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Accessing and using the ToolKit without needing a VR kit.
By Gamecube762
This guide will show you how use the Destination Workshop Tools without needing a VR kit.
Finding SteamTours.exe
This is where our adventure begins. You've tried the front door, but SteamVR was merciless. Your dreams and hopes were shot down, but you haven't given up. Let's sneak to where SteamVR isn't looking and use the backdoor!

So let's find SteamTours.exe. First you need to find your SteamApps folder. This is the folder where steam saves your games/software. Its usually in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\" . If you've setup a SteamLibrary in a different location or installed Steam in a different location, look there.

Once you've found your SteamApps folder, navigate to:

You are free to launch SteamTours.exe and explore! Movement is WASD, Looking is LeftArrow and RightArrow. If you want to use console, you will need to open the commandline and launch SteamTours with -console.

The next step will cover the commandline and will require SteamTours to be closed.
Opening CommandPrompt.
Aha! You've located the back door! SteamVR might be a powerful foe, but not the sharpest! The door was left unlocked! But wait! There is a turret behind the door!! Have no fear! CMD will be our Cloak and Dagger!

So now with the win64 folder open, you may have noticed the SteamToursCFG.exe. It sitting there daunting your curiosity as to what it holds! Well now is your time to shine! Click it!!

This is the project manager for the toolkit. It comes with an example project for you to use. But it's a template and directly editing it is locked.

Select the example project, hit "Create New Addon From Selected", and name it what you want.

Now that your new project is created, click "Show Launch CommandLine", You will need to copy this.
So now we need the command prompt.
Win + R, Type "CMD", Hit Enter

Now paste the "Commandline" from the ProjectManager into the Command Prompt and remove the "-vr" and "-toolsvr".

Hit enter.
Welcome to the Source2 ToolKit!
Despite the challenges, merciless enemies, and the extreme mental challenge, you've done it! You now have access to the ToolKit without needing a VR Kit!!
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RezaSeranitai Mar 27 @ 4:21am 
Wait a minute, destonations can be played in desktop mode? You know, I did not see the rest of the game info.
ajkerr May 1, 2020 @ 11:25pm 
Or you could just download and run ALVR ( before opening SteamVR. Even without a headset, ALVR still looks enough like a VR system to allow SteamVR workshop tools (e.g Hammer) to run. ALVR is also a pretty awesome wireless solution for Samsung GearVR, Oculus Quest and Oculus Go.
generic american number 5 Dec 2, 2019 @ 3:59pm 
robert | CSCO Dec 6, 2017 @ 7:30am 
since Destination Workshop did not show upin my tools library I used SteamVR instead and it seems to work as well , the new location is

我拉崩尼玛几叼! Oct 5, 2016 @ 1:55am 
How to recover?
Pancaked_Src Jul 29, 2016 @ 8:54pm 
Can you tell me how to look up and down?
Galaxy Jul 21, 2016 @ 7:18pm 
Worked out great, super helpful, and now I can use Destinations. Thank you for this!
LetTric Jun 30, 2016 @ 7:03am 
this is helpful but i can't seem to get the tools to run, every time i try to run them it keeps coming up with VR- Error! SteamVR failed initialization with error code: VRInitError_Init_HmdNotFound "Hmd Not Found (108)"
notdavidcameron Jun 11, 2016 @ 7:22am 
What's the menu button on the keyboard, though?
Gamecube762  [author] Jun 10, 2016 @ 5:11pm 
@aaron.leiby Interesting.

Downside is, it disables KB movement and looks for VRkit moment, which there is none...