Coffee Feb 18 @ 11:53pm
Can't play skyrim without updating something I don't need, that I already have
Hey,

So I was trying to mod skyrim, I totally ruined it. So I deleted the it through steam, before that I backed up the high resolution texture packs. Installed from disk. For some reason steam thinks these add-on texture packs are essential to running the game, when I know they're not; also I already have and put them in the correct location.

Now I cannot play skyrim without re-downloading this 4-5 gigabytes of useless data. Since I already have it.

I pay $20/1 gigabyte for internet, it's the price you pay when you live in the middle of nowhere and want a decent connection.

I cannot and will not re-download almost $100 worth of data I already emptied my wallet for a few months back.

I dislike how companies today think everyone pays 1 cent per 100000000000 terabytes of data and think everyone as a 1tb/s connection.

Is there a way to solve this problem? I will need to eaither save up for months to be able to afford another $100 worth of internet (you don't know me and my situtation, thats how it is) or quit this game altogether. I cannot do either.

Can I trick steam into KNOWING it already has these files?

Please someone have a solution that doesn't envolve downloading useless data :'(

I have googled but it is just shows results for people with other problems, google is less effective these days.


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Coffee Feb 19 @ 12:31am 
please..
Coffee Feb 19 @ 1:26am 
I know this will jsut get buried unless i keep bumping it.
INSANE Feb 19 @ 1:46am 
Well, you could try sending a support ticket and ask them to remove the HD dlc from your account. It could take them like a week to respond, but it's probably worth it. When I asked them to remove it from my account I had already downloaded them by the time they removed it, so I can't really tell if it's going to work for you or not. But it is worth a shot. Good luck.
Kelvy Feb 19 @ 1:46am 
Resolution packs are official game packs. unforuntately it will try and down load it, so do it. Once download you can untick them and play, they are in the game but not being used.
I find them to OK.
Like you I pay for 8gbs in the country(rural) and have 27gbs on pause at the moment, trick is to wait until a couple of days before month ends and start down loading. Last month I had under 4 gbs left and downloaded 5.8gbs (last gbs of a new game) and the next day got my allocated gbs back. So I wait now.
Coffee Feb 19 @ 2:03am 
Originally posted by Kelvy:
Resolution packs are official game packs. unforuntately it will try and down load it, so do it. Once download you can untick them and play, they are in the game but not being used.
I find them to OK.
Like you I pay for 8gbs in the country(rural) and have 27gbs on pause at the moment, trick is to wait until a couple of days before month ends and start down loading. Last month I had under 4 gbs left and downloaded 5.8gbs (last gbs of a new game) and the next day got my allocated gbs back. So I wait now.

No, I pre-pay per megabyte. I currently have about $30 left. I cannot do that, or I would.

And thank you 'insane', I sent a ticket.
Last edited by Coffee; Feb 19 @ 2:13am
Kelvy Feb 19 @ 2:08am 
I feel sorry for you Coffee, even for my lousy download I pay $50/mth, and game downloads as I said are way bigger then the service we get. Maybe oneday they will get generous.
Coffee Feb 19 @ 2:19am 
Originally posted by Kelvy:
I feel sorry for you Coffee, even for my lousy download I pay $50/mth, and game downloads as I said are way bigger then the service we get. Maybe oneday they will get generous.

Thanks for your sorry. I pay exactly 1.63c/MB ($16.3/GB?). I guess I over exadurated a little but it is still a heck of a lot to pay for internet. There is cheaper deals but they all have 400ms+ ping, the ISP I am with now gives me 70-300ms ping depending if it is peak time or not. I am happy to pay that much as I do not download to often and I am 'smart' with my bandwidth usage. But this is just rediculous.

Hopefully Steam Support can do something for me.

Thanks for your replys guys!
gnewna Feb 19 @ 2:50am 
Yikes, good luck with support!
Coffee Feb 19 @ 5:59am 
Originally posted by gnewna:
Yikes, good luck with support!

Thanks :"(
Pistawfulbad Feb 19 @ 6:13am 
Close STEAM.

navigate to your STEAM folder..
Inside this folder, delete these two files.
ClientRegistry.blob
Appupdatestats.blob

Enter the directory /config (steam/config/)
and delete
config.vdf

Return to the STEAM folder.

Open the subfolder Steamapps (Steam/steamapps/
Delete all instances of appmanifest_*.acf
( insert appnnumbers into the above *.)

The appmanifest files track individual game downloads.
These files contain path to game, size on disk, and depots loaded.
In essence, each file contains a games copy of the iformation that can also be found in config.vdf.

Restart Steam.
Check your games.
Some games will show as being uninstalled.
Simply select install game, and STEAM will open a window saying:

Installing games....Discovering local content...

At that point, steam is checking local content, and verifying game cache files.

If your game is up to date, this will finish the install of the game, and you can play.
If your game isn't complete, STEAM will download the missing files.

Happy gaming!


I had a similar experiece recently and this helped me so i save it. Found it the Steam forums somewhere, hope it helps you to.
Coffee Feb 19 @ 9:00am 
Originally posted by Pistawfulbad:
Close STEAM.

navigate to your STEAM folder..
Inside this folder, delete these two files.
ClientRegistry.blob
Appupdatestats.blob

Enter the directory /config (steam/config/)
and delete
config.vdf

Return to the STEAM folder.

Open the subfolder Steamapps (Steam/steamapps/
Delete all instances of appmanifest_*.acf
( insert appnnumbers into the above *.)

The appmanifest files track individual game downloads.
These files contain path to game, size on disk, and depots loaded.
In essence, each file contains a games copy of the iformation that can also be found in config.vdf.

Restart Steam.
Check your games.
Some games will show as being uninstalled.
Simply select install game, and STEAM will open a window saying:

Installing games....Discovering local content...

At that point, steam is checking local content, and verifying game cache files.

If your game is up to date, this will finish the install of the game, and you can play.
If your game isn't complete, STEAM will download the missing files.

Happy gaming!


I had a similar experiece recently and this helped me so i save it. Found it the Steam forums somewhere, hope it helps you to.

That does not work... "Appupdatestats.blob" doesn't exist. That guide must be outdated.

I have already used 400mb of precious bandwidth to attempt to solve the problem...

This situation has really changed my perceptions of Steam. I used to vouch for this service but now I will tell people to be careful of it.
Brandybuck Feb 19 @ 10:27am 
If you're paying for your bandwidth, then the obvious solution is to play offline. Something to keep in mind when you finally get it working. Once working make a backup of the install dir and take it offline.
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