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It has been going really slow lately so really want to reinstall it.

Best way to do this?
Also do the hours played get stored on the servers or locally?
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They are stored on Steams' set up.


I just reinstalled Windows 7 and it kept my hours played info even though the games weren't even installed.
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Backup your steamapps folder. (copy and paste it somewhere else).

Uninstall steam, then reinstall it. Replace the steamapps folder with your old one.
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Only Steamapps? K this should be easy then.
100gb exactly. O.o
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Is it installed on your SSD? If so is it the only app that's running "slow"?
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In the steam file, you only need two things; the steamapps folder (contains the games) and the steam.exe file.

You can move those two files to any folder anywhere you want. Then, when you are ready to re-install, just run the exe file. Steam will update (re-install) itself in the file with the .exe. No games need to be re downloaded because you saved the steamapps folder and put it in the the same location as the .exe.

Easy.
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Technically that's not reinstalling and it's used to move the steam folder without having to re-download all the games.


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Only Steamapps? K this should be easy then.
100gb exactly. O.o
Well, some games save on the cloud (ie. TF2, MW2) Others save in My Documents, and some save in the steamapps folder.


So copying steamapps folder (which btw will take an hour of copying vs 10 hours of downloading) will save you one massive headache.
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Only Steamapps? K this should be easy then.
100gb exactly. O.o
Yup. I keep as backup copy of my steamapps folder on my back up drive.
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Well, some games save on the cloud (ie. TF2, MW2) Others save in My Documents, and some save in the steamapps folder.
Make sure you watch out for this, I lost a few oblivion characters because of it.
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It has been going really slow lately so really want to reinstall it.

Best way to do this?
Also do the hours played get stored on the servers or locally?
copy the steamapps folder over to a safe place, THEN uninstall Steam, then when done, restart, and after install, copy the steamapps folder.

as for hours played, they are stored on the Steam servers
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