There are three possible ways to install The Sims 3, depending on whether a Windows computer or an Apple Mac is being used, and whether the software is being installed directly from a disk or from the Origin service, with disk installation simply requiring following the onscreen instructions once the disk has been read and automatically started by the computer. Disk installation requires user confirmation in order to start, but is fully automated after initial confirmation.
The Sims 3 can also be purchased and downloaded directly from the EA Internet store called Origin. Installing The Sims 3 using Origin can be done as follows:
- Create an account/log in to Origin
- Redeem the product code
- Enter product code
To set up an Origin account, simply go to the "create an account" screen to sign up. Once registered, then log in using the username and password.
Once the Origin interface is open, click on the top left Origin menu, followed by "redeem product code." Note that physical copies of the game also have a product code, so once the game has been purchased, it can always be downloaded from Origin as long as the product code is retained.
Enter the product code into the required field, and the game will then start downloading to the computer.