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Clean And Empty Stealth Hood Templates

by Jawusa Posted 22nd Feb 2014 at 8:25 PM - Updated 15th Jan 2019 at 2:32 PM by Jawusa
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Do you want to get rid of those Maxis families which always appear in your neighborhood's bin?
And you don't want to delete them because this corrupts your neighorbood?

Then this is something for you!
These stealth hoods don't contain any annoying universal families and NPCs...

I used Numenor's AnyGameStarter to create empty neighborhoods using an empty Anygame with no Maxis content.
I copied everything over with Mootilda's HoodReplace and if necessary, I copied the lots from the Maxis stealth hood into my stealth hood. (only Hobbies and Magic)

I had to copy the hobby lots and the witch lots because every neighborhood needs them.
That's why EA created a stealth hood for them but they filled it with unnecessary sims...

These stealth 'hoods have been thoroughly checked with Mootilda's HoodChecker and no errors have been found.
You also don't need all 5 expansion packs for 1 stealth hood.

The "Pets" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Pets
The "Weather" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Seasons
The "Exotic Destinations" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
The "Hobbies" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Free Time
The "Magic" stealth hood only requires The Sims 2 Apartment Life

If you have all expansion packs, then you can download all 5 stealth hoods.

Before downloading,
Make sure you make a backup of your existing template first.
You may want the stealth families or NPCs back.

Note: These templates will ONLY affect new neighborhoods or neighborhoods that haven't been loaded yet. In short, neighborhoods that don't already have the original stealth hoods installed. Meaning, if you saw loading screens like "Create Pets"; "Create Weather"..., then these templates will not change anything but future neighborhoods!

To install them, put them to your install location...
By default, it is C:\Program Files\EA GAMES
If you have Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, it is C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

Pets Stealth Hood (Pets)
Install instructions: Put the P001 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Pets\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\EP4\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Seasons Stealth Hood (Weather)
Install instructions: Put the G002 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Seasons\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Seasons\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Bon Voyage Stealth Hood (Exotic Destinations)
Install instructions: Put the V001 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Free Time Stealth Hood (Hobbies)
Install instructions: Put the F002 folder in in your C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Free Time\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Free Time\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Apartment Life Stealth Hood (Magic)
Install instructions: Put the E002 in your C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Apartment Life\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Update: 15th January 2019
For those who use Windows 10 and have difficulties with getting these templates to work.
If you see that the default sims still appear in your neighborhoods despite of installing these empty templates, please try the following.

Apparently, Windows 10 stores the default templates somewhere, which is why, the game still adds the characters to the neighborhoods.
Quote:
Originally Posted by somedaythesun
Windows 10 keeps a hidden copy of program files in a location called "virtual store." I'm not coding-literate, so I'm not sure why it's there, but my game didn't recognize your clean hoods until I copied over the stealth templates to this location


In order to fix this, go to C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES
and install my templates there as well, just like in the normal Program Files. Thank you, somedaythesun for reporting this issue!

If you are confused, which file you should download...
Here's a better view of it:

- P001 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Pets
- G002 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Seasons
- V001 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Bon Voyage
- F002 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Free Time
- E002 is the stealth hood which came with The Sims 2 Apartment Life

Additional Credits:
Thanks to:
- Numenor for the AnyGameStarter - without him, I had to deinstall all of my EPs and I wasn't able to create an empty neighborhood
- Mootilda for her HoodReplace and Hood Checker - without her, I wouldn't be able to do anything. Changing 'hood's ID to stealth, copy everything from one neighborhood to another and checking for issues...
She was the most helpful one here. Thank you very much!
- somedaythesun for reporting the Windows 10 issue

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

Sims 2 Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
G002.rar | "Weather" without any characters

Size: 158.3 KB · Downloads: 17,443 · 22nd Feb 2014
158.3 KB 17,443 22nd Feb 2014
P001.rar | "Pets" without any characters

Size: 186.8 KB · Downloads: 17,592 · 22nd Feb 2014
186.8 KB 17,592 22nd Feb 2014
E002.rar | "Magic" without any characters BUT with lots

Size: 2.20 MB · Downloads: 21,053 · 22nd Feb 2014
2.20 MB 21,053 22nd Feb 2014
F002.rar | "Hobbies" without any characters BUT with lots

Size: 4.70 MB · Downloads: 20,848 · 22nd Feb 2014
4.70 MB 20,848 22nd Feb 2014
V001.rar | "Exotic Destinations" without any characters

