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How-To: Backup and Restore The Sims 4 and 3 From Origin
« on: September 07, 2014, 03:02:36 PM »
Updated Mar. 2019

Back up and restore your games with Origin
https://help.ea.com/en-us/help/origin/origin/backing-up-and-restoring-your-origin-games/





Here's our original article:

Dec. 21, 2015 I've done some clean up of text and formatting errors, and to note this process now works for The Sims 3 if your copy was purchased through Origin or downloaded from Origin after registering the digital copies on The Sims 3 website.

This how-to is designed to help you backup your installation of The Sims 4 so you can easily re-install the game without needing to redownload 8+ GB of data and updates. This process also works with The Sims 3 and its expansion and stuff packs if your copy is purchased or downloaded through Origin. And it works for The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection if you received a copy during the free giveaway. 
 
Disclaimer: Please read through these instructions carefully before following them. It will instruct you to alter files on your computer which may result in loss of data. While I will make every attempt to help you fix any problems you may encounter, ultimately I bear no responsibility for you system or data if something should go wrong. 
 
This article will be split into three posts. This post will cover preparing for and backing up the game's files. Post 2 will cover restoring your game from backup and post 3 will be an on-going updated set of notes about the process - any "gotchas" you may encounter, etc. 
 
One thing to note is these instructions work whether you downloaded The Sims 4 directly from Origin or installed it from the DVDs in the Limited or Premium Editions. This is because The Sims 4 DVDs contains the same installer as what is downloaded from Origin, which is why the Origin client handles the game's installation from disc.
 
So, why backup the game from Origin if you have the discs? Well, the backup will contain all of the files as they exist including any patches up to the date of your backup. It will also include any game packs, stuff packs and expansion packs you have. This means fewer updates are needed when you restore your game.
 
Once again, I will be using the 7-zip open-source compression utility for compressing the files. You can use whatever compression utility you are familiar with to compress your game files, including the folder compression built into Windows.
 
Part One: Backing up your Sims 4 game 

The first thing we need to do is open Origin and change some of the default settings. In Origin, open the Origin menu in the upper-left corner of the window and select Application Settings. The following screen will open:


Origin Default Settings

Click the Advanced label on the left to open the settings we want to change.


Origin Advanced Settings

First, you want to check the box under the label "Your games will be installed to the following location:" By default this will point to one of two locations:
  • C:\Program Files\Origin Games -- for 32-bit Windows
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games -- for 64-bit Windows
If you change the path in this field, Origin will display a message that games already installed will not be moved. As before, the previously installed game locations are stored in the Windows registry and are still playable. You may notice on the screenshot I've moved my installations to C:\Games\Electronic Arts.

The other thing we want to do is check the box labeled "Keep game installers after games have been installed." You don't strictly need to do this for The Sims 4, but if you have other games through Origin, checking this box will ensure you don't need to redownload the files if you need to re-install one of those games (SimCity Societies is one such game, for example). Backing up these installers is beyond the scope of this article, but you can search online for instructions.

Zipping the Files

The first step you need to do is create a working folder. I usually create a folder called Temp, and put it on the Windows Desktop. Open Windows Explorer (in Windows 8/8.1/10 it's been renamed File Explorer) and navigate to the directory The Sims 4 is installed (see default locations above). Depending on the games you have installed, there may be a number of folders here, but the one you want is labeled "The Sims 4".



Right-click on The Sims 4 folder and select "Copy" from the menu. Then go to your Temp folder, right-click and select "Paste" and wait for the copy finish. Once it's done copying, right-click on your freshly copied The Sims 4 folder and select "7-Zip --> Add to The Sims 4.7z" from the menu.

Note: If you're using the built-in Windows compression tool, select "Send to --> Compressed (zipped) folder" and follow the steps in the wizard.

Once the files are finished compressing, you will see your new .7z (or .zip) file in the folder:



You can now copy this to the backup medium of your choice. Note that the file will be larger than a standard DVD, so you will want to back it up to an external hard drive or USB flash drive.

Part two is next.

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How-To: Backup and Restore The Sims 4 From Origin
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2014, 03:13:46 PM »
Part Two: Restoring Your Backup

When restoring your Origin download, double-check your Origin settings to make sure the games are set to install where you want them. Below is a quick recap of the settings I use (Origin menu --> Application Settings, click the Advanced tab):



Remember the default settings are:
  • C:\Program Files\Origin Games -- for 32-bit Windows
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games -- for 64-bit Windows
Once you've verified the settings, you need to close Origin completely. To do this, right-click on the Origin symbol in the lower-right corner of your taskbar (near the system's clock - you may need to expand the list before it shows up) and select Exit from the menu.

Copy the compressed file from your backup device and put it into a temporary folder. I keep a Temp folder on my hard drive for this kind of work (C:\Temp for example). Once the file is copied into your working folder, right-click on it and select "7-Zip --> Extract here" from the menu (if using 7zip). It will create a The Sims 4 folder with all the files in their proper directory structure.

Once the extraction is complete, copy The Sims 4 folder into your Origin game folder (see the defaults above). If you are copying into the default Origin folder, you will receive a UAC prompt to supply Administrative privileges in order to complete the copy. If you are not using an Administrator account, you will be prompted to enter the username and password of an Administrative level account.



Once your The Sims 4 folder has finished copying into the Origin game folder, open the Origin client. Find The Sims 4 in your Library and hover over it so it displays the game's information card.



Click the Download button. First, Origin will display an information box with options to create a Start Menu shortcut and a Desktop shortcut:



Origin will prompt you to accept a couple of EULAs (End-User License Agreement) before continuing:



Origin will then verify the game's files and install the game. This may take a couple minutes depending on the speed of your computer. It will also download any updates released since the date of your last backup:



Finally, you're ready to launch the game and enjoy!



Part three is next.

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2014, 03:19:30 PM »
Part Three: Notes and wrap-up

I will be revisiting this article as each expansion comes out to touch up any changes. While there is still no built-in function for backing up and restoring Origin games, it has been made slightly easier than before.

While this article is focused on the backup and restore of The Sims 4, it is worth noting that these same instructions work for a number of Origin releases. Games in my library that I've used these instructions on include:
  • Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
  • Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection games
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
  • SimCity (2013)
  • The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection
  • The Sims 3 + Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs
  • The Sims 4 Premium Edition
Thanks once again to MrsFlynn for helping me keep notes during this process and to the group here at the forums for all the great feedback. If you have any questions or run in to any problems while following these instructions, please ask and I will do what I can to help you out.

Hope this helps, and happy Simming! :)

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