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How do I move Steam games to a new computer without re-downloading them?

I have just bought a new computer and I have everything migrated over except for my Steam games. I looked in Program Files/Steam/ and I found a folder full of the games I have downloaded, but I do ...
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Not receiving messages on Steam?

When you message someone on Steam, there usually is a tag at the bottom of the window when the last message was received. What does it mean if that doesn't show up? I've messaged a friend who is ...
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EVE Online starter pack on Steam: can I start later?

I don't really have time to play EVE right now, but in a few weeks I presume I will. If I purchase a EUR5 starter pack currently on Steam sale, will the 30 days of game time start ticking down only ...
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Limitations of running a dedicated server from a virtual machine in Steam?

What are the limitations one will come across when running a dedicated server from with a virtual machine on Steam?
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How can I run a dedicated server without Steam?

Steam won't let me have two instances running with the same user logged in. Does that mean I cannot run a dedicated server on a PC (for example, for Left 4 Dead 2) and play from another machine? Is ...
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Is there an option/plugin that shows a player's Steam ID upon exit?

I was wondering if there was a configuration option, or plugin that showed a player's Steam ID upon exit. I'm having issues with a particular player who disrupts the server, then immediately leaves ...
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Day of Defeat Server runs but nobody can join

Preface: I was not sure if I should ask here or on serverfault but I think it is more a game issue than a server issue itself... I have a small dedicated server rented which runs Counterstrike ...
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How can I use an Xbox 360 controller to play Steam games?

I bought BioShock 2 on Steam in the sale a couple of weeks ago, but I'm better at playing FPSs with an Xbox 360 controller than with mouse and keyboard. Is there any way for me to use an Xbox 360 ...
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What happens if you enter a Steam powered serial key by accident of a game you already owned? [duplicate]

When you have a vast collection you might get confused. What happens if you try to activate a Steam powered game with a serial of a game you already owned? Does the key get lost? How can you tell if ...
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How can I check if Steam is up?

I opened Steam, attempting to login... and it just sits there for minutes then finally gives me "Could not connect to Steam network". I know I have full internet connectivity. It really seems like ...
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Steam Installer repair tool

I've recently been getting a lot of error messages when trying to install Steam for the first time on my new gaming computer. I've tried many things to solve these error messages, but none seem to ...
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Does MW3 let more than one person play over LAN with one copy of the disc?

I want to play over LAN with my family and friends without needing to buy more than one copy of the disc to play. This will be for the PC version as it will be on various PC's in the same house. ...
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Can I use Fallout 3 savegames in Fallout 3 GOTY?

I have played the boxed version of Fallout 3 without expansions at the beginning of 2009. Now I have bought the GOTY on Steam and I would like to known if it is possible import my old savegames.
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Studying abroad; Steam saves lost

I'm studying abroad for this semester, and I've noticed that all my Steam save games are gone. I don't use Steam very much, only for a small set of games like Torchlight, so I'm not well-versed on how ...
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Will Steam remember my saves if I uninstall Deus Ex: HR?

I couldn't run DX:HR with the graphics up all the way so I took them down a notch until I got a new computer. Do I have to move my save files to my new computer to keep my character? Or do they ...
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Can two people play the same game on the same account? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to play two different Steam games on the same account at the same time? I bought the Call of Duty game, but I was wondering if someone else could log into ...
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Steam version of Fallout / Fallout 2 in a window

I've been looking to run Fallout / Fallout 2 in windowed mode; I have the steam version. Has anyone had any experience getting this to work? I'm running Windows 7 64bit.
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How can I change the location Steam saves games on?

I want to change the location steam saves my games too. How can I do that?
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How can I move my Steam saves from One hard drive to another?

I'm planning to upgrade my computer's hard drive and I'm not using an imaging program because I'm clean installing - How can I move my Steam game files and game saves from the old harddrive to the new ...
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Can you idle in more than one game at the same time?

I want to get trading cards for lots of games. I know I can idle in a game and earn my drops in it, but can I idle in multiple games at the same time and accrue drops for all of them?
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What are the chances of crafting a Rare or Uncommon background?

I've noticed that in the Steam Market, there's a variety of Steam Trading Card Wallpapers on sale, but some wallpapers have the prefix Uncommon, or even Rare. What's the "craft" rate of getting ...
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Will buying items from the Mann Co. Online Store give me Trading Cards?

The Steam Trading Cards Beta currently states: What about free to play games like Team Fortress 2 or Dota 2? Free to play games drop game cards based on your in-game purchasing. For every ...
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At which levels do you unlock new showcase slots?

When you collect trading cards and craft them into badges, you also increase your level. Each level yields some rewards, like increased friends list size. So at which levels do you unlock additional ...
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Why can't I drop trading cards while playing TF2? [duplicate]

On a friend's Steam account, while he didn't drop a single TF2 trading card so far, the badge page says "No card drops remaining" for Team Fortress 2. And indeed, we've been playing a few hours this ...
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Can you see if a game has trading card support on its 'Library Page'?

Right now on the Featured Items page of the store if a game has Card support it has a sash over the top left corner that says 'Cards'. On your profile, the badges section is a list of all your games ...
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Can I get Steam Trading Cards from game demos?

