GTA: San Andreas Steam to v1.0 Downgrader
This downgrader will take the certain Steam versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and downgrade them to their original version 1.0 counterparts.
- NewSteam r2 (including German) (12/9/14)
- NewSteam r1 (excluding German) (11/7/14)
- OldSteam (excluding German)
Later versions of San Andreas over the years have made a number of changes to the game such as removing songs, textures and animations along with editing the game's script. They've also added in a few protections against things such as Hot Coffee. Due to these changes, a number of modifications such as SA-MP will outright reject new versions. This downgrader restores all the original files, not only making your copy a more complete San Andreas - but also enabling the use of popular modifications.
There are a few minor issues that come with downgrading, however all can be fixed/prevented.
- Saved games from Steam copies won't work. You'll need to either convert them using this tool or use a Steam SCM and SilentPatch.
- Only English and Spanish will appear as language options. You can replace the "english.gxt" with the GXT for your language. A future update to SilentPatch might also unlock the language options.
I recommend either moving or copying your San Andreas folder to another location to prevent Steam from making any further alterations to the files. Installing SilentPatch and SkyGFX is also highly recommended to address any remaining issues with San Andreas.
Try the following:
- Deleting your gtasa.set file in "Documents/GTA San Andreas User Files".
- Removing any modifications.
- Remove any saved games from previous versions of the game (if this fixes it, read the topic again more carefully)
- Delete the game from Steam, re-download it and then reapply the downgrader.
- Still crashing? Check your computer setup for sh*tty programs and/or configuration. People have a tendency to blame the game/developers before checking their own crappy setup that's likely causing the issue.
OMG I HAVE TWO EXES
This is on purpose for compatibility reasons - they are both the exact same. The Steam release of San Andreas changed the EXE name - so Steam looks for gta-sa.exe when it attempts to launch San Andreas. Mods on the other hand look for gta_sa.exe as this was the original retail EXE name.
This downgrader relies on binary differences so no game files are being distributed. It requires a legally purchased Steam copy of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas in order to work.