Tutorial: Installing CC and mods in The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

So the big news recently is that Origin is giving away The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to all Sims 2 players. The Ultimate Collection includes all expansions and stuff packs ever released for the game, including Holiday Stuff which was a limited edition stuff pack and now goes for around $200 on Amazon due to its rarity. The nifty thing about this is that even if you own the base game and nothing else, you get the Ultimate Collection for free.

This isn’t a tutorial on how to get the Ultimate Collection if you don’t already have it but in quick terms, if you have a physical copy of The Sims 2, go toย EA Supportย and go to their live chat to speak with an EA Adviser. Tell the adviser you have a physical copy of The Sims 2 and would like to go digital. Give them your registration code for the game to prove you actually do own The Sims 2 and the adviser will add The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to your Origin account.

UPDATE 07/23/14: As of today, you are now able to get The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection for free on your own, even if you don’t already own any Sims 2 games. Log into your Origin account, go to Origin > Redeem Product Code and put the codeย I-LOVE-THE-SIMS into the field to redeem your free copy of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection!

Now that you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, you’ll most likely want to install custom content and mods into the game. Well fear not, this is much easier than trying to get CC and mods to work in The Sims 3, so take a deep breath and just follow these step-by-step instructions. You’ll be playing with all your CC and mods in no time!

  1. Obviously, install The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection. Start it up with no CC or mods and play it for a bit just to be sure it’s working without any downloads installed. If everything’s all good, quit the game.
  2. Go to Documents > EA Games > The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection and create a new folder called Downloads. Make sure it’s spelled correctly with a capital D.
  3. Put your CC and mods in this folder. You can’t compress .package files in The Sims 2 like you can with The Sims 3 so make sure you use subfolders to organize your content.
  4. Start up your game again and after the initial load screen, you’ll see a dialogue box informing you that the game has detected custom content in your game. Check the box to enable custom content and mods, then quit the game again.
  5. Restart the game. You’ll get the same dialogue box but you’ll notice that “Enable custom content” is already checked. Go ahead and proceed to playing the game and you should see all your custom content in your game. Your mods should all be working as well.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • The bigger your Downloads folder is, the longer it will take the game to load. Mine is 8GB and it takes about a half hour to start up, so don’t freak out if it doesn’t look like it’s loading anything for a long time. It’s not frozen, it’s just being slow.
  • If you played The Sims 2 before and had CC and mods, you can just copy your old Downloads folder into your The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection folder in your Documents but keep in mind that if you didn’t own all the expansions and stuff packs before, you may need to update some of your mods and CC for Mansion & Garden Stuff. If you’re experiencing bugs and game crashes after transferring your Downloads folder to your game, that’s likely the reason.
  • If your game isn’t starting after installing your CC and mods, try deleting your cache files in your Documents. Do this whenever the game isn’t starting because The Sims 2 has always been rather finicky about that.
  • If you have updated all your mods and CC and you’re still having problems with your game after installing your Downloads folder, make sure all your mods are compatible with each other and that none of your content requires other downloads (like meshes or a certain object or mod from another creator).


43 thoughts on “Tutorial: Installing CC and mods in The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

  1. Hi, thanks for your information. I’ve tried putting my cc into the downloads folder inside the Sims 2 Ultimate section, and the only cc that shows up is the skins and eyes. Where do I put the sims2packs? If I double click on them, they ask for an app to open them with…? If I put them in the downloads folder with the packages – that doesn’t work either…any ideas? Thanks…

    1. .Sims2Pack files need to be installed via the launcher. It’s safe to run the app because it’s just asking to run The Sims 2 launcher to install them. If you prefer to only use package files (it’s easier to remove a package file from your downloads folder than it is to uninstall a Sims2Pack file via the launcher) you can use Clean Installer to extract the package files from your Sims2Pack files: http://sims2pack.modthesims2.com Keep in mind that you can’t convert Sims2Pack files of lots or Sims to package files. You have to install those through the launcher as Sims2Pack files. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. The launcher doesn’t respond when I double click on the .sims2pack files – so I d/l the Clean Installer and that works! Thanks for your advice ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. i dont know if it’s just my client but not a single mod is working for me. i used to own sims 2 (double deluxe edition) and i have installed millions of custom content before but it seems that they do not show up in ‘ultimate collection’. for example, when i download a hair from modthesims they all show up in game as the default hair.are you using ‘ultimate collection’ as well? any suggestions?

    1. never mind, i got it to work xD i forgot that you had to open .rar files. i was so used to seeing .package files that i forgot to read what type of file i was downloading x.x

  3. Thanks dude, I’ve had this game since I was like six, I never did figure out how to install mods correctly :/ , thanks for showing the way!

  4. Hmm. I made the folder and put my skins inside of it, but they’re not showing up in the game, even when I enable custom content. I’m not sure what I did wrong.

