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! Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 12:53

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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... Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 12:54

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