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AnyGameStarter v. 2.1.3 (for CD/DVD games) * UPD 29 Dec 2017

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2007 at 9:41 AM - Updated 28th Dec 2017 at 11:28 PM by Numenor
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod is NOT compatible with the Ultimate Collection
If you use the Ultimate collection, please download the AGS v.2.2.0-UC

Collection packs other than Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06 are not supported. If you install the AGS with any other collection pack, you will probably have to uninstall and reinstall all of your games to get back to a working state.

Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!

This AGS version is compatible with any game and expansion on physical CD/DVD.
It support also Store Edition, Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06.
Don't use the AGS with expansions bought online from EA site, the Ultimate Collection or other game editions not listed above

The installer has been tested under Windows 10
(but should work fine with any older Windows version down to XP)
and must be run under an administrator account.



  • Version 2.1.3 (29 Dec 2017)
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the AGS to run in a 32bit environment.
  • Version 2.1.2 (27 Dec 2017)
    • FEATURE: The AGS installer now correctly manages both 32bit and 64bit game installations (while previously the installer could run under a 64bit Windows, but couldn't create a working Registry file in such environment).
    • The useless online check for updates has been removed; the AGS now does not require any more an active internet connection.
    • The screen resolutions has been updated to more... modern values (1024x768 / 1280x720 / 1600x900); Bodyshop max resolution is still 1024x768. In order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Sims2 not recognizing the latest video cards (search Google for a replacement of the "Graphics Rules.sgr" file).
    • The installer, in order to correctly manage some game configurations that include specific stuff packs (H&M, IKEA and K&B) now permanently renames the three mentioned game folders, so to remove any non-standard characters like "®" and "&". This won't affect in any way the normal "full" game.
    • Minor improvements in the internal code and the batch files.
  • Version 2.1.1 (9 May 2009)
    • BUGFIX: The "Replace" function didn't actually delete and replace the AnyGame1 any more (the bug was introduced with v. 2.1.0 and affected only the AnyGame1, while the AnyGames 2 and 3 were correctly replaced).
  • Version 2.1.0 (30 Apr 2009)
    • Introduced the ability to UPDATE existing AnyGames to a different EP configuration, without deleting and replacing the saved AnyGame (neighborhood, sims, downloads, etc.). The option is available only in Standard Mode (not in BGS mode), and only if the update is actually possible (see details in the "How to Use" and "Hints & Tips" sections, below).

The AnyGameStarter (in brief: 'AGS') allows to create a temporary test-game (and optionally a test-Bodyshop) including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course).
Typical usages of the AnyGameStarter include, for example:
  • Set up a game with few (or no) EPs, where to create lots with low (or no) game requirements.
  • Set up mutiple alternate themed Full Games (e.g. medieval, sci-fi etc.), with their own default replacements that don't affect the main game.
  • Set up an alternate game (with or without EP/SP) to play Legacy challenges.
  • Set up a game without Seasons, where to create functional CAS screens.
  • Set up a "base-game only", or a game with an unusual configuration, where to test an object or mod under specific conditions.
  • Set up a game with only one specific EP or SP, so to explore the new objects and features provided by that single pack (ever tried the thrill of running a game with only FFS, CEL and a Xmas pack? Geeeeez! )

First off, you have to download the rar attached to this post and extract the installer ("AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"). I suggest NOT to extract it to the desktop, so to avoid an eccessive clutter: better put the installer in a folder somewhere on your hard disk.
When done, double-click on the "AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"; you need to double-click on the installer only once: the very first time you run the installer, it will check if your Registry holds the correct path to the Documents folder, and will update all the existing AGS and BGS games making them compatible with Mansion & Garden (if you have it). Then, the installer will create two icons on your desktop:

You won't see any activity from the installer (apparently it doesn't even start...), but you will see the two new icons on your desktop. From this moment on, use the two icons tu run the AGS:
  • use the "Standard" icon to run the normal AnyGameStarter. Click the button below to know more.

  • use the "BGS Mode" icon to activate the special BaseGameStarter operating mode. Click the button below to know more.

Either mode you choose (Standard or BGS), the installer will let you - in addition to create new games - to delete existing games or making them permanent.

NOTE: the AGS installer must be run using an administrator account (the same used to install the full game).

Questions? Doubts? Problems? Click the button below!

You can either use the Add/Remove Program panel, or run again the AGS installer and choose the option "Delete existing AnyGames" (and then select all the games). When you delete the last mini-game, the AGS is automatically uninstalled anyway.
NOTE: uninstalling the AGS will delete the three AGS games; neither the Full Game nor the PermaGames will be deleted.

Thanks a million to MaryLou for creating most of the icons and the community lot included in the mini-game.
The AGS installer has been created using Inno Setup, the ISTool user interface and a lot of self-learned Pascal coding -

It's a long story, but if you're interested, click the button!