Size: 187.6 KB · Downloads: 17,745 · 22nd Feb 2014
187.6 KB 17,745 22nd Feb 2014
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 the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#26 Old 2nd Apr 2014 at 4:17 PM
Jawusa,
I am so glad that there are MTS2 versions of these templates. I trust y'all.
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#27 Old 4th Apr 2014 at 3:26 AM
Yay! Now I don't have the option of being lazy and not making any Sims and then getting bored and stop playing... :3
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#28 Old 17th May 2014 at 1:48 PM
so i want to install this but does this mean it will get rid of stray pets? i love the stray pets i just wanna get rid of the bin families thats all
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#29 Old 17th May 2014 at 6:21 PM
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Originally Posted by adelemuller
so i want to install this but does this mean it will get rid of stray pets? i love the stray pets i just wanna get rid of the bin families thats all


Yes, you'll get rid of those stray pets.
If you really want them, copy them as new pet breeds and recreate them in CAS and move them into a family.
After that, you can use the SimTeleporter by Inge Jones to change those pets into strays.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#30 Old 9th Jul 2014 at 5:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Jawusa
Yes, you'll get rid of those stray pets.
If you really want them, copy them as new pet breeds and recreate them in CAS and move them into a family.
After that, you can use the SimTeleporter by Inge Jones to change those pets into strays.

if i use this and get rid of stray pets, will new ones spawn up? or will there be no strays what so ever. that's what i meant to say but i think i worded it wrong
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#31 Old 10th Jul 2014 at 12:20 PM
Yes, the game will spawn new strays.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#32 Old 29th Jul 2014 at 7:54 PM
Default Didn't work...
It did not work, I followed all the instructions on the page and my computer freaked out at me. ACCESS DENIED!! I am the only user and Administrator of my Windows 7 laptop and it refused to let me install this.
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#33 Old 7th Aug 2014 at 4:14 AM
I replaced the default neighborhood templates with these (Only the specified ones), but I still see townies running around in a neighborhood created AFTER doing this.
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#34 Old 9th Aug 2014 at 5:06 PM Last edited by Jawusa : 26th Oct 2014 at 7:22 PM.
@Lady Starr, Do you have "The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection"?

@TurboShojo, You have to download and install the notownieregen mod to prevent new townies to be generated.
http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/ffs/

My templates only remove the Maxis NPCs and townies and of course the bin families.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#35 Old 23rd Sep 2014 at 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Jawusa
But you can avoid that by renaming the "Neighborhoods" folder which is located in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\UserData to something else.
This can also be done, if you want to attach a sub-hood into your neighborhood.

You can just rename the "NeighborhoodTemplate" folder which is located in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Open For Business\TSData\Res to something else.
This is also true for universities, downtowns and vacation destinations... just go to The Sims 2 University/Nightlife/Bon Voyage instead of The Sims 2 Open For Business and rename the NeighborhoodTemplate folder to something else.


Sorry, if that is a stupid question, but I'm confused. If I have only to rename the "NeighborhoodTemplate" folder to get rid of the townies and NPC's why do I need your clean templates? What's the difference between changing the templates or renaming the folder?
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#36 Old 23rd Sep 2014 at 1:26 PM
If you want to attach a new downtown/suburb/university/vacation destination without Maxis sims, then you have to rename the "NeighborhoodTemplate" folder to something else.
You can rename it back to "NeighborhoodTemplate" after you have created your downtowns/suburbs/universities/vacation destinations.
But this only works for downtowns/suburbs/universities/vacation destinations and primary neighborhoods.

As for the stealth neighbourhoods (ex. Weather), you have to install my templates to get rid of the Maxis sims.
If you just rename "NeighborhoodTemplate" to something else and create the neighbourhood (without my stealth hoods) and rename it back, then the game will add the missing stealth hoods, that's why you'll see the Ottomas family etc. then.
If you don't want any stealth sims then you have to replace Maxis templates with my templates.
After you have created the neighborhood and its subhoods, then you can rename "Neigborhood" back and the ones for the subhoods too.

