, then make sure Simcity isn’t launched and go in the server and click “Activate”.

  • Mackenzie

    I did everything you said but when I try to run start.exe it does this thing where I have to wait 10 seconds then press continue, but when I click on it it freezes. I don’t know what to do?

  • zxcvb

    “Unable to load city at this time” Please help!

    • Zeljko

      Don’t use Cheat Engine!

      • dennyson

        I have the same problem and i don’t use any cheat

        • Guest

          i found out a solution, i just created an other account

    • Guest

      I have the sameproblem and i don’t use any cheat

    • dennyson

      i found out a solution, i just created an other account.

  • Var

    Not syncing cities in region(when in region mode, every city has 0 money) , cannot send gifts(money)

  • TiagoT

    Yeah, so I followed the instructions, and when I try to start the servers, it doesn’t work… It just keeps saying “SimCity DRMLESS Server Status: DOWN”… Any suggestions? I’m using Windows XP.

  • TiagoT

    P.S. My Windows XP is 32 bits. Does this have anything to do with the problem?

  • Zach

    On Origin its saying “You must be online when logging in for the first time”

  • Long

    I use Win7, updated the server to 1.5Beta. I did installed the game but can’t play the game, although I “activate” the button in the server panel, but Origin keep showing the “activate” screen and won’t let me play

  • gee

    everything was fine until I had to start the start.exe. after the 10 seconds and clicking continue, it just stops responding and I have to force quit it. what do?

    • gee

      oh, figured it out. even when not responding the unupdated version does run. now I have trouble updating, daamn.

    • gee

      wooo! figured it out! i followed h33t’s instructions as well. turns out I had to install origin BEFORE running the start exe, and that first of all I had to update simcity’s files to 1.6.

  • Dumi

    God bless you! It works!

  • Scott

    When I load Start.exe version 1.6, I get “Not Available” below all 3 servers, and it doesn’t allow you to do anything. I’ve tried many things, I don’t have skype installed, I’ve turned off any firewalls or antivirus programs, and a few resets on network settings. Suggestions?

  • Nick Pui

    getting error smcy-25 could not connect to the simcity update server. after trying 2 times, it appear smcy-14 also could not connect to the simcity update server. any solution guys?

  • Irish King

    I want to revert my origin back to its original state so I can play the game I own legitimately. How do I do this?

    • Zeljko

      If you made backup of Hosts file,just replace it,if not…well then you are screwd :)

      • Irish King

        This doesn’t sound right to me but where is the original hosts file located? I’ll have a friend send me a copy of his.

  • Fabels

    OK, quick question. Everything seems to go great untill I tried to start the game. It says you didn’t get a product key.. Any help

  • Martines

    Hey

    I’ve been retry step 2-3-4-5 for like 50ish times
    ANd all I have is


    Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed

    Not able to reach the pirate server, Origin will not be able to log in to

    Well I don’t know if the certificate did works?
    I’ve tried use mmc to manually instal the certificate incase my Win f*** up
    ANd no luck
    I’ve installed it over and over again
    This is really mad

    Does anyone here only use this torrent and it works?
    Or you’ve already try the other source and come to this pages?
    How in world ppl invented these DRM for, must be a work of Satan. Grrrr!!!

    BTW using Win7 Pro 64bit

    Rgd,

  • Jay

    thanksss!!! its working…but the resources are unable to be shared within region…hope to be able to update SimCity to fix this problem..

  • Tallborn

    OK GUIZ PLZ HELP ME I NEED MY CERTIFICATE RESTORED SO I CAN PLAY MY ORIGIN GAMES BACK… I CAN’T DOWNLOAD IT NO MORE THE CERTIFICATE BLOCKS THE SITE PLZ HEEEEEEELP

  • dovydas

    hey i got question what to do if my port 80 and port 443 says not avaible??? plz help

  • dovydas

    i doed all and i get this error -Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.

    • steve

      may i know how to fix tis problem?

  • builder

    it´s awesome. Is it possible to download and instal patch from ea? I really need bridges and tunnels in my town.

  • Zeljko

    How can i buy a legit game from Origin again?I mean how do i remove certificate that i have installed?Please answer!

  • TY

    I follow every step very secure. But when clicking on ‘play’ i get the message I didn’t have a productkey. The following thing I did was ‘activate’ in start.exe, but without success. I already did the whole procedure again: didn’t work. Can someone please help? TY

  • OM

    All of my ports are unavailable, did anyone get this?

  • lol

    I dud everything ..but at the last moment i got a problem..plz help me ..i give screenshot.. http://oi39.tinypic.com/5yxpvo.jpg

    • TY

      Same here… someone?

      • Macca

        Yeah, I updated to 1.6 with a different update
        PS This torrent comes with 1.6 so I don’t see why I should have to download another 1.6 to make it work

        Doesn’t work anyway, still says tampered

        • TY

          I have the same problem Macca, anyone to help us?

          • Rayn

            Download all the patches v1.1, v1.2 and so on…then copy and replace all the patches into the directory. Then go to ‘start.exe>start server>’

    • umesh

      just update to 1.6 version after that this goes..

  • Rayn

    If u get “No valid license – Code = Tampered (0x000A)”, download all the patches v1.1, v1.2 and so on…then copy and replace all the patches into the directory. Then go to ‘start.exe>start server>’. I did mine, its working.

    • NTK

      But.. can you pass the web were you downloaded that?

      • Rayn

        Just search in the google like this “SimCity DRMLESS Beta Update 1.1″…it should be there.

        • TY

          Does not work for me…

  • Ogamar

    Worked perfectly! Thank you so much! One thing I had to do that wasn’t included was stopping Origin from updating when it asks after install. After that block updatetool.exe in the Origin folder from the firewall. And everything else went smooth for me.

  • Souravmoy

    done everything with the server. “Everything sounds good” got. Installed the game.
    But when i Click play, its says launching and the dialogue window disappears. and nothing happens.
    The game does not start

    • Rayn

      Did you try to activate it?

      • Souravmoy

        yes. but now i have a new error. Tampered (0x000A)

        • Souravmoy

          okay everythings good…started playing the game..its was great. i just updated the drm version to 1.6 and everything worked smooth.
          Thank u Ryan

  • jurriaan

    Everything works fine, except for one point : -Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in. See below.

    Can someone help me?

  • Jan Apas

    got stuck on start.exe …. followed every step . but when i get there it freezes

    • M3rw1ck

      You have to open the ‘SimCity DRMLESS Beta Update 1.5′ folder and copy all the patch files into the root folder, that is ‘Simcity’ (Overwrite if you have to)
      Then try running Start.exe again. Should work.

  • Souravmoy

    is this a completely multiplayer game? Can’t we be mayor of more than one city and share resources; coz I can’t. When I’m becoming a mayor of a new city there are 0$ simleons in my old city and I cant share any resource.
    If I’m missing out something pls help me.

  • Alex

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/f8ti.jpg/ now what? followed every step and i can’t play

  • Serujo

    dummy certificate does not seem to be installed….tried averything..

    • Marx

      had the same issue. In the end I tried it by double clicking the certificate, instead of right clicking (install). Then I choose to automatically install, instead of the specific location. Worked for me… go figure…!

  • TY

    Could someone please tell us what to do when “No valid license – Code = Tampered (0x000A)” appears? Also check the picture down here from LoL (6 days ago).

    • Rayn

      Download all the patches v1.1, v1.2 and so on…then copy and replace all the patches into the directory. Then go to ‘start.exe>start server>’

      • TY

        Although I find it weird, because this torrent is version 1.5, I did what you said. Didn’t work…
        Any other ideas?

  • Souravmoy

    how to update the game version 7.0? not the server version!!

    • Zeljko

      Wait for Vuples to update

  • Deo

    Ha ha ha great

    The fake server won’t work if my user folder has a space in the name. How stupid is that?!

  • Azza

    I can’t permanmently remove the ‘read only’ from the properties. I think that’s what a lot of peoples problems are, I remove it press apply go back top check and its ticked again. How do you untick it perm’?

    • Souravmoy Gorai

      It won’t be unticked permanently. The ‘read-only’ property is applied to the FILES present in the folder; not the folder itself. When u uncheck the ‘read-only’ property all the FILES inside the folder gets its ‘read-only’ property unchecked, and thats whats required.
      U r good there.

