Windows 11 Fresh install dont want to download 500gb worth of games again

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    Windows 11 Fresh install dont want to download 500gb worth of games again


    Hello I have 2 gaming pcs that I’ve just upgraded and I plan to fresh install windows 11 on them both

    I’ve been putting this off for a few weeks now because of this issue I have enrolled in the Xbox insider and I have tried enabling the new management features to see if I could copy the files to a usb drive then copy them back

    Forza 5 and halo are what I care about right now when copying the game folders the main exe file and a dumptool file never seem to be copied no matter what i try taking ownership etc so those files are missing but 99% of everything else copies you think doing a verify and repair will just download the exe but it just starts downloading the whole game again

    The main games I play are

    Forza 3 and 4 + expansions I know these don’t support the management features so I need to redownload 160gb x2…

    Forza 5 + Halo 150gb x2 I can view the files and copy all except the exes

    Mechwarrior 5 + back for blood 60gb x2 same problem

    etc etc

    sad state of affairs tbh steam, origin even the much maligned epic launcher doesn’t have these issues

    anyone have any other ideas

    thanks for any help

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  2. j1mmers Win User

    Xbox Series X Stream to PC

    Just did a fresh install of Windows 11 again and the first thing I tried to do was stream. Connected fine to my Xbox but froze again within minutes.
  3. Obsessive Power Win User

    Loading game library from HDD after fresh installation of Windows 10 (Xbox Game Pass PC)

    Does anyone have a solution for that? I don't want to format my hard drive and/or download all games again... thanks in advance!
    HI,

    I'm afraid downloading your games again is the only solution available. The Universal Windows Platforms (UWP) apps system - which also includes Xbox Game Pass for Windows - uses an form of encryption for security.

    I'm not sure exactly how the encryption works in Windows 10 Apps, but my guess is it is unique based on how or when you last installed Windows. Which means of course that you can't just add the folder back after a fresh install of Windows like you can with
    services such Steam or EA's origin. After a fresh re-install, Windows will see any old Windows Apps folders as foreign (from another PC).
  4. Obsessive Power Win User

    How to get windows store to recognize games I have already downloaded

    Hi,

    If you copy data to a drive then install Windows 10, any data on that drive will be removed. Also bear in mind that Windows 10 Store games can't be transferred between two Windows installs (even on the same PC) or two different PC's.

    If you buy an additional drive and move your games over, the titles transferred will continue to work, unless you want to play them on a fresh Windows installation or an additional computer. If you do, you'll have to download them again.

    Hope that makes sense.
  5. Farscape247 Win User

    XBOX GAMES FOR PC LOST AFTER DOWNLOADING MICROSOFT 11

    did you upgrade or did you do a fresh install, if a fresh install then as the windows games are placed in an encrypted folder this breaks as it is tied to the one install of windows, you would need to re download the games if that is the case.

    if upgraded then they should still work ok and are located under the xbox app in the library.
  6. Obsessive Power Win User

    Xbox App on PC can't detect installed games?

    Every game launcher has the detect installed games feature. Why not in the Xbox app?
    Hi,

    Windows 10 games and apps does it differently. The games are encrypted and this encryption is unique to the Windows install. If you install Windows fresh again (even on the same PC) the games will be locked. You will to need to delete the WindowsApps folder to reclaim the space and install the games again.
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