Sims 3 initialization error 0x0175dcbb: how to fix it?

Many gamers who have failed to launch the Sims 3 game at some point are faced with a problem in the form of an initialization error message 0x0175dcbb. Let’s find out, first, what an initialization error is and what to do if Sims throws error 0x0175dcbb.

This situation occurs, as a rule, when installing official and unofficial add-ons and mods for the Sims 3. However, sometimes this error can appear if the computer does not have some necessary working files, including working DirectX libraries, .Net Framework or drivers Nvidia or AMD video cards.

Initialization error 0x0175dcbb in Sims 3: how to fix it and what to do?

There are several solutions to this problem. Some of them are really simple and even necessary to perform as a preventive measure for this and many other errors that occur in games. Some just seem simple. Here are some basic solutions.

Method one. Update your drivers and DirectX.

Not the most effective, but necessary for use in most cases of various errors. This will eliminate system errors from among the causes of the appearance of 0x0175dcbb. To update your drivers, you should do the following:

  • Go to the official website of Nvidia or AMD, depending on which video card you have;
  • Download drivers for your video card, if you know its model, or download an automatic installer;
  • Install the downloaded drivers, be sure to check the “Clean install” item during the installation process;
  • Reboot your PC.

The second thing to do is update the working .Net Framework and Visual C ++ libraries to the current version in a few steps:

  • Download the .Net Framework and Visual C ++ installation distributions from the official Microsoft website;
  • In the case of Visual C ++, 64-bit OS will need to download and install both files, while 32-bit OS will only need an x86 file;
  • Install all downloaded files in order, if necessary, select the “Fix” option offered by the installer;

Additionally, it is worth updating the DirectX executable libraries. You can take a radical step and install them from scratch by first uninstalling DirectX and then reinstalling it. But we will go the simpler way:

  • Download DirectX executable libraries from the official Microsoft website;
  • Install and update DirectX.

This will help to ensure that the initialization error 0x0175dcbb does not occur due to problems with the working libraries of the OS. After completing all the above steps, be sure to restart your PC and check the operation of the game.

Method two. Removing modifications.

Official and unofficial additions to The Sims 3 tend to be easy to remove. When you start the game, in the Sims 3 launcher, you

  • Open the Installed Content tab to delete files.
  • If the error occurred after installing one specific mod, find it in the list and click on the “Remove” button.
  • Or, if you are not sure after installing which of the mods the error appeared, select all modifications by clicking the “Select All” button and click on the “Remove” button.
  • In any of the options, a screen will appear showing the process of removing materials. Click on the “OK” button when the process is complete.

If you, in addition to the add-ons installed in the usual way, have mods installed manually, then you will need to remove them manually:

  • Go to the game folder, which is located in the C: Users \% Username% DocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3 folder.
  • Find the Mods folder there.
  • Delete the Mods folder.

After the performed manipulations, try to restart Sims 3. In most cases, this should help and the game will start without errors.

Method three. Reinstallation.

The most radical of the methods, which will require a complete cleaning of the data of the Sims 3 game. How to do it? Follow the instructions:

  • Go to the game folder C: Users \% Username% DocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3.
  • Back up the Saves folder by copying it to a folder other than the Sims 3 game folder.
  • Go to Control Panel.
  • Select Programs and Features.
  • Find Sims 3 in the list of programs.
  • Remove the game and all of its components.
  • Go to the Start menu, and click “Run”, in the window that opens, enter regedit.
  • Go to the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE and find the Sims folder there, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F to search.
  • Delete all Sims 3 related folders.
  • Restart your PC and reinstall The Sims 3, performing a clean install with no additional materials.

If this helped and the game started, then it is necessary to carefully and consistently install mods and add-ons, checking if the game starts correctly after installing each of them.


As a result, we found out that the initialization error 0x0175dcbb in Sims 3, as a rule, happens precisely because the mod for the game was installed incorrectly or did not work. It is also less likely to occur due to system errors.

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