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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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Test Subject
#51 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 5:28 PM
I have created a new neighborhood with the files in the correct folders and the sims in the sim bin are still there
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#52 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 6:41 PM
It seems like you didn't delete Maxis templates first and just replaced them with mine. You have to delete Maxis templates or move it into another folder (or desktop) before you put my emptied templates.
Go to C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Pets\TSData\Res\NeighborhoodTemplate\P001\Characters and look if there are any characters in the folder. If yes, then delete P001 folder and redownload my empty templates.
Then repeat this with the other stealth hood templates.

If there aren't any characters in that folder... Create a new neighborhood and look if there are any 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
Test Subject
#53 Old 11th Jan 2015 at 10:42 PM
Just checked. Folders are empty and the families are still in the family bin when I create a new neighborhood
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#54 Old 12th Jan 2015 at 12:49 PM Last edited by Jawusa : 12th Jan 2015 at 1:04 PM.
Can I have a copy of your neighborhood? I cannot tell you anything without looking into it. Maybe, I'll find the issue by looking into it.
And which families appear in your bin? All of the stealth hood families? or just a couple of them but not all?

Maybe you have accidently put them somewhere other or in folders which the game can't read.
Because it should work if you put them there where it belongs to.

Do you have any compilations of TS2 (e.g. Ultimate Collection, or Double Deluxe, etc.)?


It's really strange because the game only copies over the sims which are in the Characters folder inside P001/G002/V001/F002/E002 and if the folder's empty, the game cannot copy it over because it's emtpy.
You said, you've looked into that folders and there weren't any character datas. Did you do the same for the other stealth hoods?

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
#55 Old 17th Jan 2015 at 6:36 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jawusa
Can I have a copy of your neighborhood? I cannot tell you anything without looking into it. Maybe, I'll find the issue by looking into it.
And which families appear in your bin? All of the stealth hood families? or just a couple of them but not all?

Maybe you have accidently put them somewhere other or in folders which the game can't read.
Because it should work if you put them there where it belongs to.

Do you have any compilations of TS2 (e.g. Ultimate Collection, or Double Deluxe, etc.)?


It's really strange because the game only copies over the sims which are in the Characters folder inside P001/G002/V001/F002/E002 and if the folder's empty, the game cannot copy it over because it's emtpy.
You said, you've looked into that folders and there weren't any character datas. Did you do the same for the other stealth hoods?


I only have free time, bon voyage, and seasons installed. And I also have double deluxe installed. And I'm not sure how to give send you a copy of my neighborhood.
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#56 Old 17th Jan 2015 at 10:08 PM
Go to C:\Users\Your Name\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods and copy your neighborhood folder to desktop. Then zip or rar it and upload it here on MTS.

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
#57 Old 18th Jan 2015 at 12:14 AM Last edited by shadowgirl303 : 18th Jan 2015 at 4:05 AM.
it won't let me upload the file
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#58 Old 18th Jan 2015 at 7:59 AM Last edited by Jawusa : 18th Jan 2015 at 11:09 AM.
No, you can attach any files in any threads on MTS. It doesn't matter which thread. You always have the ability to upload/attach a picture/or a file.

By the way, you can alternatively upload it somewhere other, for instance mediafire.

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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#59 Old 22nd Jan 2015 at 8:39 PM
Sorry, just noticed now. No, I don't have the Ultimate Collection it's all the original released discs. It just refuses to let me install it because apparently it messes with the core programming of an installed game on the HD and it refused to install it, same reason why I can't use the boolproptestingcheats codes. I still can open the window for family funds and motherlode but not to modify anything else.
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#60 Old 23rd Jan 2015 at 10:29 AM
Sounds like you corrupted the game. Which is your latest expansion pack?

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
#61 Old 29th Jan 2015 at 7:54 PM
Default Mixing cleaned and empty templates
After coming back playing with sims2, three months ago, since my game finally crashed again, I have read during a month several options about this matter of corrupt games.

I have come to believe that this game is for Experts in programming games!

What about folders called M001, A001 and T001; don't they need anything to be clean? is it safe to delete some of all characters?

