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Irish Jan 24, 2014 @ 5:07pm
Moving to Steam
Is it possible to move my download of STO into Steam? I want to be able to upload screenshots to steam, but currently STO isn't in my Steam library. Is it possible to move it into my steam library without having to redownload?
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Arcturus Asriv Jan 24, 2014 @ 5:56pm 
I think you'll have to redownload.

Best way to do it would be to download and patch when you go to bed.

Then just log in the next day.
Mr. Fibble Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:22pm 
If you start the download on steam but use your current sto directory that might well do the trick. I'm fairly sure that its the launcher that does most of the patching.

I use my original steam install but just start from the games launcher but in the past copy pasting from one drive to another hasnt broken the game to the point of needing a full install.
tornadohun Jan 25, 2014 @ 4:47am 
the steam download was around 4,5gig, this is not much to redownload, its nor rift or tera with 17-30gig...
Hapxier Jan 25, 2014 @ 8:47am 
This should be fairly easy to do, since all Steam does is install and link to the game launcher/updater. Go ahead and install it in Steam (but don't log in!) to get it listed and have the Steam directories made, then open both game folders (the old one and the Steam one), and just copy the "Star Trek Online" subdirectory over. Now, when you log in via Steam, it should recognize the game files and bypass the full download.
Den Jan 25, 2014 @ 9:46am 
After the Steam install, you'll have to patch. But the patch isn't too big. It will take an extra hour or so, connection depending.
Asphe Jan 26, 2014 @ 3:13am 
... -.-

Ok. You have two ways to do it.

Add the game as a non-Steam game (i.e. screenshots/etc all work). There are no achievements and you can't buy stuff via the Steam wallet for STO. That's pretty much all the bad stuff.


1. Rename your current STO folder (just change Live to ... Lived). You can then uninstall the game if you want, as long as that 'Lived' folder stays... that's fine. Or rename the STO folder/etc. Depending on when/what Cryptic game you have, it could be under Cryptic Studios or 'star trek online' or whatever. You're using a PC, you should be able to work it out.

2. Start the usual Steam download... but stop it when you see there is a 'gameclient.exe' file (it's small, < 40mb) or something like it. i.e. you do NOT have to download even the 5GB package. Just under 100mb or so.

3. Copy over your current version of 'gameclient.exe' with the version from

You have a choice:

a. copy over the 'Lived' folder (renamed to Live) to the usual SteamApps location (\steamapps\common\star trek online)

b. or make a symbolic link (I'd recommend a hard junction), i.e. delete the current folder in Steam and instead make a link (with the same name) to point to your current STO folder

either way works.

4. Start the game via Steam. This will launch the game client and start patching. At this point you're actually 'outside' of Steam just like it would be for most of the other online games but the Steam UI/Overlay will be running, properly hooked to STO.

To recap: Just download enough that Steam 'thinks' you have the game client file. Replace it. Copy over whatever files you have in Live or make a link to point to it. Done.

Total download with 'patch on demand' disabled is around 17GB. Do you really want to redownload all that?
Irish Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:39am 
Thanks for the help!
Johnson Mar 14, 2014 @ 10:56am 
good idea...thanks all
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