This is different from a total-game reinstall - This sets the game back to when it was first installed with a fresh new Sims 3 folder.

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Why Create a New Sims 3 Folder

It's best to create a new Sims 3 folder when you're having issues with your game, like crashing, game lag, freezing, odd gameplay issues and other irritating game headaches. It gives you a fresh folder to play the game in. It also helps with troubleshooting problems with mods and custom content.


How-To: Create a new Sims 3 folder

  • Go into your Electronic Arts folder, and move your Sims 3 folder to the desktop. Paste it to your destop and rename it something like the Sims3Backup.
  • This moves the folder out of the Electronic Arts folder to the desktop for backup purposes. The Sims 3 folder can be moved to a USB key or external hard drive if you prefer.
  • You won't loose and of your Sims 3 files, like saved games, mods, custom content or game options. It's all still there in the folder on your desktop or some where safe and can be found using this path, if saved to desktop. C:\Users\Username\Desktop \The Sims 3 -- Just don't delete it from the desktop until you're done testing.
If you've got the Origin version:
  • Go into Origin, right click on Sims 3 and select Play. This will create a new Sims 3 folder. Then exit the game and copy back the folders and files described below in What to do after creating a new Sims 3 folder.
If you have the Disc/Steam version > You can create a new Sims 3 folder one of two ways:
  • 1. Open the launcher, and then close it again.
  • 2. Right-click on Sims 3 Icon. This will create a new Sims 3 folder. Then exit the game.
  • Go to: ----> Documents > Electronic Arts > Sims 3 to confirm you've got a new Sims 3 folder.
  • *Note: When you move or rename the Sims 3 folder, the game will no longer be able to find it. When you go to play the game it will create a new folder.


What to Do After Creating A New Sims 3 Folder

If you're not having problems with your game, and you just wanted to create a new Sims 3 folder to start fresh, go ahead and start copying back the folders and files mentioned below in what folders/files to add back in.

However, if you're having issues with your game. Start a new save to test. Do not add any other folders or files. Other than your options.ini file - This is your game and video settings.

Does it load and play okay? Yes, then try your broken save-game again to see what happens. If you're still having problems with it do not save it.

If you find that the save does work okay, copy in the Mods/CC and other files/folders into the new Sims 3 folder. (See below for more information) Use Save As to save it with a different name.

*Note: If you're having issues with some store or custom content not working correctly. Leave out your DCCache folder and reinstall both your store and custom content. So that the game can create new files for this content in the DCCache folder.

If you don't, you may run into the same issue of the store or custom content not working. Due to the files not being refreshed.


What Folders/Files to Add Back In?


  • DCBackup: - for this file = ccmerged.package - Files related to the installed .Sims3Pack files.
  • DCCache: - Contains all installed Custom Content, Sims 3 Exchange and Sims 3 Store items that you installed through the Launcher.
  • Downloads: - Items to be installed.
  • Exports: - Files you export from the Game via CAS or Edit Town. These files will be in .Sims3Pack format.
  • Installed Worlds: - Custom or Store Towns you have installed.
  • Library: - Sims and lots that you've installed.
  • Mods: - Mods and custom content.
  • Recorded Videos: - Videos taken in-game using the V key.
  • SavedSims: - Saved Sims that are in the SimBin.
  • Saves: - Game Saves.
  • Screenshots: - Photos taken in-game using the C key.
  • WorldCaches: - Cache files for your installed custom and Store towns.



  • Options.ini - Game and Graphics Options.
  • userPresets.package - Saved colors, patterns and textures.
  • The screenshots can be found by using this path:
    C:\Users\Username\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Screenshots
  • The videos can be found by using this path:
    C:\Users\Username\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Recorded Videos

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Dek Thank you very much for this Mrs Flynn. I love the fact that you break up the harvestables by their plant type as well as by expansion pack. Oh, and alphabetically as well! Thank you so very much!
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MrsFlynn You're welcome!! I did that so I could keep 'em straight. *Snicker*
Jaga Loving the presentation on the Harvestable Plants guide MrsFlynn! We might have to do more guides with that same layout!
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MrsFlynn Thank you!! Yes we definitely need to do more guides with this layout. :)