How to Transfer Games to New Computer without Reinstallation [Steam/Epic/Origin/Uplay]
For transferring games from PC to PC, Here we’ve gathered four reliable and straightforward methods for you to try:
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Case 1. Transfer Steam Games to Another PC||Backup Steam games to external hard drive > Transfer Steam to new PC...Full steps|
|Case 2. How to Transfer Epic games to new PC||Backup Epic games > Reinstall Epic on the new...Full steps|
|Case 3. How to Move Origin games to new PC||Copy the Origin game file > Transfer Origin via EaseUS Todo PCTrans...Full steps|
|Case 4. How to Move Uplay games to new PC||Copy Uplay games folder > On the new PC...Full steps|
If you are a Steam/Epic/Origin/Uplay 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 to your Steam or another platform account before starting or during the Steam transferring.
2. And make sure that your external hard drive has enough space for saving the games.
3. You'll need a powerful EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro to help you move the Steam platform to the new PC without reinstallation in these methods. EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro 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 changing Steam game location, the Backup and Restore feature of Steam is worth to try. It is available for backup all Steam game data. The backup speed depends on the size of your game data. The steam backup will create a zip file for saving portable drive space.
#1. Backup Steam games to an external hard drive.
1. log in with your Steam account on Steam on your old PC > Click on Steam and select "Backup and Restore Games..." > Check "Backup currently installed programs" and click "NEXT>"
2. 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.
3. Click "BROWSE..." to choose the exact location where you want to back up the selected games > Create a folder named "Steam Games" on the external hard drive, select the folder and click "NEXT>".
4. Choose "Files size - CD or DVD" and click "NEXT>". Usually, DVD is recommended (since DVD will be quicker to compress).
Wait for the process to complete, and once done, click "Finish". And unplug the external hard drive from your old PC.
Instead of wasting time re-downloading Steam from its official site, EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro will be a more efficient choice.
Note: If you want to transfer more than two files or programs to another computer, please activate it first for further more transferring capacity:
Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PC > Click "PC to PC" mode > Choose Steam to transfer
# 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. > 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>".
2. Click "BROWSE.." and select the folder on your external hard drive to find the Steam game backup, then click "SELECT" > "NEXT".
3. Locate and choose a location where you want to restore the games on the new PC and click "NEXT>". > Click "I AGREE" to accept restoring games to the new PC and wait for the process to complete.
4. Last, click "Finish" when the process completes.
Sometimes, if the games don't launch smoothly, restart the PC, and things will go all right.
Manual Copy: Copy Steam folders，transfer Steam and install games to new PC
Unlike Steam games backup, it is suitable for moving several games to another pc. The second method is much faster than the first one.
- If low space occurs in your portable drive, the Backup and Restore feature mentioned above is the better choice for compressing data but spending more time.
Step 1: Copy Steam folder
1. Plug your portable hard drive into the old pc.
If you tend to copy multiple Steam games, please make sure your external hard drive is larger than the Steam game library.
2. Find Steam game files and copy them to the portable drive.
In general, the default Steam library location consists of C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common.
The Steam games folders that you installed are here. Then you can start copying or pasting the game folders.
Step 2. Transfer Steam from PC to PC
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: Run Steam on the new computer and install the games.
1. Insert the portable drive.
2. Copy the same folder to the Steam library folder (\ Steam \ steamapps \ common )on the new computer.
3. Click Install.
#1. Copy and paste Epic game folder to the external hard drive.
Copy your Epic games folder from the default location: C:\Programs Files\Epic Games. (If your games are not installed on the location, you can move to the right place for copying.)
#2. Reinstall Epic Games Launcher on the new computer.
Install and Run games launcher > Click Library and select games you want to install > Choose game install location (You can select C drive and name folder as Epic Games.)and click Install > Click to pause the download process and exit the launcher.
#3. Paste the game folder to the new PC.
Connect your external hard drive to a new computer > Paste the folder to the game install location you set up ("Replace the files in the destination.") > Open Epic launcher again >Click Library and resume the game installation
Here are two proven ways to do it. One is using EaseUS Todo PCTrans to move the epic game to another drive/PC without re-downloading, the other is manually re-install Fortnite to another drive/PC.
#1. Back up Origin games to the external devices on the old PC.
Find the folder by following the default install path: C:\Program Files(x86)\Origin Games\. Copy and paste it to the external hard drive.
#2. Transfer Origin to another computer.
See the transfer steps of EaseUS Todo PCTrans on method 1.
#3. Move games on the new computer.
Put the copied game folder from the external device to the same location on the new computer. Name folder as Origin Games.
Open Origin and choose a game to download. Wait for a second to pause the download process. Right-click game and choose Repair.
Let's check the official answer from EA's Answer HQ if you have any questions about transferring Origin games to a new computer.
The process of migrating the Uplay game is as same as the Epic game transfer.
#1. Copy game files.
Locate the location of your games in the C:\Program Files(x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\data. Copy the games you want to the USB drive or other devices.
#2. Reinstall Uplay on the new computer.
After installing, click game to download > Set the install location as the exact location as the old PC > When games start the download, you can stop it and exit Uplay.
#3. Move the Files to the new PC.
Plug USB drive and paste the files, choose "Replace the files in the destination."
Rerun Uplay and verify game files.
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