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My quest to install the first version of The Sims 4

It’s the first day of our Base Game Week and I’m planning to do a huge comparison article of the first version of The Sims 4 Base Game vs the current version. If you wish to do this as well please note that you can only find the first version on The Sims 4 CDs sold in retail stores. However, it won’t be that easy for me since I already have the latest version of The Sims 4 and all packs installed on my computer. Before I install content from the CD I’ll have to make sure I’ve moved all TS4 files from Origin Games install directory to some place safe.

Do not try the following steps at home!

So, I copy – pasted all of my TS4 installed files to Documents, out of Origin’s reach.

The next step was to secure all of my save game files and paste them some place safe as well.

After I’ve done all that, I had to make sure that the game is completely removed from my system.

Now my computer is completely The Sims 4-free, at least that’s how my computer sees it.

I put the first disc into my computer and waited for the install startup:

I had to disconnect my internet during the installation process as the installed would force me to automatically download the new version of the game if I still was connected to the internet.

After finishing the installation I connected to the internet. Immediately Origin tried to update the game (wow, 3,5GB of base game content has been added over the last 3 years) and install all of my packs. However, after cancelling the update all packs stopped downloading.

I tried to open the game but Origin didn’t let me play it because it wasn’t update. I finally succeeded once I went to offline mode in Origin:

Over the next few days I’ll be doing a coverage on some important differences between the first version of The Sims 4 and the current version. Stick around!

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