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Hi everyone,

Since I preordered the game and will able to play 5 days earlier, I thought I would download it in advance to be able to play directly when the time comes. I didn't play the beta btw.

So I went to my account on TESO official site, and found a link named "Download game client". I downloaded abount 30 Gb, so I guess this is the game, not the beta right? or is there a difference? I was wondering because I had a message saying that the beta was over when I started downloading.

I have another question : I have 2 pcs, I have downloaded TESO at work, because the internet is 12 times faster here than home. Can I copy the “Zenimax Online” folder from my work pc to my home pc (which is my gaming pc) using an external hard drive and expecting the game to work on my home pc?

Thanks all, sorry if my questions are stupid, but I'm not familiar with these things.
This post was last modified: March 25th 2014 05:37 AM by Lokart
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(March 25th 2014 05:36 AM)Lokart Wrote:  So I went to my account on TESO official site, and found a link named "Download game client". I downloaded abount 30 Gb, so I guess this is the game, not the beta right?

You've downloaded the client properly. We may have to load an update just prior to launch, so be prepared for that also.

(March 25th 2014 05:36 AM)Lokart Wrote:  Can I copy the “Zenimax Online” folder from my work pc to my home pc (which is my gaming pc) using an external hard drive and expecting the game to work on my home pc?

Thanks all, sorry if my questions are stupid, but I'm not familiar with these things.

You'll have to do the install on your home computer as well. I don't recommend trying to do an install on an external hard drive.
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I think this is the best way to do so:
On your home computer, begin the ESO (launcher) install. The "game" is also referred to as the "client" as the rest of the game lies on the server end. Some ppl tend to get "client" and "launcher" mixed up. You have already downloaded the "client" as well, as you have already guessed.

Then, on your home computer, do the same thing, but stop it. Let the launcher download and install, you will see the (new, different) interface window come up (just as you seen at work). I suggest you let that also update if there is an update for it, though you may be doing so anyway when you transfer the files (next) - it's just a small quick download. Then it will begin downloading the "client," it should be obvious as you will see it has GBs to go. At that point, you can click "pause." Close the launcher and transfer your files to your game directory. Open the launcher, it will recognize your game files, and begin a (smaller) download if there is another update on the server. Somewhere in there you have to enter your credentials (acct/passw), I can't remember where/when I did that in Beta. GL.
This post was last modified: March 25th 2014 07:24 AM by HalloweenWeed


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i have copied over many games from an ext hdd to my main computer and they work fine without need for install.

as long as you copy over all the files, like highlight and drag n drop from the ext hdd to the main hdd then you should be fine. find the file that says ESO Launcher, double click on that and the launcher will come up and patch as needed.

i have done this with Diablo 2, Rift, and GW2

all hree of those games ive uninstalled but kept on an ext hdd and when i wanted to play them again, i drag n dropped from the ext hdd to my Program Files (x86) and then patched where necessary from the launcher.


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Thanks for the tips!

I will try Rickter's way, since it's the easiest. If it doesn't work well, I will try HalloweenWeed's. In last resort, I can still bring my home PC to work to download the client there, but it's messy since it's not a laptop.
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(March 25th 2014 11:20 AM)Lokart Wrote:  Thanks for the tips!

I will try Rickter's way, since it's the easiest. If it doesn't work well, I will try HalloweenWeed's. In last resort, I can still bring my home PC to work to download the client there, but it's messy since it's not a laptop.

its quite easy, take the one folder "Zenimax Online Studios" that contains TESO and all of its components and drag it over to your hdd. it will take around 15 minutes but it will install right then and there.


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(March 25th 2014 10:07 AM)Rickter Wrote:  ...as long as you copy over all the files, like highlight and drag n drop from the ext hdd to the main hdd then you should be fine. find the file that says ESO Launcher, double click on that and the launcher will come up and patch as needed.

i have done this with Diablo 2, Rift, and GW2

all hree of those games ive uninstalled but kept on an ext hdd and when i wanted to play them again, i drag n dropped from the ext hdd to my Program Files (x86) and then patched where necessary from the launcher.

This works. Copying the files to an external to save on download time to another computer may be preferable. But the "patch" you mention is when the game actually installs to the registry on the computer you want to play on. Trying to play the game from an install on an external HDD can be problematic when switching computers.

To be clear: copying all of the files needed for an install is different than installing the client on a computer.

