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    How To Switch From Right To Left Hand Drive

    There are two major steps.  

    Part one of two

    1. Locate and go to the directory where you have installed SC4, usually it is C:\Program Files\Maxis\SimCity 4 Deluxe

    2. Within this directory, you will see a folder name English, it should contain a file called SimCityLocale, if it does, you are looking at the correct folder.

    3. Now rename this folder from English to UKEnglsh (not a typo!)

    Part two of two

    4. From your START menu, select Run.

    5. Type in regedit into the field and click OK.

    6. On the left hand directory tree, expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Maxis > SimCity 4 > 1.0

    7. Change the Language value by right clicking it and selecting Modify.

    8. Leave it as Hexadecimal and enter 13 into the Value Data field. Click OK.

    With these two major steps complete, your sims will now start driving on the Left! If you wish to switch from the Left to the Right - rename the folder to English in step 3, and enter 1 into the Value Data field in step 8 instead.



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    I have 64bit Windows 7 and in that the Maxis folder is under "wow6432Node". So the correct path in this would be HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Maxis > SimCity 4 > 1.0

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    i have nothing like that in my files, where do i go? i'm on a windows 7 satellite L755-S5246. What can i do? I really want to get my traffic on the left side, it bothers me that its on the right.

    never mind i got it, my files where all screwed up. thanks for the info!

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    Hi, just tried this and yup, the cars moved over, but the traffic query tool only shopws numbers not the type of vehicle now, and the advisor messages are all messed up. Changed back to old settings and the messages are correct but cars are back on the right?

    Any ideas how to cars on the left and the text labels to work?

    thanks

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    this didnt work for me :( I have the windows 7 32 bit steam version. I changed the registry details but they still drive to the right. Its a pain as i recently got the "UKENGLISH" locale data file. This would be the final step required. I used to be able to use the NAM traffic simulator to do this but the new version doesnt have it?

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    That worked ..but it messes up all my texts!!! any suggestions?? 

    (renamed the UKENGLSH to ENGLSH and the language value to 1)

     

    Also when i first tried to rename the UKENGLSH folder to ENGLSH  i got the message that "there is another folder using that name"..!?! 

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    That worked ..but it messes up all my texts!!! any suggestions?? 

    (renamed the UKENGLSH to ENGLSH and the language value to 1)

     

    Also when i first tried to rename the UKENGLSH folder to ENGLSH  i got the message that "there is another folder using that name"..!?!

    It messes up all your text because you didn't rename the folder properly! If you are to drive on the right side and have the text to speak in English, change UKEnglsh to English (YES! With the "I"!). Missing the "I" in "UKEnglsh" is no typo, but missing the "I" in "English" is a typo.

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    what about digital version, i have the instalation folder directly on c drive under a folder called gog games, because my game is the gog version what i need to do?

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    I have 64bit Windows 7 and in that the Maxis folder is under "wow6432Node". So the correct path in this would be HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Maxis > SimCity 4 > 1.0

    This is also true for Windows 8

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    Digital versions of the game (as well as the others) can be made to use LHD by adding the following switch to the target line of your shortcut:

    -l:"UK English"

    In addition to this, you need to create a duplicate folder in the main SimCity 4 Deluxe folder. So for example there should be an existing folder "English" containing a file "SimCityLocale.DAT". If the folder "UKEnglsh" also exists here (usually disk versions only), check there is a "SimCityLocale.DAT" inside, if so you are good to go. If you don't have the second folder, copy the regular "English" folder and rename that copy "UKEnglsh". Basically the game looks for localised UK text, but you may not have had the UK English versions included with your game. In this case the US English locale (or any other language) can be substituted, but it must reside in a folder named "UKEnglsh".

    There is no drawback to switching, but remember you need to re-install the NAM and check the correct driving side is selected before playing.

    Note: for Steam versions open the Steam Client find Sim City 4, right mouse click and select properties, here you can find an option "Set Launch Options" where you can enter the switch. Note also that the default install location for SC4 is within the Steam Folder in Program Files (x86). Note the orange part is only for users of 64-Bit operating systems.


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    I have 64bit Windows 7 and in that the Maxis folder is under "wow6432Node". So the correct path in this would be HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > Maxis > SimCity 4 > 1.0

    thanks a gazillion ... it really does work... hehehehehe :thumb::party:

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    Also on windows 7. couldn't find maxis in the reg but after i changed from UKEnglsh to English i entered the game and the traffic was switched from right to left. so it seems that sometimes you don't need to modify the "regs".

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