SIMS 3 launcher stopped working

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Sunday December 27, 2009
Last seen
December 28, 2009
 SaneSim -

I just purchased SIMS 3 for my daughter. The software installed fine, but when she tries to start the game, she gets this message on the screen: "Sims 3 launcher has stopped working".

I checked system requirements and meet them all: Dell Inspiron 5305 w/210GB free space, OS-Windows Vista Home Premium, Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.20Ghz, Video Card Intel GMA3100 w/287MB (128mb sys video mem/159mb shard sys mem).

Please tell me what shall I do the start this game?

System Configuration: Windows Vista Internet Explorer 7.0

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Go to document\electronic arts\sims 3\dc cache and delete the missingdeps.idx.

SIMS 3 plays normal after that (with cc and downs).

Hope, it will work for you!
Thank you

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thank you very much it worked for me just fine!!

Thank u so much xxx

thanks now it works
Thanks it works flawlessly now xoxo
You are awesome... you saved my sanity!
The launcher seems to be a problem for lots of people. If you just want to play the game and aren't worried about custom content then go to C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin (default install path) and run TS3.exe. This runs the game without the launcher and should get you in without the need of the launcher. If this fails try right clicking your shortcut and click run as admin. If the problem still occurs and you can't play the game then try a re-install. If that also fails then it would appear to be a hardware problem I'm afraid.
How do you run it without the launcher? Sorry im new to this. I played it alot and then I stopped playing it for a while. I played it again a week ago and when I tried to play it yesterday it said, "ERROR your base game is incompatible with the current sims 3 expansion pack. I had bought Ambitions and it worked fine until now. the launcher wont even load. I can't update it. I even tried what you said to do and it still won't work. Any suggestions???
if you play without a launcher will your stuff still be saved.
Thank you so much I tried everything but u solved it thanks again!
The game will not start without the launcher in any form