  • Bokchoy

    I cant replace the hosts file, it says i dont have permission…

    • Y2J

      use the account who is adminstrator you can also do:Control PanelUser Accounts and Family SafetyUser AccountsManage Accounts and change it to adminstator

  • Nick

    First of all, thank you very much for the helpful guide. It works find. However, as my city grows to around 200K population, it takes 10 minutes to load and enter the map. My computer is 2013 brand new so it should be able to handle this game. Any help please? Thank you again

    • Zeljko

      Ah yeah,i have the same problem.
      I have 6 gb ram,GT 620 and it should load a little bit faster :(

  • mac

    it says i ahve a invaild liance

    • Souravmoy

      click Activate in the DRM-less server. Its should say Game Activated after u clik it

  • sheg110

    SimCity DRMLESS Server Status : Down / and all ports are not available. How can i fix this please help.

    • Zeljko

      Just wait few hours/days it should work

      P.S. Maybe Vuples doin’ sometnin! :D

  • doni

    when i starting the game, it’s shows “could not login in to SimCity due to a network error”
    so what shuold i do, ??
    help me please

  • Darkik

    Still having problems, checked everything multiple times, but i still get the dummy certificate not installed problem. The certificate it’s installed, verified it via windows. After spending a couple of days trying to fix it i still can’t figure out the problem :/

    • Name

      Try this: right click the SimCity folder -> properties -> security -> edit -> allow full control for every users on your computer, go back to the General tab then uncheck ReadOnly then Ok. Try to run Start.exe this time.

      • Darkik

        Already did that, nothing changed. Directory is obviously not read-only. I’ve tried different solution, even tried to disable all services at the start because i thought it may have been related to some conflicts, but it didn’t work out. System is running windows 7.

        My best guess would be that something is creating some conflicts, but i can’t figure out what. Ports should be free since the server is saying that he’s able to bind them, but it’s like something doesn’t allow it to be reachable :/

        • Darkik

          So, any solution?

  • Ryu

    Does this work with Windows 8? And are region sharing features enabled?

    • Zeljko

      It should work on win8,but region sharing features should come in next few updates,i’ll keep you guys posted!

  • BKOTB

    everything works okay until i try to install the game. it will install to 100% and then nothing happens and the orange link still says “install.” i’m on vista 64 and i tried running both origin and start.exe as administrator, nothing. i even tried to launch simcity.exe from the origin games folder in program files, but i get this error message: “the game simcity does not appear to be installed. please install it or try relaunching the game.”

    • Zeljko

      Try using a Win7,works for me :D

      • BKOTB

        um, i don’t have windows 7… i’m running vista. as i said before…

  • neso

    why alt+W for 100.000 simeleons doesn’t work??

    • Zeljko

      Update to 1.6 :)

  • brian5coat

    Can’t save… every time I load back up the game it says “Unable to load city at this time. Please try again.”

    • Zeljko

      Don’t use f******* cheat engine!

  • lagolas

    “Everything sounds good !!” appears on the but i can’t login to origin it says email ,orgin id or password is incorrect please help

    • Lagolas

      please help!! here is the photo of that

      • Zeljko

        Um,did you replaced a hosts file?

  • Rostas Dacian

    HI i have a problem when i click star

    Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows
    hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.
    -Dummy certificate does
    not seem to be installed
    -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will
    not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity
    will not be able to login in to.

    in copied the hostfile from system32-drivers-etc

  • Lee

    All work perfectly but when i click play got this ALERT : Could not log in to SimCity due to a network error

  • Andrew

    I get the following message from the server (clicking start.exe)

    -Private server
    returned an unknown response, Origin will not be able to login in to.

    -Not
    able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in
    to.

    So this is just one less message than before, my dummy certificate seems to have installed. Read only I have repetativly checked and it is off. I am at a complete loss as of what to do.

    • Zeljko

      Hmm,don’t know..try doing everything again

    • someone

      had the same problem, delete (or move to another location) two items:
      1. the all folder stunnel
      2. the file stop
      i don’t know if that will make the game work, but it will make the DRMLESS server “say” – everything sounds good!

    • Bango

      Same thing for me and I still didn’t find the way to fix this. I already did everything from the beginning, but it didn’t help. Since you had this problem, did anything change? Are you able to launch the server?

  • Joshua Townsend

    Is there the ability to have multi-player via a LAN connection? and or a way of hosting an online private server for other players to join?

    • Zeljko

      Not yet…

  • robinhood

    when i click the play button on origin its says it launch but it just stops., please help!!!

  • Alphahelix

    I get an error saying “we are unable to connect to EA servers to activate this game” after I click the play button. any ideas what’s wrong? Thanks! Running Windows XP 32-bit. Server is up and running fine and clicking activate doesn’t resolve it. :

  • archi

    Thanks a lot for the guide! I followed the instructions and everything seems OK.
    I can play, however I cannot share between cities and the # of citizens and money in the overview always remains at zero.
    Beside that, after some time playing, I’m always sent back to the main screen. The game is however saved.
    Have I missed something? How can I fix this behavior? Thank you.

    • Zeljko

      “Beside that, after some time playing, I’m always sent back to the main screen. The game is however saved.” Update to 1.6

      “Thanks a lot for the guide! I followed the instructions and everything seems OK.
      I can play, however I cannot share between cities and the # of citizens and money in the overview always remains at zero.” Region Sync. isn’t incuded yet in Vulpes crack

      • archi

        Thank you, Zeliko, I got the second point.
        For the first one… I’m already running the 1.6; I just started with this release.

  • Jack Howley

    I’ve done the steps correctly but origin just won’t open after I double click, I’ve tried to run as admin too

    • Drainstormer

      Same here. It simply won’t run on Windows 8 64bit version. Running in compatibility mode doesn’t help either.

      • Drainstormer

        Try in WinXP SP3 mode. It should work.

        • Jack Howley

          Still nothing

  • BiePon

    i’ve done the steps and repeated it as many times as possible but is there a fix for the APPCRASH?

  • Kal

    File Not Found when I am trying to download SimCity on Origin

    • Kal

      Here’s a screenshot.

  • Giorgos

    guys i have problem when i double click at the “start.exe” my “ZZEE phpexe is not responding” and i cant continue to select server pls help me

    • Bango

      Same here

      • hats

        you have to copy all the files and paste them in another forder

  • Bango

    ” -Private server returned an unknown response, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to. ”

    That’s the only two sentences I get, and I don’t think that sounds good. A little help here?

    • NAndrewD

      Tried the read-olny uncheck?

      • Bango

        I did…

        • Carter k

          Same

          • Bango

            I guess I should just let it down. Just wondering, do I need the 1.0 version before downloading the 1.6?

      • Bango

        Okay, now something changed, I have two other sentences.

        “-Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
        -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.”

  • Carter K

    This error:

    • NAndrewD

      Have you selected install certificate in trusted root or the second from the list?

      • Carter

        I beleive so. It says “Trusted Root Certification Authorities.” Btw I have a Windows 7 computer, unchecked the read only, have an origin account but uninastalled and intalled the included one.

  • NAndrewD

    “Unable to connect to EA servers……..” has anyone with this problem fixed it?

    • Roby

      I have the same problem! I can’t play because when i go to the game it opens a window : Unable to connect(….). And i click Retry over and over and it doesn’t go away! HELP!

  • Moe

    Hi, I managed to run the private server correctly but Origin is giving me that error. “An unknown error has occurred. Please restart origin and try again.” Please help.

    Update: My server is 1.5 Beta. Not 1.6.
    And yes, I updated the host file.

    • Zeljko

      Replace hosts fileee :D

      • Moe

        I cannot “replace” because there are somethings other things going on my host file. So, I appended it. This is the Simcity part. Did I miss anything?

