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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #50 on: January 07, 2012, 06:22:35 PM »
Hello Esther and Moons :)
Just wanted to let you know I finally fixed my problem. After performing a factory reset I forgot to relocate my .exe files dor the DEP.
I did this and I also changed the properties in my .exe files in order for them to run in compatibility mode.

I'm not precisly sure which of these two method worked, but my sims is no longer crashing.

Thank you Esther for being so helpful
And thank you moons for officially making my game WAAAY faster.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #51 on: January 07, 2012, 06:43:23 PM »
I'm glad your game is working! Happy faster simming. :)



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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #52 on: January 07, 2012, 10:17:21 PM »
You're welcome iCastl! Glad it's working!

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #53 on: January 13, 2012, 08:04:46 AM »
I was having some trouble with my game, but because it was not really glitching or anything serious (just unusually slow loading of lots and objects and occasional crashing), I didn't want to do a re-install; I also wasn't too happy of the idea of doing a factory reset because of the hassle of downloading all my store content again. I finally did it 2 days ago, as the loadtimes were starting to be ridiculously long for my PC's specs.

And I'm so happy I did it! It wasn't too much trouble at all (I copied the store content I wanted to keep from the old Downloads folder and just installed them again and they worked, no need to download them again), and it helped SO much. I could almost see my sims cry tiny little happy tears (or maybe it was just the nerdy me) as all the loading and crashing was gone. I put the same save file in and it loads so quick and smooth. I couldn't believe this would work so well!

I hope you don't see this message as a pointless repetition (which it is I guess) but I just wanted to encourage people to try this if their game is not working as well as it used to, I put it off far too long! And there really isn't any harm done if you store your old folder somewhere when you do this. It was so easy and fast, too.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #54 on: January 13, 2012, 09:17:01 AM »
It's not pointless at all, Noodles! The whole point is to help people and see just how much it helps. I'll edit the original post later about not having to redownload. Enough people have said that copying the files works, so I feel comfortable to add it now.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #55 on: January 20, 2012, 06:06:13 PM »
I just have a very quick question (sorry if it has been asked I did scan but didn't see anything relating to this), I have done this technique and it is fabulous.  But I was just thinking as there is a new stuff pack coming out how does it affect game play if you have more than one sims 3 game folder and install a new stuff/expansion pack?  For example, I have separate folders for dynasty's, building contests, etc.  Or do you think that it won't have any affect at all?
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #56 on: January 20, 2012, 07:25:29 PM »
It shouldn't have any effect at all. When you play your game from "The Sims 3" folder the first time after installing, the game does not give you any errors or anything, so it should be fine when you exit and switch to "Sims 3.2" or "Sims 3.3" or however many you have!



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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #57 on: January 21, 2012, 04:20:55 AM »
It shouldn't have any effect at all. When you play your game from "The Sims 3" folder the first time after installing, the game does not give you any errors or anything, so it should be fine when you exit and switch to "Sims 3.2" or "Sims 3.3" or however many you have!

Awesome, thanks Moons.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #58 on: February 19, 2012, 02:52:13 PM »
Thank you for your post!

I was unable to install my store content until I went through the steps in your post - I'd even uninstalled and reinstalled, spent over 2 hours on chat with EA support, and tried a bunch of other things. 

It may be that a new store content patch actually fixed it, but it didn't tell me there was a new store content patch until I did the factory reset.

Thank you for sharing!

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #59 on: March 08, 2012, 10:11:35 AM »
After installing Showtime and encountering multiple bugs, several freezes and a few hours of lost gameplay, I just tried this for the first time. I would have had my page about magicians done yesterday if not for all the issues I've had. If I make it through the rest of the writing process without any more issues I'll be advertising this thread on the guide so everyone who visits knows about it lol.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #60 on: March 08, 2012, 10:19:39 AM »
Wow, GlazeyLady, I'm sorry you had such a hard time. But I'm also glad that this fixed your problem. :)

After installing Showtime and encountering multiple bugs, several freezes and a few hours of lost gameplay, I just tried this for the first time. I would have had my page about magicians done yesterday if not for all the issues I've had. If I make it through the rest of the writing process without any more issues I'll be advertising this thread on the guide so everyone who visits knows about it lol.

Thank you, Carl! This trick is definitely something everyone should know how to do.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #61 on: March 09, 2012, 11:26:18 AM »
Warning: Showtime added new data to The Sims 3 folder, and doing a full "factory reset" will cause you to lose data relating to your in-game achievements and SimPort progress.

Go to Documents \ The Sims 3 \ Downloads and find the folder named with a number (your user ID). Make a backup of that folder before you do anything. If you use the Factory Reset method for different challenges, you might want to move this folder around whenever you use a different The Sims 3 folder, so you can keep your progress.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #62 on: March 09, 2012, 12:05:02 PM »
So that's what that folder is. Thanks for the tip, NonaMena. I'll add it to the first post.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #63 on: March 09, 2012, 08:55:39 PM »
Warning: Showtime added new data to The Sims 3 folder, and doing a full "factory reset" will cause you to lose data relating to your in-game achievements and SimPort progress.

