Sims2 correct install order 01.Sims2 ( protection SafeDisc v3.2 ) 02.Sims2 patch v.22.214.171.1242 ( protection SafeDisc v4.00.001 ) 03.Sims2: University ( protection SafeDisc v4.00.001 ) 04 Univeristy patch v.126.96.36.1994 ( protection SafeDisc v4.00.001 ) 05.Sims2: Nightlife (protection SafeDisc v4.00.001) 06.Nightlife patch v.188.8.131.525 ( protection SafeDisc 4.00.001 ) 07.Sims2: ChristmasParty Pack(aka Holiday Party Pack for UK version of Sims2, unprotected ) 08.Sims2: Open For Business ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 ) 09.Open For Business patch v.184.108.40.2061 9 (protection Safedisc v4.60.000 ) 10.Sims2: Family Fun Stuff ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 ) 11.Family Fun Stuff patch v.220.127.116.11 ( protection SafeDisc v.4.60.000 ) 12.Sims2: Glamour Life Stuff ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 ) 13.Sims2: Pets ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000 ) 14.Pets patch v.18.104.22.1687 ( protection SafeDisc v.4.60.000 ) 15.Sims2: Happy Holiday(not the same with the Xmas pack, unprotected ) 16.Sims2: Seasons ( protection SafeDisc 4.60.000) 17.Seasons patch v.22.214.171.124 ( protection SafeDisc v4.60.000) 18.Sims2: Celebration Stuff (protection SafeDisc 4.60.000) 19.Sims2: H&M Stuff ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 ) 20.Sims2: Bon Voyage ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 ) 21.Bon Voyage patch v.126.96.36.199 ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 ) 22.Sims2: Teen Style Stuff ( protection Safedisc4.60.000/Securom7 ) 23.Sims2: Free Time ( protection Securom 7.035.0007 ) 24.Free Time patch 1.13.01.48 ( protection Securom 7.036.0011) 25.Sims2: Kitchen And Bath Interior Design Stuff ( protection Securom 7.036.011 ) 26.Free Time patch 188.8.131.52 27.Sims2: IKEA Home Stuff ( protection Securom 7.37.0007 ) 28.Free Time patch 184.108.40.206 29.Sims2: Apartment Life ( protection Securom 7.37.0012 ) 30.Apartment Life patch v220.127.116.11 31.Sims2:Mansion And Garden Stuff ( protection unknown) - released on November 17, 2008) Sims Stories 1.Sims: Life Stories ( protection SafeDisc 4.60.000+SDAPI+custom ) 2.Sims: Pet Stories ( protection Securom 7.033.0004 ) 3.Sims: Castaway Stories ( protection Securom 7.035.0007) This is the correct install order for the series. Some packs will depend on the original Sims2, others will require a certain expansion. Stuff Packs are the following: -Sims2 Xmas Pack (requires Sims2) -Sims2 Family Fun Stuff (requires Open For Business) -Sims2 Glamour Life Stuff (requires Open for Business) -Sims2 Happy Holiday (requires Sims2) -Sims2 Celebration Stuff (requires Seasons) -Sims2 H&M Stuff (requires Season) -Sims2 Teen Style Stuff (requires Bon Voyage) -Sims2: Kitchen And Bath Interior Design Stuff (requires Free Time ) -Sims2: Ikea Home Stuff (requires Free Time) -Sims2: Mansion and Garden Stuff ( requires Apartment Life ) Full fledged expansions are the following: -Sims2 University -Sims2 Nightlife -Sims2 Open For Business -Sims2 Pets -Sims2 Seasons -Sims2 Bon Voyage -Sims2 Free Time -Sims2 Apartment Life It is good to manually patch the games, as there will be no requirement to have The Sims2 CD/DVD in your drive. The patches can be found either on the official EA site, either at www.dlh.net. Other Sims2 releases: Sims2: Holiday Edition - contains the Xmas Pack and was released on November 2005 Sims2: Holiday Edition v.2 - contains Xmas Pack and Happy Holiday; was released on November 2006 Sims2: Deluxe - contains Nightife expansion and was released on May 2007 Sims2: Double Deluxe - contains Nightlife expansion and Celebration Stuff pack; was released on 15 April 2008 The Sims™ 2 University Life Collection - contains University expansion, Ikea Stuff and Teen Style pack; released 24 august 2009 The Sims 2 Best of Business Collection - includes Open for Business expansion pack, H&M Fashion Stuff Pack and Sims 2 Kitchen and Bath Stuff Pack; was released on 6 October 2009 The Sims 2 Fun with Pets Collection - includes Pets, H&M Family Fun Stuff and Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff; released on 12 January 2010 Sims2: Complete Collection TBA Minimum System Requirements: 1Ghz CPU 256 MB RAM Windows(R) XP, Windows ME, Windows 98 or Windows 2000 Operating System. At least 3.5 GB of hard drive space A T&L-capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM. Supported video cards: ATI Radeon(TM) series (7000 or better) VE series (see note below) 7000, 7200, 7500 8500, All-In-Wonder 8500 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800 X300, X600, X800 NVIDIA(R) Quadro(TM) series Quadro, Quadro2, Quadro4 NVIDIA GeForce series (GeForce2 and better) GeForce 2 GeForce 3, 3 Ti GeForce 4, 4 Ti, MX 420, 440 GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, 5950 GeForce 6600, 6800 Intel(R) Extreme Graphics (see note below) 82845, 82865, 82915 NOTE: If you have a non-T&L capable video card, such as Intel Extreme Graphics or Radeon VE series, then you need at least a 2.0 GHz processor. Also there are a lot of Laptop video cards or Desktop PC integrated cards which are not supported by the game. The newer expansions dropped any support for Laptop videocards or Desktop PC integrated video cards. If you want a Sims game to work smoothly on your Laptop, buy a game from the Sims Stories series. Those were designed especially for the Laptop market. You can extend the list for supported video cards with the Nvidia series 7,8 and 9 and ATI series 1k, 2k, 3k. This was made as a future reference for people having trouble installing the whole Sims2 serie. Don't ask for cracks here, you know where you can get those. Post only the problems experienced during the game installation, if you still have those after you've read the FAQ. P.S.: the patches can be downloaded from http://www.patches-scrolls.de or from the EA support page As a side note Sims 2 introduced the Sims Store. When Sims 2 series finally ended the objects that could be acquired from the store had reached the grand total of 471. Hopefully, those will be included in a Sims 2 Complete Collection.