[Steam Guide] How to Transfer Steam Games from PC to PC without Reinstallation

Tracy King updated on Dec 18, 2018 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

Here we’ve gathered two reliable and free methods for you to try:

Method 1. Transfer Steam to new PC and re-download games
Method 2. Backup Steam games, transfer Steam and restore games to new PC ★★★

If you are a Steam lover and looking for a practical method to transfer your Steam and games to another new computer without reinstalling Steam, you are at the right place.

For Your Information:

1. Please log in your Steam account before starting or during the Steam transferring.
2. And if you want to keep your games at the same pace on the new PC, please sync all your Steam games record to the Cloud before you start.
3. You’ll need a powerful and free PC transfer software to help you move the Steam platform to the new PC without reinstallation in both two methods. EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free can easily do this job for you without any payment, and it’s available for you to download and install on both of your PCs:


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Method 1. Transfer Steam to new PC and re-download games

# 1. Transfer Steam to new PC without reinstallation

Note: If you want to transfer more than two files or programs to another computer, please activate it first for further more transferring capacity:


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Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PCs

On the source PC, select "PC to PC" on the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans and click "Continue" to move on.

select pc to pc transfer mode

Step 2. Connect two computers

1. Select your target PC to connect via its IP address or device name and click "Connect".

2. Enter the login password of your target PC and click "OK" to confirm.

If you didn't see the target PC in the listed devices, you can also click "Add PC" to manually connect the target PC by inputting its IP address or device name.

connect two PCs

3. Set the transfer direction - "Transfer from this PC to other PC" and click "OK" to continue.

Step 3. Select apps, programs, and software and transfer to the target computer

1. Click "Edit" on the application section, then you can open up the application list.

Then you can select and choose what you want to transfer from the current computer to the target PC.

select apps to transfer from PC to PC

2. After selecting desired applications and programs, click "Finish" to confirm.

At last, click "Transfer" to start the transferring process. 

transfer apps to computer

# 2. Run Steam on new PC and re-download games

After transferring Steam to the new computer, you may now run Steam and re-download your purchased games on your new PC:

  1. 1. Run Steam on the new computer and log in with your Account.
  2. 2. Click on [name]’s Account > Account Details located on the top right corner of Steam
  3. 3. Check your Licenses + Subscriptions or your Store Transactions

There you should be able to see a list of all the games you’ve purchased and you can re-download them again on your new PC.
And of course, it will take you some time to re-download all the games again, which is mostly based on the game size and the network condition.

If you prefer a more efficient method, read on and try Method 2 for help.

Method 2. Backup Steam games, transfer Steam and restore games to new PC

It’s more efficient and time-saving to back up and restore your Steam games from old PC to a new computer with below-provided tips:

Step 1. Backup Steam games to an external hard drive

1. First of all, you should log in with your Steam account on Steam on your old PC
2. Click on Steam and select "Backup and Restore Games..."

Backup Steam games.

3. Check "Backup currently installed programs" and click "NEXT>"

Set to backup games on Steam.

4. Select a game or multiple games you want to bring over to the new PC and click "NEXT>" again.
If you select several games, they will be backed up and transferred at one time.

Select games to backup.

5. Click "BROWSE..." to choose the exact location where you want to back up the selected games. 

Choose location to save and back up Steam games.

If you haven't connected your external hard drive to the computer, connect now and select it again.

And also, you should make sure that your external hard drive has enough space for saving the games.

Select device to save Steam games.

6. Create a folder named as "Steam Games" on the external hard drive, select the folder and click "NEXT>".

Create folder to save games.

7. Choose "Files size - CD or DVD" and click "NEXT>". Usually, DVD is recommended (since DVD will be quicker to compress).

Select files size of your games.

Wait for the process to complete, and once done, click "Finish".
8. Unplug the external hard drive from your old PC.

Step 2. Transfer Steam from PC to PC

Instead of wasting time re-downloading Steam from its official site, EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free will be a more efficient choice.


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

The way to transfer Steam from PC to PC is the same as listed in Method 1. You can directly scroll back to Method 1 and follow the transferring guide there.

Step 3. Restore backups of Steam games to new PC

1. Connect the external hard drive with Steam games back up to the new PC and log in Steam with your account.
2. Open up the Steam platform on the new PC and select Steam > Backup and Restore Games... > Select "Restore a previous backup" and click on "NEXT>".

Restore Steam games to new PC.

3. Click "BROWSE.." and select the folder on your external hard drive to find the Steam game backup, then click "SELECT" > "NEXT".

Browse to find backed up games.

4. Locate and choose a location where you want to restore the games on the new PC and click "NEXT".

Specify a location to restore Steam games.

5. Click "I AGREE" to accept restoring games to the new PC and wait for the process complete.
6. Last, click "Finish" when the process completes.
After that, you can be able to find and play transferred Steam games under Library.

Play transferred Steam games on new PC.

Sometimes, if the games don't launch smoothly, restart the PC, and things will go all right. 


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