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Version 2.1.3 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (32bit and 64bit systems)

Size: 2.23 MB · Downloads: 1,845 · 28th Dec 2017
2.23 MB 1,845 28th Dec 2017 | Version 2.1.1 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (DEPRECATED, but still working with 32bit systems)

Size: 2.05 MB · Downloads: 20,523 · 14th Mar 2009
2.05 MB 20,523 14th Mar 2009
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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#501 Old 29th Sep 2013 at 7:05 PM
yeah my pc crashed bad and and all game files were erased. i wish a better way to make cas w/o sims freezing. fix ags please.
Lab Assistant
#502 Old 14th Oct 2013 at 7:32 AM Last edited by Just_Tweens : 3rd Jan 2014 at 3:46 AM.
i ALWAYS! use it for testing and fun it is so much fun to see what it was like with just the base game installed cuz i started with sims 2 double deluxe shh don't tell anyone since i got sims 2 double deluxe the only sims 2 games i have bought since then is glamour life and H&M



i also have UNI and OFB
Lab Assistant
#503 Old 28th Oct 2013 at 7:09 AM
*head imploded*
Lab Assistant
#504 Old 11th Nov 2013 at 7:33 AM
Hi, does a version of this program exist for those who only have Origin games? I mean I have installed my Sims 2 from Origin and I'd like to use this Any Game Starter: does anyone think it's possible anyway? Thanks for answering! :D
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27th Nov 2013 at 10:08 AM
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Lab Assistant
#505 Old 3rd Jan 2014 at 4:03 AM
apparently the hidcon file is deleted or moved so i re-install AGS and it still dosen't work! HELP! please! i really wanna play AGS
Test Subject
#506 Old 9th Apr 2014 at 8:55 PM
I'm getting the error message saying it couldn't find my file in my folder. But I checked and it's there! I've tried renaming it, and shifting about everything but nothing works! Help!
Lab Assistant
#507 Old 23rd Apr 2014 at 3:08 PM
Every so often I get a pop up asking if I want the program to make changes to my registry I constantly say yes but it's always popping up and getting rather annoying to where I'm thinking about uninstalling the program.
Test Subject
15th May 2014 at 2:53 AM
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#508 Old 15th May 2014 at 2:55 AM
Oops I Accidentally post this as a Thanks. But what I'm trying to say when I first Installed this It removed Sims 2 Best of Business Collection.
Test Subject
#509 Old 18th May 2014 at 9:59 PM
When I ask it to create a blank game, I still get the default characters and neighborhoods and stuff. :/
Test Subject
#510 Old 7th Jul 2014 at 8:33 PM
Thank you ! :)
Test Subject
#511 Old 24th Jul 2014 at 2:42 AM
There is something wrong in your save-game folders: AnyGameStarter can't
find your "full" game folder. It should be located in:
C:\Users\MUZIEK~1\DOCUME~1\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection
and it should contain, along with all your downloads and neighborhoods,
a small file named ""; but AnyGameStarter can't find this file.
Lab Assistant
#512 Old 3rd Aug 2014 at 6:00 AM
does this work with ultimate collection?

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#513 Old 8th Aug 2014 at 4:57 PM
Originally Posted by Just_Tweens
does this work with ultimate collection?

Apparently Nysha (admin on ModTheSims) says it doesn't. If this is the case (I haven't tried it myself), this should be updated one last time to have it run on Ultimate Collection.

Nysha's UC Thread:
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#514 Old 8th Aug 2014 at 5:22 PM
Updated first post with huge message in red.

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#515 Old 20th Sep 2014 at 5:31 PM
I have all EP's and SP's and this works great with windows Vista.
But on my other laptop I have Windows 8.1 where it doesn't work that good. I works fine about the SP's I indicate, but when I only indicate e.g. Free Time then all the EP's are there as well. It can't exclude any EP.
Also my original game is English (I speak Dutch, but like the game in English), so I indicate UK English for the anygamestarter (it says the original is in Dutch while that should be English) and the language appears to be Dutch when I play the anygame.
Can this be fixed for people who use this with Windows 8.1?
So excluding EP's and choosing another language

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#516 Old 23rd Sep 2014 at 4:12 PM
I'd love to play The Sims 2 !! Thanks !! :)
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#517 Old 3rd Nov 2014 at 10:01 PM
I have a quick question...

I downloaded this mod and wanted to play in windowed mode. However even though I selected the highest resolution the window is small on my large screen. My default monitor resolution is 1920x1080 but my non-anygamestarter game default resolution is 1600x1200. I play my regular game in windowed mode with the default in-game resolution and use a program called sizer and resize the window to 1920x1080. However the little sizer program is not optional on anygamestarter game windows.
I am just wondering for myself if it's at all possible to apply a custom resolution for windowed mode games running threw anygamestarter. Sorry hope this makes sense.

Also I searched this thread using the search at the top and didn't really see anything that answered this question. If I accidentally missed it I'm sorry if I'm re-posting but if you could point me in the right direction I would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!

Test Subject
#518 Old 10th Nov 2014 at 9:02 AM
Im not sure if this was already asked, but I used this with my Ultimate Collection, and I don't know how to fix my game. Any ideas?
14th Feb 2015 at 7:53 PM
This message has been deleted by ekrubynaffit. Reason: Im really thick sometimes, and deleted the game id, DUH!!
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#519 Old 11th May 2015 at 7:31 PM
Thank You
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#520 Old 28th May 2015 at 10:10 PM
Essential to any sims 2 game, but sadly it not work with Ultimate Collection.
Lab Assistant
#521 Old 4th Jul 2015 at 10:44 AM
error prompt
"The Sims 2 Deluxe
You are running the wrong version of The Sims 2. Please run
The Sims? 2 Double Deluxe instead."
the file name with a question mark......
#522 Old 21st Jul 2015 at 9:46 AM
Default I cannot access my full game
Trying the reset to access my full game did not work, I tried it three times.
Canceling the AGS installer (Standard) and Restarting the Computer did nothing, clicking on the Sims 2 Apartment Life Icon would set off the disk but it terminated the task when normally it would switch from the Desktop to bring up the EA Games logo.
I also cannot find the "AGSinstaller_Log.txt" it is not on my computer's desktop and does not appear under the search function.

I hope that this issue can be resolved, or else I could just transfer all the data into an Anygame and make it a Permanent game.
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