        127.0.0.1 csc3-2010-crl.verisign.com
        127.0.0.1 ocsp.verisign.com
        127.0.0.1 crl.verisign.com
        127.0.0.1 download.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 secure.download.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 loginregistration.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 achievements.gameservices.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 friends.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 avatar.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 ecommerce.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 static.cdn.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 tealium.hs.llnwd.net
        127.0.0.1 heartbeat.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 web.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 store.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 ec2-54-243-231-82.compute-1.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 eaassets-a.akamaihd.net
        127.0.0.1 ssl.resources.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 akamai.cdn.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 novafusion.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 proxy.novafusion.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 ec2-23-23-167-200.compute-1.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 dirtybits.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 chat.dm.origin.com
        127.0.0.1 easo.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 ea.com
        127.0.0.1 telemetry.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 ec2-54-228-227-181.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 ec2-46-137-177-16.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 s3-1-w.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 static.prod.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 avatar.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 adsrv-dummy.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 adsrv.ea.com
        127.0.0.1 socket.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 update.prod.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 worlds.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 scproddefaultservicenews.s3.amazonaws.com
        127.0.0.1 api.simcity.com
        127.0.0.1 help.ea.com

  • Eden.Mayor

    there is more version than 1.6? Like 1.7 or more?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Nope.

  • Kristian Academia

    help! the problem with my simcity 5 when i launch it
    it say invalid license…

    • Eden.Mayor

      Don’t launch it from Origin! Go to the SimCity floder, run the Start.exe. Click start server. Then go to the game folder (where you installed the game) and choose SimCIty.exe.

      • Kristian

        Yeah.. i followed your step and when i click SimCity.exe it launch origin

        • ffff

          You very Welcome

  • Waleed

    after doing everything, the start.exe file runs but it isn’t responding

    • Marios Mabo

      same

    • me

      Same there

  • Spider_hip

    I’m using 1.6 server. Just installed game as you explained. Everything works perfect. But my question is, there isn’t any sandbox mod. There is only 3 regions to play. I can only start with antartica at origin(if its a problem). So server is 1.6 but, game isn’t I guess. Cuz with 1.6 update I think there should be new sandbox feature, and new regions to play in. How can I learn my game’s real version ? Is it normal ?

  • Spider_hip

    Nevermind there is sandbox mod(just needed to click next lol) And I think there should be already 3 regions only. So this game is really in beta. Wow, why do they release this game like this omg. So you were playing with only 1 region till this update ? Omg.

  • touchandgoes

    Nothing happens when I click on the start server button. This is my 3rd time installing this game. The previous time, it couldn’t connect to the EA servers. Basically Origin was offline and would not connect. What am I missing?

  • Marios Mabo

    PLS HELP ME!! i have tried over 20 times, both with 1.5 and 1.6, origin before i run start.exe and not… and when i click start server the circle makes some rounds and then freezes, the program stops respondind, followed all the instructions carefully…PLS HELP ( WINDOWS 8 x64)

    • Marios Mabo

      one clue though! i tried once: installing the certificate and the host file and then starting the start.exe without having my folder read-only. I clicked start server, and it said that dummy crt wasnt installed and the other two blah blah.(so it worked). Then i closed it, made my folder read only, the program start freezing ! HOPE THIS HELPS ;)

  • Spider_hip

    So this is just a beta version. Even with a 1.6 update. Beceause in current simcity there are 10 regions with lots of features.

    When will the full Simcity get crack ?

    • Zeljko

      Buy the full game then.Vulpes is goin’ to add all this features and regions,just be patient…

  • andrew

    when i click play i get error

    invalid licence. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)

    so what now

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Did you have origin installed before using the one I provided? (over writing it etc). And did you manage to install the certificates properly?

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Got this from another user, tell me if it works…

        1. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
        2. “invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)” error message will shown. No matter.
        3. Go to “Start.exe”. Click on “Activate”, you’ll see “Successfully activated.” (or something like that. I can’t remember well.
        4. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
        5. Program will search for updates. Wait.
        6. Enjoy!

  • Cristiana Barros

    When I try to select a username and password on origin it tells me “you must be online in your first session” what did i do wrong? :s

  • Alex

    Its saying the torrnt isnt found when i click on the torrent link

  • Moe

    Hi Maximus, First of all, thank you for your info about the game. I played Simcity since Simcity 2000 and I waited so long to get my hands on Simcity 2013, well, for free.

    When I’m playing the game, I see that no regional staring stuff works whatsoever, be it Government department, Utilities buying/selling, Police/fire service, even gifting money, none of them seem to work.

    Can you confirm that everyone is facing that or is it just me?
    What is the Simcity update patch number that comes with DRM Less server 1.6?
    Is there a way to get further Simcity updates?

    Thank you,
    Moe

    • Zeljko

      Well,i guess we will have to wait for Vulpe’s to update it.

      • Moe

        Does cross-city stuff work when you play?

        • Zeljko

          Nope

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Your welcome :) And no cross city stuff doesn’t work at all, as of now. Maybe in the near future.

  • akoneaki1

    hy man , i got this message when i click play:
    invalid license. reason code = tampered (0x0001)

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Look at above.

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Got this from another user, tell me if it works. .

        1. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
        2. “invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)” error message will shown. No matter.
        3. Go to “Start.exe”. Click on “Activate”, you’ll see “Successfully activated.” (or something like that. I can’t remember well.
        4. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
        5. Program will search for updates. Wait.
        6. Enjoy!

  • Stino

    Thanks for the guide! I did everything exactly as described, however i seem to have a problem no one else has. When i download and install the game in Origin, it completes the process but afterwards the button will just say “Install” again. I’ve tried this and Origin will install again, but after 100% it just stops and the button will still say “install”. The downloading will only happen on the first try.

    The server runs like it should, the folders are named right and i’ve unchecked read-only.. Any solutions? I’m using Windows 7 64-bit.

    • phoenix414

      You most likely let origin update, i got into the same problem. Never let it auto update (tick it off at install)

  • Kyle

    Hi, thanks for this guide! I followed it step by step, and it worked like a charm last night, played it for a while. Today, when I try it again, it shows me an error saying “The game cannot find data files necessary to run. Reinstallation may be necessary. [1004]” Then a black rectangle with some background music appears (I’m guessing this is the launcher?) and it just stays that way until I close it.

    Would anyone know a way to fix this? Because I don’t want to uninstall-reinstall it every day I want to play…

  • IDK WHAT TO DO

    Problem like Kyle but for me game says: Unable to load city at this time. Please try again. So wtf can be?

    __________________________

    Hm when i play on sandboxed mode its everything allright. But fck that sandbox we dont like it

  • Jaime

    Thnaks for the post. I did everything you said. When I click on play, it says loading ,and then it says there an error “you cannot connect from our servers to activate SimCitytm blabla….” help me!

  • Lupus

    Right, so I started the game, and there is only one option to chose from, Getting started, and it should start the tutorial. However, when it starts loading it just goes back to the main screen and says: “Unable to load the city at this time”
    Does anybody know how to fix this??

  • wick

    Not working, when downloading the game a message shows up: File nor fount, There is a problem with the download server. Please try again later. error:7079:404

    what to do?

  • adyme

    What should I do with this case?

    • pLainbLank

      I’m getting the same error…. please help

  • Gibran Meister

    I did each step right and first nothing happened after a click play, now i receive an invalid license code error…. what should i do??

  • Tomas

    Hi, i did all steps by the guide. The problem is when im opening start.exe it give me dont send error. I did reinstal many times, all steps 100% like in guide but still same error. Win7 x64

    • Alei-Eldeen Mahammad

      It’s not responding for me either and I have to close it. Tried on both windows 8 and 7 64-bit

  • Alei-Eldeen Mahammad

    Ok, Evaluation version ZZEE Php Not Responding !! not just for a few minutes it stays like that forever. I tried running as administrator but that’s no use. I’m using winodows 7 64 bit and tried before on windows 8 as well. Help

    • Chen Xinwen

      did u copy the contents from the crack folder and paste before running start.exe?

      • Alei-Eldeen Mahammad

        Ok I downloaded a crack only torrent and I’m past this issue now. But it tells me that the certificate doesn’t seem to be installed. But I already installed and re-installed it like twenty times.

  • LEchaat Gataga

    Hello guys i did all what you said and it’s worked fine but know it doesnt work help pls its a good game ;D

  • TerrorOfDeath93

    First game that i install tke a long time.. at last.. i made it.. and 4 the second time itry login.. theres in an error.. but a Thankz 4 this games mann.. i like it… <3

  • Kristian Academia

    hey… i just installed simcity 5 and i notice that there are only three Region and i saw a bunch of other people videos and they liked have more than 5 region and my question is how can i download/patch/installed the regions..
    one last thing how to update simcity 5 with update 7 because i notice that there were no bridge and tunnel tool in gameplay..

