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Sims 3 error code 12

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By Ariane and GenesisUpdated on June 3rd, 2022

What is Sims 3 error code 12?

Sims 3 error code 12 is an error that usually occurs when you don't have enough memory to save the game data.

How can you fix Sims 3 error code 12?

Some of the solutions to this error include upgrading your random access memory (RAM) and deleting bad save files.

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Upgrade RAM/Memory and Increase Virtual Memory

Sims 3 error code 12 commonly appears when your memory is full or running at full load. Please add more RAM/memory or increase your virtual memory, it may fix the problem. See instruction below or watch it here on YouTube.

Upgrade RAM/Memory and Increase Virtual Memory
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Increase Virtual Memory

  1. Click Windows Start search box and then type in Advanced system settings.
  2. Go to Settings >> Advance Tab >> Change.
  3. In Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  4. Enable **Custom Size,**then set your Initial sizeand Maximum size.
  5. Click Set then Ok.
  6. Restart PC to apply the changes done.
  7. Run Sim 3.

2. Delete bad saved files

Sims 3 error code 12 may also occur due to bad saved files. Check your Sims 3 Saves folder to check corrupt saved files and delete them. Please see the guide below.

  1. Go to C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Saves.
  2. Delete folder with a file name ".bad."
  3. Then run Sim 3.