when I first got this laptop, I bought sims 3 and it worked fine, a few months later, I reinstalled my OS (vista home x32 and all the service packs) I did not however reinstall the Sims till now, I have simcity societys running fine but I have a problem with my Sims 3. pretty much the same problem as all the above. I was able to patch the game with the recent patch provided by EA and when I started playing the game, I had the problem. After creating a family I was able to move them into a house, but I wanted to build a house from scratch. so what I done was I went to Edit town in the menu and clicked the appropate area. however, when I tryed putting a wall down, it froze, so I tried again. then after the third try it froze completly, and went straight back onto the desktop of my computer.
But like I said, I had it installed months ago and work fine, its only recently when I reinstalled it, the problem happens. im really annoyed and want to play the game in peace.
[update] I also cannot access the options on the game, as I click it, nothing happens.
Now I have reinstalled the game and I have turned the automatic updates OFF. I booted it up and the game now works fine. I hope this helps.
Your fellow gamer, Mandow