How-To Run SimCity 2000 on Windows 8 (X64)

In case you have problems with installing SimCity 2000 on a Windows 8 machine (like me) you shoud follow this short guide to get it working.

  • Copy the SC2K directory from the CD to C:\Games\Simcity 2000\SC2K
  • Run the simcity2000.reg file (below)

What`s inside the SimCity2000.reg file?
Save the code below, using notepad, as ย simcity2000.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Localize]
"Language"="USA"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Options]
"Speed"=dword:00000001
"Sound"=dword:00000001
"Music"=dword:00000001
"AutoGoto"=dword:00000001
"AutoBudget"=dword:00000000
"Disasters"=dword:00000001
"AutoSave"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Paths]
"Home"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K"
"Graphics"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Bitmaps"
"Music"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Sounds"
"Data"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Data"
"Goodies"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Goodies"
"Cities"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Cities"
"SaveGame"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Cities"
"TileSets"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\ScurkArt"
"Scenarios"="C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Scenario"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Registration]
"Mayor Name"="Blackbeard"
"Company Name"="Piratbyran"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\SCURK]
"CycleColors"=dword:00000001
"GridHeight"=dword:00000002
"GridWidth"=dword:00000002
"ShowClipRegion"=dword:00000000
"ShowDrawGrid"=dword:00000000
"SnapToGrid"=dword:00000000
"Sound"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Version]
"SimCity 2000"=dword:00000100
"SCURK"=dword:00000100

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Windows]
"Display"="8 1"
"Color Check"=dword:00000000

18 thoughts on “How-To Run SimCity 2000 on Windows 8 (X64)

  1. Hello Ramon, how are you??

    Iยดve tried that but there is no result.
    Do you know what else could it be?

    Thanks!
    Flor

  2. Hey Ramoonus,

    i got the game working with your registry file ๐Ÿ™‚
    but the game crashes when i save/load a city
    any ideas how i can fix that?

  3. i’m like totally computer illiterate, and I’m not sure what you mean by SC@K directory – I can’t find a file on the CD with a name anywhere similar to that

    im downloading the patch now lets hope this works!

  4. if something goes wrong how do I remove it from registry? Just go in there and delete it? lol…which I suppose I could do….

    • Hello Jinn
      delete only the register keys which this file adds
      Or the simcity directory. Don`t delete anything else or you might damage your computer

  5. Hi,
    I’m from Germany and maybe you can help me.
    What is the SC2K directory? Where do I find this? Or is it just the whole things on the CD which I have to copy?
    My other Question is: what I have to do after running the .reg?

    Greetz from Germany!

  6. hey guys…

    just save the .reg file given above in your game directory(where SIMCITY.exe is located) and edit the following lines in the .reg file before saving.

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Paths]
    “Home”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K”
    “Graphics”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Bitmaps”
    “Music”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Sounds”
    “Data”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Data”
    “Goodies”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Goodies”
    “Cities”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Cities”
    “SaveGame”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Cities”
    “TileSets”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\ScurkArt”
    “Scenarios”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Scenario”

    Change the extensions from c:\\games…. to whatever extension your game is in.

    For Example:

    if my game is in “e:\simcity 2000” then

    “Graphics”=”C:\\Games\\Simcity 2000\\SC2K\\Bitmaps”

    would change to

    “Graphics”=”E:\\Simcity 2000\\Bitmaps”

  7. hey dude, the game works so far thanks to your copy paste thingy…
    the problem is there is no graphix. i changed the compability a dozen of times but didnt work…. any idea?
    the game is so much fun and it reminds me of earlier days.
    thx

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