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[Tutorial] Starting fresh with Origin: you don't have to redownload your games!

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Do you hate how you have to redownload your Origin games when you're starting fresh with Origin due to either formatting or just getting a new drive? Yeah, so do I. Thanks to my new OCN friend @Ultisym, I now no longer have to redownload my Origin games! What you're about to learn will result in being able to simply go to My Games, click your game, click Download, and it will go straight to the installation (possibly after a brief download of a small group of files). This means that you no longer have to wait for the entire game to download first! How sweet is that?!

 

Do you want to try this right now? I recommend it! Get a practice run in! I mean, try this on any game that you want and just remember that this can apply to all of your installed Origin games:

 

  1. Go to your Origin Games folder. The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games
  2. Copy (do not cut) the game folder that you want to try this on. For me, that would be the folder named "Crysis 3" because it's actually the only Origin game that I have.
  3. Paste that game's folder to a safe place outside of the Origin Games folder (do not "Move" the game's folder to this safe place). Obviously, if you were formatting and starting over or something similar to that, then you'd need to copy/paste each of your Origin game folders to a different drive or an external hard drive. Actually, if you have lots of games, then you'd obviously need to find safe places for all of them where you have enough room. This can be on one drive, or it can be spanned across more than 1 drive (like a few game folders on each drive. All that matters is that you know where they are).
  4. Once you've finished copying and pasting this game folder to a safe place outside of the Origin Games folder, go to the Windows control panel (Programs and Features in Windows 7) and uninstall that game. Yes, uninstall it - even if Origin is open right now. If you're asked to reboot for some reason afterward, then go ahead and do so - after saving your work and closing your programs.
  5. When you get back into Windows, copy that game folder back into the Origin Games folder. This is a simulation of what you'd be doing after you just finished installing Origin.
  6. Open Origin, go to My Games, click that game, and click "Download". It might download something first for about 30-60 seconds, but after that, it will go straight to the installation! I love it!

 

You might not be done yet, though. For example: in Crysis 3, I have a customized System.cfg file (which is located here:for me: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Crysis 3). This file gets overwritten by the installation process with the default one. So, I have to go back to my copy/pasted Crysis 3 backup folder and copy/paste it to C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Crysis 3. So, just be aware of that! Any custom files that you had before will need to be put back after the installation.

 

Now, if Origin downloaded something small before installing the game, then here's why and here's what it downloaded: when you originally installed that game, your setting in Origin was for Origin to not keep the game installers. This setting is in the Origin menu > Application Settings > Advanced > the "Game Installers" section > the checkbox labeled "Keep game installers after games have been installed". What it downloaded is a folder called "_Installer" that contains a bunch of small files. If this folder exists when you click "Download", then Origin will go STRAIGHT to the installation process. Without that folder and its contents, it must download it first. Fortunately, it only takes like a minute or less to download. lol So, when you install your games, just make sure first that this option is enabled. That way, every game folder will still have "_Installer" in it so that the next time you do this, it will go straight to the installation without having to download this folder and its contents first.

 

Again, this is all thanks to @Ultisym for telling me about this! So, be sure to thank him! However, we're not allowed to Rep random posts just to thank someone for help received via private messages. You could get caught, so don't do it.

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So after I do this with BF4, how do you get the expansions in BF4 to work again? doh.gif

I would prefer not to have to Download it all, all over again.
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So after I do this with BF4, how do you get the expansions in BF4 to work again? doh.gif

I would prefer not to have to Download it all, all over again.

 

I don't know, but I will assume for now that it's the same principle.

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Sorry twocables. I followed your simple instructions, and it looks like I am going to have to download BF4 again. Origin says they are installed, but I cannot play the maps included in the expansions.
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Sorry twocables. I followed your simple instructions, and it looks like I am going to have to download BF4 again. Origin says they are installed, but I cannot play the maps included in the expansions.

 

Do they get installed to the BF4 folder?

 

Did you reinstall them? Did Origin go through the installation process?

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I actually had the game installed on my 480GB SSD, and origin on my 64GB M4.

My wife "used" my PC so I had to reformat the 64GB.

after reinstalling origin, I did have to go through the installation process to point it back at my installation folder and it behaved as described for crysis and it behaved just as you outlined.

After discovering the expansion packs were " not installed " I attempted installs on the expansions but it says they are installed. I ran a repair on them to come to a " repair successful ". but it seems Origins version of success is questionable. :[

I tried even to uninstall and reinstal the expansions as outlined here: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/forum/threadview/2955065222035653452/

but still the same thing. I am hoping after they are all downloaded again it will work. I need my Silk Road fix. wheee.gif
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Yeah, but you didn't answer my question. Do they get installed to the BF4 folder? Are the expansions installed in separate folders? Where are they installed to?

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Oh I see, I don't have an answer for that because I never had to move the folders. they were installed on another volume from the start, I really just had to run the installer and point it to the installation folder on my larger SSD, and from there is where everything went as outlined.

I was excited when I found that regedit fix, but that didn't do squat either.
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Browse the BF4 folder and find the expansions. Take them out and try again without them in there. Afterward, put the expansions files and folders back in and "download" them in Origin. I'm very interested in seeing if this works.

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post #10 of 36
I tried to remove the folders containing the xpacs and replacing them, still nothing.

Re-downloaded while I slept today and things appear to be fine now.
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