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Posted 2 weeks ago

Is it possible to make two different installs, one for online and one for mods? There is a thread for Steam version but I have SC version.


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Posted 2 weeks ago Edited by LeeC2202, 2 weeks ago.

Yes, in fact, you can have as many versions as you like, I have six.

 

The simplest way works just like the Steam version. Install the game, copy the Grand Theft Auto V folder (inside the existing Rockstar Games folder) and rename it to Grand Theft Auto V - Online. When you want to play online, rename the current folder to Grand Theft Auto V - Mods and rename the Grand Theft Auto V - Online folder to just Grand Theft Auto V. Using this method, both folders must exist on the same drive and in the same parent folder. The registry points to a single location, so what you are doing is just changing which folder is acting as the correct location.

 

Most people using that method create two small batch files that handle the renaming for them. Be aware, both versions will share the same saved games and settings unless you also manage two copies of those as well. Just make sure that you have the right version active when you install mods, so that you don't end up modding the online version.

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Yes, in fact, you can have as many versions as you like, I have six.

 

The simplest way works just like the Steam version. Install the game, copy the Grand Theft Auto V folder (inside the existing Rockstar Games folder) and rename it to Grand Theft Auto V - Online. When you want to play online, rename the current folder to Grand Theft Auto V - Mods and rename the Grand Theft Auto V - Online folder to just Grand Theft Auto V. Using this method, both folders must exist on the same drive and in the same parent folder. The registry points to a single location, so what you are doing is just changing which folder is acting as the correct location.

 

Most people using that method create two small batch files that handle the renaming for them. Be aware, both versions will share the same saved games and settings unless you also manage two copies of those as well. Just make sure that you have the right version active when you install mods, so that you don't end up modding the online version.

I didn't really wanna do mine this way. Not because of the fact I'd have to swap folder names here and there but more because I don't want the same game on my SSD when I have a whole other drive I could put to use.

 

@Cosworth - You can do it in two ways. The way mentioned above or anywhere else on your computer, whether it's on another drive or just in another spot on your computer. You'll have to go into regedit, load up the install path for GTA V and change it in between playing your modded and unmodded copy. Or, simply save two copies of the regedit file for you to import&export between the two. I prefer this way just for the fact that if I was to forget to swap between the two, doesn't matter because my mods will be right there in my face long before I try to swap to Online mode.


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Posted 2 weeks ago Edited by LeeC2202, 2 weeks ago.

I don't actually do mine with the folder swap method I described either but I also don't use registry edits. I wrote a custom launcher and used symbolic links. I have one version on my SSD, 2 versions on one drive and three versions on another. Each has its own settings file that gets copied in when I switch versions.

 

The problem is, it's not that easy to explain how to set up a symlink based system for people just starting out. It is basically a folder rename but you rename one step further back, so you are renaming the Rockstar Games folder instead of the Grand Theft Auto V folder. Inside each of those renamed Rockstar Games folders, is a symbolic link to a Grand Theft Auto V folder anywhere on your system. Each version has its own mods folder but versions can also share scripts folders, again using a further set of symbolic links.

 

The launcher uses folder names and a versions.txt file to know which version is active and then highlights that in the launcher. Whichever folder name is missing compared to the versions file, is the one that is active.

 

This is what it all looks like in practice.

 

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Yes, in fact, you can have as many versions as you like, I have six.

 

The simplest way works just like the Steam version. Install the game, copy the Grand Theft Auto V folder (inside the existing Rockstar Games folder) and rename it to Grand Theft Auto V - Online. When you want to play online, rename the current folder to Grand Theft Auto V - Mods and rename the Grand Theft Auto V - Online folder to just Grand Theft Auto V. Using this method, both folders must exist on the same drive and in the same parent folder. The registry points to a single location, so what you are doing is just changing which folder is acting as the correct location.

 

Most people using that method create two small batch files that handle the renaming for them. Be aware, both versions will share the same saved games and settings unless you also manage two copies of those as well. Just make sure that you have the right version active when you install mods, so that you don't end up modding the online version.

Well it seems pretty easy, but how am I going to prevent from redownloading the changed files? :p


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Yes, in fact, you can have as many versions as you like, I have six.

 

The simplest way works just like the Steam version. Install the game, copy the Grand Theft Auto V folder (inside the existing Rockstar Games folder) and rename it to Grand Theft Auto V - Online. When you want to play online, rename the current folder to Grand Theft Auto V - Mods and rename the Grand Theft Auto V - Online folder to just Grand Theft Auto V. Using this method, both folders must exist on the same drive and in the same parent folder. The registry points to a single location, so what you are doing is just changing which folder is acting as the correct location.

 

Most people using that method create two small batch files that handle the renaming for them. Be aware, both versions will share the same saved games and settings unless you also manage two copies of those as well. Just make sure that you have the right version active when you install mods, so that you don't end up modding the online version.

Well it seems pretty easy, but how am I going to prevent from redownloading the changed files? :p

 

 

The same way as everyone else does it, with a mods folder.


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Yes, in fact, you can have as many versions as you like, I have six.

 

The simplest way works just like the Steam version. Install the game, copy the Grand Theft Auto V folder (inside the existing Rockstar Games folder) and rename it to Grand Theft Auto V - Online. When you want to play online, rename the current folder to Grand Theft Auto V - Mods and rename the Grand Theft Auto V - Online folder to just Grand Theft Auto V. Using this method, both folders must exist on the same drive and in the same parent folder. The registry points to a single location, so what you are doing is just changing which folder is acting as the correct location.

 

Most people using that method create two small batch files that handle the renaming for them. Be aware, both versions will share the same saved games and settings unless you also manage two copies of those as well. Just make sure that you have the right version active when you install mods, so that you don't end up modding the online version.

Well it seems pretty easy, but how am I going to prevent from redownloading the changed files? :p

 

 

The same way as everyone else does it, with a mods folder.

 

Yeah, but i don't want to use the mods folder, that's why I have duplicated the files, isnt it? :p Is there any other ways to bypass that "redownload" thingy?





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