Without characters' folder in V001, Would not there be travelers at all? in one of the tests, I made some of them with the Simlogical teleporter cat, but I saw none, (locals worked fine, I will keep testing it); in other testing, there was some travelers, created from the game, but nobody seemed to stay at night at lodging 'lots'
I spend a lot more time than I thought looking for updated information and it's been hard for me, any hint or updated link that I couldn't find will be more than wellcome.

I'm coming back now testing all this clean templates at mi original game, Megadeluxe as base game, (stop using 'Ultimate' yesterday) with your "stealth hoods" ready to test; and I wish to set a megahood with 'meetme2theriver's clean templates, and a very well done empty built main hood, 'Elsewhere' that is before seasons, I think, but it's lovely! I hope this mixed empty and clean templates will be fine, I am worried too about one reading about loosing thombs, hood IDs and corrupt games that I read somewhere.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all, and Jawusa for supporting this thread, now when I think there are few players left.
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#62 Old 29th Jan 2015 at 11:27 PM
how come there are still some townies in my town? there are non in the sim bin though
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#63 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 11:39 AM
@curripata It's not safe to remove the Characters folder only. You will end up with a corrupted neighborhood. It will just ruin your neighborhood if you remove the Character folder.
I'm working on the other neighborhood templates. See this thread http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=544800. M001, A001 and T001 are the vacation subhoods. I'm working on them and I'll upload them soon, along with the other ones.

At the moment, I finished it for the stealth hoods, for the base game primary hoods, for Downtown and the three universities.
The other EP primary hoods and the vacation subhoods are not finished yet.

@youcrAzy These templates only remove the bin families. You can download these templates if you don't want all the NPCs. http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=544800
But those templates are still in testing so backup your existing files first.

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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#64 Old 21st Feb 2015 at 1:52 AM
Thank you so much! I hadn't known the MATY templates removed the hobby/magic lots until today, after working for a very long time on a hood for upload. It was... not a fun moment. Now I'll be able to start over without worrying about delivering a damaged hood!
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#65 Old 21st Feb 2015 at 11:12 PM
@Queen of France
You can use Mootilda's method to restore the houses from your old neighborhood and place them in your new neighborhood. http://modthesims.info/t/468987

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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#66 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 12:54 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jawusa
@Queen of France
You can use Mootilda's method to restore the houses from your old neighborhood and place them in your new neighborhood. http://modthesims.info/t/468987


Oh, man, thank you. I'll definitely try this, it's going to save me a lot of headache.
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#67 Old 9th Apr 2015 at 5:30 AM
Awesome. Thanks!
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#68 Old 9th Apr 2015 at 5:47 AM
I had a question. I am using Tarlia's templates, so if I put these in will it uninstall Tarlia's? Also, my apartment life neighborhood says E001 (talking about in the Program Files (x86) > The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection, etc.), not E002. Will it be okay if I place E002 in there anyways along with the E001 that's already in there?
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#69 Old 9th Apr 2015 at 5:20 PM
Tarlia's templates have some Maxis sims while mine are completely empty.
E001 is the neighborhood and should be placed in the "Neighborhoods" folder (inside the UserData folder)
E002 is the stealth hood and should be placed in the "NeighborhoodTemplate" folder.

E001 and E002 mustn't be in the same folder. They're not the same.

You don't have to remove Tarlia's E001 folder for this but if you use her stealth hood template but don't want to have the Maxis sims. Then you'll have to remove Tarlia's E002 and replace it with mine.
Make a back-up in case you want the Maxis sims back.

If you want empty Belladonna Cove, I have a copy of it here http://modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=544800
It still says testers wanted but the testing's actually over. I just can't get myself to upload them officially.

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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#70 Old 9th May 2015 at 2:21 PM
I love your clean templates! I'm using them for a while now and i'm glad i found these.
No more maxis sims in my custom hoods! Thank you for your great work! :D
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#71 Old 17th May 2015 at 11:11 PM
Thank you
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#72 Old 30th Jul 2015 at 1:27 AM
Thank you so much!
Field Researcher
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#73 Old 4th Aug 2015 at 7:45 PM
Finally I don't have to see those useless Sims in the bin! (Btw I did notice Ajay Loner is still there, though. Is that just because he didn't come with a stealth hood?)
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#74 Old 9th Aug 2015 at 2:48 PM
@TheDraizeTrain

No, Ajay Loner is a premade Strangetown sim. He only appears in Strangetown.

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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