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Yeah I just kind of replaced a 1TB I was going to use for a storage drive with a Seagate 600 480GB SSD.

I just kind of put things back the way they were before, with everything my system boots with on the SSD, including steam and Origin.

I didnt think to install them to the 480GB at all. It will probably help with boot speed too.

 

No, it won't help. That which affects boot speed is both the hardware and whatever Windows has to load during its startup.

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I've just made a habit of making registry backups of games that use origin or uPlay and then modifying them for new locations. Anything other than steam is a pain to deal with, especially uPlay rolleyes.gif
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I've just made a habit of making registry backups of games that use origin or uPlay and then modifying them for new locations. Anything other than steam is a pain to deal with, especially uPlay rolleyes.gif

 

Oh. Can you make a tutorial on how to make those Registry backups? Teach how to do each game, and then teach your readers can figure out how to do any games they have that you don't. I mean, it's great that you have a way, but it would be even better if you could make a tutorial on how to do what you just said.

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doesn't origin have a game backup option?
with steam I can right click the game in my games library on steam then select properties and then backup game to any drive I want which I use a external hdd for game backup.
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doesn't origin have a game backup option?
with steam I can right click the game in my games library on steam then select properties and then backup game to any drive I want which I use a external hdd for game backup.

 

lol I wish.

 

(besides, if it did, then this tutorial wouldn't exist)

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It's a lot easier if you just install Origin and all your games on a separate hard drive or partition, from Windows. I've been doing this for years with Origin and Steam and never have to reinstall anything.
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Oh. Can you make a tutorial on how to make those Registry backups? Teach how to do each game, and then teach your readers can figure out how to do any games they have that you don't. I mean, it's great that you have a way, but it would be even better if you could make a tutorial on how to do what you just said.

Origin has gotten better but uPlay is still as horrible as ever. I'll post back when I'm at home, it's actually quite simple to move games around on either platform when you have them installed. The only thing I haven't found is a collated list of registry files
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lol I wish.

(besides, if it did, then this tutorial wouldn't exist)

true, but I had to ask. smile.gif
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It's a lot easier if you just install Origin and all your games on a separate hard drive or partition, from Windows. I've been doing this for years with Origin and Steam and never have to reinstall anything.

 

Then this tutorial only applies to people who have their games installed on the drive that they are either formatting or replacing. On top of that, if someone doesn't have a secondary drive that they would be comfortable installing their Origin games onto, then this tutorial is for them. I mean, yeah sure: you could follow this tutorial and then put your games on a different drive - but the only way you can do that without having to redownload your games is by following this tutorial first. So obviously, this tutorial won't apply to people who have their Origin games installed to a different drive.

 

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Origin has gotten better but uPlay is still as horrible as ever. I'll post back when I'm at home, it's actually quite simple to move games around on either platform when you have them installed. The only thing I haven't found is a collated list of registry files

 

I meant to create a new thread. It'll be more visible.

 

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true, but I had to ask. smile.gif

 

haha yeah like I'd miss something like that. :)

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It's actually quite simple what the launchers do (albeit uPlay is the most annoying). To start off heres what Origin has in the registry located at
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE//SOFTWARE//Wow6432Node//



Each and every game installed will have an entry similar to the highlighted BF3 entry. Inside that entry will be a install location that Origin itself will use in finding the client location. Origin has got to the point of automation that it will just pull that location and detect an install (I think). If not you can do as previously mentioned and try a re-install on the same location and hope that it picks up the client.

Here's another shot of the Origin client itself (in the same location)



The client itself even has one, although I doubt it affects its operation much.

Now for uPlay, this one is quite annoying. Unlike Origin or the (holy, self-repairing) Steam, uPlay relies entirely on these registry entries to manage installed games. The below screenshot is in the same Wow6432Node location and like Origin each game will have an install directory and various variables for operation.



With just these registry entries you can copy back your previous client and play instantly with uPlay recognising the install without a re-install. But when it comes to having to patch your game to the next version the patcher will fail stating that the installation cannot be found. This is due to the fact that that the installers pull info from an entry located in an entirely different location, namely the Windows un-install entry located as follows.....
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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE//SOFTWARE//Microsoft//Windows//CurrentVersion//Uninstall//

Taking Splinter Cell Blacklist as an example, in order to find the entry for it you have to use the Find function in Regedit on the game (i.e Edit>Find [Blacklist], with the uninstall folder selected). Once it finishes you'll come up with something like this.



As you can see every program you install has an un-install entry as this is supposedly what the un-install button points to in the Add/Remove Programs under control panel. Blacklists specific entry is located under {A6356F2F-D3E1-4D83-9AA2-72871DD0C298} which is not easy to find by scanning through. Whenever Ubisoft releases a patch for their games the patcher (which runs through a windows installer) pulls the game location from that entry in order to patch the client. If this is not there from re-installing Windows then you are out of luck unless you can find someone on the Ubi forums that has posted the entry online somewhere (unlikely).

It is tedious but not impossible to move clients to different locations without having to do a complete re-install. Steam is magnificient in this regard since it only looks in one (or multiple) locations which is usually Steamapps/common and detects existing files. Origin has gotten better since the release of BF3 which required those registries (Titanfall did not and detected the files I got off my friend instantly) and Blizzard's Battle.Net app is next level, going as far as to ask you if you already have an install somewhere and where it is so it can check it for you.
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