But stealth hoods can't be renamed to something else and after renamed back...The game will generate them.
As said, to avoid that, you have to download my templates and replace Maxis' templates.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#37 Old 23rd Sep 2014 at 6:35 PM
Thank you for your quick answer. Now I got it and I'm ready to try your templates with a fresh installation of the game.
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#38 Old 1st Oct 2014 at 2:58 AM
Thank you for putting the effort into making these. I'm glad you kept the hobby and magic lots, too. Those are about the only things I value in a stealth hood.
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#39 Old 19th Oct 2014 at 5:25 PM
I didn't see this question asked before so I'm going to go ahead and ask it. I have the Ultimate Collection - where should I install these files, or can I install these files at all?
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#41 Old 22nd Oct 2014 at 2:54 AM
Thank you so much, so good to see no bin families in my neighborhoods.
But is it possible to only get rid of the bin families and keep the maxis NPC's like garden club members and hobby instructors and so on?
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#42 Old 24th Oct 2014 at 8:52 AM
No @Biara25, you won't have any NPCs if you download those templates but your game generates new garden club members and hobby instructors if they are needed.
Instead of having always the same garden club members and hobby instructors you will now have unique garden club members and hobby instructors for each neighborhood.
But there's a method to get them back without having the bin families but it can take some time.

If you really want EAs townies back, then you can create a new neighborhood without my templates, then use SimPE to clone EAs townie sims, which you would like to see in your neighborhood.
If you have done that, then you have to load your actual neighborhood and delete that neighborhood which you only used to clone the townie sims. In CAS, you can create a family with those cloned sims. Just leave them in your family bin. Don't worry, they won't be there forever. Now exit the game and open SimPe, there you can change them into garden club members, hobby instructors or whatever. Don't forget to save. Now you can close SimPE and start your game and load your neighborhood. If you have done everything correctly, then you won't see the townie families in your bin BUT in your neighborhood as garden club members or hobby instructors, of course.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#43 Old 26th Oct 2014 at 7:31 PM Last edited by Jawusa : 26th Oct 2014 at 7:43 PM.
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Originally Posted by littlejestersims
I didn't see this question asked before so I'm going to go ahead and ask it. I have the Ultimate Collection - where should I install these files, or can I install these files at all?

By default, you will find a folder called 'NeighborhoodTemplate' in

Pets = C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\EP4\TSData\Res
Seasons = C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Seasons\TSData\Res
Bon Voyage = C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Bon Voyage\TSData\Res
Free Time = C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Free Time\TSData\Res
Apartment Life = C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Apartment Life\TSData\Res

Just rename each 'NeighborhoodTemplate' to 'NeighborhoodTemplate_orig' and create a new 'NeighborhoodTemplate' folder in each path.

By the way, I have updated the download page.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#44 Old 23rd Dec 2014 at 11:18 PM
Thank you.
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#45 Old 4th Jan 2015 at 9:04 PM
I downloaded the files, but it didn't change anything. I still see sim families in the sim bin. I don't know what I did wrong
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#46 Old 5th Jan 2015 at 10:16 PM
@shadowgirl303 please look at the custom install instructions for this upload. These are default replacements. It shouldn't be in the Downloads folder, nor the Neighborhoods folder. Be sure to backup the existing templates first. You may miss the families and would like to restore it from backup.

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To install them, put them to your install location... By default, it is C:\Program Files\EA GAMES If you have Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, it is C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection

Pets Stealth Hood (Pets) Install instructions: Put the P001 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Pets\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\EP4\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Seasons Stealth Hood (Weather) Install instructions: Put the G002 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Seasons\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Seasons\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Bon Voyage Stealth Hood (Exotic Destinations) Install instructions: Put the V001 folder in C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Bon Voyage\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Free Time Stealth Hood (Hobbies) Install instructions: Put the F002 folder in in your C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Free Time\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Free Time\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Apartment Life Stealth Hood (Magic) Install instructions: Put the E002 in your C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Apartment Life\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate
If you have The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection: C:\Program Files\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Apartment Life\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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#47 Old 10th Jan 2015 at 8:39 PM
This is exactly what I did. I put them where I was supposed to put them and they still show up
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#48 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 11:39 AM
These templates unfortunately don't affect your current neighborhoods. If you would create a new neighborhood, you won't have any families but the default NPCs from Pleasantview.
You CAN disable those NPCs by just renaming C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\Die Sims 2\TSData\Res\UserData\Neighborhoods to anything else. e.g to NeighborhoodsDisabled

As for your current neighborhood...
You can create a new neighborhood with my templates and clone the sims from your old neighborhood and recreate them in the new neighborhood.

Catalogue of Custom Neighborhoods for TS2
All Hood Building Group neighborhoods are available here
Want to get rid of EA's sims in neighborhoods? Check out my Clean and Empty Steatlh Hoods and Clean and Empty Neighborhood Templates
My Simblr
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