When you play games on Steam you can get Trading Cards in the games that have this option. Can we obtain the same trading cards from just playing the game demos of games that would have trading ...
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Is there a limit of steam cards per day

So I have a question about how steam cards work, specifically if there is a limit outside of the random factor to the card drops. So I know you can only get half of the cards total by just playing ...
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Is it (currently) possible to share games between users on different computers?

In Steam -> Settings -> Account I now have button Manage family sharing & devices. However it seem that there only thing I can do is authorize sharing on same device. Description says ...
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Does uninstalling Steam also uninstall games installed through steam?

If anyone caught me in chat, I'm currently having problems with Steam, which is keeping me not only from playing Portal 2, but also from accessing any of the other 28 steam game shortcuts on my ...
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Why won't The Stanley Parable launch from Steam?

So I decided to download The Stanley Parable after seeing it mentioned in an old review video I was watching. I downloaded the zip, extracted it to the steam/steamapps/sourcemods folder, restarted ...
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How do I enable Steam at system start? [duplicate]

A little bit ago, I was stupid and deleted my Windows (7) registry key for auto starting Steam on login. I foolishly had deleted it, not disabled. Now I'd like it to auto start on login, but I have no ...
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Can you purchase Civilization V via retail and add to your Steam account? (Semi Duplicate)

I'm looking at purchasing Civilization V sometime either today or tomorrow but was wondering if it can be added to my Steam account if store bought. I have really slow internet so would rather use a ...
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Can multiple computers install to the same shared SteamApps folder?

I want to put my SteamApps folder on a network share so that multiple computers can use it, without wasting hundreds of gigabytes in duplicated software installations between them. Can this be done? ...
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Can I see who gifted me a game after I accepted the gift?

I would like to send a thank you gift to the several people who were kind enough to gift me Steam games throughout the last year. Is it possible to see who gifted you a particular game? If so, how?
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Is the ability to change armor color only available to preorders in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

Can armor color only be changed if you have a preordered version of XCOM? On the customization screen I can change hair, face, name, etc, but I can't change the color of the armor. UPDATE: Seems ...
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Do you need to download some Steamworks-protected games even if you bought a disc?

I want to start using Steam. I have heard that if you buy a physical copy of a game that uses Steam, you still have to download the game, and that can take a long time. Is that true?
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How can I start trading as a free to play TF2 player?

I'm a free to play Team Fortress 2 player and was wondering how can I start trading? I want to to trade some of the items for games (max $15) at some point and hopefully without spending a dime. I ...
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Error -310 when I try to access the Steam market

Whenever I try to access the Steam community market, it just shows "Error -310 (unknown)". Googling got me nowhere. Has anyone heard of this error/know how to fix it?
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Can I check what version is Steam gift?

I've purchased CD-Key for Call of Duty: Ghosts as a Steam gift from a 3rd party site. Can I somehow confirm that it's region free version instead of RU? If it's RU I shouldn't be able to redeem it as ...
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How to trade for an unusual hat in TF2 [duplicate]

I have some spare keys that I want to trade for an unusual hat. What are the prices of all the unusual hats? And is there an unusual within the price range of 5-10 keys?
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Removing Skyrim's HD texture pack before finishing the entire download

I saw the HD texture pack for Skyrim on Steam, so I went ahead and clicked install. One thing I forgot to check is the download size, which is important since my connection speeds are throttled if I ...
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Is there a way to view controller support from my Library?

Some Steam games offer full controller support, some offer only partial support, and some do not offer any support. What I want is a quick way to tell which of the games in my Library have some form ...
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Adding Minecraft to Steam with 64bit JRE

I am running a 64bit version of Windows 7 with a 64bit version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and have been wondering for a while why Steam only says that I am running Minecraft at the login ...
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How do I get rid of the “log in to social club” window?

Whenever I launch GTA-IV (via Steam), I'm prompted to "log in to Social Club". I'm not interested in multiplayer or video uploading features, at least at the moment; how can I stop this window from ...
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Shortcuts to launch game with different launch options in Steam

I am trying to create shortcuts for Arma 3 so I can quickly launch the game with and without mods, so I need to create at least 2 shortcuts, one for vanilla and one for mods. But when I created the ...
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What's the difference between “Full controller support” and “Partial controller support?”

Within Steam's "Big Picture Mode," games are shown with a half- or full-controller to signify partial- or full-controller support, respectively. However, many of the games listed as "partial ...
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Steam backup restoration stops after disk 1

As the title states it, the restoration process (The Witcher) stops at disk 1 and doesn't ask for disk 2 or 3. Only 4.7 GB is restored and I have to download the rest (~6 GB). How can I make it work ...
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How to get rid of Steam items, especially coupons? [duplicate]

My Steam inventory starts getting cluttered with coupons that will remain valid for way too long time and I'm absolutely not interested in using them or finding someone else to give them to. How can I ...
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How to play steam workshop content in trackmania 2 canyon?

I subscribed to three canyon maps. Then restarted the game. It updated the subscribed content. But I don't see the subscribed map anywhere! Where to find those maps so I can play them?
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What controllers are supported through Big Picture Mode?

For Big Picture Mode, they always advertise on the game's Steam page that it supports full-controller or partial-controller. Next to that they show a picture of the Logitech F710. I know that they do ...