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Changing the display language in The Sims 3.

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat 02 Aug 2014, 11:15

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In the following you will see how you can change the in-game display language after you already installed the game. Normally, when you install the base game for the first time, or when you re-install the base game, you are given the choice of choosing a language. With some tweaking, you can change the language at a later point.

While there are/may be tools for easier switching of languages, this guide is for those of you who also want to understand how the language mechanism works in The Sims 3 (the
Windows-version of it, at least). And who want a definitive and safe method that works, without having to worry about incompatible mods and the like....


1) At first, let's open the "Registry editor". In Windows XP, just press the Windows key + R and type regedit, and then hit enter. In Windows Vista, 7 and 8, it's a good idea to do this with administrative priviledges, just to be safe. 

In Windows Vista and 7, open the start menu, and in the search box type
regedit. You can now either right-click on the regisry editor logo on top, and choose "run as Administrator". Or you can, after you typed in regedit in the search box, just type and hold CTRL + ALT + ENTER.


In Windows 8, press the Windows key + Q and type regedit. When the registry logo shows up, right-click on it and choose "run as administrator".


Luckily, I don't have to mess with any of these, since I'm running an Administrator account on my Windows 7 (Ultimate), so I only have to do the same as what I mentioned with Windows XP users. Very Happy








2) Now let's make a backup of your whole registry, just in case something goes wrong. Right after the registry editor opens up, click on "File", at the top left corner of the screen. Then choose "Export". In the next window that shows up, enter a name for your backup (anything you want basically; but just make sure to clearly "mark" the file, by choosing an appropriate name, so that you can find it later on, more easily). And choose "Save".







3) If you have a 32-bit Windows version, navigate now to the following location in the registry editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Sims. If you have a 64-bit Windows, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node -> Sims. If you unfold the entry "Sims", in both cases, you will see again sub-folders, this time though from the Sims 3 base game and from all expansions you have installed.


In the screenshot, I start by clicking on the folder "The Sims 3" (the base game). On the right-hand side you'll see a bunch of entries then. You need to double-click on the entry Locale and edit the information in the "Value Data"-field.








Depending on what language you want to have, there are different possible entries. The following is a list of values, which are available in Games4TheWorld's base game version. It does have most of the "theoretically available" languages, but if you cannot seem to find your language in the following list, you have to get hold of a different base game; at this point, you will want to do some googling.

German: de-DE
Chinese (Traditional): zh-TW
Danish: da-DK
English: en-UK, en-US (choose whatever of the two you like; shouldn't be that big of a difference though)
Finnish: fi-FI
French (Standard): fr-FR
Greek: el-GR
Italian: it-IT
Japanese: ja-JP
Korean: ko-KR
Dutch: nl-NL
Norwegian: no-NO
Polish: pl-PL
Portuguese (Portugal): pt-PT
Portuguese (Brazil): pt-BR
Russian: ru-RU
Swedish: sv-SE
Spanish (Spain): es-ES
Czech: cs-CZ
Hungarian: hu-HU


Again, these are the languages available from Games4TheWorld's base game of the Sims 3. Beyond these, there are also languages like Thai, Chinese (Simple), and Spanish (Mexico). If you want these, you need to look elsewhere, for another base game.

Back to the editing of the value(s): after you have entered the right value, just click on "OK", to close the window. Now...I have ONLY changed the value for the BASE GAME, remember ? You now need to repeat the process for ALL the expansions (sub-folders) that show up in your registry editor. When you are done with all sub-folders, you are ready to close the registry editor, but before you do that, you might want to backup your "new" language version of the registry. Go to the parent-entry "Sims" (in 32-bit Windows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Sims & in 64-bit editions: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Wow6432Node -> Sims).

Right-click on that "Sims" parent-folder, and choose "export". As above, choose a name for your entry, and a location. Then save the entry somewhere.




Again, this is an optional move; and will mainly be relevant if you - for some reason - want to change the language several times, and then switch quickly, by means of these small backups. You can easily do that, by just double-clicking on these "Sims"-registry backup entries, and then confirm in the next window that you want to import the entries. And you have your language "switched" without having to type in again everything.

By the way: if you did something wrong, you can use the backup you made at the beginning to "start over": just double-click on that bigger registry backup and confirm in the next window.

Most of you won't be doing that I guess; so after you edited the registry once, just close the registry editor.


4) Start the launcher of The Sims 3 now ! You can either do that by one of your "expansion shortcuts" on the desktop, that were created during the installation of these expansions, or use the Sims3LauncherW.exe in your base game location, usually C:\Program files(x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin. After the launcher opens, close it again.

5) Go to My Documents/Electronic Arts. You will now see that a new "The Sims 3" username-folder was created, in the language that you "switched" to. Let's say if your old language was e.g. Spanish, then your old folder was named Los Sims 3. If you have now switched to English, then a new folder named The Sims 3 was created. Copy ALL your contents from the old folder, to the new one !

6) Now you're good ! Start the game, in your new language. Have fun, and good luck for those of you who want to "embark" on this method. Very Happy





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Re: Changing the display language in The Sims 3.

Post by Adwomin on Tue 12 Aug 2014, 22:43

Hi there,

Thank you for the guide, Carlos!
I've always wanted to create a guide for this, but I don't know why I didn't. (Are you sure I didn't?)

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Re: Changing the display language in The Sims 3.

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sat 16 Aug 2014, 09:47

Admin wrote:Hi there,

Thank you for the guide, Carlos!
I've always wanted to create a guide for this, but I don't know why I didn't. (Are you sure I didn't?)

Hey ! Very Happy


You're welcome. But no, I haven't seen a guide like that on here.. There is, however, something "similar", here:

http://games4theworld.bestgoo.com/t859-the-sims-3-text-balloons-not-showing-missing-fix



But that is not as thorough as my guide... Razz  

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Post by Adwomin on Sun 17 Aug 2014, 18:10

Carlos wrote:But that is not as thorough as my guide... Razz  
That's correct, hence I wanted to do a more extensive one with screenshots and stuff. You did just that. Very Happy

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