I want to transfer the steam app from my pc to HD, then to another pc. is it possible since my profile is saved to it?

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    Is there a reason that you can't just install the fresh program on the second computer? As far as I know, steam needs to log in at least once to create a local profile. Jan 17, 2015 at 20:03
  • dont have internet at the moment Jan 17, 2015 at 20:04
  • And are you physically moving the hard drive to use as a boot drive for pc #2? Jan 17, 2015 at 20:07
  • its an external hard drive Jan 17, 2015 at 20:12
  • It shouldn't work then. The only way it might work is if you manually put in each required registry entry on the second machine. Jan 17, 2015 at 20:19

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Here's the problem: when you're installing any program, it automatically has to make several changes to your registry. This is the same with Steam. Among these are an InstallPath, a Language, a SteamPID and others. The InstallPath and Language could in theory be entered manually. However, the SteamPID is a unique key that's different from computer to computer. I have 3 machines with Steam installed on them, and all 3 of them has a different SPID. I even think that, were I to reinstall Steam on one of them (which I'm currently doing), I'd get a different PID.

In addition, when you start Steam on a new machine for the first time, you need to connect to the Steam servers to log in. You literally CANNOT log in or start a game on your computer without first authenticating with the live servers.

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