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==Cleaning up Leftover Folders==

Revision as of 21:52, 19 January 2010

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Introduction

Before You Begin - Backup

  • If you'd like to backup your user files (saved game data), the steps from Sims 2 can still be applied, just using a different folder structure. You might also want to backup the \Mods\Packages folder contents located in the respective paths
  • If you're uninstalling and you have custom content or mods that you would like to save for another installation, you can find them in these default locations for your Operating System :
    • Windows XP/Vista/7 (32-bit): C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages
    • Windows XP/Vista/7 (64-bit): C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages
    • Mac OS: Contents > Resources > transgaming > c_drive > Program Files > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Mods > Packages
  • If you have any Expansion Packs and maintain custom content in a \Mods\Packages\ folder other than in The Sims 3 root, remember to backup the contents in those paths, too.


Uninstall

Go to Start/Control Panel/Programs & Features (Vista/W7) or Start/Control Panel/Add Remove Programs (XP) Then follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the game - it's a standard "next, next, next" type uninstall. There will be separate uninstall options for every expansion and the base game, just like with The Sims 2.


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Restart

Now you need to restart your computer, before continuing with the guide.

Cleaning up Leftover Folders

Delete the game files (in the default location):

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  • Click the Start button and select My Computer.
  • Select the Local Disk (C:) drive folder. (If you installed to default paths)
  • Select the Program Files folder.
  • If you want to remove Base game:
    • Select and expand the Electronic Arts folder
    • Right-click The Sims 3 and select Delete.
  • If you want to remove Expansion Packs:
    • Select and expand the Electronic Arts folder
    • Right-click the EP name i.e. The Sims 3 World Adventures and select Delete.


  • Go to My Documents
    • Select and expand the Electronic Arts folder
    • Right-click The Sims 3 and select Delete. (You should have made a backup in step 1.)



Cleaning up the Registry

Beginner - Use 3rd-party Registry Utility

  • Download this registry cleaner program, and install it, following the on-screen instructions.
  • Launch the program after installation has completed.
  • Click the Registry tab, and click the Scan for Issues button.
  • When scanning has completed, click the Fix Selected Issues... button.
  • When you're prompted to backup, click Yes, accept the default name and location
  • Click Fix All Selected Issues


Advanced - Edit Registry manually

Backup the registry:

  • Hold down the Windows key and press R.
  • At the Run command, type in "regedit" (minus the quotes) and select OK.
  • Click on File and then Export...
  • Choose a location and name for the file; this will be your backup registry file.
  • Click Save.


Delete the registry keys: (If you haven't installed any Expansion Packs, those entries will be missing)

  • Expand the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder.
  • Expand the SOFTWARE folder.
  • Expand the Electronic Arts folder. If you have 64-bit this will be under the wow6432Node
    • Base Game: Right-click The Sims 3 folder and select Delete.
    • EP01: Right-click The Sims 3 World Adventures folder and select Delete.
  • Collapse the Electronic Arts folder.
  • Scroll down and Expand the Sims folder.
    • Base Game: Right-click The Sims 3 folder and select Delete.
    • EP01: Right-click The Sims 3 World Adventures folder and select Delete.
  • Collapse the Sims folder.
  • Scroll back up and Expand the Microsoft folder.
  • Expand the Windows folder.
  • Expand the CurrentVersion folder.
  • Expand the Uninstall folder.
  • Delete the following folder(s) if it appears:
    • Base Game: {C05D8CDB-417D-4335-A38C-A0659EDFD6B8}
    • EP01: {BA26FFA5-6D47-47DB-BE56-34C357B5F8CC}
  • Collapse the Microsoft folder.
  • Scroll up further and Expand the Classes folder.
  • Delete the following folders if they appear:
    • .Sims3
    • .Sims3Pack
    • Sims3
    • Sims3Pack


Delete the uninstall files

  • Click the Start button and select My Computer.
  • Select the Local Disk (C:) drive folder.
  • Select the Program Files folder.
  • Select Tools, then Folder Options, then View, then select "Show hidden files and folders."
  • Select the InstallShield Installation Information folder.
  • Delete the following folder(s) if it appears:
    • Base Game: {C05D8CDB-417D-4335-A38C-A0659EDFD6B8}
    • EP01: {BA26FFA5-6D47-47DB-BE56-34C357B5F8CC}


The Sims 3 should now be completely removed from your system.

You can also see this at The Sims 3


After the Uninstall

  • If you're patching and do not have any Expansion Pack(s)
    • reinstall base-game,
    • test load the unpatched base-game first,
    • then patch (you can go from retail to current patch version directly).
  • If you're also reinstalling Expansion Pack(s),
    • test load the unpatched base-game first,
    • then patch base-game,
    • install Expansion Pack(s),
    • test load the unpatched Expansion Pack game and
    • then patch the Expansion Pack (you can go from retail to current patch version directly).



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