Trying to keep my questions one at a time...but it's hard for me to keep things simple Before I uninstall everything I know I need to back up my game, as in Documents-->EA Games including Downloads with my custom content (I do this every couple days anyway) before I uninstall everything, OR I should FIRST back up that Download file separately (Documents-->EA Games-->Sims 2-->Downloads) then DELETE the Download folder under Sims 2. THEN backup the EA Games itself as above in my first paragraph except the Downloads folder would not be there but would be backed up separately. This was advise offered on this forum or another, but I'm just not sure. I assume when I have uninstalled all games and exp packs (and patches?) that I would re-install VERY carefully the basic Sims 2, then exp packs and stuff packs, then patches and THEN the backed up Downloads folder?