The Sims(TM) 3

The Sims(TM) 3

How do i activate sims 3 DLC?
I just bought sims 3 and the ambitions DLC, i made an accoutn, regsitered the base aame, and then i registered ambitions. i restarted but i dont have a new town like i should do.

Have i activated it corectly, or is there soemthing else i need to do?
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Andorxor Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:16am 
At the bottom of the starter are small icons that show which dlcs are installed. Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:18am 
it doesnt say ambitions is installed, only the base game, how od i activate ambitions?
Aux10 Dec 28, 2012 @ 12:00pm 
Did you download and install the expansion and not just the base game?

The easiest way to make sure this gets done right is to install Origin and register you sims expansions with it. If the expansion is installed it will say play when you select it from the games menu. If it's not installed or detected (which means your sims game can't find it eaither) it will give you the option to downlaod it. Anything from EA and be registered, downlaoded, activated, and installed with origin. As much as I hate Origin I find it to be an entenssal tool for using games from EA. Helps kill headaces like this. If orign says the game is fine but it's still not showing up try reinstalling the game through origin. You may have to add the game to steam as a non steam game to get the steam overlay if you do though. Otherwise you'll be using the origin overlay. Other than that *shrugs*
deadshot Dec 28, 2012 @ 1:14pm 
Just lauche the sims 3 original
NettleSoup Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:32pm 
yeah steam installs the expansions automatically, it just treats them as DLC. Verify your files and then run the base game from inside Steam.
Shadowhawk Dec 28, 2012 @ 5:56pm 
Originally posted by Nettle:
yeah steam installs the expansions automatically, it just treats them as DLC. Verify your files and then run the base game from inside Steam.
Thanks, I was having the same problem.

TypicalRookie Dec 28, 2012 @ 7:49pm 
I had the same problem. I just installed the dlc through origin and then launched the main game through steam, and it worked like a charm
Cobra979 Oct 24, 2014 @ 5:14pm 
Hey i got the sims 3 town life stuff dlc and i feel like i just wasted 20 bucks how can i make it work
cruinne Oct 24, 2014 @ 6:26pm 
Just look in the Buy Mode. Town Life Stuff is just added things for your Sims to buy; it should all be there if you've been online and given it enough time to download.
Cobra979 Oct 25, 2014 @ 8:15pm 
Ok thx
Vladislav Aug 1, 2016 @ 9:51am 
get cancer, origin is for cancer patients.
NetPCDoc Aug 1, 2016 @ 12:25pm 
The Sims 3 was written before "activation" was all that popular - thus no actual activation.

From your Steam Library - in online mode and viewing Game Details - verify that you have the DLCs that you want installed checked; or uncheck the ones you don't want installed? Then a verification of the local cache files should add (or remove) whichever.

After you wait out the completion of the verification, you should exit Steam and re-boot your computer, before playing The Sims 3.
Last edited by NetPCDoc; Aug 1, 2016 @ 12:28pm
foxyforeva323 Aug 27, 2017 @ 5:08pm 
Through steam? In the library, if it says it's uninstalled, right click the expansion pack in question. That should get it downloading!
Taffy Jun 10 @ 11:57am 
I had a different solution, so sorry for necroing the thread but since this was the first google result for the issue I figured I'd post it here. Where it lists your DLC in the library, there should be three columns: ITEM, INSTALL, ACQUIRED. Click the word INSTALL and it'll install all the DLC in that column that is checked. It seems obvious typing it out, but I never thought to treat a column's label as a functional button. If it doesn't work with a regular left click, try right clicking it instead.
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