I'm just trying to save on some potential frustration in the near future.
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(March 25th 2014 03:07 PM)RanSome Wrote:  
(March 25th 2014 10:07 AM)Rickter Wrote:  ...as long as you copy over all the files, like highlight and drag n drop from the ext hdd to the main hdd then you should be fine. find the file that says ESO Launcher, double click on that and the launcher will come up and patch as needed.

i have done this with Diablo 2, Rift, and GW2

all hree of those games ive uninstalled but kept on an ext hdd and when i wanted to play them again, i drag n dropped from the ext hdd to my Program Files (x86) and then patched where necessary from the launcher.

This works. Copying the files to an external to save on download time to another computer may be preferable. But the "patch" you mention is when the game actually installs to the registry on the computer you want to play on. Trying to play the game from an install on an external HDD can be problematic when switching computers.

To be clear: copying all of the files needed for an install is different than installing the client on a computer.

I'm just trying to save on some potential frustration in the near future.

yeah i wouldnt try and play FROM the ext hdd, i would copy the files over to the main computer hdd and then play from that file.


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(March 25th 2014 03:07 PM)RanSome Wrote:  This works. Copying the files to an external to save on download time to another computer may be preferable. But the "patch" you mention is when the game actually installs to the registry on the computer you want to play on. Trying to play the game from an install on an external HDD can be problematic when switching computers.

To be clear: copying all of the files needed for an install is different than installing the client on a computer.

I'm just trying to save on some potential frustration in the near future.

Thank you Ran'Some. What he said.
This post was last modified: March 25th 2014 03:49 PM by HalloweenWeed


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(March 25th 2014 03:26 PM)Rickter Wrote:  yeah i wouldnt try and play FROM the ext hdd, i would copy the files over to the main computer hdd and then play from that file.

I would recommend running your OS and ESO off a SSD


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(March 25th 2014 03:48 PM)Avidus Wrote:  
(March 25th 2014 03:26 PM)Rickter Wrote:  yeah i wouldnt try and play FROM the ext hdd, i would copy the files over to the main computer hdd and then play from that file.

I would recommend running your OS and ESO off a SSD

i was under the impression that for gaming, SSD or 7200rpm HDD differences were negligible.


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(March 25th 2014 07:33 PM)Rickter Wrote:  
(March 25th 2014 03:48 PM)Avidus Wrote:  
(March 25th 2014 03:26 PM)Rickter Wrote:  yeah i wouldnt try and play FROM the ext hdd, i would copy the files over to the main computer hdd and then play from that file.

I would recommend running your OS and ESO off a SSD

i was under the impression that for gaming, SSD or 7200rpm HDD differences were negligible.

Perhaps.

The reason I personally have mine set up that way (ESO/OS on SSD) is because I strictly use my HDD for storage. ALl my videos, music and photos go on there as to not cause any interference whatsoever with my os or ESO, not that it would be that much anyway. I'm just OCD like that.


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(March 25th 2014 07:39 PM)Zim Wrote:  Perhaps.

The reason I personally have mine set up that way (ESO/OS on SSD) is because I strictly use my HDD for storage. ALl my videos, music and photos go on there as to not cause any interference whatsoever with my os or ESO, not that it would be that much anyway. I'm just OCD like that.

you guys are probably absolutely right. I mean i think about it and having the OS on the SSD will allow boot up times to be instant almost, and having the game launch quicker is a bonus too.

I probably dont have as many music or video files as you because im sustaining myself with a 500GB HDD XD!!


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(March 25th 2014 07:33 PM)Rickter Wrote:  i was under the impression that for gaming, SSD or 7200rpm HDD differences were negligible.

In framerate, yes, correct. But when loading cells the game can stutter as the read is done off the disk, and loaded into memory. This sometimes occurs as well when a new texture/mesh is loaded such as when you near a monster, or NPC; or on a spawn - but since it is much smaller these are harder to detect (much shorter stutter). SSDs cut the load time to nearly undetectable when loading cells - usually. In Skyrim, I could detect this stutter, as it is on my mech HDD. In some old games, with my older computer, I could tell most times I was about to face enemy's bc of the stutter as they spawned behind a wall.

I now have ESO on my OS SSD, not bc I wanted to, but because that's where the game installed itself. I actually have an old copy of the game on my HDD, as that is where I first installed it. I don't know when it "jumped" onto my SSD, perhaps the first update after the initial install. Kind of annoying actually (I like to control where my games go), but produces a butter-smooth gameplay. FYI.


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Yeah, I was about to say, SSD is far superior in load times, which as a result you will notice this as you play.
Unless for some strange reason you have an epic RAID set up, but it wouldn't go any faster.

In terms of game performance once its loaded you wont notice any real difference.

So pretty much, buy a small SSD for your OS and ESO, its more expensive but its more practical.
And with the significantly quieter operation it allows you to play without interrupting your partner while they sleep. (This is what I base maximum performance on.)


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