No, it will not.

Carl and I were literally just discussing this.  He mentioned that once, while doing a factory restore, he forgot to put these files back where they belonged and mentioned that it recreated itself.  So I experimented with it myself to see what impact this had on my achievements.  I removed both of these files, started my game and went into a save to check my achievements.  They were all there.

The ChallengeData.package file only stores your completed achievement data on your computer in case you're not online.  This is the file the game uses to update your achievements you complete when you're not logged in.

I have not yet tested the SimPort file, as I have not used SimPort yet...but you better believe that I will at some point soon.

So for now, you have nothing at all to fear with your achievements.

Edit:  If you have not tested something yourself, and do not know it to be 100% fact, do not present it as such.  In cases like that, we use phrases like "I hear" or "I think" so that people are not needlessly frightened over something that turns out to be nothing.  If you do this, people can test things to find out for sure if what you hear or think is true.  In this case, you turned out to be at least 50% wrong.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #64 on: March 09, 2012, 09:37:31 PM »
I'm very sorry, Hosfac. Once you find out for sure if this is true or false, please edit my post to reflect that. Thanks for looking into it.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #65 on: March 09, 2012, 10:44:14 PM »
I just checked this out. I have 3 versions:  The Sims 3.dyn, .mod, and .chal.  The same Achievements show up in all of them. I also started a fresh version, and my Achievements and Player Wall were the same.

However, I have used SimPort only in The Sims 3. chal.  This is the only version with stamps in the passport.

I'm not sure which file you have to move around to keep adding to your points for unlocking things, but unless you want to keep starting over, you do have to move something.

Edit:  removed some erroneous information.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #66 on: March 10, 2012, 09:43:49 PM »
Update:  The PassportData.package does store all of your SimPort stamps, making what she said 50% correct.  So, yes:  you'll want to include at least this file with everything you're backing up for the factory refresh process.

I have already modified my "Clean Start" .bat file to back this file up every time I start the game, just in case something happens to it.
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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #67 on: March 12, 2012, 09:44:51 PM »
When I do a "factory reset" outside of the mods folder, how can I NOT reinstall CC that was installed through the launcher? I just want my store items.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #68 on: March 12, 2012, 10:20:23 PM »
Your store items should be in your Downloads folder in your 'old' Sims 3 folder. If you move the contents into your new Sims 3 folder and then open your Launcher you will see the store items show up with a little blue box type thing next to them in the downloads tab.  Other cc has an asterisk.

If you are really worried about it, you could just download all your store items again.

Here's a picture of what I mean.  The bottom two are store items.


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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #69 on: March 12, 2012, 10:25:27 PM »
Your store items should be in your Downloads folder in your 'old' Sims 3 folder. If you move the contents into your new Sims 3 folder and then open your Launcher you will see the store items show up with a little blue box type thing next to them in the downloads tab.  Other cc has an asterisk.

If you are really worried about it, you could just download all your store items again.

Here's a picture of what I mean.  The bottom two are store items.



Thanks Figwit, I see we have the same taste in hair styles!! LOL I have those also. I've collected so much CC over the past 3 yrs, I just want to get rid of it and start fresh..

I"m having problems with Hidden Springs and Riverveiw not showing up in my game startup. It say's it's installed.

Maybe I'll just recreated a "new file" transfer the new info from Showtime files back in the new downloads and reinstall all my store from scratch.. thanks Again.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #70 on: March 14, 2012, 10:40:14 PM »
I have a question regarding this. I know you can transfer over the Saved Sims folder but is there any way to transfer over your Households from the Households tab in Edit Town?

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« Reply #71 on: March 15, 2012, 09:37:13 AM »
I have a question regarding this. I know you can transfer over the Saved Sims folder but is there any way to transfer over your Households from the Households tab in Edit Town?

I'm afraid I don't know that. But if you saved those sims while in CAS, you can transfer them from the "SavedSims" folder. You'd have to remake the household, though.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #72 on: March 15, 2012, 09:41:41 AM »
Thanks for answering! I saved 90% of them in CAS and it's no trouble to open the old folder and save the ones from the household that I missed. I just didn't know if there was a file that I could just move over, since I am inherently lazy.

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« Reply #73 on: March 15, 2012, 09:45:57 AM »
Thanks for answering! I saved 90% of them in CAS and it's no trouble to open the old folder and save the ones from the household that I missed. I just didn't know if there was a file that I could just move over, since I am inherently lazy.

I think there's another way. I don't know if it will work because I haven't tried, but I bet it would. While in your game, export your households. Then you could move those families from the "Exports" folder to the new "Downloads" folder.

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Re: Factory Reset: Fix Your Game with 1/4 the Time of a Reinstall
« Reply #74 on: March 15, 2012, 09:53:06 AM »
It might. I thought it might just put them in CAS but I remember downloading a sim once from the Homeless Alice series and he showed up in my households list. Other sims I have downloaded just recently, like Alyiah and Cayden from All Good Girls Go To Heaven went to my CAS bin.

 

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