# Why do I have to re-install my Civilization V?

I had Civilization V on C:/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps and I copied and pasted it from my laptop on to a new PC I bought. However when I installed Steam, it didn't register that Civilization was installed.

I tried verifying the integrity of the game cache but it was greyed out.

I could just install the game again, but I am tight on my monthly usage and a few friends that came over for a week almost completely used up my internet for the month.

How do I make Steam recognize the Civilization V files in the SteamApps directory, without me having to install the game over again?

Additionaly, you can try Steam instructions for transfering games between computers: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

Also, I think this question may be relevant: How do I copy Steam game files from another PC while the game's still downloading?

Hope it helps.

Move the appmanifest_8930.acf from the SteamApps folder into the other SteamApps folder. Then restart Steam.

I have solved my problem, with a relatively simple solution.

I basically backed up my game by clicking Steam and then clicking the Backup option (Backup and Restore, or something along those lines). Then I moved that backup to my PC and converted that backup back into the game (The backed-up game will be in a weird format; you can choose between CD and DVD format).

Saved games can also be transferred, but must be done manually, by first locating them from the directory [My Documents]\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\Saves (on Windows version) and transferring them to the respective directory of the new PC computer. The default location of My Documents is C:\Users\[your user name]\Documents on Windows Vista and later.

• You can always find your saved games from the directory C:\Users\[your user name]\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization 5\Saves. Just copy them from there to the new computer's respective directory (which should be created even if there are no save games yet, IIRC). – synchronos Jan 3 '15 at 22:57
• Oh really? That sounds simple enough, I should try that! – Admin Voter Jan 3 '15 at 23:48
• I now edited your answer so that it can be found directly from there – synchronos Jan 6 '15 at 12:57
• That makes things better for people who need this in the future! Thanks! – Admin Voter Jan 6 '15 at 15:05