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

Tracy King updated on Oct 21, 2020 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

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

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Backup Steam games, transfer Steam and restore games to new PC Backup Steam games to external hard drive > Transfer Steam to new PC..Full steps
Fix 2. Copy Steam folders,transfer Steam and install games to new PC Copy Steam games folder > Transfer Steam from PC to PC...Full steps

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 EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro to help you move the Steam platform to the new PC without reinstallation in both two 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:

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Method 1. Backup Steam games, transfer Steam and restore games to new PC

Method 1 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. 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.

# 2. Transfer Steam to new PC without reinstallation

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:

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 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

# 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. 

Method 2. Copy Steam folders,transfer Steam and install games to new PC

Unlike Steam games backup, the method 2 is suitable for moving several games to another pc. The second method is much faster than the first one. 

Notice:
If low space occurs in your portable drive, Method 1 is the better choice for compressing data but spending more time.

Step 1: Copy Steam folder

1. Plug your portable hard drive to 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 to the portable drive.

In general, the default Steam library location consists in 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.

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Step 3: Run the 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.

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