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#1 10 years ago

Today I encountered great difficulty while reinstalling a corrupted installation of The Sims 2, and though I searched all over the place I didn't find any solutions for this particular problem on the internet. I eventually discovered the solution on my own, so I'm posting this here in hopes that anyone else who may have this problem in the future will find this topic.

This was my problem:

I had the game and several expansion packs installed. The installation became corrupted (it's not important why, that's another story entirely), making it necessary to reinstall it. The first step would be to uninstall each expansion pack, and then the game. This is where my troubles started. I went into add/remove programs in the control panel and started uninstalling the expansion packs. Most uninstalled successfully, but when I attempted to uninstall the remaining two I'd click the "uninstall" button and nothing would happen. I also tried directly using the uninstall links in their respective directories, but they didn't work either, so I eventually just gave up and deleted the files belonging to those expansion packs. Then I tried to uninstall The Sims 2 itself and got a message something like "Expansion packs are installed, please uninstall them first". Clearly, this was because I was unable to uninstall some of them properly, leading the system to believe they were still installed when in fact I had deleted them. I didn't think much of it at the time and deleted The Sims 2 as well, then set about reinstalling it. Once I had reinstalled it I tried to run it and got this error message:

"You are running the wrong version of The Sims 2. Please run instead."

As you can see there's a blank where it should say "Please run whichever is the most recently installed expansion pack instead", because there are no expansions installed.

Usually, this error is caused by trying to run, say, The Sims 2 Nightlife, when you've got a more recent expansion pack installed. In all cases you have to run the game using the executable belonging to the most recent expansion pack. The problem here was, the game thought such an expansion pack was installed when it wasn't. With no way of uninstalling the now non-existant expansion pack, it was impossible to start the game.

This is how I solved the problem:

I edited the registry to delete the references to the expansion packs that failed to uninstall properly, I'll now detail how to do this.[COLOR=Red]

WARNING:[/COLOR] Editing the registry can be tricky and the consequences of messing something up may be as severe as having to reinstall Windows itself. Therefore, it's advisable to back up the registry before editing it, for details on how to do this, see here. [COLOR=Blue]How to back up and restore the registry in Windows[/COLOR]

1. Open the Start menu and click 'Run...', in the box that opens type regedit and click OK.

2. Once in the Registry Editor start by expanding My Computer, then find the following directory HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\

3. Now you should see a list of registry keys in the right panel, starting with (Default). Fifth down should be a key named EPsInstalled. Double click on it to edit it, and delete everything in the Value data: field so it's empty. Click OK.

4. Now go back out to the EA Games directory, and look at it's contents, if any Sims games or expansions that you don't currently have installed are visible there, right click on each one and click delete. Now close the registry editor.

That's what I did, and the error message no longer appears.




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#2 9 years ago

You are a Godsend. I was wrestling with the Sims 2 with the exact problem, except only one of my expansions became corrupt and it was the only one I wanted to get rid of. Thankyou thankyou thankyou! <3




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#3 9 years ago

Thank you so much..it worked..I was ready to throw out my computer!! Now tho, I do have a corrupt file on my deskyop which has 15G worth of codes and stuff, I cant delete it or move it, its not a virus ( i have scanned it), any ideas?




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#4 9 years ago

I'm not sure what would cause that, but there's a program called 'Unlocker' that you can use to free up files that Windows won't let you delete, that would probably do the trick. Find it here: UNLOCKER 1.8.7 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB




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#5 9 years ago

I tried the whole regedit thing on my computer cause I am having the problem with Your running the wrong version of the sims please use instead. And a black screen came up for a quick second and dissapeares. What should I do next? It wont open up the registery.




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#6 9 years ago

i did all of this and it still hasn't worked. I keep getting the same message. Is their anything else I can do?




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#7 7 years ago

I'm aware this thread's already 4 years old, but hopefully someone would still respond to this :x This error message pops up when I try to run the game: "you are running the wrong version of the sims 2 please run the latest sims2 expansion pack installed instead" problem is, I don't have an expansion installed. I used to have Sims2 Seasons (that worked perfectly alright.) and Sims2 pets. Pets was when it all began. I wasn't able to install it properly somehow, so I removed all my expansions and reinstalled the original Sims2. But the message wouldnt go away.

Weird part. I followed the posted solution step by step but got stuck; there isnt a HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\ in my registry. So i searched for a EPsInstalled in my EA folder but to no avail. Anyone knows how i can solve this?




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#8 7 years ago

omg, wow. i can't thank you enough. o.O i had to make an account just to say thanks; it took me weeks to fix this problem. smh.

*sims fiend* <-- extremely tragic. haha.




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#9 6 years ago

thekillucus;5420206I'm aware this thread's already 4 years old, but hopefully someone would still respond to this :x This error message pops up when I try to run the game: "you are running the wrong version of the sims 2 please run the latest sims2 expansion pack installed instead" problem is, I don't have an expansion installed. I used to have Sims2 Seasons (that worked perfectly alright.) and Sims2 pets. Pets was when it all began. I wasn't able to install it properly somehow, so I removed all my expansions and reinstalled the original Sims2. But the message wouldnt go away.

Weird part. I followed the posted solution step by step but got stuck; there isnt a HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\ in my registry. So i searched for a EPsInstalled in my EA folder but to no avail. Anyone knows how i can solve this?

are u perhaps using a windows 7? im using a windows 7 and i do not have it in my registry as it is instead under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\EA GAMES\THE SIMS 2 . hope it helped! ;)