*MUST READ* How to install The Sims 4 correctly.

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*MUST READ* How to install The Sims 4 correctly.

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Are you completely new to The Sims 4? If so, it might be tricky for you to download and install each of the individual torrents below; since the G4TW system of Sims 4 releases 'benefits' those people who have been following G4TW since the base game release in late 2014. In case you are completely new to this, there are easier ways for you to install The Sims 4 and the DLCs! Check out the all-in-one from @Tarac here:

Or, use the downloads from @anadius, which allow you to be more selective as to which individual items you want to have installed.
Everybody else can keep using the 'G4TW system' of simply copy/pasting the new repacks, over the existing Sims 4 installations.

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Guide last updated on: 06-02-2019

Hello everyone,

This *MUST READ* guide is only meant for people who want the latest working version of The Sims 4. Using this guide you'll automatically get the latest available version of the game.
This page will always contain the most up-to-date instructions, so make sure to check back here first if you run into any issues, or when new The Sims 4 game updates are released. The Installation Guides that come with the torrents might become obsolete at some point, hence we keep this page here up-to-date instead.
READ CAREFULLY and DO NOT skip any steps!

AGAIN: do not do anything else, just do EXACTLY as written below!

*********START***********Read each step carefully!***********START*********


The way Games4theworld packs updates for The Sims 4 is according to major DLC for the game (expansion packs). Each of these torrents also includes a number of minor DLC. You might now be confused, and want to know why there are no separate releases for individual DLC. The main reason is due to technicalities: you cannot easily add individual DLC items to TS4 without causing certain in-game problems such as game freezes at startup. As of currently you have to add new DLC to TS4, in the form of these packs. The procedure outlined here is essentially a "progressive build-up": the torrents are meant to be applied in a specific order. Which DLC do these torrent packs consist of then?

Base game:
   Origin Digital Deluxe Edition items, Plumbob lamps, Freezer Bunny Award 

Get to Work:  Holiday Celebration Pack (FP01, 2014 Christmas-themed items), Outdoor Retreat Game Pack (GP01), Get to Work Expansion Pack (EP01)

Get together: Spa Day Game Pack (GP02), Luxury Party Stuff Pack (SP01), Perfect Patio Stuff Pack (SP02), Cool Kitchen Stuff Pack (SP03), Spooky Stuff Pack (SP04), Get together Expansion Pack (EP02)

City living:    Dine Out (GP03), Movie Hangout Stuff Pack (SP05), Romantic Garden Stuff Pack (SP06), Kids Room Stuff Pack (SP07), Backyard Stuff Pack (SP08), Vintage Glamour Stuff Pack (SP09), City Living Expansion Pack (EP03).

Toddlers, Vampires & Bowling Stuff: Toddlers (included in the base game patch), Vampires (GP04), Bowling Stuff Pack (SP10).

Parenthood: Parenthood Game Pack (GP05)

Fitness Stuff: Fitness Stuff Pack (SP11)

Toddlers Stuff: Toddlers Stuff Pack (SP12)

Cats & Dogs: Cats & Dogs Expansion Pack (EP04)

Laundry Day Stuff: Laundry Day Stuff Pack (SP13)

Jungle Adventure: Jungle Adventure Game Pack (GP06)

My First Pet Stuff: My First Pet Stuff Pack (SP14)

Seasons: Seasons Expansion Pack (EP05)

Get Famous: Get Famous Expansion Pack (EP06)

Arrow We generally recommend the use of a 64-bit (Windows) operating system, and the use of the TS4_x64.exe file when starting the game, as otherwise some of the DLC will not work, such as "Cats & Dogs" and "My First Pet Stuff"  Exclamation   Exclamation   You can find this TS4_x64.exe file under the Game\Bin subdirectory, of where you have The Sims 4 installed.

Installation procedure.

01.) Since The Sims 4 tends to be picked up - erroneously - as "malicious" by many anti-virus programs, you need to make sure to add both the (future) install location of your game as well as the location of your downloads to the "exceptions list" in your anti-virus program. The guide HERE can give you an initial overview of what needs to be done, but depending on which anti-virus software you yourselves are using, you may need to do more research on your own. Don't worry! Even though the game files are picked up by anti-virus software as malicious, the files are completely safe to use! (it’s what we call a "false-positive" warning ).

We suggest you add the following locations to the exceptions list in your anti-virus software. Later on, once you installed the game, you may narrow-down the exclusions to only your installed The Sims 4 game folders. But in order to avoid any problems during the download of the games and/or the installation process, it is a good idea to add these exclusions beforehand OR temporarily disable your anti-virus software before downloading and installing the game.

C:\Program Files\
C:\Users\(your username)\Downloads\ (Important: If you add this location to the exclusions, make sure that you REMOVE it from the exceptions list after installing the game!)

02.) Download and install Games4theworld's version of The Sims 4 base game, which you can find along all other Games4theworld releases, on the Forum announcement here (we recommend using the "mirror links" to fetch the torrents, as the official website is not regularly being updated anymore).