    • Zeljko

      xD,there is only 3 regions in this crack,and for update 7,wait for it.. ;D

  • Ray

    Hey how can we install the original EA certificate? I’m trying to download the real origin to play battlefield 4 beta but when i click download origin i get a no data received error message no matter what browser I’m using.

    • Helping out

      You replaced your host file remember?Go to C: windows/system32/drivers/etc…..open the file named “host” with notepad erase all the text then re install a freshly downloaded version of origin.Not sure if you fixed or not, I’m just sick of idiots trying to use computers,If you don’t know what you’re doing NO TOUCHY!

  • Môhǻmmęd Jęmy

    how can i add the game ! plz help to origin ?.

  • touchandgoes

    Re-downloaded this torrent and again I have the same issue: I click on start server on start.exe and nothing happens. Nothing at all.

  • Flappie

    hey, i’m having a problem, when launching the game it tells me that i have yet to turn in a product code, anyone an what it is i’m doing wrong and how i’d be able to solve it?
    please help me!

  • rap42

    Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Not able to reach the
    private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Private server
    returned an unknown response, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

    • thib67

      I also got this problem ! Please some helps :)

  • rap42

    Been online in skype may also stop the server of working. Simply close it and it will work.

    ;)

  • DazL

    Works like a charm here. I was wondering, does the 1.6 refer to the latest working patch? Since there have been so many patches since, was wondering if somebody was working on updates of this version. And if there is a place where we can monitor progress?

  • Chen Xinwen

    It worked fine the first time with “everything sounds fine!” but when the second time i run the start.exe, it doesnt give me “everything sounds fine” instead, it shows

    Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Not able to reach the
    private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Private server

    returned an unknown response, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

  • Flappie

    why cant u play with friends with this crack?

  • Flappie

    in the new patch the must make somting that u can make a server on ur localhost that u can invite friends to ur simcity think that is much more fun :D

  • sazi

    what can i do when all ports are shown “not available”?
    I have tried to remove all files all like 5 times now and i allways get same, no port available..?

    • Constantinos Mp

      Did you find the solution my friend?

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Seems like the majority of users are having this issue. Tell me everything, for example which version of windows you are using, whether any of the previous steps gave any error and so on. I might be able to help.

      • Bruno

        Uninstalled internet explorer, followed all the steps properly, still all the ports are red and dummy certificates are not installed. Any solution? I have windows 8.1

    • TarekT

      SOLUTION: You have to uninstall Internet Explorer 11! Go to your controlpanel and find where you uninstall programs and click on “View updated programs” (or something like that) and delete it from there. If you can’t find it there, try just to uninstall it from “Programs and functions” you know, where you have all your programs.

      HELP ME: I can’t find the Internet Explorer program anywhere, perhaps I have already deleted it before, but my ports still don’t work! I have WIN 8, and when I search for Internet Explorer on the right side, then I can see the program and I can use Internet Explorer, but again, I can’t find it anywhere in “Programs and functions”.

  • Jet Max

    Hi I have a problem and was wondering if you could assist? If so,

    I downloaded the respective torrent data.

    After following all the instructions, in Origin , the simcity game does not up under “My games” in order to install it.

    Please, offer me some support on this.

    Thanks

    NB, enclosed is an image.

  • vamshi

    the server is nt starting at all its not responding and should i keep net no when insalltion

  • iskamal

    Thankkksss man it worked

  • Cristen Yoon

    Thank you so much! I have been trying to get this game to work for a long time, and your using simple but exact directions is a breath of fresh air! Thanks again, I prefer the offline

  • hak63

    I have “You must be online when logging in for the firs time” when i launch origin. Probleme with Hosts file. how tu fixe there?

    • Mirte Koch

      I had that to, but I forgot the button ‘Start server’ at the server.. Maybe you forget also that step :)

  • Luna

    Help me please! I did everything correctly, but I can’t find Simcity to download in My Games session. In the server.exe is written like this:

    -Some needed
    hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file,
    otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.
    -Dummy certificate does not seem to
    be installed
    -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able
    to login in to.
    -Private server returned an unknown response, SimCity will
    not be able to login in to.
    =
    Help me please

  • Mirte Koch

    I can get to the last pop-up but I can’t click play, because there is a pop-up that keeps telling me that I need to activate the productkey in Origin. What to do?

  • moda

    server is down

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Explain further please.

  • ZeeS

    will this work with windows 8? I get following message:

    “Your root folder name should not contains spaces nor special characters
    -Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to”
    Help please

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Yes my game is also having this issue, I will update the guide once I have a solution ready.

      • Jay

        Hey did you get manage to get this resolved?

  • ….

    its not working for me im getting the same errors as everyone else else. I followed the directions to a T…..

    -Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to”

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      I just checked, my game is having this issue too. I am working on a way to figure it out. I will update the guide if I get a solution or if the server gets an update.

  • ………

    I cant find any host file in the extra folder… please help….

  • …..

    Not my OC, but if you are getting the certificate not installed error, do this:

    For all those who are still not able to install please note these simple steps.
    1. Make a Folder – C:/Program
    2. Make a Folder – C:/Program/SIMCITY
    3. Copy contents of this torrent except the folder : SimCity DRMLESS Beta Update 1.5 into C:/Program/SIMCITY
    4. Copy the Contents of the folder SimCity DRMLESS Beta Update 1.5 into C:/Program/SIMCITY – It will as to over-write please do so.
    5. Open the Command Line (Start-CMD-Right-Click – Run as Administrator)
    6. Type Net Stop HTTP (to Release the PORT 80 as many might be using a router/have run WAMP/other servers on their system)
    7. Install Origin
    8. Run the program start.exe from C:/Program/SIMCITY and allow firewall access
    9. Install Certificate
    10. Click Check Components and you will get the message Everything Sounds Good
    11. Open Origin and you should not be able to download the game which takes about 5 mins and when you play the game it will do some more updates.. and your good to go..

    the important thing to remember is that all the ports should be bounded in the SIMCITY DRM Server, else its not gonna connect.

    • kludd

      I’ve tried your solution but I still get the same error: all the port are red and the server status is down!!!
      Please help!!

  • Farly

    Have anyone tested in 32 bit OS and works? I’ve been reading and also from above that it doesn’t support 32 bit OS, and I only got 32 bit OS?
    Anybody have solution for this?

  • Zeljko

    Guys!Guys!!I had it working from first attempt!Don’t rush!!Christ…

  • Satay Noodle

    I’m stuck at step 5.
    So I double checked that I’d done everything right.
    But, when I click on the exe file this comes up, I click continue and it just sits there. I left my computer on all day and it doesn’t do anything and eventually just stops responding. I’m not sure what to do here. Help?

    • frustrated

      This is exactly what happens when I try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Django

    I’m having the exact same problem as Satay Noodle, i’veset the permissions, installed the certificate, edited the host file so all adresses point to localhost, excluded the server from my firewall. but when i start the server(also in admin-mode) i have to wait 10 seconds, click the button and it just freezes. i’m running windows 8.1 and there are no ther services running on port 80. Any help will be appreciated.

  • KingCiaran

    I cannae even get to the torrent file! Upon clicking the link to take me to the download page, it loads for a very long time and then tells me it’s not available.

  • Sacred

    So my only problem right now is, everything works up till i tell the game to play, and then it load for a second and does nothing, and my play times ramps up like 100,000+ hours for no real reason at all, windows 8 64bit

    • Ackusativobjekt

      Got the exact same problem. Help would be splendid.

  • Tremere

    I just did everything you said and really works! Thanks! =D

  • Gerard

    Using windows 7. I clicked on activate on the server and then play in origin. Got an error saying: “Invalid licence. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A).” What to do now?

    • Drakzero

      have server running and go to C:Program Files (x86)Origin GamesSimCitySimCityCore and run ActivationUI.exe then in the server window click activate. it should activate and then be able to run the game.

      • Gerard

        Not sure if I’m doing anything wrong but I followed your instruction and I’m still receiving the same error.

