How to Install Mods and Custom Content (CC)

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Custom Content lets you expand your Sims 4 game with downloads from mod sites.
Custom Content brings additional hair, objects, and other downloads to the game. Mods expand on the gameplay or alter it in some way.

Note about Mod Help
Do not bother asking us for help with mod/cc issues. Go to the mod author on a forum/site they frequent or where they host their content. The mod author knows their work and can help you better than us, additionally they may appreciate bug reports!

Tutorial: How to Install Mods and Custom Content in The Sims 4

A tutorial teaching players how to install custom content and mods for The Sims 4 via a pair of examples, also seeks to define the different meanings between the two.

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About Mods and Custom Content
Mods and Custom Content are wildly popular among Sims 4 players, but if you're new to the franchise you may be unaware what treasures await those who ravenously scour the web for the latest downloads. There is far more free content available to download than is included in the base game and all game/stuff packs combined. In this guide, I'll teach you how to install CC and mods, explain what they are and offer some direction on where to go from here by providing links to sites where you can binge-download CC for your game.

What is CC?
Custom Content is simple compared to mods, thought they can sometimes take as much time to make. CC is hair, textures, objects, and clothing that can be downloaded and easily added to your game. You'll find everything from wall patterns, to dressers, earrings, and beautiful flowing gowns. Since CC creators don't have to think about system requirements like Maxis does, and can also sink more time into each piece, they can make truly beautiful additions to the game that greatly enhance the graphics (especially in the case of hair) and increase the number of options available to the player. More options and better looking swag are what CC is all about.

MTS is a great place to go for Sims content
Modthesims.info is one of the best sites out there for downloading both CC and Mods for The Sims

What are Mods
Mods are game modifications to the Sims 4, pure and simple. Practically any game that is moddable has mods. They may enhance a feature, or introduce entirely new features. Mod creators work hard to make sure their content is stable and adds the functionality that is described when they share it with the Sims community. Some mods greatly enhance gameplay, make minor adjustments to how things work (like how often objects break), or simply fix something that irritates a lot of players. Mod creators sometimes fix bugs before EA does, and may at times be more in tune with the community's desires for how something should work. For example, door locks were released in a patch, but first came in the form of a mod.

None of these things are meant to criticize Maxis/The Sims Studio, who are doing a wonderful job developing a game that's worth modding, but when you have all the hundreds or thousands of people who partake in adjusting the game and creating custom content for it, there's naturally many more hands working to make improvements and content for it.

How to Install CC and Mods

Where to go to install mods in The Sims 4
Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods is the folder you need in order to install mods and cc. Sims/lots go inside the Tray folder.

Installing Mods in The Sims 4
The process for downloading both CC and Mods is the same, so we will cover them both at once. They are installed in Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods. Open Windows Explorer or Finder on Mac. Click your Documents folder, Electronic Arts, then The Sims 4. If you have trouble finding it, look for the Users folder on C:, click the User of the PC (in my case, Carl) then proceed to Documents (or My Documents) and go from there. For windows users, Documents is usually on the left in the menu as you can see in the screenshot.

Enable Mods, CC, and Script Mods in order to use them for The Sims 4
In order to use CC, Mods, and Script Mods, you must first enable them in the game's options menu. For Script Mods to work, the first box must be checked. Read below to learn about Script Mods.

Turn on Mods in the Menu
Since a patch was released, players now need to enable mods through the options menu. Press ESC > Options > Other. From there, select Enable Custom Content and Mods. After a patch, you may need to turn this back on.

Similarly, for Houses that contain CC that you Cannot See in My Library using the Gallery
If you've downloaded a house from a site that isn't from the Gallery, it goes to the Library. Select View Content by > Others from the left side of the window within the My Library section of the Gallery, unless you're the one who made it. Look to the above section on enabling CC in order to see houses with CC in your library properly. On the bottom left of the Libary screen, click advanced and the 'Include Custom Content' checkbox. You'll need to do this if you've downloaded houses that contain CC from other websites. Without doing so, houses that include CC will not appear in your Library..

