Playing Games Installed vs Not Installed

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  1. Valour549

    Valour549 Notebook Guru

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    If u play a game where u simply copy an entire folder over and launch the game from there, compared to properly installing the game on ur laptop, is there any difference at all in terms of launch speed or performance?

    In particular I'm talking about on an SSD. I feel like pasting a folder in an SSD and running from there won't be as fast as properly installing a program in ur SSD. Might be wrong though.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts or expertise on this matter.
     
  2. fatboyslimerr

    fatboyslimerr Alienware M15x Fanatic

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    Sounds good but might there be registry conflicts?
     
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    Redbeard Notebook Consultant

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    Most new games require actual installation. Some games don't; the launch speed doesn't change too much. Especially on a SSD; at worst it'd be like 1/4 second or something.
     
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    It depends on the game. If the game looks up files in the registry, it may well fail to run without a proper installation. If it runs everything locally, then there shouldn't be any speed difference, since it's just looking in its folder, anyway.
     
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    Most games rely on registry entries and also sometimes on tertiary programs installed/running (i.e Punkbuster, .Net, etc) that would come with the installation process. As far as performance, it wouldn't really matter. As noted, Starcraft 2 doesn't care, a lot of people run it off their USB thumb drives.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Fixed that for you.

    If you're running a game from Steam, where you put the game doesn't make a difference since it's downloading all the files it needs. Where what you want to do wouldn't work so well is with games on physical media due to the aforementioned registry conflicts.
     
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    maxheap caparison horus :)

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    Steam games can be copy-pasted because Steam has its own registry entries after installation and the copy-pasted game communicates through Steam.
     
  9. James D

    James D Notebook Prophet

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    I alway do it... keep games on drive D and sometimes reinstall OS on drive C. Game will create registry entries when first launched.
    But my Documents folder is on drive E so I never delete it when install OS.

    The only game which didn't run was Halo so I keep extracted registerstrings for it.
     
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