        • Clance

          This was my problem awhile ago, i thought i already did all of the instruction, until i updated it in the sequence of 1.2 to 1.3, 1.3 to 1.4, 1.4 to 1.5, and lastly 1.5 to 1.6. After that, i opened the game thru Origins, first it gave me the same error. Then i click activate in the window of Start.exe. I opened the game again, and poof, it worked. Hope this will help you :)

      • Gerard

        I’m running on a laptop if that helps.

    • Gamerboca

      when you open Start.exe click Activate

  • Happy User

    AMAZINNGGG!! Thanks!! I also got the “Invalid license. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A).” error, but the solution below worked. Hooray!

  • red

    I got the game working but I’m getting an error saying “unable to load the city at this time” in the tutorial city please help

  • dvckprez

    HELP D:

    • Gerard

      Check step 2 and 3 above. That solved the problem for me.

    • renbo brown

      hey mate press check components at the top near stop server
      xp

  • Pappa

    After getting into ‘MyGames’ folder in Origin, when I try to download the game it gives me an error saying ‘An unexpected error has occurred. Please try again in a few moments. Error: 262149:- 3″.

    Can you please help.

    • Dujet

      Yeah, I get that error too, please help?

  • mado

    Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘PDOException’ with message ‘SQLSTATE[HY000] [14] unable to open database file’ in /www/check.php:3 Stack trace: #0 /www/check.php(3): PDO->__construct(‘sqlite:data.db’) #1 {main} thrown in /www/check.php on line 3 and all ports are green

  • mado

    plz helppppppppppp all ports green

    Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘PDOException’ with message
    ‘SQLSTATE[HY000] [14] unable to open database file’ in
    /www/www/default/libs/mysqli.php:80 Stack trace: #0
    /www/www/default/libs/mysqli.php(80): PDO->__construct(‘sqlite:data.db’) #1
    /www/start.php(38): SQL->SQL() #2 {main} thrown in
    /www/www/default/libs/mysqli.php on line 80

  • dyar

    what to do?? help me…

    • tetyago

      follow the instructions and it will work :)

      • Dyar

        no, it wont… i tried about ten times.. delete all files, and do it again.. but nothing helps..

        • jay

          Im getting the exact same, have installed as per instructions on multiple occasions all to the same fault above.

          Windows 8.1 OS

          • jay

            apart from the first error however all else is the same

          • Jay

            here it is

          • Jay

            got rid of host files error…pleeease help!!!

          • Jay

            ???????? please help

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Try using server version 1.5, tell me how it goes.

          • Jurr360

            I have the same problem, did it with 1.5 and it says the same thing…

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

            Which windows are you using?

          • Jurr360

            Windows 8.1

          • kludd

            I’ve got the same problem on windows 7 Home premium, service pack 1.
            Already tried overwriting server version 1.5… Please Help!!!

          • Jay

            Hi Maximus, thanks for your reply, can youplease supply me with the link to get this and I will give that a go :)

          • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus
  • Pierre Burger

    I don’t have the extra folder in Simcity No Drm Crack i downloaded

  • teTYAGO29

    hi i need help. eeverything is good in simcity however ive got this msg aftr i click PLAY.. “we are unable to connect EA servers to activate SIMCITY on this computer using your account. Please try again later.

  • satyamos

    Im stuck here… Installed origin but cant log in, what do I do?

    • satyamos

      Got it to work, disregard that comment :)

      • utkarsh

        plz help..i got the same problem….

        • halimich

          IT WORKS !

      • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

        Kindly share how you got it work :)

        • Someone

          Run Stop.exe and run Start.exe again.

          • kludd

            I can’t find stop.exe!!! Where is it?

          • The Helper

            If you read the changelog, It’ll say stop.exe was removed and a stop feature was implemented into start.exe

  • Gremeir

    Guys, I’m stuck at running the start.exe .. it’s not responding. how can i fix it? i am using windows 8.1 os.

  • Gesh

    I can’t get Origins to work? don’t know whether its because it updates itself or what, please help with that

  • Coqnueror22

    It works !!!!! i cant believe im playing Simcity 2013 :D

  • Blonden

    Hi, I’m stuck with port 80. Turned off skype but still see this>

  • Adelmo Mari Aranda

    Hey can anyone help me I’ve successfully installed the game but it say application error
    the instruction at “0x400c3af2″ ref memory at “0x0018dfe8″ this mem cant be read

  • NASSAR

    When i open (Start) i get Error 20 WHAT IS THAT ?

  • Bon

    Hi all

    I successfully started playing and about 10mins in, still in the walk through, the game requested i shutdown to go online to continue playing. Any ideas how to fix?

  • mare

    i cant run start.exe cos it says i need internet explorer 8 or newer but i already have it and it still wont start…

  • Multi-region Madness

    Is it possible to run the DRMless server on a network and have several computers pointing to the relevant ip through the host file to support a kind of local multiplay?

  • amber

    Invalid license. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)… Help plz!!!!!!

  • akshay

    hii pls help …tht read only is nt going…after sometime it again comes back ….pls help mate…wht to do ?

  • Dujet

    When I try to download the game off Origin, I get this:
    File not found
    There is a problem with the download server. Please try again later.
    Error: 7049:404

    Please help me!

  • Need Help!!…

    Installed everything step-by-step but at the last… when i press ‘play’ in origin, an error occurs saying “invalid license. Reason code = Tampered (0x000a). i even ran the eaactivate.exe and also activate from start.exe but nothing seems to work. P.S. start.exe is V.1.5 please help… :(

  • Dujet

    I can’t download the game for some reason, it says it can’t find a file or something

  • Justine

    Does anybody know if it works with Windows 7 32 bit?

  • Justine

    I keep getting the Reason code = Tampered (0x000A) error :( Help!

    • Tha man E

      I have the same problem :(

  • Supersipo

    I need help, when I press the download button, it downloads fine and everything, but when I click install, it just says Installing then stops. I need help pls!

    • Supersipo

      Nevermind, fixed it by re-installing Origin and replacing the hosts file again.

  • Someone

    Pressed “Activation” and “ActivationUI” a lot of times already and this happens.
    Windows 7 32-bit.

  • Ville

    My problem is that: “Invalid license. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)” I have tried to search solution to this problem, but now I’m out of ideas. PLEASE give me a hint what to do, I’m desparate!

    • Ville

      I found a solution! Replaced hosts again and installed certificate again. Then activate server again and now it WORKS!

  • Kludd

    Hi! I’ve followed your instruction but I’m stuck here…

    Tried even with server 1.5 and nothing happens!
    I’ve got Win 7!
    Please help!

    • xhunterx

      Same problem here

      • STILL HAPPY

        Yesssssss!!!! i found it finaly somone on the internet shared that you must remove the internet explorder 11 update from your pc IT WORKSSS share it with anyone with thiss annoying problem …. I hated internet explorder and now i hate it even more greetz from a very happy personN

        • xhunterx

          Thanks you, it worked! But I have still the dummy certificate problem :(

    • happy person

      Yesssssss!!!! i found it finaly somone on the internet shared that you must remove the internet explorder 11 update from your pc IT WORKSSS share it with anyone with thiss annoying problem …. I hated internet explorder and now i hate it even more greetz from a very happy person

  • Eqab

    When i start a server the program stop responding WHY please help .

  • The Helper Need Help

    No matter what I do, it keeps saying “Dummy certificate does not appear to be installed.” I have re-done steps 1-4 13 times now, and I’ve deleted and re-downloaded all the files four times. I would really like some help. Oh, and ALL of my ports are red, I have no idea what’s using them.

    • The Helper Needs Help

      Maybe I should have cropped the picture so you couldn’t see what I had on my computer….

    • Eqab

      you have to download all the ver of the game 1.2 and 1.3 and 1.4 etc.
      and copy them into the main simcity folder

      • kludd

        and where can I find them?

        • Eqab

          search on google download them and make sure that you did the dummy thing

      • Leigh

        I have all the updates but I get those 3 notes anyway. Help!

    • kludd

      same problem here!!! Please help!!!

    • novo

      you must remove the internet explorder 11 update from your pc and restart comeputer … works for me !!!

    • Guest

      Programs like skype can be blocking the ports. Try to uninstall skype, worked for me.

  • Eqab

    everything worked perfectly but when i restarted my laptop Start.exe stopped working why ?

    • Eqab

      Please help me why this happens ?

