I just bought BF3 for my PC. I just upgraded it to a gaming PC, using win7. Trying to install the game I keep getting this message and can't go any further:

"The game installation directory is invalid. Please select a different directory."

I Read your answer. Opened the file that's shown:

<Setting key="DownloadInPlaceDir" type="10" value="C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games"/> 

Not sure what to change it to though.

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    I read your answer - what answer? Could you link us to the page you're talking about? Feb 23, 2012 at 3:42
  • Also, the installer (and the launcher) are pretty ridiculously terribly buggy. If you can't find help here, you should contact EA's support - my brother has gotten the same message when installing BF3 on his more-than-capable computer, and (though he managed to fix this particular problem) he still hasn't been able to play AT ALL yet since he bought the game three months ago, despite contacting EA literally dozens of times and being bumped up to their highest tier of support. Feb 23, 2012 at 3:45
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    Where is it trying to install to?
    – Adam Lear
    Feb 23, 2012 at 5:24
  • Check the path to where you are installing it to. Then edit your question with that answer and the space left on your hard drive please.
    – Zero
    Feb 23, 2012 at 6:43

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I'd say, download Origin, install it, and then register your game key (found in the retail box) on Origin. It will download the most recent BF3 version.

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