Neighborhood Files Location – Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

Updated: Nov 26 2014

How to get Sims 2 to work on Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10
If you have redeemed your Origin game code for the free “Sims 2 Ultimate Collection”, you shouldn’t have many significant problems running Sims 2 via Origin — assuming your graphics card and other hardware are compatible. But beware, the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection has Securom in it…

[If you’re installing via Game Discs instead of the Origin download]
From personal experience, the four CD set from 2004 couldn’t install properly on Windows 8.1. But I found a brand new Sims 2 Double Deluxe in a retail store in 2014, and it installed correctly. All the Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs soon followed, and I was back to my usual game configuration.

In the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, your SAVED GAMES can be found in:
Documents \ EA Games \ The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection \ Neighborhoods \

How to get fresh copies of default neighborhoods that shipped with the game:

In your File Explorer, first, go to this main directory:
C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Origin Games \ The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection \

MAIN Neighborhoods

Base Game
(N001 Pleasantview, N002 Strangetown, N003 Veronaville)
Double Deluxe \ Base \ TSData \ Res \ Userdata \ Neighborhoods

Seasons, EP5
(G001 Riverblossom Hills)
Seasons \ TSData \ Res \ Userdata \ Neighborhoods

Free Time, EP7
(F001 Desiderata Valley)
Free Time \ TSData \ Res \ Userdata \ Neighborhoods

Apartment Life, EP8
(E001 Belladonna Cove)
Apartment Life \ TSData \ Res \ Userdata \ Neighborhoods

You can directly Copy/Paste (NOT “cut”) these MAIN neighborhoods to your saved games folder. For more information, read [my full tutorial on resetting neighborhoods].


These are meant to be attached to MAIN neighborhoods.
These are the directories you change, if you hate townies and excess NPCs, and prefer to install clean templates.

Warning: Do NOT tamper with these SUB-neighborhood directories in File Explorer if you don’t know what you are doing!!

University, EP1 (U001 Sim State, U002 La Fiesta, U003 Academie)
University Life \ EP1 \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Nightlife, EP2 (Default Downtown, D001)
Double Deluxe \ EP2 \ TSData \ Res \ Neighborhood Template

Open For Business, EP3 (Default Bluewater Village, B001)
Best of Business \ EP3 \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Pets, EP4 (P001, Roseland & Crittur Families)
Fun With Pets \ EP4 \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Seasons, EP5 (G002, Ramaswami & Ottomas Families)
Seasons \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Bon Voyage, EP6
(V001 – Traveler Family + Tourist Townies + NPCs)
(A001 – Takemizu Village: Locals + NPCs)
(T001 – Twikkii Island: Locals + NPCs)
(M001 – Three Lakes: Locals + NPCs)
Bon Voyage \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Free Time, EP7
(F002, Free Time Family Bin)
Free Time \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Apartment Life, EP8
(E002, Apartment Life Family Bin)
Apartment Life \ TSData \ Res \ NeighborhoodTemplate

Sims 2 Game Guides

  • How to Clone Neighborhoods / Change Directory Number
  • Restore / Reset Neighborhoods
  • Neighborhood Files Location (Sims 2 Ultimate Collection)
  • Premade Character Stats: Veronaville, Strangetown, Pleasantview
  • How to Make Monsters (Vampire, Werewolf etc)
  • How to Get Aliens
  • Ghost Color Guide