How to Reset a Neighborhood in "The Sims"

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How to Reset a Neighborhood in "The Sims"
The "Sims 2" neighbourhood folders are easily accessible from your computer's desktop. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

When playing "The Sims," players can create and live the lives of virtual characters in the game's own neighbourhoods -- giving their characters, or "Sims" the opportunity to find jobs, fall in love and eventually have a family. Resetting a neighbourhood in "The Sims 2" will allow you to start fresh with new families, replacing the neighbourhood's old Sims and stories you have created and saved.

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  1. 1

    Click and open "Start" > "My Documents" > "EA Games" > "The Sims 2" from your computer's desktop.

  2. 2

    Open the folder "Neighborhoods" to view your current in-game neighbourhoods.

  3. 3

    Select the neighbourhood you wish to reset, right-click the file using your computer's mouse and press "Delete." Confirm that you want to delete the file from the folder.

  4. 4

    Open a new folder (leaving the current neighbourhood folder open and accessible) by clicking "Start" > "Computer" > "C" > "Program Files" > "EA Games" > "The Sims 2" > "TSData" > "Res" > "UserData" > "Neighborhoods".

  5. 5

    Select the neighbourhood file with the name of the neighbourhood you recently deleted and right-click using your mouse to copy the file.

  6. 6

    Switch your view to the first neighbourhood's folder (My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods), right-click using your mouse and select "Paste" to place a new copy of the neighbourhood into your game.

  7. 7

    Restart your "Sims" game to view the reset neighbourhood.

Tips and warnings

  • Copy your old neighbourhood files and save them in a safe location on your computer's hard drive to backup your existing families and Sims for future use (to avoid losing saved data).

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