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Installing games question

  1. #1


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit

    Installing games question


    If i do a clean install of windows 8.1 do I need to re download my games on the other hdd and ssd or can I just point steam to the right files thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Just point Steam to the files. There may still be some downloads, but nothing big. Just install Steam and point it to where the base files (games) are installed.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    And if you're still worried/want to be extra careful you can do a backup of all your Steam games first so anything goes wrong , you just re-install from your backup drive.
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  4. #4


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    There is with some files from the games that are put onto the OS drive. Chances may need to reinstall them.
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  5. #5


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    No need to even download steam setup, just clicking on Steam.exe will force it to reinstall.
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    There is with some files from the games that are put onto the OS drive. Chances may need to reinstall them.
    Indeed, but upon launching the game, steam reinstalls them automatically.
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  6. #6


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    No need to even download steam setup, just clicking on Steam.exe will force it to reinstall.
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    There is with some files from the games that are put onto the OS drive. Chances may need to reinstall them.
    Indeed, but upon launching the game, steam reinstalls them automatically.
    Yes, never tried this scenario like thread starter yet, but soon as it realizes it's missing files it will most likely.
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