I recently entered the Institute for the first time. I asked Sturges to examine the schematics and help me build the teleporter. Before I left though, Sturges told me to insert a holotape into an Institute terminal. The first thing I did when I entered the Institute was I inserted the holotape into the terminal.

(Main quest line spoilers below)

I then met the Institute director, the main character's son, Shaun. He seemed non-hostile even though I met him after inserting the holotape.

I am trying to ally with the Institute. My question is was inserting the network scanning holotape a mistake? Would this ultimately prevent me from getting the "Institute" ending?

  • Added an edit to contain a major spoiler for the main game. Don't want to ruin anyone's fun! – Kaizerwolf Jul 28 '16 at 12:53

The holotape does not affect the Institute quest line. I don't think it is even brought up at any point by Father.

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    Can confirm, I inserted the holotape for Sturges and also completed the main quest with the Institute, it seems they never found out. Which is weird, considering they're the Institute... – Kaizerwolf Jul 28 '16 at 12:54

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