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Clean And Empty Stealth Hood Templates

by Jawusa Posted 22nd Feb 2014 at 7:25 PM - Updated 15th Jan 2019 at 1:32 PM by Jawusa
166 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 9 Thanks Posts
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: 17,061 · 22nd Feb 2014
158.3 KB 17,061 22nd Feb 2014
P001.rar | "Pets" without any characters

Size: 186.8 KB · Downloads: 17,195 · 22nd Feb 2014
186.8 KB 17,195 22nd Feb 2014
E002.rar | "Magic" without any characters BUT with lots

Size: 2.20 MB · Downloads: 20,461 · 22nd Feb 2014
2.20 MB 20,461 22nd Feb 2014
F002.rar | "Hobbies" without any characters BUT with lots

Size: 4.70 MB · Downloads: 20,262 · 22nd Feb 2014
4.70 MB 20,262 22nd Feb 2014
V001.rar | "Exotic Destinations" without any characters

Size: 187.6 KB · Downloads: 17,371 · 22nd Feb 2014
187.6 KB 17,371 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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Mad Poster
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#76 Old 15th Aug 2015 at 7:36 PM
I have been using these and never did a Thank You on it from the start but here it is now.

Sorry for the late thank you.
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#77 Old 15th Aug 2015 at 9:56 PM
Aww. That's really kind of you. You're welcome.

Thank you for using my 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
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#78 Old 17th Nov 2015 at 5:14 PM
Default Long Live 2!
Thanks so much for this and for having it up to date even now! TS4 has driven me back to the wonderful TS2 and i'm so grateful that all these resources for a clean game are still available. Tysvm for your enormous contribution!
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#79 Old 25th Nov 2015 at 3:02 AM
So wildly enough, I can successfully nuke the bin Sims, but even after completely removing ALL neighborhoods, Ultimate Collection still spawns the Pleasantview townies in my custom hoods (characters 71 through 160). Is there really no way to get rid of Goopy and his brethren?
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#80 Old 25th Nov 2015 at 8:34 PM
@PatronusCharms It's possible to hide the townies as well.
Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin GAMES\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Double Deluxe\Base\TSData\Res\UserData and rename the 'Neighborhoods' folder to something else. (e.g 'NeighborhoodsDisabled'). This will prevent the game adding Goopy and the rest to your neighborhoods.

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
Test Subject
#81 Old 29th Jan 2016 at 8:15 PM
Hi! This is awesome, but it doesn't work for me, i tried it twice and followed all the steps... do you know why?
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#82 Old 29th Jan 2016 at 8:29 PM
@Josefa_B
Make sure that you remove the original files before putting my templates in. Otherwise, the game still has access to it and also try deleting cache files which are found in the Documents/The Sims 2 folder. Both of these issues seem to be common here.

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
Test Subject
#83 Old 29th Jan 2016 at 10:18 PM Last edited by Josefa_B : 31st Jan 2016 at 2:31 AM.
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Originally Posted by Jawusa
@Josefa_B
Make sure that you remove the original files before putting my templates in. Otherwise, the game still has access to it and also try deleting cache files which are found in the Documents/The Sims 2 folder. Both of these issues seem to be common here.

Did both, but nothing. The families are still there whenever I create a new hood.

EDIT: I don'tknow what did i change, but it worked! Yei! :D
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#84 Old 3rd Feb 2016 at 6:39 PM
@Josefa_B I'm glad it works for you now.

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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#85 Old 9th Mar 2016 at 12:07 AM
I've had no problems with deleting the Hobby Leaders from their Characters folder and leaving the Maxis stealth neighborhood otherwise intact, but I've heard that people have had problems getting the Good and Evil witches to regenerate correctly. Apparently, whichever appears first at a community lot takes possession of both stealth lots. Has anyone else had this experience? Do your Magic stealth lots come with both witches to avoid this?
Test Subject
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#86 Old 9th Mar 2016 at 7:17 PM
You're awesome. I used to use the clean templates from MATY, which worked fine until I decided to move my game to a different computer, and then everything went haywire-three copies of each "bin" family! But then I took those templates out, put yours in, loaded up a fresh game and voila! You saved my Sims.
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#87 Old 10th Mar 2016 at 5:59 PM
@miros1 I've fixed this issue. These templates come with no sims at all. So anytime you're on a community lot and an evil or good witch appears, the game will generate a new/fixed witch NPC.
By the way, it's also possible that a male head witch can be spawn. Have you ever seen male head witches? EA's defaults witches are always female...

@Jaz/Nim/17 I'm glad you chose to use my templates instead and that everything's working well for you now.
Happy Simming!

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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#88 Old 10th Mar 2016 at 9:14 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jawusa
...By the way, it's also possible that a male head witch can be spawn. Have you ever seen male head witches? EA's defaults witches are always female...


personaly, I've had more warlock than witches spawned..and elder ones, mostly.

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#89 Old 26th Apr 2016 at 3:22 PM
Nice! Thanks!
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#90 Old 27th May 2016 at 5:14 AM
Hey! I just recently installed The sims 2 again and I'd like to do this! But I have a question. I have almost every expansion that there is, but I just installed The sims 2 deluxe, Uni, OFB and Seasons so far. Can I just download the Seasons version now without having any problem if I decide to install the other eps later?
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#91 Old 1st Jun 2016 at 12:39 PM
@FefaWhoever
That shouldn't cause a problem.
But if you install a new EP, make sure that you download the empty stealth hood template for that EP.

Good luck and thanks for downloading!

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
Test Subject
#92 Old 12th Jun 2016 at 9:57 PM
Thanks!
Gotcha, Thank you so much!! I've been playing with them for a while and they're great
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#93 Old 23rd Jun 2016 at 6:32 AM
I just wanted to say thank you very much for this.
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#94 Old 27th Jul 2016 at 9:19 PM
Thanks <3
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This message has been deleted by gazania. Reason: I should have read stuff here first!
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#95 Old 23rd Aug 2016 at 7:06 PM
Thank you! Can't wait to try this out.
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#96 Old 3rd Sep 2016 at 3:31 AM
Thanks!
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#97 Old 20th Sep 2016 at 1:24 AM
Thank you, this was desperately needed as I wanted to start a prosperity challenge with an empty Sim bin. Really appreciate it!
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#98 Old 7th Oct 2016 at 8:32 PM
Hello there. All of these work - so far - apart from the Pets P001 stealth hood. Despite being 'empty', this is still managing to spawn the Crittur and Roseland families - plus a number of strays! I have tried re-installing, disabling the P001 stealth hood, but to no avail. I am on Windows 7 64 bit with all EP's and SP's. Cannot work out why the game is still spawning the Pets characters...
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#99 Old 9th Oct 2016 at 8:53 PM
@simguru1player
That sounds like that the Pets stealth hood is already attached to the neighborhood. These templates only affect new neighborhoods, created after the installation of these templates.
Try creating a new neighborhood with the empty templates and have a look at the family bin. Let me know the results then.

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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