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MrMikopi Mar 8, 2013 @ 8:48am
Steam Re-Installs Dota 2
I play Dota 2 in internet cafes. So i downloaded it on my own pc at home. Made the file "dota 2 beta" a rar file. Copied to my trans memory. Came to internet cafe. Extracted the rar file into: Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/dota 2 beta
I opened steam. Dota 2 was looking like never installed.
Pressed install. Steam deleted all the files in file "dota 2 beta" and tried to re-install!
Please help!
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a.fefe Mar 14, 2013 @ 12:17am 
same problem. i'm trying to copy dota from my home pc to work pc (add game)..but it don't connecting to server
MrMikopi Mar 14, 2013 @ 7:26am 
Dude, support center said: "You should use the upgraded files" to me. I'm now trying to copy the new files.
Reached 5k. Quitting Dota. Mar 14, 2013 @ 8:23am 
Run steam--------> Click the first option on the top left corner-----------> Backup files -----------> Select location to backup files -----------> Go to the internet cafe ------------> Run steam ---------> Select restore backup files ---------------- > Select location of the backup files ---------------> Wait for roughly an hour or less for steam to extract and install ----------> Run

Either that, or copy your entire steam folder. Not all the Dota 2 files are in the Dota 2 folder. Some are in the steamapps or common folder.

Oh yeah, did you try to extract Dota 2, or Dota 2 Test?
If its the latter, then you need to download the former in order to play it. They are 2 completely different things.
a.fefe Mar 14, 2013 @ 10:38am 
thx man. i looked in the menu, but didn't see backup (
TheBaddestAss Mar 14, 2013 @ 11:06am 
Me and a buddy did this Tuesday night.

Here is how we did it. We just copied the entire folder "dota 2 beta"

When try to run it wants to download the entire game....however, if you try to launch dota2.exe manually (by double clicking the exe in steamapps folder) you get a directx error and it won't start.

All you have to do is exit steam, run directx setup, log back into steam....game will run without downloading anything.

Hope this helps.
MrMikopi Mar 15, 2013 @ 4:36am 
I didn't have any hope to get any replies, but thanks to you guys!
I was trying to download "Normal Dota 2" not beta btw :)
Reached 5k. Quitting Dota. Mar 15, 2013 @ 5:41am 
Originally posted by MrMikopi:
I didn't have any hope to get any replies, but thanks to you guys!
I was trying to download "Normal Dota 2" not beta btw :)

Oh hey, ignore my post above completely then. Didn't notice the folder for Dota 2 was dota2 beta. My previous method is the mega long way.

Okay here is the legit and working way to copy paste. Go into steamapps---> common . Copy the dota2 beta file ( 6.9 gb roughly) into your portable drive. Go to the steamapps folder and copy the appmanifest_570.acf file ( the one that has the icon of a smiling face and is a few bytes) into your portable drive.

If there is no common file in the internet cafe, create one yourself. Paste the dota 2 beta inside the common folder. The location should be steamapps/common/dota2beta. After that, go into the steamapps folder and paste the appmanifest file there. Make sure its outside of the common folder.

Close steam, rerun it. Steam will fail to execute a few times but its ok. After trying the 5th time, you should be able to run dota 2 normally
Last edited by Reached 5k. Quitting Dota.; Mar 15, 2013 @ 5:42am
Reached 5k. Quitting Dota. Mar 15, 2013 @ 5:45am 
Originally posted by a.fefe:
thx man. i looked in the menu, but didn't see backup (

Its under "backup and restore games"
MrMikopi Mar 15, 2013 @ 6:05am 
Thanks a lot, will try that :)
SL@$H Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:58pm 
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a.fefe May 1, 2013 @ 4:09am 
what?
Digitenor May 1, 2013 @ 4:15am 
Originally posted by DuTChmAn:
HeY GuYZ cAN U HELp me I stArtED doTa 2 doWnlOAd Bt Is Der A wAY Frmm WhICh I cAN cOpY dOtA 2 Frm ma fRnDz Pc Nd PaSte It .....IF U hVE anY IDeAS gUyz Plz GiVE it! I WuLD aPperCIaTE

I think I deciphered your funky typing fashion, and I believe Totoro-Chan demonstrated the way to copy dota2, onto a portable drive and between machines, as below:


Originally posted by Totoro-Chan:
Originally posted by MrMikopi:
I didn't have any hope to get any replies, but thanks to you guys!
I was trying to download "Normal Dota 2" not beta btw :)

Oh hey, ignore my post above completely then. Didn't notice the folder for Dota 2 was dota2 beta. My previous method is the mega long way.

Okay here is the legit and working way to copy paste. Go into steamapps---> common . Copy the dota2 beta file ( 6.9 gb roughly) into your portable drive. Go to the steamapps folder and copy the appmanifest_570.acf file ( the one that has the icon of a smiling face and is a few bytes) into your portable drive.

If there is no common file in the internet cafe, create one yourself. Paste the dota 2 beta inside the common folder. The location should be steamapps/common/dota2beta. After that, go into the steamapps folder and paste the appmanifest file there. Make sure its outside of the common folder.

Close steam, rerun it. Steam will fail to execute a few times but its ok. After trying the 5th time, you should be able to run dota 2 normally

Apologies if I'm completely wrong :)
MrMikopi May 2, 2013 @ 7:11am 
Guys, the internet cafe installed 8 cmputers here, so i didn't need to do what did i want but i'm thinking appmanifest file will work everything :) Thanks for all you guys
SL@$H May 3, 2013 @ 1:40pm 
Originally posted by Digitenor:
Originally posted by DuTChmAn:
HeY GuYZ cAN U HELp me I stArtED doTa 2 doWnlOAd Bt Is Der A wAY Frmm WhICh I cAN cOpY dOtA 2 Frm ma fRnDz Pc Nd PaSte It .....IF U hVE anY IDeAS gUyz Plz GiVE it! I WuLD aPperCIaTE

I think I deciphered your funky typing fashion, and I believe Totoro-Chan demonstrated the way to copy dota2, onto a portable drive and between machines, as below:


Originally posted by Totoro-Chan:

Oh hey, ignore my post above completely then. Didn't notice the folder for Dota 2 was dota2 beta. My previous method is the mega long way.

Okay here is the legit and working way to copy paste. Go into steamapps---> common . Copy the dota2 beta file ( 6.9 gb roughly) into your portable drive. Go to the steamapps folder and copy the appmanifest_570.acf file ( the one that has the icon of a smiling face and is a few bytes) into your portable drive.

If there is no common file in the internet cafe, create one yourself. Paste the dota 2 beta inside the common folder. The location should be steamapps/common/dota2beta. After that, go into the steamapps folder and paste the appmanifest file there. Make sure its outside of the common folder.

Close steam, rerun it. Steam will fail to execute a few times but its ok. After trying the 5th time, you should be able to run dota 2 normally

Apologies if I'm completely wrong :)

HavE u TriED iT????
Fëanor Apr 26 @ 5:23pm 
totoro-chan sos un genio, gracias
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