Installing Custom Content

Custom Content and Mods for most people is an important part of why they enjoy playing any Sims game. It adds new content, interactions, and enjoyability to a game, and makes it fresh and interesting. However, third party content is not supported by EA so you have to install it yourself, unlike Expansion, Stuff, and Game packs. It is advisable that someone looking to start using custom content and mods research what they are and how to properly install before diving head first into this realm of the sims community. A basic understanding of how to install and use this content is a must as it will help you troubleshoot why content is not showing up, recognise when content is not working properly, or find corrupt content. Custom Content usage is not to be taken lightly. It can, and has corrupted simmers games through improper use, so be prepared for the worst.

 I am not going to write up my own guide here, but I will link you to some of the many guides and utilities out there that will help you learn what the two types of content are and how to properly install them in your game.

Basics:


Installing Custom Content (TS3):


Installing Custom Content (TS4):


Mac Users: Extracting archives:

Programs and Utilities (TS3):


Programs and Utilities (TS4):

Requirements for My Content:

Take special note people who play TS4. I keep my game fully updated so it can be said that my content is only compatible with the latest version EA has released. If your game is not fully updated and you are wondering why content is not showing up, that is probably the reason why. Content is mostly not back-compatible because of the changes EA has made to some of the core coding since release (however, older content is mostly compatible with the newer versions except for some CAS content made for the sims 4 demo that has not been remade or updated).

You should also note that with the 64 bit patch, EA forces all cc to be turned off every time you update you game (this is mentioned in Carl's Guide above). You will need to turn on cc each time you update through the options menu. This requires you to restart the game for it to take effect.

My content is also always in a .zip or .rar file. These need to be extracted once downloaded. I mention it on every post, but I do still have people that don't read down that far. You need a program like WINZip or winRAR to extract the items from the archive before placing in your mods folder. They will not work if you leave the archive un-extracted.

Troubleshooting:


Is content not working? Check out these points to start finding a solution.
  1. Check if you game is up-to-date. You can do this through Origin
  2. Ensure that the cc is listed as a package file. If its not you need to extract it from the archive
  3. Are mods turned on in the options menu?
  4. Make sure there are not duplicate files in your mods folder
  5. Check mods folder by moving cc to the main folder (where the resource.cfg file is) out of any subfolders you have created
  6. Is it just my content or other people's content not showing as well?
  7. Check post of cc for any updates and comment section to see if there is a similar issue and if I have addressed it yet. I put all update notes on the post
  8. If it is still not working comment with as much detail about the issue. I cannot help if you just say "it's not working."
Hopefully you find a solution here to installing my content, and content by others, so please read through this before asking me questions. It is often a simple solution for most people. But if problems persist, please post in the related post or contact me and be as specific as possible  because saying "your content isn't working in my game" does not help me help you to track down the issue. 


18 comments:

  1. Hi! I downloaded your nice and creative creations, and I did everything, that sites writes about installation, but the game doesn't show them.
    I extracted te files, put the packages files into the Mods folder, and in the game options menu I checked to enable custom content. I have a fully updated game, but doesn't show the CC. Please help me!

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    1. Is it only my cc not showing up in your mods folder or from other people too? Best way to test is download on single package file from a set and put that in an see if it shows up. If it does, the download may have been interrupted and caused the cc to become corrupted. If it doesn't show up, there is a good chance your mods folder structure may not be right and you should try setting that up again.

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  2. Do i need any other program that SIMS4 the game to see your content in my game?

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    1. No, you only need TS4 to see the content. I imagine it would need to be fully updated as well given the changes made to the gamer since its release.

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  3. Hi! Im not able to download it too? I have tried what you said but i don't know what i do? Can you please help me ?

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    1. Are you not able to download, or not able to install?

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    2. i can download it, but it would not show up in my game... i tried so hard and my friend tried too, but nothing shows up in the game ):

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    3. can you run me through what both of you have done to try and get it to work?

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  4. hello, I downloaded the complete package and installed it according to the steps, in the game only three lamps appear

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    1. Consider moving the package file out of any subfolder to see if that helps, otherwise consider downloading the items individually to see if they show up that way.

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  5. how do i install a programme to unzip the cc? thanks

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    1. You are asking in the wrong place about that. You will find install instructions on the page you download the program you choose, not here.

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  6. I recently dowloaded a bed that required your Mid-Century bedding as its mesh. I used the individual download option to get the frame and the bedding, and the bedding was a .rar so I used Unarchiver to turn it into a folder. Once it was a folder I placed it into my mods folder. However, when I go into my game, everything but the mesh (which was the .rar package) is there. I've looked up many videos and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, hopefully you can help! Thank you! Also, please note that I'm sort of new to CC.

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    1. Try downloading the individual files you need off Onedrive. If you are trying to get a recolour to work, there is not much else i can do my end.

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  7. Sorry for taking up your time but I figured out what I was doing wrong! Thank you for trying to help though!!

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  8. help me please!! about a week ago i bought Cats and Dogs and it hit my game really bad... i opened my sims mod conflict detector and it said all your sets were conflicting with each other and Mc Command Center. I need both of them in my life, feedback greatly appreciated <33

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    1. Don't believe everything mod conflicter says. It sees any duplicate files/resources as an issue and it is often not a case. If you use my merged files S4S adds a resource that is the same number each time that states what has been merged. MC sees this as a conflict. So really, take it with a grain of salt what it tells you.
      If you are having issues with cc and you haven't downloaded any of my sets after the 12/12/17, then you don't have the latest versions that was updated for the C+D pactches.

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