  • Xetalim

    I managed to get rid of the dummy certificate error, but i still get this:

    • gere

      how did you got rid of the dummy certificate error?

    • miles

      how do you open the ports ?

    • Jus

      Have you resolve??

    • alvin

      Try uninstall Internet Explorer 11 if you have. This IE11 was my root cause. Uninstall it and voila!

    • radicus

      what did you do to get the dummy error fixed?

  • miles

    how do i open the ports!! there not available ? i’ve sorted skype out and i did the netstat HTTP stuff etc and it still hasnt opened

  • Hello

    I’ve been playing it successfully for like a month, and now suddenly I get the ‘Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed’ error. I have unchecked read-only, replaced the hosts file and its still not working. What could have gone wrong?

  • Peter

    I am having multiple problems right now, first of all, it says that Dummy Certificate does not seem to be installed, even though it’s listed in Trusted Root Certification Authorities in certmgt.mcs

    All the ports are Not Available, how do I solve this?

    And I get these errors:
    -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Private server returned an unknown response, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

    I have unchecked Read-Only, and I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Please help me :(

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      The server pack is not perfect (just like everything else in life). Try installing it again from scratch, tell me how it goes.Disable any antivirus and firewall (temporarily ofcourse).

      • Me

        Well what a useless response.

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      I think I found a possible solution, uninstall Internet Explorer. Tell me if it works.

  • vgaggia

    Hi, Does this work with 32 bit cause i am trying to get it to work for my brother did all steps correct but at the end of everything when i click play i get Invalid license reason = tampered (00xA0)

    • http://www.patheticreviews.com/ Maximus

      Got this from another user, tell me if it works.

      1. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
      2. “invalid license – Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)” error message will shown. No matter.
      3. Go to “Start.exe”. Click on “Activate”, you’ll see “Successfully activated.” (or something like that. I can’t remember well.
      4. Go to “My Games”. Click on “Simcity” and click on “play”
      5. Program will search for updates. Wait.
      6. Enjoy!

      • Marnoris

        Got same issue but your post didn’t help !

      • Dominus

        Thank you, that fix really worked :D

      • mhkhjukl,l

        wikkkkkkeeed ur a coool dudddddddddddddddddddddddd

  • Rebecca

    I followed the instructions. The server is running (no problems there), since i’m using windows 8 (64 bit) i clicked activate (if i don’t click on activate nothing happens) and i get this message after i click play: “we are unable to connect EA servers to activate SIMCITY on this computer using your account. Please try again later.” I have tried reinstalling everything several times. Please help!

    • Rebecca

      Okay, so I tried this http://www.hastebin.com/fujagawiqa.vhdl and got this in the server status window when i press “start server”: “Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.”

    • TarekT

      PLEAAAAAAAAAAAASE HELP ME! I also have Windows 8 (64 bit) and I can’t get the ports working (when you open Start.exe). When I remove the read-only from the folder “SimCity” it just re-enables itself when I check again.

      1. If you go to properties on your SimCity folder, is the read-only checkbox checked?
      2. How did you get your ports open?

  • frustrated!

    THE SERVER WONT START I CLICK CONTINUE AND IT FREEZES IVE BEEN TO ALL THESE SITES BUT HAVENT FOUND A SOLUTION.
    What do I do?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • ED600123

    I Keep Trying to start the servers but it keeps saying that there not available! PLEASE HELP!

  • Geoffrey

    Just follow the instructions if you don’t get your ports open go to skype configration and go to advanced tab, deselect use port 80 and 443 then it must work profitly sorry my english is bad but i try to help you guys :) and if you have your dummy file not activated try to read carefully if you have the tampered code go to origin and configration and select region English US if you have an error in origin try installing hosts file again same with origin but before installing delete the other 2 and restart your pc hopefully this helps im stuck and i founded out why by reading the instructions again !

    friendly regards, happy game time!

  • please help……….

    I HAVE READ THE DAMN INSTRUCTIONS 10382937192387 TIMES. tHEY SAY, when you are not on windows 7 (im on windows 8) you should press activate on server. PRESS ACTIVATE WHERE???? HOW???? WHAT SERVER????

    • Rebecca

      In the torrent you downloaded there is a “program” namned “start” (that’s the server). In the server window there should be five different “buttons” (start server, stop server, check Components, activate, and exit). When the server is running with no problems click “activate”.
      I’m on windows 8 aswell but can’t get it to run, i think my problem might be that i can’t remove read-only on the folder. Have you solved that?

  • Zeekay

    anyone knows if it works on win7 32 bit yet?

    • TheUnNamable

      Nope

    • isariyanta

      It works with the 1.6 update

  • When I try to make a folder named Program in my C drive, it tells me to rename it to Program1 since the name Program is causing some applications to not function correctly, is it okay if the folder named Program1? Or do I have to make the folder in another drive.

  • ChrisCCE

    I have done everything possible to activate the game, I made the Origin Games folder writable, I uninstalled it all and tried to re-install it. I have checked the host file. Everything but it keeps giving me the error “Unable to activate.” Please help me, someone?!

  • gCore

    HELP

    It keeps saying “Failed to connect to EA servers” on first run. Can’t activate it either: Need to run it once. Windows XP

  • Ctech

    When i’m starting the “Start.exe” It pops up with a windows that says: “Evaluation version ZZEE PhpExe” When i click “ok” It freezes and wont answer?
    -Help?

    • Dave

      I have the same prob too.. Anyone pls help!!

      • rishi

        you must paste the crack

        • chux

          where can i find the crack?

    • cHux

      guys you have to copy the files inside “SimCity DRMLESS Beta Update 1.5″ folder to your main simcity folder and it will solve this problem. My next problem is that port 80 is not available

  • ant

    i click start server in step five nothing happens it also says server down what do

    • Hendrik Potgieter

      Same problem here!

  • Alain

    I successfully installed everything according to the steps!
    And when I launch the game it doesn’t open. Help!! It worked Before!
    I’m running on Windows 8 Pro with Media Center x64 bit.

  • Eko Nm

    I have a problem about load my last save file. how I can fix it ? please

  • steven layne

    “survey” its a subscription service scam…does anyone have the password for the rar file seeing as i did their stupid thing anyway and still didnt get it…email me t3rror23@gmail.com thanks!

  • zorro

    hey,

    when i try do download in origin this error comes:

    File Not Found
    There is a problem with the download service. Please try again later.
    Error: 7049:404

    any idea why i can’t download it?
    my fake server works and says: everything sounds good

  • Guest

    Hello guys,
    I have a question. When I click on the Start.exe, I get

  • Guest

    Hello guys,
    When I click on Start.exe, I get Simcity DRMLESS server: Down. I am getting these 3 possible reasons: -Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed-Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Private server returned an unknown response, SimCity will not be able to login in to.
    I did install the certificate as provided by step 3
    Can anyone email email me on: Stefan.van.dijk.96@gmail.com ?
    Would be really greatful

  • Kyle

    okay i’ve just got this torrent 24hrs ago and i couldn’t get the server to connect i tried everything and rechecked my steps it turns out that internet explorer 11 is to blame it has to be UNINSTALLED not just disabled its been installed as a windows update which can be found in the uninstall programs and clicking on “view installed updates” it will require a restart after the uninstall. once restarted your ports will be working. hit start and it will updated the certificate issue. which for those of you followed the instructions is not your fault. you need to uninstall internet explorer 11 to make it work. any issues send me an email kyle0whitehead@gmail.com

    • Zeipii

      Thanks man. I had the same problem. I uninstalled IE and now it’s working.

    • dash1472

      Thanks a lot man!

    • Carolina

      Omg its working now thx a lot dude!

  • firestone

    Plz helppppp!!!!! when i click play i get “we are unable to connect to EA servers to activate Simcity on this computer using your account. Please try again later.”

  • jeffy

    Torrent file doesn’t exist :/

  • Kyle

    does exist click on torrent

  • Sakic

    IE 11 cannot be uninstalled win 8.1 :( any solutions for this?

    • GoGomoTh

      Yes, it can be. Right-click on Start Button and select “Programs and Functionalities”, then choose “Turn Windows features on or off.” Scroll down and you’ll find IE. Just uncheck it and it will be uninstalled.

