Before you can install The Sims 3 you'll need to find the serial number that came with the game. The Sims 3 requires that you enter a unique serial number before using it.
If you've lost your serial number, there may be a way to find it as long as The Sims 3 is still installed. You might be able to find your The Sims 3 serial number if you've uninstalled the program but only if the serial number information was left in the Windows Registry.
The Sims 3 serial number is actually more of a product key than a serial number but the terms are often used interchangeably.
Using a free product key finder program would certainly be the easiest way to find your unique The Sims 3 serial number. Product key finder programs automatically search your computer for the product keys and serial numbers that your software programs store in the registry.
If you knew the exact registry key that stored your The Sims 3 serial number you could find it manually but that information is usually hard to come by.
Most product key finder programs are designed to find serial numbers and product keys for operating systems like Windows XP or Windows Vista but some of them find serial numbers for several other programs too - programs like The Sims 3.
I've reviewed several product key finders but I haven't been able to personally confirm if any of them will find your The Sims 3 serial number. The best key finder programs are quick to download and completely free so feel free to try them all until you find one that will show your The Sims 3 serial.
Here are two of the more popular programs that find serial numbers and product keys:
If neither of the above programs find your The Sims 3 serial number, give some of the other key finder programs a try from my Free Product Keyfinder Programs list. Be sure to let me know what programs did or did not find your The Sims 3 serial so I can keep this page updated.
A key finder program that finds your The Sims 3 serial number should also be able to find the serial number to any The Sims 3 expansion or stuff pack like The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 World Adventures, The Sims 3 Ambitions, The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff, or The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff.
Important: You may have come across The Sims 3 keygen programs or other kinds of The Sims 3 cracks but keep in mind that these are not legal ways of obtaining serial numbers or product keys. The only legal way of installing this program is by using a valid The Sims 3 serial number obtained through a legal purchase of the software.