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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2011, 09:13:40 PM »
I looked under properties and it say I'm admin. Well, cut and paste then. Thanks Bella!
EDIT: What in the world is going on?? I'm not even allowed to cut and paste?! I suppose I have to uninstall reinstall. Oh my goodness this is awful and I hate having to do it.  :'(
EDIT 2: I thought I would be more clever than my computer and copy and paste than delete the folder. Turns out my computer is more clever than me cause I'm not even allowed to delete it. This is my computer, I created the stupid folder why in sims name can't I delete it?! I swear I feel like throwing it out the window. I won't though, I'll take a deep breath, calm down and than uninstall it and reinstall. Hm makes me wonder if after I uninstall could I delete the folder than??
EDIT 3: Well, I figured the problem out. I went to control panel to start uninstalling them, and it wouldn't let me uninstall. It said there was another program running that was using it. Yes, I had just shut the game down after making sure they weren't doing anything, saving them to the library and flashdrive, but I also exited the game. So I investigated the little bar at the bottom of my monitor, and found the launcher and origin were running. I did download something from the store last night but I thought I exited. After exiting both of those, I went back to control panel, stopped and thought. I now have a folder in EA named The Sims 3 gonna do a new one! So I guess bottom line is, check the taskbar and close any sim-related things before trying to rename the folder.  ;D
EDIT 4: First, I'm sorry for all the edits.  :-[ Second, I got done with it. I didn't want to go to the store and redownload everything one by one, so I just copied my downloads and pasted them in the new folder and than installed it. It seems to have cut down on the time it takes to open, but the lagging is still there slightly. I did just play one file (my dynasty) and maybe it's just because I have too much stuff or something. I'm tired so I think I'm going to let it go tonight. Thanks for all the help.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2011, 09:15:10 PM »
@ Esther

I'm glad you managed to fix your problems. I'll add that information about the launcher to the main post to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone else. It sounds like you had a very frustrating time with it!



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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2011, 03:30:04 AM »
Thanks Moons. I'm very glad I was as well. That's great, I hope my mistake helps others not make it! It was extremely frustrating.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #28 on: December 13, 2011, 06:16:36 PM »
I wanted to add that I found you don't have to go all the way to the main select screen, the new folder will appear just when you start up the launcher.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2011, 10:09:22 AM »
Hello!

Thanks for this advice.

I have a question:

Do I have to install store content and Riverview again if I do this Factory reset?

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2011, 12:02:47 PM »
@Miniagge

Yes, you will have to install any custom content again, including Riverview. However, if you don't want to spend all the time waiting for it to download from the internet, you can simply copy (or cut) the contents of your old Downloads folder and paste them into your new Downloads folder. You will still have to go through the installation through the launcher though.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #31 on: December 18, 2011, 03:27:41 AM »
Ok, thanks a lot!

Unfortunately it didn't work for my problems. So now I think I will have to uninstall and reinstall everything... Hehe, fortunately I have finished my last exam for this year at least, so I have some spare time for fixing my dear Sims ;).



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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2011, 09:19:18 AM »
Ok, thanks a lot!

Unfortunately it didn't work for my problems. So now I think I will have to uninstall and reinstall everything... Hehe, fortunately I have finished my last exam for this year at least, so I have some spare time for fixing my dear Sims ;).

I know how you feel, lol. I finished my exams last week so now I'm doing a lot more simming. Sorry this couldn't fix your problem, though. I hope a reinstall fix it!

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2011, 04:19:16 PM »
Quick question: I recently did this Factory Reset and split my game into Casual, Challenges, and Dynasty/Legacy. I patched Casual (only), so will I need to apply the patch to Challenges and Dynasty/Legacy too?

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2011, 04:20:56 PM »
If you patched from the launcher and your separate files are all under Electronic Arts, they should be patched up, too.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2011, 04:25:55 PM »
I patched manually, and they're under Electronic Arts.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2011, 03:23:02 AM »
I know how you feel, lol. I finished my exams last week so now I'm doing a lot more simming. Sorry this couldn't fix your problem, though. I hope a reinstall fix it!

Thanks ;).
A reinstall didn't fix it either (because I kept my save files). But now it finally works again. I had to move all my families to a completely new neighborhood. I lost the relations between the families and so, but I'm very happy that I have my old families left since I have played on them for more than 2 years  ;).

Lol, I really like when the exams are finished and I can spend hours and hours with Sims :P.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2011, 10:23:16 AM »
What do we do with the old folder? Delete it? (Fixing my Sis Game's)
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« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2011, 03:20:39 PM »
What do we do with the old folder? Delete it? (Fixing my Sis Game's)

Yes, it's completely safe to delete the old folder. I don't like to delete them though, just in case I happen to need something from it. So if you're not short on space, I would just move the old folder to another location.

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« Reply #39 on: December 20, 2011, 05:53:06 PM »
Thank you.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #40 on: December 31, 2011, 07:37:59 AM »
Thank you Moonsareblue!!

I have just downloaded a ton of new store items and I know that when the Building contests start again in the new year I will get utterly confused as to which came with which so I have just followed your simple steps and I am about to download just the free content into a file.  So thank you, this tip has made me one happy simmer :)
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2011, 09:15:51 AM »
Thank you Moonsareblue!!

I have just downloaded a ton of new store items and I know that when the Building contests start again in the new year I will get utterly confused as to which came with which so I have just followed your simple steps and I am about to download just the free content into a file.  So thank you, this tip has made me one happy simmer :)

I'm very glad this could help you!

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2012, 11:55:40 AM »
HEEEELP  :'(

I suffer!
I just performed exactly as you said on your first post, Moonsareblue... but now my game takes forever to load and as soon as it does, it crashes!

I get an error saying the application has stopped working and it shuts down completely.
Do you know what happened? Did I do something wrong?
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2012, 01:11:08 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear that iCastl. Do you still have the old folder? If so, try and change the name and put it back and see if it still crashes. If it doesn't, maybe something didn't get downloaded right for the new one.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #44 on: January 06, 2012, 01:22:14 PM »
I'll try that right now and I'll let you know...
I just have to rescue the file from the recycling bin  :P

I just hope it works because my Dynasty is in there!

EDIT: It didn't work :( As soon as I unpaused the game it crashed.... I guess it's bye bye to the dynasty...

Thanks anyways :)
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #45 on: January 06, 2012, 02:04:11 PM »
Have you checked your DEP? Don't delete it just yet. Here is a topic you could check. Also, with DEP open the control panel, open system, Click Advanced System Settings.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. Under Performance, click Settings. Click the Data Execution Prevention tab, and then click Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select. Add the files from the base game and also the last EP or SP you have onto that. Hopefully it works.





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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #46 on: January 06, 2012, 02:34:33 PM »
Thank you for this! I'll try it right after I shower  :P (back to the recycling bin  ;) )

EDIT: Okay this will have to wait at least a day! I went out to take my  laptop to the computer geeks so they would clean out all the dirt and  dust in it.... I get it back tomorrow, this will hopefully speed up my game when I get it to work though  :)
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #47 on: January 06, 2012, 02:36:38 PM »
You're welcome. I hope it works for you.

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« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2012, 03:57:44 AM »
Moons, you just became my BFF!!!! I followed your instructions and save from having to reinstall!

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« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2012, 08:49:02 AM »
Moons, you just became my BFF!!!! I followed your instructions and save from having to reinstall!

Haha, I'm so glad it worked for you!