If you still can't find the house try turning off online features access so that gallery houses will not appear in the list, you'll see much less and it'll be easier to locate. Go to Game Options > Other from the escape menu and toggle this setting. This will in effect turn off the gallery option. This may help finding content you've added to the game, and you can turn the gallery back on afterward. (Thanks for the tip, MrsFlynn!). Otherwise, make sure the home is in the right folder by following the instruction in this guide.

The Mods Folder
Next, find or create the Mods folder. It should already be there, but if it's not you can right click in the white area within The Sims 4 folder and create a folder, being sure to name it Mods. The game automatically recognizes and attempts to utilize anything in this folder. So, once we download CC, we'll copy the files to that folder. Tip: You can have other folders inside the Mods folder, so if you'd like to separate out your CC and Mods in to separate folders, or even categorize them by object/clothing type, you can do so! Additionally, Forum member RandyH notes that it's possible to rename mods so long as you keep the .package at the end of the file name. This can make your organization even simpler, and possibly help you track things down easier. All of this is actually a good idea should you run into a mod or piece of CC that gives you trouble, so that it's easier to find and remove.

Script mods are a special type of Mod that must remain inside a zip file in order to work. You must also go to the game options menu (ESC > Game Options > Other > Script Mods Allowed) to enable them. You can see this section in the menu in the screenshot further up where you also enable normal Mods and CC.

It's worth noting there is another folder here, Tray. That folder contains the households you've created but NOT saved to the gallery. It is also where you install Sims and Lots. This folder is important regardless, so you can avoid creating or downloading them all again.

Installing
Installing is pretty much hands off and you've just got to put them in the Mods folder, but you will sometimes have to deal with zip files. Remember, script mods are NOT unzipped, but everything else should be. Newer mods may have the .ts4script extension which you can leave alone (thanks, DarkWalker). If it's a .package file, you're fine - just right click it and cut or copy it, go to the Mods folder and paste. If it's a zip, click it and look inside. Double click the zip and look at the file type of the file inside - is it a pyc or .package at the end of the file name? If the zip contains a .pyc file, it is a script mod and should remain zipped.* If it's a .package, you need to copy that and any other package files from the zip and copy them to the mods folder. Pictures and instructions inside the zip are usually unnecessary. Sometimes mod creators give you these very instructions - "Extract .package file, copy it to the Mods folder, enjoy"!

* About .pyo files - Files ending in pyo are no longer supported due to an update to the base level of python Sims 4 uses, meaning it is definitely an out of date mod if this is the case.

If you download a Sim or House/Lot from a place other than the Gallery, it will go in the Tray folder, not the Mods folder.

Backing up Saved Games, Mods, and CC
You can backup your Mods and CC just as you can Save files, and it's smart to do this in case of disaster. Copy them to another drive or a USB stick and they're safe from hard drive failure. Head to your Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4 folder. Right click each of those three important folders - Saves, Tray, and Mods. Copy them then paste in a new location, where you know to find them. Should you have to reinstall the game or wipe everything, you've got a copy of your Sims families, and kept your collection of CC and Mods. These are precious because it takes time to build up a collection, and losing dozens of downloads can be a major nuisance.

Sims 4 Mod Manager
There is an option for those of you who do not want to deal with unzipping files and would like the ability to easily enable/disable mods. Raxdiam's Sims 4 Mod Manager is a solution for that. It's got a lot of features, is fairly easy to use, and if you explore the site you can even find a video explaining how to use it.





Links to CC/Mod Sites

Lumialoversims is one of many bloggers who shares custom content with the Sims 4 Community
Lumialoversims is one of many talented custom content creators for The Sims 4.

The following are sites that are well-known for hosting CC and Mods. I want to say that I'm not responsible for anything you see or that happens as a result of using these sites. I'm putting those we're all most familiar with up top, as they're in general the best places to go to download things for Sims. Many creators have their own blogs, and they're worth following if you like their work. The two big sites up front here host many items though, and should be visited by anyone interested in expanding their game. You can then explore people's tumblr/wordpress blogs and find creators whose work you enjoy, follow them, and enjoy a better Sims game. Some CC creators specialize in hair, others clothing and some make a mix of everything.

