So you are playing Sims 2. And in the middle of your joy, suddenly your game crashes :v. How to restore the save files, well, unless you frequently saving your game, then you can’t do nothing to restore your save games. To reduce your Sims 2 crashes (and possibly reduce your frustration), I have a way to solve this issues. No, I’m not a
psychologist who will diagnose your mental illness. Instead, in this tutorial, I will show you how to use 4GB patch and disable DEP in your computer, so Sims 2 can run better. Without any further ado, lets begin.
So the first thing is 4GB patch. Basically this is a program that will allows 32-bit application (like Sims 2) to access more RAM, 4 GB instead of 2 GB. Of course, you need to have 4 gigabyte of RAM or more. If not, then your computer will (probably) having Blue Screen (BSOD).
To get 4GB Patch, download it here. Extract it to your desktop. Now open C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff\TSBin (assuming you have Mansion and Garden stuff installed, if not, then open “The Sims 2\TSBin” instead). Right click on “Sims2EP9.exe” and press Properties. In “Attributes” section, uncheck Read Only, and press OK.
Go to desktop, and open “4gb_patch.exe”, by right clicking and press Run as Administrator. In the dialog, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff\TSBin and then select “Sims2EP9.exe. Press Open. Wait for a few seconds, and a little dialog show up, saying “Executable successfully patched”. Press OK. Open your game, and yeah, now 4GB patch is installed.
DEP, or Data Execution Prevention is a Windows feature. This will allow Windows to scan for deep-malware in an app that you are currently running. It sounds good, except the fact that it will slow down your game, because Windows Defender scanning your games in the background.
To disable this thing, go to Control Panel (not Settings), and go to System and Security > System. At the left pane, press Advanced System Settings. In Performance section, press Settings, then to “Data Execution Prevention” tab. Select “Turn on DEP for all applications except those I select”, and press “Add…”. Go to your Sims 2 executable C:\Program Files (x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff\TSBin and then select “Sims2EP9.exe, press Open. Press OK 2x and restart your computer.
Thanks for reading this tutorial, and I hope your game is way more stable now. See you in another tutorial!
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