My old step-by-step guide on how to install your store items without duplicate files with all the links has disappeared! It was here:http://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/807788/reinstall-store-stuff-no-repeats-or-disappearing
Thanks to the way back machine (and @Simasaurus09)
, you can still find it here:
You avoid all the crazy download redirects by using Sim File Share. So, the excel spreadsheet I have titled a reinstall guide is here:
(New old load because of a missing link!)
I have another spreadsheet with links that shows which sets are part of what compilations and combinations. It's color-coded and includes Y for Yes, install or N for No, do NOT install. Every set is listed, so you won't miss anything (hopefully). It was the logic behind the other spreadsheet.
The spreadsheets first page shows exactly what files to merge together into each .ebc file in the dccache folder, as well as how large those files actually are when compressed on my computer. (Results vary from system to system.)
I like to see everything at a glance, so this is my full compiliation. I have 25 fairly full .ebc files and one that isn't full.
Each line (or two) shows what is installed together into an .ebc file in the dccache folder. (This is where the launcher installs the files.)
The line starts with the number of the .ebc file and its total size, which varies a bit from one computer to another.
Next, you'll find the size and name of each store install.
The "0" file contains all the unique patterns, Midnight Hollow Gold with toy shop venue, the mid-century dining chair that must be installed before the set, and the bow tie shoes that are shown in the Victorian set, but were left out. (I just had extra room after installing the world and patterns.)
After installing those files, I move that .ebc file out of the dccache folder and install the files on the next line.
After installing the items of each .ebc file, you must rename the "0" to the next number up and then move that file out to join the others.
When all done, you rename the last file and move the others back into dccache folder.
I did heavily abbreviate, but tabs contain each file name and link. I tended to color code by type of file and install like types together. Then, I'd throw in something else if there was room.