Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How to copy and restore Fallout 4 to Steam

So a friend of mine recently convinced me to to purchase Fallout 4. I wanted to play it right away and did not want to wait for my slow Internet (10Mb) to download 24GB. So I copied his game folder. It was a bit of a mission to get working and non of the instructions we met worked correctly for it (as it is such a new game). So without further ado, here's how to copy your friends Fallout 4 folder and import it into Steam.

1) Purchase the game and start the Steam download. Let it download around 50MB of data.
2) Browse to your Steam Folders download folder. For me it was:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\downloading

In this folder where a bunch of new files and a folder with a number. In my case it was 377160 (take note of this folder name).

3) Go back to Steam and pause the download.
4) Go to your Steam Library and right click on the game, and select Delete Local Content
5) Close/Exit Steam
6) Copy your friends Fallout 4 folder into the numbered downloads directory (mine was 377160)
7) Go to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\

7.1) There may or may not be a common folder there, if there is not one, create one and then browse to it:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\

8) In the 'common' folder create a folder called 'Fallout 4'
9) Copy the game files into this folder.
10) Startup Steam.

Hopefully now Steam will verify the data and you will not have to wait for a long download.

Temp Article, will come back later and clean this up. 

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