  5. Sorry but I’m at a total loss here.
    This may be part of the problem but I somehow made all of my CC or mod files turn into a sims 2 update patch file. So whenever I click on a mod file, it reads like it’s the update patch file…
    Put the Downloads folder with all of my mods in the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection folder in my Documents and it’s not working…
    Read through the comments and not sure what you mean by run the sims 2 launcher to install the mods.
    Not sure how to proceed here. Any help would be appreciated ^^”

    1. It’s there! You just have to dig it out of the program files and create a desktop shortcut.
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\CSBin
      if you follow that route, you’ll find it right there! (You might need to go through Program Files instead of Program Files(x86))
      Once you find it, I’d suggest creating a shortcut (if you dont know how to do that, right click the file, then Send To -> Desktop)
      Kinda annoying that you have to dig it out, because I remember that it wasn’t that hard when you had the physical copies, but whatever.

  6. Hello I have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection downloaded from Origin, I created the folder “Downloads” in the “The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection” folder, I pasted every “.package” files I’ve been downloaded and select “yes” in the custom content option into the game options, but when I start the game the content doesn’t appear, the screen that should pop up when the game is loading doesn’t appear either (the screen that shows your custom content inside the game to active it or disable it). I did it when I played my Sims 2 physic edition about 7 years ago and it worked, thats cause I know what should appear. What am I doing wrong? I’ve been looking any solution in the internet and I didn’t found anything. I don’t understand where is the mistake. Can someone help me to solve it? I’m going crazy…
    Sorry for my english, and greetings from Spain.

    1. Maybe you haven’t every mesh files of your cc downloads, if you download a file but it haven’t a mesh file this content will not show in the game. Try to look for cc files with its mesh included.

  7. I can not find a downloads spot. I have SIMS 3 and I got my SIMS 2 off of origin. It did NOT go into my EA Folder. I only have my C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection folder. And, i don’t know where I can download my custom content?! Please help

    1. I had the same problem and finally I found where put the cc files (in Windows Vista). Go to C/User/Documents/EA Games/The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection and look for a folder called “Downloads”, if this folder isnยด’t there just create one folder and call it Downloads. Put your cc in it and it should appear.
      To download cc I recommended modthesims.com.

    2. Try looking in the public section. I have Vista and for some reason mine is C:\Users\Public\Documents\EA Games\The Simsโ„ข 2 Ultimate Collection

  8. I have gotten this game and have downloaded and extracted the CC files. But every CC file I download doesn’t show up in the game. I have read and watched many tutorials on how to get it into the game. I’m very certain that I am doing this correctly. I have made clothing and such in the body shop and it shows up in the game. Do you have any idea what’s wrong?


    1. Sorry! Nevermind ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t know you had to start the game up for the folder to appear there. When I was uninstalling the exp. packs, one of the prompts said I should put the backup files in before I boot the game up. Guess they were wrong. Happy Simming everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. .___. i cant get eh custom stuff to show up in Game i did everything u said to do DX i made the download folder D; and restarted sims checked the custom content boxes and its not showing up ive checked the files too ._. halp

  11. When I start the Game after putting the cc in the Downloads folder, the box, where you can enable the cc doesn’t even show up? :c

  12. Hi, I have the ultimate edition, and I did as what you said (btw I download the cc from the sims resource) and I have the content in my downloads folder (its icon is of a mini body shop symbol) however its a SIMS2PACKfile, and I know the only way to install it is via the launcher. but I have a problem, my launcher doesn’t come up it just starts the game straight away when I double click on the desktop shortcut. How do I get the launcher? and once I do have it how do I install it? thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Hi, I have alt of Cc like 14k items and I transfered everything from my sims 2 dl folder to the sims ultimate collection download folder and my Cas items show up but not my furniture or mods. Any idea how to fix it?

  14. I didn’t get my Sims 2 Ultimate Collection from Origin. I got it from a torrent and I was wondering how I’m supposed to get my cc to show up if it didn’t install into my EA Games folder. Any way to fix this?

  15. I did what you said but I’m stuck on Step 4. I booted it up after installing the CC but no box popped up warning me about CC!

    1. Just double Click the .sims2pack and screen will pop up asking you if you want to install. click install and it should be in you game.

  16. Hi, sorry to bother but does this work on Mac? because I do not have an EA Games folder and I had to create one, I haven’t run the game yet but I’m scared it will crash or the CC won’t appear ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    help will be really appreciated!

  17. Hey, do you have any idea on why I have two sims 2 uc folders? One includes ‘teleport’ and ‘downloads’ (with only 3 downloads in). And the second one has all the important stuff like the cache and the logs etc. Is it safe to delete the 1st one? Because I’m really worried. Thanks x

  18. What if it already has a downloads folder ( I tried putting the cc in there but it didn’t work ๐Ÿ˜ฆ )

  19. I did everything you said, but its not working my cc won’t show up? I only got a few hairs and some makeup but they don’t show up… someone help? I even put some subfolders in there to seperate them. The box saying it detected cc never came up as well

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