SimCity Quick Fix For “Checking For Updates” Error

Since its release yesterday, SimCity has suffered from numerous issues including server downtime.

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.

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2 Comments on SimCity Quick Fix For “Checking For Updates” Error


On March 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

It worked! I got in Que to play, only for ea’s ty servers to tell me “unable to connect to simcity’s servers please try again later.” I get that some games have rough launches but common! Diablo 3 wasn’t even this bad.


On March 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Here is an even quicker fix.

Go to your Control Panel, click Programs and Features, find “SimCity”, click Uninstall.

Now go to, buy SimCity 2000, Install, Play. Done.