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Switching Steam account across computers.

Nicholas

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I'm going to be getting a new PC soon, how do I switch my account to my new PC and make it unavailable on my old one?
 

Harb

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Download and install the steam client on your new PC. You can now download and play your library of steam games :)

You can uninstall steam and games from your old computer's hard drive but if you aren't selling it/giving it away/throwing it away you can leave it there.
 

Flogger23m

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Download Steam on new PC.

Install your games from Steam or CD/DVDs.

Enjoy.


That is how it worked for me two years ago at least.
 

Morello

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You can also copy across your steamapps folder if you don't feel like downloading all the games again.
 

Pvt.pile

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If you dont back up your games or ini files at least back up your saves I always forget this! :)

**edit** You an admin know ralf? o_O
 

=GG= Mr Moe

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Download and install the steam client on your new PC. You can now download and play your library of steam games :)

You can uninstall steam and games from your old computer's hard drive but if you aren't selling it/giving it away/throwing it away you can leave it there.
Yes, just have it so you must enter your password everytime on your old computer so only you can use it.
 

Nicholas

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Well I want it permanently on my new PC, I'm not playing on my ancient PC anyway, and weirdly enough I don't even have any saved games I need to keep.
 

Nicholas

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I just got my new PC, I can't use my Steam account though, I forgot the password though, and it won't reset my password through my email? What do I do now? I have a perfectly good PC and can't play any games because there isn't a normal password backup system.
 

Morello

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If you didn't set an email account as a recovery option then you will have to submit a ticket through the Steam website and explain the situation. They will likely want you to send them an invoice of a game you bought as proof of ownership.
 

Nicholas

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If you didn't set an email account as a recovery option then you will have to submit a ticket through the Steam website and explain the situation. They will likely want you to send them an invoice of a game you bought as proof of ownership.
How long will it take?
 

Morello

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Don't know, I've never lost my account details. On average if you send a ticket through the Steam system it takes 24-48 hours for them to respond.
 

Harb

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I'm guessing you still have your old pc and your steam on that is auto login. If so connect to that and add recovery email address :)
 

=GG= Mr Moe

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Agreed ^^^

It is always best to keep your account info, recovery email and password up to date. I have known at least one person who could never remember all that, kept changing their email, not remember their password, and have hard drive crashes to where they would loose their games. That could add up $$$.