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Default The Sims2, Expansions, and Stuff Packs Install Order + Stories Series (CGuides)

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Sims 2™ Expansions and Stuff/Party Packs, What was Added
The Sims™ Stories Series Install Order

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Alot of issues with installing Sims 2™ and any Expansion and Party or Stuff Packs can be avoided by installing in the order which they were released. Use this reference when installing your game + any expansions you own to help avoid issues with errors or failing to install properly. Also note that installing the latest update patch after each one that has a patch available is also helpful in avoiding issues when installing the next expansion/pack (when the game verifies if it is updated already or not). I have never had any issues installing and playing Sims 2™ and the Addons doing things this way.

I will update this guide as needed. I also have noted the release date next to each in green italic, this is using American Date Format as you can see (MM/DD/YY). All dates are based on US Releases (Euro may be a different release date, but should be same install order).

EP = Expansion Pack
PP = Party Pack
SP = Stuff Pack

Install Order:[list=1]
  1. 01.Sims2 ( protection SafeDisc v3.2 )
  2. 02.Sims2 patch v.1.0.0.1022 ( protection SafeDisc v4.00.001 )
  3. 03.Sims2: University ( protection SafeDisc v4.00.001 )
  4. 04 Univeristy patch v.1.1.0.284 ( protection SafeDisc v4.00.001 )
  5. 05.Sims2: Nightlife (protection SafeDisc v4.00.001)
  6. 06.Nightlife patch v.1.2.0.355 ( protection SafeDisc 4.00.001 )
  7. 07.Sims2: ChristmasParty Pack(aka Holiday Party Pack for UK version of Sims2, unprotected )
  8. 08.Sims2: Open For Business ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 )
  9. 09.Open For Business patch v.1.3.0.351 9 (protection Safedisc v4.60.000 )
  10. 10.Sims2: Family Fun Stuff ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 )
  11. 11.Family Fun Stuff patch v.1.4.0.142 ( protection SafeDisc v.4.60.000 )
  12. 12.Sims2: Glamour Life Stuff ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 )
  13. 13.Sims2: Pets ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 )
  14. 14.Pets patch v.1.6.0.277 ( protection SafeDisc v.4.60.000 )
  15. 15.Sims2: Happy Holiday(not the same with the Xmas pack, unprotected )
  16. 16.Sims2: Seasons ( protection SafeDisc 4.60.000)
  17. 17.Seasons patch v.1.7.0.158 ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000)
  18. 18.Sims2: Celebration Stuff (protection SafeDisc 4.60.000)
  19. 19.Sims2: H&M Stuff ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 )
  20. 20.Sims2: Bon Voyage ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 )
  21. 21.Bon Voyage patch v.1.10.0.130 ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 )
  22. 22.Sims2: Teen Style Stuff ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 )
  23. 23.Sims2: Free Time ( protection Securom 7.035.0007 )
  24. 24.Free Time patch 1.13.01.48 ( protection Securom 7.036.0011)
  25. 25.Sims2: Kitchen And Bath Interior Design Stuff ( protection Securom 7.036.011 )
  26. 26.Free Time patch 1.13.0.155
  27. 27.Sims2: IKEA Home Stuff ( protection Securom 7.37.0007 )
  28. 28.Free Time patch 1.13.0.161
  29. 29.Sims2: Apartment Life ( protection Securom 7.37.0012 )
  30. 30.Apartment Life patch v1.16.0.194
  31. 31.Sims2:Mansion And Garden Stuff ( protection unknown)
Notes:
  • A new patch was released June 18, 2007 for Seasons (EP5) to resolve issues with the last patch get updated again...
  • Next to each patch, I listed the update version (as of this guide).
  • Holiday Party Pack and Happy Holiday Stuff, are different addons. Please do not confuse them as being the same, they are not the same addon.
  • Christmas Party Pack is the same as "Holiday Party Pack" The difference is only US vs UK/Euro versions.
  • Items marked with ** means there are 2 versions. One you can purchase seperately and one that comes with Holiday Edition Versions 1 and 2.
  • Items marked with *** means there are 2 versions, the Full version and the Mini-Pack. the Full version contains 60 new stuff, and the Mini-Pack has around half of the full pack. If you have the Holiday Edition (Version 2) of The Sims 2, the full version is supplied with the game.
Sims 2™ Versions and Release Dates:
  • Sims 2™ (4 CD or 1 DVD) - September 17, 2004
  • Sims 2™: Holiday Edition (Version 1) - November 17, 2005 - (Core game, Holiday Edition Version 1 Contains Holiday Party Pack)
  • Sims 2™: Holiday Edition (Version 2) - November 7, 2006 - (Core game, Holiday Edition Version 2 Contains Happy Holiday Stuff)
  • Sims 2™: Deluxe Edition - May 8, 2007 - (Core game, The Sims 2: Nightlife, Bonus DVD)
  • Sims 2™: Double Deluxe - April 15, 2008 - (Core game - The Sims 2: Deluxe, The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff)
Patches can always be found at: http://thesims2.ea.com/update/

Last edited by wolfsrain; 13-04-2009 at 06:23 PM.
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