So I know it’s been a while since I did any proper Sims 4 content! I think the last time may actually have been when I was working on drafts for our house’s living room and kitchen. But let me just say—there’s been a darn good reason.
After the Star Wars patch that EA rolled out, something happened to pretty much every custom content door and window out there that caused them to clip improperly, making it pretty much impossible to build with them.
Because I’m such a sucker for CC build items (I can’t honestly tell you the last time I built something with base game doors or windows), it was disheartening to say the least.
I spent a while digging around, and kept seeing posts from creators who were considering the possibility of having to patch every single item they’d made. And well, I’d thought the idea of having to install it all again would be daunting—I hadn’t considered that side of it.
So I left off with building, because if I couldn’t have my CC, then I wasn’t going to build.
It wasn’t until recently that I decided I’d try again.
A couple weekends ago, Shane and I were talking about the basement reno we want to do.
That conversation came up because he’s gotten into selling Pokémon cards lately—he got some packs for Christmas that ended up containing a pretty-much-perfect M Charizard EX card that I laughed about because he’s been watching a YouTuber who freaks out every time he pulls the card, but then Shane told me how much it was worth and let’s just say I stopped laughing pretty quickly.
That got him thinking about selling cards, and it got me thinking about house reno possibilities. Which meant it was time to try again with the Sims 4 and my ill-fated CC.
As it turns out, it’s a good thing I waited because there’s a relatively easy fix now.
Sims 4 Studio: The magical fix for all my CC problems
If you’ve never used Sims 4 Studio before (I hadn’t), it’s the software most CC makers use to create and recolour items. It’s a pretty cool project, actually, and I didn’t realize it was free to use!
It’s also useful just for people who use CC rather than make it because it has a lot of options for fixing and managing your content for you. Which brings us to CC doors and windows.
Back in November, the creators of Sims 4 Studio released a new tool that could essentially run a batch fix on any and all CC windows and doors that were broken because of the Star Wars patch. Which means that if you installed it and ran the batch fix, it would spot any window and door files in your Sims 4 Mods folder and make sure they clipped properly again.
It actually seemed pretty straightforward: Once you had Sims 4 Studio installed, all you had to do was go to:
Content Management > Batch Fixes > Objects > Fix Windows and Doors (Star Wars Patch)
There were some pretty nice other batch fixes I saw in there too, including fixing the ever-frustrating disappearing bathtub problem!
Now, it’s worth noting that because all your mods are local files, you will need to run this fix for yourself. And obviously because it’s DIY and you, like I, might have absolutely zero experience with this, I figured I’d share a few things I learned on the way.
1. If you get an error code, try temporarily disabling your antivirus.
I…hate that I just had to say that. I am a nut for online security (just ask Shane about my reaction whenever Google wants information I don’t believe it needs), so I am always super wary of anything that tells me I need to turn off protective settings.
I’m not sure if it’s just my particular program, but apparently there’s a known issue at least with AVG that will block Sims 4 Studio from accessing its own log files—which will then prevent it from doing anything vaguely useful.
I haven’t found a permanent fix yet, but after three reinstalls and a lot of digging in the support forum, I decided to try that just for the one-time sake of fixing my windows and it seems to have worked. And don’t forget to turn it back on after!
2. Make sure you have lots of time.
If it’s your first time using Sims 4 Studio, it will want to log everything you have. And I mean everything. I finally got the program running at about 9 a.m., and by 10:30 it was almost done indexing everything from my expansion packs. And that was before even running the batch fix.
Be sure you have time (or can leave your computer running, but I don’t recommend that if you had to turn off your antivirus) so it can index everything before you run the batch fix.