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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.