Greetings Sims 3 Fans. I have noticed a lot of questions about how to install custom content. This is a very BASIC how to install custom content guide in Sims 3.
You need to know how to unzip zipped files as well, since a lot of CC comes zipped. Google how to unzip files.
There are three types of custom content. Package files, sims3pack and .sim files (saved sims). I am going over package files only for now.
Installing Package files
Package files are recognizable by the .package at the end name of the file:
You need to create 2 new folders. Go to My Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 3. While in the The Sims 3 folder, go to the top left corner and click on the menu “File”, then “New”, then “Folder”:
Change the name of the “New Folder” to “Mods”. Click and open your new folder Mods and repeat the step above, File>New>Folder. Change the name of this second folder to “Packages”
So now you should have 2 new folders: Mods and inside of Mods, Packages.
My Documents>Electronic Arts>The sims 3>Mods>Packages
Sims 3 cannot read custom content without YOU adding a file telling it how to do so. This file is called Resource.cfg.
You can get it here. After you download it, move the resource file to My Documents>Electronic Arts>The sims 3>Mods folder.
Please note that the Resource.cfg file is NOT in your Packages folder, it is in your Mods folder.
I would start simple: Fine ONE package file of Custom Content you want. Download and/or unzip it to: My Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 3>Mods>Packages. Plop it right in that Packages folder.
Then start up your game in see if it installed correctly. I am a makeup junky and it is a good place to start with small, easy to install items like lipstick or eye-liner.
I hope this helps a little. Maybe I will also add how to install sims3package or .sim files. This is all for now though.
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