- Date Added: 27-10-2012
- Uploader: BoilingOil
So when you open your "My Documents" Folder, you'll find TWO "EA Games" folders.
Now here's the problem: The installer will install all CC in the Public folder, while the game only reads CC from your OWN folder. So anything you install, will NOT be found.
If you delete the Public version of this folder, it will simply be automatically re-created by either the game or the installer, so that's no solution to the problem. The only way to prevent this crap from happening, is to do the following:
1. Open the C Drive in Windows Explorer
2. Then go to "Users", "Public", "Public Documents"
3. Open the "EA Games" folder, and move everything you find in there to a new folder (on the Desktop, for example)
4. Now click the "back" button in Windows Explorer, to return to "Public Documents"
5. Right-click the folder "EA Games" and select "Properties"
6. On the properties page, tick both the boxes at the bottom, saying "Read only" and Hidden".
7. Click "Save"
Your problem is now solved. If you open "My Documents", you'll see only ONE "EA Games" folder, and everything you put in there, will be found by the game. The Public EA Games folder exists, so it will not be re-created. But since access to this folder is restricted, no system will ever be able to use it again: neither you, nor the installer. Thus, everything is BOUND to end up in your personal EA Games folder, where the game can find it. Problem solved once and for all time!
If, in step 3, you found any stuff in the now defunct "EA Games" folder, that stuff should now be in the new folder on the Desktop, with ample opportunity for you to sort it out and find stuff that you might wish to move to the proper folders.
With the method outlined above, that limitation falls away. You simply use the Clean Installer to install to the default folders, without the need to browse to the right folders. It's simply a matter of making things simpler. :-)
THIS. This is the problem I have on my daughter's PC (W7) ...and it was driving me nutso!
She just installs things willy-nilly and then has a major fit when her new stuff isn't in her game. Then, besides calming her down, I have to go traipsing all over her bloody hard drive to find the stuff - she's on a controlled user account, so the 'public' folder isn't readily available to her... *sigh*
She also like to create things in BS, but when she imports it into the game it goes AWOL...
OMG - the problem will FINALLY be solved!
And, it's such a simple and elegant solution! BO, you are a hero
ETA: Hey - @leefish - how come my smilies aren't working?
Glad this is helpful for people having trouble though.
On *my* system, which was *also* 64-bit, when I allowed the Clean Installer to install files in the default folder or clicked browse to create a new folder, it would invariably use the wrong EA Games folder, and I would not find the new items in my game, as if they had not been installed at all. Mods would not work, installed sims and objects would not show up in the catalogs, etc.
The above method simply disables this wrong folder. After that, Clean Installer on *my* machine works exactly the same as on yours. That's the beauty of it.