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When I have reinstalled, there are a few "extras" to add in with my downloads to get the play quality I prefer.

I think it's a good idea to list these, so that I will easily be able to find them again; if you reinstall regularly you may like to do the same.

Set Sims 2 to work in a window

"C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSBin\Sims2.exe" -w

substitute whatever path your game uses for the main exe. The important part here is the -w.

Set Sims 2 to work on a modern monitor

Find the file:

C:/Program Files/EA GAMES/The Sims 2/TSData/Res/Config/Graphics Rules.sgr

… and make a copy of it under a different name as a backup (I called it Graphics Rulesold.sgr)

Now edit the original file and use Edit/Find to locate the section which begins:

“option ScreenModeResolution”

You will see settings for Low, Medium, and High. Copy the medium settings and paste them over the low settings to allow the game to start at 1024×768 resolution or better.

Save and exit and then start the game to check it works.

You will need to do this for EACH EP you have installed.

More of my "Needful Things"

Sims Compressorizer - get it here This program shrinks downloads. DO NOT use with Delphy's Download Organiser or SimWardrobe's Sim Categorizer!
Sims2Pack Clean Installer - get it here Essential checker for Sims 2 downloads.  Sims 2 Hack Conflict Detection Utility
Snappledude's Camera Mod Camera mod so I can see the whole Neighbourhood.  Sims 2 Clean Installer is for checking your downloads don't conflict and has to be reinstalled after you have reinstalled all your EPs.  Latest version of SimPE - necessary if you want to MAKE recolours or do fancy editing of Sims etc.  Colour Enhancer Program - vital if you want to use recolours
Delphy's Downloads Organiser Sims 2 Enhancer (pay but worth the money) Simple, user-friendly editing of Sims. Sims 2 Homecrafter Plus
No-CD patch  If the link doesn't work, Google for it - but use a trusted site.

- and I make a folder in my startup group with all my Sims 2 utilities shortcuts together so they are easy to find. (Windows)

My Essential Hacks for Sims 2 (ALL EPs)

SimSky's See Them Removes blur, enables 45degree placement
many of Pescado's hacks for Sims 2   More Awesome Than You
CEP Allows recolouring of base game objects (and allows you to see them if you don't recolour yourself!)