  • modthesims.info - Definitely my go-to, though I don't use CC heavily. Everything on MTS is totally free, and it's exceptionally well-organized. This makes for an easy browsing experience. They feature so much content that they are almost all you need in order to really beef up your game with CC. Of course, modthesims also has plenty of mods, and many of the best mod makers in The Sims community are members there.
  • The Sims Resource - TSR is also a high quality site for downloading CC, and like MTS features content for Sims 3 as well. If you get addicted to CC you may even want to join as a VIP, which makes mass-downloading items much easier and removes ads from the site.
  • Sims 4 Downloads - A site that watches blogs, MTS, and TSR to watch for new CC and Mods. Basically a Sims 4 downloads news feed that can help you get to some great content. You can browse by creator using their drop-down box and discover talented artists.
  • Black's Sims Zoo - I saw a variety of objects here for download, though the site is in German. You'll need to register (simply try to download something and it will prompt you). Thankfully, the word Download is international.
  • Tumblr - this link leads to content tagged as sims-4-custom-content on tumblr, where many CC makers have an outlet to share their art. This can help you find creators you want to follow. It can be a good place to browse for new content visually, though be careful because you'll need to visit some download sites that can have confusing links. Watch out for ads that say 'download', and look for buttons like 'Skip ad' so that you can get past a full-screen ad that looks like a download page!
  • LumiaLoverSims - I saw some great hair meshes when visiting this site, its design impressed me when compared to the other tumblr blogs I visited.
  • Kijiko - makes beautiful hairstyles. On this site, you can also find makeup, clothing, and skin tones for your Sims.
  • TheSimsSperience - She's a wonderful creator with loads of content for Sims 4. I saw some great recolors you can install, and it seems to be updated with new content regularly.
  • DecayClownSims - lots of dark/goth CC that is quite nice. My only gripe is their site design is quite confusing, though the content itself is high quality and definitely fills a niche. At time of writing, the next page button is on the left, in case you can't find it.
  • There are many, many bloggers I'm leaving out but am just giving you a place to get started. If you like a creator's work, follow them and you'll see their various updates. If you like a particular CC creator, share the link here and give them some exposure. I'll check it out and add some of them to the list, as well.

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    Stellasays...
    All of my cc's are .7Z, .rar ,or .zip and when i go on sims after clicking 'enable mods and custom content' and then below it 'show all mods' nothing comes up in there.
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    Playalotsays...
    If it's a zip, click it while it is on your desktop and look inside. Double click the zip and look at the file type of the file inside - is it a pyo or .package at the end of the file name? If the zip contains a .pyo file, it is a script mod and should remain zipped. If it's a .package, you need to copy that and any other package files from the zip and copy them to the mods folder. Pictures and instructions inside the zip are usually unnecessary.
    If you are not unzipping them then the game will not be recognizing them which is why nothing is showing up.
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    Rachelsays...
    I don't see Enable Custom Content and Mods SadSadSadSad
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    Playalotsays...
    Options Menu>Game options>Other and then you will see the two check boxes.
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    Rachelsays...
    I know but i don't have these boxes. I have only ''View mods'' and 'scripts mods'' or something like that. What can i do for having these boxes?
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    Rachelsays...
    And i don't have Sims 4 on Origin to update it
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    Playalotsays...
    That's your problem then, you need to have the game updated to be able to access all the features.
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    PATRICAsays...
    i have downloaded CC but it wasnt in my game please help
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    Playalotsays...
    In the game menu you need to have checked Enable Custom Content and Mods.
    Options Menu>Game options>Other and then you will see the two check boxes.
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    MrDrEdwardsays...
    The "Enable Custom Content And Mods" Checkbox Isn't There, But The Enable Script Mods Is, Is This An Issue? Is There A Solution? Can I Have Some Answers Please?
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    When you run into this problem, it usually means a couple of things 1. You don't have automatic game updates turned on. 2. that the game hasn't been updated to the newest patch level.

