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The Sims 3: How to remove it completely

September 17, 2010 4 comments

Foreword

While this is a decent game, it’s plagued by an unrealistically large number of bugs (which is strange in my opinion when you think about how big EA is and how many people play it). There fore it can sometimes be a good idea to remove the game completely and then reinstall it. The usual way to do this is to go to your computer’s control panel and remove it from there (“Add/remove” in Windows XP and “Programs and features” in Vista/7). This doesn’t necesarily remove the game completely though and as such a reinstall of the game might not be complete. This is especially true if you like to use mods and custom content.

There are 3 things you need to remove manually to be a 100% sure the game is removed.

First you need to remove the game through the control panel.

The game folder

When you install the game, it will usually just be installed to a default location. This is usually something like “C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3“.

So go to this folder and delete it and everything in it.

The data folder

The game will create a folder under your documents folder. In a folder called “Electronic Arts” you’ll find a folder called “The Sims 3“. Delete this completely.

The registry database

All Windows systems have a registry database. Many games store important information here, and The Sims 3 is no exception. To remove the game from the registry, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the search box type “regedit” and press <enter>
  3. Expand the item called “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”, “SOFTWARE“, “Electronic Arts” and “Sims“.
  4. Right click on every time that has “The Sims 3” in its name, and choose “Delete“.
  5. Expand the item called “HKEY_CURRENT_USER“, “SOFTWARE“, “Electronic Arts“.
  6. Right click on “Sims 3” and choose “Delete“.

Now the game should be gone completely from your computer and you should be good to reinstall the game if you wish.

Worms Reloaded: Keeps minimizing itself

August 27, 2010 4 comments

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been anticipating this game. I’m also sure I’m not the only one who was excited to click the “Play” button in Steam, only to be greeted message saying the game had stopped working.

After I tried to start the game twice with the same result, I decided to make sure the download was completely intact. This is done by right click on your game in Steam and choosing “Properties”. Then you choose the “Local files” tab and click “Verify integrity of game cache…“. After I did this, Steam told me that it had downloaded 30 files.

I thought I was good to go now. But I wasn’t. My game would start now, but after the Team 17 logo the game would just minimize itself. Then if I clicked the icon and maximized the game I’d see the game screen for a split second and it would be minimized again.

After fiddling around with the game trying random things, I found out something that works (for me at least).

Go to the game’s folder. For me it’s located in “D:\games\Steam\steamapps\common\worms reloaded“. Right click on the game’s executable file “WormsReloaded.exe” and choose “Properties“. Choose the “Compatibility” tab and check the “Disable desktop composition“. Now click “OK” and start the game from Steam like you normally would.


Happy worming.

Prince Of Persia – Sands Of Time (2003)

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Running Windows 7, I’ve had a lot of trouble running this game properly. As far as I can tell from Googling it’s an issue with nVidia drivers. The following should help.

Blue screen
When first you install the game on Windows 7 you might have a problem where the game will start, but everything is blue and blurry.

  1. Find the directory where the game is installed (if you’re unsure, you can right click on the game’s shortcut, choose “properties” and check the “Start in:” field).
  2. Open the file called “hardware.ini“.
  3. Find the line that says “ForceVSFog” and change its value to 1.
  4. Find the line that says “InvertFogRange” and change it to 0.
  5. Save and close the file. You should now be able to run the game.

The game runs too fast
It seems the game may run too fast on computers where the CPU has more than 1 core.
Unfortunately you will need to take these steps every time you want to play. This is not a permanent fix.

  1. Start the game.
  2. Press Alt+Tab.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  4. Choose the tab called “Processes“.
  5. Click on “Show processes for all users“. If it asks you to confirm the action, do so.
  6. Find the process called “POP.EXE” and right click on it.
  7. Choose “Set affinity…“.
  8. Make sure only “CPU 0” is checked.
  9. Open the game up again by choosing it with Alt+Tab.