      • Fuck this game

        I’ve tried but still doesn’t work… Ports not available…

        • A90

          Same here turned the feature off but still the ports are red

  • aj

    nothing comes up when i click torrent

  • GreatEngrish

    When I run the start.exe it opens “Evaluation version ZZEE PhpExe” and I can’t go any further. Help!

    • cHux

      same here

    • Navodit Verma

      same problem….help????

    • Navodit Verma

      same problem…..help!!!!!

  • Aguywhowantschange

    How can I replace my old files back? I want to legitimately use origin

    • tarekt

      I think you have to go to Origins official website and download Origin.

  • Samiksha

    i installed the game according to the instruction but when i double click the game in origin it say “Launching” but it doesn’t start.i waited for more than 5 min but it didn’t start

  • Samiksha

    Anyone there??can anyone help me wid this???

    • alexander

      I am researching in san google, but, if you fund it first.! tell me pleas.! ok.!?

  • Abhijit

    please help me with “invalied license. response code = tampered (0x000A)” i’m using windows 7 (32). i’ve installed everything as it said. “SimCity.2013.NO.DRM.CRACKED.1.5-VULPESZEDRA” this is the file name which i downloaded from torrent…

    • Abhijit

      after lot of fighting with internet and simcity 2013 ” tampered error” at last i found the solution.. :p :D….
      http://www.sendspace.com/file/rmni3r
      for those who are usin windows 7(32).

  • Rob

    Perfect!Thanks!

  • MBX10

    Thanks for the effort but I am having some problems here. 1st. It keeps telling me that the dummy certificate isn’t installed although I’m sure that I’ve installed it successfully and windows approved that. 2nd I can’t change my simcity folder into a “not” read-only folder. When I change and open the properties again, I see the Read-only thing is checked again.

    • Worker

      If it doesn’t work the 1st time, rinse and repeat. (Do the same steps again, worked for me.)

      • MBX10

        I have fixed the problem. I just had to uninstall internet explorer update 11.

  • Klaas

    Hi people,

    Am I the only one with this problem?
    I’ve searched a long time for a solution and reinstalled it many times but it doesn’t change.
    Can anybody of you guys/girls help me out?
    I have windows 8

    • K

      It says that I haven’t used any product keys

    • Sander

      Did you have allready a solution ? I got the same problem !

    • Jan

      you will have to instal the game in english not dutch

    • rob

      Q9. I am using a different region when installing and its causing issues!?! (Asks to redeem a product code in Origin)

      Do this- uninstall SimCity then set your origin to English US and install SimCity once more. Voila!

  • Worker

    This works PERFECTLY, i’m not even kidding, this REALLY works. (Hear my emphasis?) Just follow the directions (and pictures) and the game will work!

  • cra16

    There has been lots on line as to people being unable to get Simcity 2013 No Drm servers to start due to the fact that IE11 and the ports that need to be opened are already used on Win 8.

    I have managed to get around this by activating HyperV in the bios of my machine, activating HyperV that is built into Win 8 and installing Win 7 which allows it all to work.

    Might be useful to some as there is so many people online trying to get this to work.

    • rayman2k1

      It actually does NOT. Everything will work, but when you get to starting the game, it complains that the game cannot be run in a virtual environment.

      It is possible to get the dummy server to run in the VM and redirecting the traffic (using HOSTS file) to the IP of the VM. I have this and the Origin server runs and “downloads” the game properly, but I get the following error:

      Invalid License. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)

      working on it…

      • Jotosai

        Close Origin, Click activate in the DRMless server, then Open Origin. Should work. It did for me. Windows 8 btw.

        • Wendell Donizeti

          it workssss!!! thanks *–*

  • Sander v Weelden

    Hello… I followd the instal guide, wich is perfectly clear with a good explenation.

    Everything went right but only the final step didnt. I start SC2013 after running start.exe and the server, Origin loads the game, but bam… A screen from SC2013 slef that i didnt filled in a productkey.

    Who has the solution for me ??

    You can mail me 2… mollutjuh@hotmail.com

    Btw… Windows 8

  • Tyler

    Everything installed and is working! When playing, the cities aren’t able to interact however. Is this a limitation of the server or have I done something wrong?

    • Ayham

      I have your problem too… there is no interact between cities : it’s really bad to build each city on its own :|

      • Omar

        no interaction between cities for me too it’s disgusting ! no longer fun! should any idea why ?

  • soubi

    When I enter my username and password in origin it says “You must be online when logging in for the first time.”

    • soubi

      If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it.

    • Marko

      i have the same problem

    • allanah

      You need to have start.exe running the server before opening origin

    • Alex

      Same!

  • lautjuh

    you are the best!! after hours of searching this is the one worth the wile!!

  • Marko

    when i run start.exe file it says this:
    -Private server returned an unknown response, Origin will not be able to login in to.-Not able to reach the private server, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

    • rob

      Kyle
      • a day ago

      okay i’ve just got this torrent 24hrs ago and i couldn’t get the server to connect i tried everything and rechecked my steps it turns out that internet explorer 11 is to blame it has to be UNINSTALLED not just disabled its been installed as a windows update which can be found in the uninstall programs and clicking on “view installed updates” it will require a restart after the uninstall. once restarted your ports will be working. hit start and it will updated the certificate issue. which for those of you followed the instructions is not your fault. you need to uninstall internet explorer 11 to make it work. any issues send me an email kyle0whitehead@gmail.com windows 7 64 bit edition
      worked for me(thanks kyle)

      • A90

        What is the name of the update ?

  • Jayton

    i have a problem with the Great Work construction its not letting me build i spent 1mil and it looks like its loading it said that in 1.8 it was fixed or 8 idk but if you could update so the feature works that would be cool

  • Kostas

    Works like a charm. That Internet Explorer 11 is a mess, always causing problems, like a little immature child desperate for attention.

  • Rotte

    Hey! I downloaded, and did every step, till step 5. Nothing happens when I click start server. I reisntaled the dummy certificate, and unchecked the “Read only”, nothing seems to work. Also tried to start it as admin. Nothing. : D

    • Rotte

      Just had to uninstal Internet Explorer 11!!
      Thx for the upload and the guide.

  • Guest

    THANK YOU!! The game works perfectly after I followed your instructions. Finally! IE 11 was definitely the problem! :)

    • Frank

      hmm Game installs and updates fine, but when I click play, all I get is a black screen with music in the background. Any ideas?? :/

      • Ozzy

        Same :(

      • nic

        Update your graphic cards driver.

  • d357ruction

    i couldnt get passed this screen. anyone got a solution for this?

  • d357ruction

    sorry i forgot the prtscrn

    • d357ruction

      I have solved it. I just removed SimCity and re-downloaded and re-installed it again.

      • help

        How did you get it to work :/

  • sanboederij

    I did everything the guide said and it worked all fine. However, I have installed it but when I press play the game doesn’t start. Actually it doesn’t do anything at all! What am I doing wrong?

    • sanboederij

      Never mind. I worked it out myself. Just spawn activate @ start.exe :D

      • Oni

        Thank you so much!

  • Ishmasta

    It works fine until i go into the game. The game is weird. Blue graph for the ground instead of the normal trees, grass, sand, etc. I cant see roads or buildings at all

  • Bruno

    I followed all the steps but my ports are all red and the dummy certificates are not installed. I have already uninstalled internet explorer but it is still not working… Any solution?
    i have windows 8.1

    • Decco

      I’m also having this problem. I’ve been trying this all out for about 5 hours now and this is the third time I’ve deleted everything and tried starting from scratch. Ports 8001, 80 and 443 are not available. Using Windows 8.1. Skype settings changed and closed. Also tried manually keeping ports open in firewall settings. Please help, thanks!

    • Decco

      Win 8.1

      So it seems there’s no fix for 8.1 yet as you can’t really uninstall IE11, just disable it in “Turn Windows features on or off” (which I’ve done).

      Is there anything happening with this at any point in the near future?

      Thanks

  • Craww

    All worked thanks man

  • Patrick

    Nice howto you made, game works fine, except for 1 issue, the different cities in the region don`t interact with each other. I see my city, as it is, but it says, that i didn`t play it in day, has 0 population. So there are also no tourist in town, because the other towns don`t interact. How can this be fixed?

    • nic

      Okay, so, there is a lot of simulation that needs to be done, but Vulpes Zedra didn’t update his twitter since august.