    If you haven't done so, log into Origin go to the Games Library tab, right-click on Sims 4 and select Update game.
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    Nanabananaberasays...
    Sooo...... I downloaded hair for the sims 4 and even though it was installed correctly, no matter what I downloaded the hair would make the eyes red and the face black with question marks on it. What do I do?
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    Playalotsays...
    Take out the CC it is obviously broken and/or needs updating. Go back to the creators site and report it.
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    Madison Martinezsays...
    I've done everything you have said to do on this forum and my cc is STILL not showing up in my game. None of them were zip or script mods, I made sure to try simple stuff first. I unchecked the box for automatic updates on origin (I have a digital version), and checked the box for custom mods and scripts and still nothing ):
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    Playalotsays...
    Is the cc you are using compatible with your games current build (patch)? You can tell by checking on the creators site and reading through the posts made by other users or the creator themselves.
    If you have the cc placed in another folder and then placed within the Mods folder it also may not show up in-game. Sims 4 doesn't really cope with the nesting of folders at all.
    Do you have any mods installed that may be interfering with the cc you are trying to use? There are a million and one things that can go wrong with cc and without knowing exactly what you have done and what mods and cc you are trying to use it is simply all guess work for me.
    It may be that the cc is actually installed but the thumbnails for it in CAS are actually embedded within non-cc thumbnails and you need to expand the color choices etc to see the cc options. Sometimes cc creators place the thumbnails in weird places, like in the accessory section when the cc isn't really an accessory. Again, you'd need to find out where to actually look in-game for the cc on the creators website.
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    SUNETTEsays...
    i am new with sims 4 . just baught it yesterday . but when i play it after a while it throws a box on my screen saying the sims 4 not responding
    the it force me to exit game . and the a just go in again and after a while the same thing happens . i save alot otherwise when it throw me of sims it did not save . what can i do to fix this please explaint to me step by step . SadSadSadSad
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    Playalotsays...
    It could be a lot of things. If you are using mods and cc take them all out and start a new game and try again. Are your computer specs enough to handle TS4? Recommended Specs for Base Game only Have you tried Repairing your Game? Have you tried Deleting the Game Cache files?
    It is very difficult to really help you without knowing what you have already tried.
    You can always post in our Technical Help Forum Board as we have all the space we need there to discuss in detail.
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    Lilahsays...
    I was wondering how to install MC Command Center on a Mac. I have Keka. It says the extract failed. Thanks.
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    Playalotsays...
    Your best options would be to go to that creators site and ask there. The creator will know how their own mod works far better than anyone else. Smile
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    Lilahsays...
    Thank you so much! Smile
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    natalie bellsays...
    hello
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    natalie bellsays...
    have you got script mods to enabled the game please thank you
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    paytonsays...
    how do you unzip the .package folders
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    Playalotsays...
    We have some great tip here on our forum. Windows has a zip program built into it that can be used to unzip any mod or CC files so all you need to do is click on the download. Once the file opens it is only the package. file that needs to be placed into your mods folder.

    So package. files do not get unzipped - they need to be placed into the mods folder as they are. (copy and paste or drag)
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    Commasplicesays...
    Regarding the mod manager--just one quick question--are they for mods only or can these be used for custom content?
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    Playalotsays...
    Sorry, can't help as I haven't used it. Try asking on our Mods board, loads of good people to help you with that there. Mods Discussion Board
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    Katarinasays...
    I am having a problem with my CC hair. I see it's a common glitch, the blonde streaks, and the solution is to turn laptop mode off. But my problem is that laptop mode is off and has been even before the glitch started and the blonde streaks appear even in CAS. I tried turning laptop mode on, restarting the game, then turning it off again and restarting. Nothing. I saw a simmer who also had this problem and fixed it by turning the mode off and changing the settings up a bit, so I changed them in the same way, but still nothing. I also tried a few other things such as repairing the game, removed the Options.ini file, removed all cc I added around the time this happened and it's still here. I just removed all cc and only put one cc hair and the blonde streaks weren't there and then i returned all cc i had up until july 9 (this problem appeared on july 11) and they appeared again. What else can I do? Please help
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    Playalotsays...
    Sounds like that piece of cc isn't compatible with the shaders in sims 4. I suggest going back to the creator and letting them know about this issue.
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    Katarinasays...
    But I don't know which cc it is and I have about 6000 (yeah I know it's a lot lol) so I can't really go and try out one by one to see which one is problematic and I play on Mac so I can't use the Mod Conflict Detector
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    Playalotsays...
    Then, unfortunately, I guess it is time to sort out and organize your cc! Here's some tips:
    (click)
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    MrsFlynnsays...
    The best we can suggest is to go through your mods to find out which one(s) are outdated.