If you would like to learn about the compatibility of Origin-basegames of The Sims 4, with these DLC, please see the last paragraph of this guide here, under #9. If you find you are having difficulties with installing the base game on your C: drive due to limited filespace, check this tutorial here! Also note that as of currently (patch version, after installing all available packs), the total filesize of your The Sims 4 installation will make up approximately 31.5 GB. If you do not want to have all DLC, check out this post here

03.) Now, download and install the The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack.

04.) Next, download and install the The Sims 4: Get Together expansion pack.

05.) Download and install the The Sims 4: City Living expansion pack.

06.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Toddlers, Vampires & Bowling Stuff. Keep in mind that the name of the actual archive file (after you download the torrent) is The Sims 4 Update v1.29.69.1020.zip.

07.) After you installed the 'Toddler'-update, please go under the folder of where you installed your The Sims 4 game to. You will see a "Game"-folder. You should now rename the folder, into anything you like. For example, Game_ (see the screenshot below). Alternatively you can also move out the "Game"-folder, or delete it. After doing so, you have two choices. 

Arrow  You can either leave this "Game"-folder renamed in the way it is (Game_), and follow the remaining steps of the guide. 

Arrow  Or you can download the fixed "Game"-folder for Toddlers/Vampires/Bowling. Place the folder simply inside the installation "The Sims 4". If you download this fixed folder, you can play the game as is, with just Toddlers/Vampires/Bowling. 

If you want to play the DLC that were released after Toddlers/Vampires/Bowling you must follow the remaining steps of this guide either way, regardless which of the two aforementioned choices you make!

08.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Parenthood.  If you want to play just with the Parenthood DLC, and not with the remaining DLC stated in this guide, we strongly suggest you download and apply the game update, to fix some bugs. If you still want more DLC, skip using the update and go ahead with step #9.

09.) You should now apply the torrent The Sims 4: Fitness Stuff

10.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Toddlers Stuff. If you just want to play with the Toddlers Stuff DLC, and your game starts up with Error Code 3/in Spanish, please delete the "Game"-folder once more from your install directory of The Sims 4. Download and apply the fixed "Game-folder" for Toddlers Stuff instead. If you still want more DLC, skip using this fixed "Game-folder", and go ahead with step #11.

11.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs.

12.) Download and install the the torrent The Sims 4: Laundry Day Stuff. 

13.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure.  

14.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff. 

15.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Seasons.

16.) Download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Get Famous.

17.) Finally, download and install the torrent The Sims 4: Update, which fixes a number of in-game bugs that were "introduced" in the Get Famous-expansion. See this announcement.

18.) MOVE (don’t copy) the “The Sims 4” folder located in: C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\ to THIS location instead: C:\Program Files\

So your new installation location will be: C:\Program Files\The Sims 4\

19.)  If you want to use the 64-bit version of The Sims 4 (which is only possible if you're using a 64-bit Windows version), we recommend you move the "The Sims 4" folder to this folder instead: C:\Program Files\ , so that your new installation location of The Sims 4 will be C:\Program Files\The Sims 4 .

20.) Done! You now have the latest available working version of The Sims 4, with all Expansion Packs, Free Packs, Game Packs and Stuff Packs! If you have a 32-bit Windows operating system, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\The Sims 4\Game\Bin and start the game by double-clicking the "TS4.exe" file.
If you have a 64-bit Windows version, you can use "TS4_x64.exe" file under C:\Program files\The Sims 4\Game\Bin   to start the game instead. (See step 8 above)

If you want to create shortcuts to quickly launch the game from your Desktop, right-click on the desired .exe file and choose Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut) .
Start the game and… ENJOY playing the latest version of The Sims 4!

Additional information.

Arrow  A lot of people who bought Origin-basegames of TS4 asked us whether it was possible to apply the Games4theworld-DLC of the game, onto Origin-games. As of lately, it does not appear to be possible. We do NOT recommend you apply these DLC, on an Origin-basegame of The Sims 4. This entire guide assumes you are using either the Games4theworld-basegame or any other TS4 basegame from RELOADED. However, you can still download an Origin basegame, and install it "parallel" to the Games4theworld-stuff. You could start this Origin-game, for example, if you would like to get hold of Gallery-items. However, in this case, you should keep in mind that there will be a conflict of userdata-folders under Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4. A possible way to solve the conflict can be found in this thread here.

Arrow  In general we recommend installing "all the way" up to the latest available DLC release, at any moment. However, should you not want to install all DLC, it is possible or even likely that you will encounter endless household loading screens, error codes 3, and other issues. This will be the case for example, if you forego step #7 in the above-mentioned guide. To compensate for that, you will need to apply a fresh "Game"-folder, for the latest available patch version. Grab the latest available folder from this tutorial here.

Arrow  Note that the included installation guides in our torrents may become outdated in the future (and you cannot edit the contents of existing torrents), which is why we recommend you check back on this thread here regularly!

*********END***********Read each step carefully!***********END*********


Note that any and all questions posted under this thread, will be deleted without any explanation or advance warning. We have the Forum sections dedicated to Support purposes, for a reason.


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