"Unable to start: initialization error at startup". [OBSOLETE]

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"Unable to start: initialization error at startup". [OBSOLETE]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Tue 21 Oct 2014, 00:59

Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven UPDATE: Please note that this fix has become de-facto outdated. The information here might still be useful for a handful of people, but it mainly has 'historic' value. For a more up-to date guide, please continue in my other thread here. Thank you !  Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven

***NOTE: The following fix is only relevant for you, if you changed the in-game language after the install (in the Windows registry), and you get that error when trying to run the game. If you haven't changed the language, this fix is NOT suitable for you - most likely...***

Hello all,

I was attempting to start up my legit (!) Sims 4 game, when I got the following message:

After a little bit of digging around and attempting a few things, here's how I solved my issue:

Originally, my serial key for the game was purchased in the US, but despite that, my in-game language was in a different language (German). I decided to edit my registry to change the language (back) to English.

I pressed the Windows key + R, and in the small window I typed regedit and hit enter. Then I navigated to the location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node -> Maxis -> The Sims 4. See the following screenshot. 

The entry "Locale" was de_DE (German) originally, and I double-clicked on "Locale" then, to change the entry to en_US. To be on the safe side, I also edited another registry entry to en_US, as shown here:

The location of that entry is in my computer HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node -> Origin Games -> 1011164

Note that if you have a 32-bit Windows, the registry location is a bit different; basically, "ignore" the part with the Wow6432Node. And look directly under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software.

After that I thought I was ready, but I still got that error message. After a little while I realized that for some strange reason, I only had language files for German in my game install location. So here's the deal:

Download this "language pack" here (extract the contents with WinRAR): 
... (download link deleted due to obsoleteness; see notice at the beginning of the post !)

After extraction, you should get two folders: one named __Installer, and the other one named Data. COPY both of them to the following location (the install location of your Sims 4 base game): C:\Program files(x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 4

When prompted, merge the folders with the existing ones. And replace any existing files, if needed. This process will basically add more "language strings" to your game (to be precise: Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Swedish & Traditional Chinese).

After I added these language files, the game had now English language files too, so the game started up again. Smile  

Keep in mind that this is only one possible solution to this issue; and over time, we will look more into this (hence I named the topic "possible fix #1"). Also keep in mind that as we haven't officially released the game yet, we are (still) not fully capable of giving proper support on it.

Good luck, if you attempt the solution. Smile


Last edited by Carlos on Wed 11 Feb 2015, 15:38; edited 7 times in total


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