    You could try the 50/50 method which is to try half of them and then the other half. But if that doesn't work, you may have to try cutting it down a little further and only checking a few or so at a time until you find which mods are causing issues for you.
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    gracesays...
    i couldnt readeam my custom contentSadSadSad
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    Jessa Albasays...
    Hi! just wondering though i have the base game, get to work and ge ttogether expanxion packs installed in my laptop (windows 10). I also got the notification that i got mods included in the game when i loaded it, however, when i try to edit my sim i see no custom contents in there. Hope you could give me light on this. SadSmile
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    Playalotsays...
    Have a look in your mods folder and see what is there.
    Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 4>Mods
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    Glendasays...
    New player in training
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    Heathersays...
    I didn't understand half of this... Can you simpilize it?
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    Playalotsays...
    Basically any .package file can go straight into your mods folder. Any zipped files need to be unzipped until you can see the .package file which can then be placed into your mods folder. Some modders zip a folder which contains a few .package files so that whole folder can go directly into your mods folder with their .package files still inside it.
    We have a great thread on the forum with a lot of step-by-step info on this, check it out and feel free to post anymore questions on the forum as there is more room to offer answers there. Smile
    Mods and CC info
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    alindholmsays...
    I have a MacI can not find the electronics art folder in documents. I've searched in Finder for it. Could I have deleted it? How can I get it back?
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    Playalotsays...
    Maybe your iCloud settings BluebellFlora was kind enough to link me to this. hope this helps. BluebellFlora's link
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    Tonnettesays...
    I have turned off my laptop mode on my game and I still can't get my cc to load into my game.Unsure
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    Playalotsays...
    Have you downloaded the cc correctly from the makers site? Have you unzipped it? Have you placed the unzipped package file into your mod folder within the TheSims 4 folder? Have you enabled Script mods in the in-game menu? Difficult to know exactly what is going wrong for you with so little detail.
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    Tonnettesays...
    I have been trying to get new cc into my game. I had unzipped the ones that needs to be unzipped and I have downloaded TS4 Mod Manager. Now my game won't even load passed the title screen. Now I am sitting here waiting for Origin to unload.
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    Angelsays...
    Scared I did everything exactly like you said went in the game. And I can't find anything. I mostly downloaded hair mods/cc. I have enable custom content and mods and script mods allowed both checked. Could I have downloaded bad ccs? Ugh. I did this for sims 3 and it always worked. Have been having a hard time with sims 4
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    Playalotsays...
    TS4 can only manage one level of nested folders within the mods folder. If you have your cc within multiple folders the game will not 'see' it.
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    Tonnettesays...
    Unsure I have also uninstall and reinstall The Sims 4 today. Still at the loading screen with NOT RESPONDING in ( )!
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    Playalotsays...
    We have a technical help board here (click) for issues like this. Please post your question there as MrsFlynn is far more able to help you with tech issues than I am!
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    Arasays...
    hi! this website was really helpful but i don't get it why my sims doesn't have 'Enable Custom Content and Mods' :( pls help me ㅠㅠ but yeah, i have script mods thingies, hmm–
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    Playalotsays...
    You'll need a fully updated game to get all the functionality. Latest game build is 1.36.104.1020 which you can see bottom left on the main intro page of the game.
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    Arasays...
    how should i update it?
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    Jesssays...
    So I had to create a Mods folder because my folders didn't have one. I've downloaded multiple things, making sure I've extracted everything properly and I have also enabled Mods/Custom Content within the game, and NONE of my mods in that created folder are displaying in the Mods list when Sims 4 boots up, neither are any of my mods showing up anywhere in the game. Any idea on why this is happening?
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    Playlotsays...
    The mods folder should have a 'resource.cfg' file. if it doesn't remove all mods to say your desk top and delete the mods folder you made. Restart your game and a new mods folder will be generated. Check it has the .cfg file then replace your mods and enable the script mods check box too.
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    brokoleiisays...
    i downloaded the mod where you can get cars, and followed all the steps, but i cannot figure out how to get it on my PC. according to this, i did everything right, it just wion't show up. PLEASE HELP!
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    Playlotsays...
    The mod might not be updated for the most recent patch. Go back to the creators site and look through the details and posts about when it was last updated. If it hasn't been updated recently then it probably won't work.


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