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Picked upload! [Tester Needed] AnyGameStarter v. 2.2.0-UC (Ultimate Collection) * UPD 25 Dec 2017

by Numenor Posted 25th Dec 2017 at 7:27 PM - Updated 27th Dec 2017 at 8:37 PM by Numenor
58 Comments / replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod is compatible ONLY with the Ultimate Collection
If you use the standard (CD/DVD) game version please download the AGS v. 2.1.x

Though some testing has been done, this tool is a BETA VERSION
which means that it may not working perfectly. In case of problems, uninstall the AnyGameStarter and
restore the game via Origin (your main savegame will be preserved).

Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!

This AGS version is compatible only with the Ultimate Collection downloaded via Origin.
If you use any "Ultimate Collection" NOT from Origin, try using the AGS v. 2.1.1.

The installer has been tested under Windows 10 (32bit and 64bit)
(but should work fine with any older Windows version down to XP)
and must be run under an administrator account.



The usage of this tool has not changed, compared to the "old" Version 2.1.1; therefore you can refer to the AGS 2.1.1 instructions page.

The only DIFFERENCES with the old 2.1.1 are the following:
  • The Mansion&Garden SP is always included in the mini-game configuration; this is due to the peculiar structure of the Ultimate Collection, that contains only one executable (Sims2EP9.exe) that came with the M&G stuff pack. In the EP/SP list, the M&G option is always selected (if you deselect it, M&G will be included anyway).

  • This new AGS allows new and greater screen resolutions for the mini-game; in order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Ultimate Collection not recognizing the latest video cards.

I would like to thank maybesomethingdunno for asking me to update the AGS; it's been fun and somewhat heartwarming to come back to the Sims 2 modding for a short while
Please consider that I'm still retired from modding: I'll keep an eye on the new AGS 2.2 thread in order to solve the possible problems with it, but please don't rely on an immediate response from me.
Many thanks also to gdayars (and maybesomethingdunno himself) for testing the AGS for me.

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AnyGameStarter_Setup_2.2.0-UC_x32-x64.zip | Description: AnyGameStarter v. 2.2.0 for the ULTIMATE COLLECTION ONLY 2.22 MB 431 25th Dec 2017
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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#51 Old 18th Jan 2018 at 11:27 PM
@Diovanlestat - I really don't know what's happening. The log file tells me that everything is perfectly fine, except that the game starts and then immediately stops after few seconds. I have no idea why the game stops so early. You have the correct folders in your computer, and the registry is correctly managed by the AGS.
Have you copied anything in the Downloads folder of the AnyGameStarter1 game?
I see from the log that you created a "mini-game" containing all the EP and SP; have you tried creating a game with only Mansion & Garden?

P.S. Are you running the game and the AGS with an administrator account?

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
#52 Old 20th Jan 2018 at 7:35 PM
This doesn't bother me and if it's only happening for me I don't care, but I have what is supposed to only be the base game and M&G but the Holiday Stuff is also included (Make the holiday cookies, throw a New Year Party). I'm playing with the language set as German so I am not sure if that has anything to do with it.

EDIT to say that I really appreciate this being available to the UC. My desktop broke so I'm playing on a laptop so being able to only install the basegame plus M&G makes the game run much smoother.
#53 Old 28th Jan 2018 at 6:20 AM
For others on Windows 7, remember that Windows 7 is really, really stupid about trying to 'fix' things for you. Every third or fourth time I run an AGS, the operating system decides that the 'Documents' should point to just the AGS, instead of the entire 'My Documents'. At this point, nothing but the one AGS game that's now visible in 'Documents' will run, AGS can't find 'My Documents' to make new games, Sims 2 itself can't find the main game, SimPE can't find the game, HoodChecker hangs and crashes . . . (I haven't tried HoodReplace, Delphy's Download Organizer, LotAdjuster lately, but I'd assume they'd have the same problem finding where the heck the game went.)

It isn't every time, it's just enough of the time. I usually figure out it happened again when HoodChecker crashes, because I'm kind of obsessed with running it between every play session.

To fix this, open 'Documents', tell it to remove the location that's there, and then tell it to put in the whole 'My Documents' location.

This will also make it possible to run SimPE and HoodChecker again.

At least Windows 7 plays nicely with Sims 2 otherwise!

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#54 Old 5th Feb 2018 at 8:26 PM
Thanks Numenor for having a look at more code. I'm glad to know it's not AGS. It's my set it, I got a confused network.
Forum Resident
#55 Old 10th Feb 2018 at 8:26 AM
Thank you Numenor, ever since my disk drive died I've been wanting a UC compatible version. Now to really test things.
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 12th Mar 2018 at 11:58 PM
Seriously ... THANK YOU.
And welcome back.
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 26th Mar 2018 at 3:57 AM
For the most part I really do love this, but I keep getting "do you want this program to edit your registry" pop-ups multiple times both starting and throughout play... also, I can't install Sims, at all. Like, the installer works and the custom content for that game transfers, but the sim itself doesn't. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

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Top Secret Researcher
#58 Old 30th Mar 2018 at 3:41 AM Last edited by aelflaed : 31st Mar 2018 at 4:46 AM. Reason: bigger issue...
Default Some issues...
I am getting the constant registry popups also. It's annoying. I am not sure how often they occur while AGS runs, but I seem to always get two more popups after shutting down.

