If you want to move your Steam games, you need to know how to copy Steam games from one computer to another. This is fairly easy and can be either done automatically or manually. Here’s how.
Backup Steam Games, Then Copy From One Computer To Another
What you can do is to backup your Steam game files via Steam and then restore the backup on another computer. The whole process is fully automated and requires little work on your side. It is certainly less work than copying the files manually (see instructions below).
0. Create a backup folder for your Steam games somewhere, give the folder a useful name
1. Open Steam
2. Go the Games library
3. Right-click on a game and click on Backup Game Files
4. Next, check all games that you want to backup
5. Find the folder that you created in step 0
6. You can define a size limit in order to burn your games onto DVD’s (this will only be a backup of the content, not fully playable without your Steam account)
7. Get a cup of coffee and wait, this takes time now
8. Copy the folder with your Steam backups to the other computer
How to restore the Steam backup?
Once you have copied the Steam backup from one computer to another, open the backup folder, in there you will find a game folder, open it, in there is a folder Disk_1. Double-click on steambackup and it will automatically restore your Steam backup (follow the instructions on your screen)
Backup Steam Games Manually
You can also copy the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps and copy it to your other PC. Very important are the GCF files, which are the game files and quite large.
1. Copy either the entire folder or only the GCF files to the other computer
2. On the other computer install Steam, let it begin the game downloads, then exit Steam
3. Copy the game files into the steamapps folder, usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps
4. Delete Clientregistry.blob file in C:\Program Files\Steam
5. Restart Steam
If you still have problems with moving your Steam games from one computer to another, post your question below. On a sidenote, if you install Windows on another partition you can access Steam without having to reinstall – I think that is VERY handy and useful to know.