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    Complete guide to activate retail UT3 on Steam without downloading 9GB.

    <for a feel good clean install perform first 3 steps>

    - Make a copy of the UT3 folder.

    - Right click on the backed up folder -> properties and make sure its NOT read only (make sure you apply changes to all sub folders too when prompted) .
    The idea of making folders not read only is so that you can transfer file contents from one folder to another. If you make the folder not read only and if you check again and its read only, dont worry too much as long as you can copy the contents fully from 1 folder to another without any error message during the copy process

    - Uninstall UT3.

    - In Steam click on "My Games" menu and then click on the button "Activate a product on Steam".

    - Follow instructions on screen and enter your UT3 retail key and Steam will correctly identify it and add it to your download list.

    - Start the download and pause it after about 10 seconds.

    - Then go into your steam home directory "\Steam\steamapps\common"

    - You should see a folder called unreal tournament 3 (make sure this folder too is NOT read only) and within the folder you should see folders similar to that of the UT3 folder you copied in step 1.

    - Optional Step: to be safe exit Steam.

    - Now copy the contents of UT3 folder of step 1 into this "Steam\steamapps\common\unreal tournament 3"
    OR
    - If you did not perform the first 3 steps, copy the contents of UT3 into "Steam\steamapps\common\unreal tournament 3"

    - Start Steam again if you had shut it down.

    - Once that's done, in steam right click on the UT3 download you paused and select properties. In the last tab you should see a button called "verify integrity of game cache".

    - Once cache has been verified steam will download additional files like DX9, Open AL, Physx, C++ redist and some additional game files. You should see these folders being created as download proceeds.

    - The total size of download will be approx 450MB for v1.3 toSteam.

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    Patch and Titan Pack Updates:

    Steam will auto update to version 2.0 and install titan pack

    OR

    People can install retail patch and pack onto the Steam UT3 version 1.3. The installers will ask for UT3 directory location and once you show it the location it will patch it correctly. However you will need to verify cache integrity again and this time around Steam will download approx 350MB.

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    If all goes well... all your settings, configs, etc should be transferred correctly.

    PS: if you want to be a bit more studly try this pro move mentioned below instead of the copy and paste action.

    Originally posted by musilowski View Post
    Ah yes, junctioning worked for me. See this post by Sir_Brizz at BUF for info. Also, the junctioned folder needs "Read only" to be unchecked.
    [Source: various threads on this forums]

    MAJOR NOTE: You don't have to activate the game on steam. You can still play on retail version (atleast for now). If you dont uninstall the game and proceed to activate the game on steam, you should have 2 copies of the game, the retail version and the steam version and you should be able to play them both.

    Flak sticky please???

    #2
    I just installed Steam, so I am absolutely not familiar with that software. I read that linked how-to, but I cant say I like this one. It is not precise enough for my taste.
    Anyway, glad it worked for you.

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      #3
      I heard there is a way of keeping the UT3 folder as is and it still works with Steam. Something about folder junctioning if I remember correctly. Any info on this?

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        #4
        dude all the instructions are there on that thread... u basically copy ut3 installation into the folder specified in that thread... dude its not that hard... its just a copy paste

        and ya make sure folder is not read only.

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          #5
          What about all the settings in the my games folder? Any need to change anything here?

          I hope this migration does not screw up the registry-entries.

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            #6
            I would also be interested to hear more about this.

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              #7
              Yo Masaai!
              Cr4zy just did it and he reported everything to be just fine.

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                #8
                Right so this is how it went. Started the download. paused download.

                Copied the files from inside Unreal Tournament 3 folder into the one in steamapps.
                Then selected the over all UT3 folder and checked the read only box.

                Game worked fine loading out of Steam, took all of my current settings from config etc, didn't rewrite ANY of the files. So all my Custom maps, mutators, cache, config is all still intact.

                Editor works fine, just need to set up a shortcut for it.

                Then i removed the old UT3 install FOLDER, i didn't uninstall it didn't want to risk that messing stuff up.

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                  #9
                  It's easy as hell. I even did it. I now have the retail copy and a steam copy.

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                    #10
                    Added step by step instructions of the whole process.

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                      #11
                      im not sure it worked for me. i clicked ont the verify cache thingy and then it just kept downloading after that.
                      wait i think it did because i took the game disc out and it was still downloading so i think it worked.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by cdiddy View Post
                        im not sure it worked for me. i clicked ont the verify cache thingy and then it just kept downloading after that.
                        wait i think it did because i took the game disc out and it was still downloading so i think it worked.
                        u shud do verify cache only after you copied backed up ut3 folder contents into steam folders...

                        and remember it will verify cache and still download approx 450mb... if you keep an eye on that folder... you will see some new folders being created...

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                          #13
                          God, i would go back to UT3 360 if this stuff was in it

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Loboticastation View Post
                            God, i would go back to UT3 360 if this stuff was in it
                            Play it on the pc with an xbox controller

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                              #15
                              The 360 controller is very well supported in the PC version.. One of the fixes in the patch is even more support for the gamepad.
                              I could make another youtube video, but I'm getting sick of doing it lol

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