Otherwise, the program has been working for me so far...although I have just been asked to re-identify my documents folder path, so am about to restart and, fingers crossed, all will be well there.

Edit: So, restarting seemed to work fine. However, I can no longer open my normal game in either fullscreen or windowed version. I use shortcuts which bypass the launcher, both of which now lead to my AnyGame2 (windowed). What do I do about that?

I think I must have messed up the path thing. I then had two UC folders for each of the Anygames I had created. The second one held the lots I had tried to install, but those lots/cc were not available in-game - perhaps the game was referencing the first UC folder? I have uninstalled the AGS to get back my normal game, and will try afresh later.

Further Edit: Installing a lot (by drag-and-drop onto the Anygame icon) is causing the extra UC folder to appear. The new folder contains only the Downloads and Teleport subfolders with the lot contents. Moving the contents into the original UC folder does make the lot/cc appear in the Anygame, so there is a workaround. The extra folder has the TM superscript in the title, while the original folder does not.

Another issue is that my Empty Anygame is still created with one subhood. When first loading, it says 'creating exotic destinations', and there are .package and .png files for Suburb001 in the Neighbourhood folder. I am creating a subhood template using Mootlida's tutorial here, and need a truly empty base to work from. The empty hood worked well in an Anygame with just Base/Uni/MG, but with all EPs ticked, the suburb appears.

More Edit: I know I may be whistling into the wind, but the saga continues...
I beleive this is the same problem reported by someone else up-thread. The Anygame starts and plays fine the first time, but thereafter, claims not to be able to find its path. Pointing it manually at hicon.exe (as it requests) makes no difference. Restarting the computer makes no difference.
The attachments option won't let me upload a txt file (even though it says it will!), so here is a paste of the log:

Sat 31/03/2018 8:32:23.10 - Start
AGSVERSION = ""2.2.0-UC (Ultimate Collection)""
INSTALLDIR = "D:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\"
USERDOCS = "D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents"
DISPLAYNAME = "The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection"
SAVEGAME = "D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection"
GAMEEXEC = "D:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun With Pets\SP9\TSBin\Sims2EP9.exe"
MINIGAME = D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\AnyGameStarter\AnyGame1\EA Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection
MINIDOCS = D:\\Users\\Ollerenshaw\\Documents\\AnyGameStarter\\AnyGame1
PARAMS = [-w] [-r1280x720] [-noparam] []
ID files found on this system:
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\AnyGameStarter\AnyGame1\EA Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\AnyGame1.id
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\EA Games\The SimsT 2 Ultimate Collection\FullGame.id
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\India's Stuff\Sims Storage\TS3\Backups\Backup PermaGame1Base\EA Games\The Sims 2\BaseGame.id
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\India's Stuff\Sims Storage\TS3\Backups\Backup PermaGame1Base\EA Games\The Sims 2\PermaGame.id
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\India's Stuff\Sims Storage\TS3\Backups\Backup PermaGame3 Eden M&G\EA Games\The Sims 2\AnyGame1.id
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\India's Stuff\Sims Storage\TS3\Backups\Backup PermaGame3 Eden M&G\EA Games\The Sims 2\PermaGame.id
D:\Users\Ollerenshaw\Documents\India's Stuff\Sims Storage\TS3\TS3 Basegame Copy\installer\INSTALLDATA.id
Content of the "Sims2_full.reg" file:
"DisplayName"="The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Fun with Pets Collection\1.0]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
"Common Documents"="%PUBLIC%\\Documents"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
"Common Documents"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Documents"

Content of the "REGFILE" file:
"DisplayName"="The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Fun with Pets Collection\1.0]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
"Common Documents"="D:\\Users\\Ollerenshaw\\Documents\\AnyGameStarter\\AnyGame1"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
"Common Documents"="D:\\Users\\Ollerenshaw\\Documents\\AnyGameStarter\\AnyGame1"

Everything seems OK. Proceeding.
Current directory is:
Sat 31/03/2018 8:32:27.33 - Starting D:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun With Pets\SP9\TSBin\Sims2EP9.exe -w -r1280x720 -noparam
Sat 31/03/2018 10:39:19.65 - Starting 60-seconds countdown to Documents restoration
Sat 31/03/2018 10:39:34.75 - Game ended
Sat 31/03/2018 10:39:34.76 - Restoring Documents (game end)
Sat 31/03/2018 10:39:36.58 - Documents restored.
Sat 31/03/2018 10:39:36.58 - Closing Log
Top Secret Researcher
#59 Old 5th Apr 2018 at 10:41 PM Last edited by aelflaed : 15th Apr 2018 at 3:15 AM.
Some further info...
I kept striking the missing file path error every now and then, but it seems to be fixed now - after clicking' Run as Administrator' in the AGS shortcut. It should have been running that way already, but perhaps it needed telling an extra time.
The AGS is still creating the extra Ultimate Collection subfolder when installing Sims2Packs. Annoying, but now that I know to look for it, easy enough to just move the contents to the 'real' folder. I wondered if I should rename the original folder to match, but no doubt that would mess up something much worse!

Update: I struck the missing file path problem again when I wanted to make a new AnyGame. I can't cancel out of the error, and although it says to identify the path carefully, and I try, I believe I am getting it wrong, because I don't know how to tell what the real path is supposed to be. Consequently, weirdness has happened, and I probably need to reinstall the AGS again to get back to the status quo.

Also, the AGS triggers the regedit message once for every time I open or close an AnyGame.
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