  • Gabriel

    Hi, No problems at all.. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this tutorial. Cheers!

  • Rudy

    Uninstall windows 11 and you’ll get 8001, 80, 443 green

    • Me

      Oof, Windows 11. You’re far ahead of your time

  • Rudy

    Any solutions for…
    “Some needed hostnames do not point to the private server. Check your windows hosts file, otherwise you’ll not be able to log in.”

    • wip

      How to slove?

  • Rudy

    Nevermind,. Problem Solved.

  • BBW

    whatever i do.. all the steps 5 time.. try everything.. and still get this.. i did step by step by the letter.. and nothing …. http://prntscr.com/2rwbbm

  • Kevin Ferrer

    I did everything, and everything seems fine, but when I click “Play” in Origin thing, it doesn’t launch the game what should I do? Thanks.

  • Citreous

    On step 5 i keep getting this:
    -Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed
    -Not able to reach the private server, Origin will not be able to login in to.
    -Private server returned an unknown response, SimCity will not be able to login in to.

    NEED HELP PLZ

    • ken

      yeah me too, how to fix that?

      • Zeor

        did it work if yes then help me man?????

        • newbee

          Create A Folder named “Program” and subfolder “Simcity” (without quote)
          so it will be like this
          C:ProgramSimcity[your all downloaded files
          ]

  • Zeb

    Hi,
    Everything works fine but I still have a big problem : each time i quit Origin program and back later to game, it doesn’t save my city! What could it be?

  • joe

    same problem. stuck on step 5. pliz help need help..

    • Ghofur A. Rokhim

      Uninstall Internet Explorer 11, it’s work for me

  • Ghofur A. Rokhim

    when i click download button, nothing happen, what should I do, on step 7

  • oilpainting

    it works perfectly! i had some problems with windows 8 not allowing me to make a program folder in c, but creating it in another drive solved the problem. also to start playing in origin i had to activate in the start program first a few times until it said activated correctly. thanks!

  • nitesh

    Step 5 seems to hang for me for more than 10 minutes. And nothing happens.

  • ammar

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CLEARLY EXPLANATION!!

    my problem is all ports (8001,80 & 443) are red and not available

    my OS is win 8.1

    and I was disable IE ,but problem still remain

    do anyone want to help me?
    thank you all

    • ammar

      anyone chums, pleeeeeeeease

      • Ghofur A. Rokhim

        Completely remove IE 11

        • xxronisxx

          My understanding is that it is not compatible with 8.1 at the moment due to the fact that you cannot uninstall ie11 anymore only “disable” it

          • ammar

            thank you both

  • MQ

    why the step 5 not responding when i run start.exe ?

  • deivid

    HELP PLZ

    • TurkDelisi

      you can close skype :D

  • deivid

    Who CAN HELP??? PLZ HELP

    • Xewphil

      I have problem y server got all red, Server Status: DOWN. What do I have to do??? Thnx!

  • Luis Henrique

    All the procedure done following the steps but when I try to run the game I have an AppCrash. Please advice.

    • Luis Henrique

      I’ve read some comments on this page and solved the problem. Sorry for the impropriety. Thanks for the post and the game.

  • XinwxHleak

    I’m getting “ERROR CODE SMCY-5: Error while downloading SimCity. Please retry or see the customer support link for help.”

    • XinwxHleak

      Processing large file… gets to 40% then gives this error.

  • Killceratops

    Ok so for you 8.1 users like me, i found this. Haven’t tried it yet so i’ll let you know what happens. http://www.technorms.com/34477/uninstall-internet-explorer-11

  • Killceratops

    Nope… reastarted and all. went back to step to and did that again and nope. Even went back to step 2. nothing. i dunno man…

  • CocaPepsi

    Guys trust me it works! Remove explorer 11 search on google then then make a shorcut of start.exe at the desk and start if you have green servers then press start and if you get a message saying you are missing dummy certificate just reinstall the dummy thing like on step 3 and restart start.exe and reinstall origin :D

  • Paul

    ***I DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH** please, try to understand.

    Those with the 3 ports unavailable.

    For the 8001 and 443 port, you have to uninstall Internet Explorer 11.
    -Program and features-Show the installed update.
    look for internet explorer 11, then uninstall it. Reboot your Computer.

    For the 443 port, you have to know which software is using that port.Please open “cmd” as administrator, then type -C:>netstat -ano | find «443″-
    You may see something like this 0.0.0.0:80 then notice the number at the end very well, it’s generally like 4 numbers.
    then type -C:>tasklist- and look for that number to know the process. You now know the process who is using that port, use the task manager to disable.

    Launch Start.exe, start server..follow the step at the top.
    Ask for any help.

  • Balino4life

    Finally got it to work :)

    i did everything in the video on youtube but when i pressed play, i got an error saying “EA couldnt connect to the server and couldnt activate the product on my pc”

    Using this torrent, it did work (you should post the serial key part in the guide itself, you could say “make sure your origin settings are on English US”, but this all worked for me)

    ready to play now :D

  • utalkin2me98

    Tried uninstalling IE 11. Went back and did the steps over and over and the server still won’t work.

    Please Help!

    • utalkin2me98

      And I’m running Windows 7

      • Estabon

        The Ports are probably binded with some other program.

  • DM

    why it’s not responding when i ty to lunch the start.exe file ??

    • Tarik

      Same here

      • DM

        i solved this problem by copying all the files in the SimCity DRMLESS Beta Update 1.5 and pasting it in the D:ProgramSimCity folder, but after installing the game when i press play i’m getting an error “Invalid license. Reason code = Tampered (0x000A)” don’t know what to do, anyone please help!!!

  • RakaX

    its very clear and understandable explanation ty for that but i got problem even so i installed what u said there hosts cert and stuff evrytime when i uncheck read only and confirm for subforlders i do apply and ok and if i go on properties again the box is still active (marked) any suggestions? and oh yeah server window tells me that my cert dummy is not installed for some reason! i did tried to reinstall origin and reset comp after “saccessfuly importing”cert but its doesnt works!? verson 1.5 worked and now 1.6 doesnt any suggestions

    • RakaX

      no dude scratch that this works just fine i downloaded this full verson it works im in the GAME DAM IT AND IM HAPPY BUNNY!!! :D tyvm

      • Estabon

        what did u do

  • yash

    hi,there..i’ve this problem saying..please some one help me fix it…btw i’m using windows 8.1

    • Vitamina2

      This won’t work for Windows 8.1

  • Estabon

    The game doesnt show up in my games… any help?

  • StalkerEnt

    windows 8.1, getting dummy certificate error

  • Alex

    Did the certificate expired or something???? i can seem to get it to work. Please help.

  • Alex

    Nevermid found the solution……For anyone that will install this affter 11/5/2014 the certificate will not work. BUT the solution is stupidly easy, just set back your PC date to a date after 11/05/2013 (not 2014) and it will work.

    • Rory

      THANK YOU SO MUCH, everybody else needs to see comment

  • BT

    Still works, just make sure you read every exact detail and many of the comments to troubleshoot

  • Lee

    can i play this with my friend with different computer?

  • ronald

    when can you give us the latest patch

  • ronald

    When sir ?

  • CoVeS84

    Hi ive got the torrent that you provided downloaded and ive done step 3 3-4 times now… still i get this message :/ “-Dummy certificate does not seem to be installed”

    • CoVeS84

      I can see on the certificate it says “This certificate has expired or is not yet valid.”

      • CoVeS84

        Yeah i did like BT said :P read other comments… it does still work :)

        • Vitamina2

          Set your computer date before May 2014

  • rackliffeandrew@yahoo.com

    hey this is my first time doing this so couldf anyone tell me what the torrent file is and where it’s located

  • maaike

    i got this if i run start.exe. Can someone please help me??

    • maaike

      this

      • andreas nielsen

        Yeah Mee Too?

        • hornets

          how can it be solved?

          • Vitamina2

            You must click “Start Server”

          • helpisneeded

            I click “Start Server” and nothing is happening. I click it serval times, but like i said nothing is happening og showing

          • Vitamina2

            Ok, run “Start.exe” with “RunAsDate” OR set your computer date to Aug. 2013

  • Andrew

    what extra folder are you talking about i don’t see one

  • BlueBoy

    Same problem here, Win8.1 en ports still red…