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I have XP home edition with 4 separate users. I have changed them all to admin accounts. BUT I still cannot SIMS2 unless it is on the original admin account. Any ideas
Asked at 21:58 on Tuesday 21 September 2004 by Adrian Maycock (scorcher) Report this Question


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Try using the "Run As" feature of Windows 2000/XP. This can be done in three ways:

- "Temporary" solution (has to be done every time you run the game): Hold the Shift button on the keyboard, and right click on the shortcut of the Sims 2. Choose "Run As" from the menu. Choose "The following user:" and enter the username and password of the user to run the game as (i.e. the original admin account). Click OK to start the game.

- More permanent is to edit the shortcut, and that's probably the best solution. Right click the shortcut you use to start the Sims 2, and choose Properties. On the "Shortcut" tab, click the Advanced button, there check the "Run with Different Credentials" checkbox, and click OK twice. This way, Windows will ask for the username and password automatically when you use that shortcut.

- Don't want to type the password every time? Then here's another solution, but remember that this makes the administrator password easily visible for all users. Right click the shortcut, and choose Properties. On the Shortcut tab, add the following line in front of the Target field:

runas /user:USERNAME /password:PASSWORD

Replace 'USERNAME' and 'PASSWORD' with the username and password of the original account. The complete target field should now say something similar to this:

runas /user:USERNAME /password:PASSWORD "C:\Program Files\EA Games\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe"

Note that using this feature, all users will share the same neighborhoods and Sims. Any changes one user makes, will be changed for all others as well.

These solutions should work at least for Windows XP Professional, but probably also for Windows XP Home and Windows 2000.
Answered at 00:21 on Thursday 23 September 2004 by ChEeTaH (TSZ Webmaster) (ChEeTaH)
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