SimCity Quick Fix For “Checking For Updates” Error
Many users have reported getting stuck on the “Checking for Updates” screen when launching SimCity. If you’re having this issue, EA Games has released a simple fix. The instructions are as follows:
Simply delete all files in your User Data directory, which you can find in the following folder by default:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\SimCity\SimCityUserData\
Likewise if you have a desktop shortcut to SimCity, you can right click the icon, select “Properties” and delete all the files in the User Data folder.
Once you run the game, SimCity should update as normal and cease to freeze on the “Checking For Updates” screen.
Keep in mind that running game’s recovery tool will not resolve the problem, so use the instructions above for a proper fix.