Download Origin Games Without Origin

In preparation of the upcoming Battlefield 3 Open Beta, today I attempted to set up Origin to install to the proper directories.

My base Origin is installed at:

If your EA games won’t download, install, or load using Origin, use these steps including safe mode downloading and Repair Game to troubleshoot. Sometimes downloads and installations get stopped or stuck, or your installed games won’t load. Now the difference is, all of the other three clients work fine, I can play my games without a problem. But guess what, Origin wants me to confirm my account by logging in, in order to play my games. In Offline Mode!

'E:GamesOrigin'.

For some reason though, Origin wants to install all of my games to:

'C:Program Files (x86)Origin Games'.

So I attempted to change this to:

'E:GamesOriginGames', or even just 'E:Games',

however I keep getting the error message: 'The game installation directory is invalid. Please select a different directory.' This always comes up unless I pick a directory that is in 'C:Program Files (x86)' somewhere.

As you can see below: Red is the error message I get every time I try to change the directory, Green is the default location which can only be changed to VERY similar locations, and Blue is showing the fact that I can change the location of the installers just fine.

Is there any way (even using other programs, like a registry editor) to change the directory that Origin will install my games to?

user9983
Mr SmoothMr Smooth

3 Answers

Edit, October 2013: This solution is now outdated; though, with the new filename still valid. Changing the directory from within the client's settings should work without a problem. See https://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/129935/23 for a detailed walkthrough.

Locate the 'Origin' sub-folder in your Application Data - or simply use StartRun'%AppData%Origin'.

There's a local.xml file, open it with a text editor and change the path in the line that begins with

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jellojello

The accepted answer is now totally incorrect as of late 2013. That XML file doesn't even exist any more.

The good news is that the Origin app does (finally?) support properly remapping the download and install folders, as seen in the Origin Application Settings Advanced menu.

Here I changed mine to d:Origin so it would be on my larger storage drive, not my small boot SSD:

I cleared out all my old Origin games and started downloading Dead Space 3, which I got through some Humble Bundle recently, and I see that the files are indeed going to the d:Origin folder I manually specified in the Origin settings.

In this case it's downloading directly to the game folder, not the 'game installers' path but it is respecting my choice of folder and not forcing it to the c: drive.

Jeff AtwoodJeff Atwood

It's a little bit of a workaround, not a fix, but you could trick Origin in to thinking you've not changed anything, while putting the data wherever you want by making using of a directory junction point.

Please note that I don't have Origin and haven't tested this with Origin, but it's a trick I use all the time - Windows User Profile, Steam, Music, and so on..

Also note that my instructions here require Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You can do this on Win XP, but I cannot remember what the command is..

Download Origin Games Without Origin
  1. Close Origin and all games.

  2. Copy the current folder to the desired location. You must ensure there is no longer a folder with the old name on the system as we're going to place something of that name in a moment.
    For sake of safety I recommend you copy the data to the final location (not move) and then simply rename the old location, deleting it only after you know everything is working.

  3. Run a copy of the command prompt as an administrator: find command prompt on the start menu, right-click, and choose 'run as administrator'

  4. Run the following command (with the relevant old and new locations, in that order):
    mklink /D 'C:Program Files (x86)Origin Games' 'D:GamesOriginGames'

This will create a directory junction point (essentially a symbolic link) in the old location that will silently redirect all requests to use that location (and any sub-locations) to the new location you have specified, it does this without the knowledge of most programs - so they will continue to work unaffected.

I personally used this months ago to move all 100GB or so of installed Steam games to a completely different hard drive, it has worked perfectly since then because Steam still thinks it is installed in the same place as it was before.

DMA57361DMA57361

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In preparation of the upcoming Battlefield 3 Open Beta, today I attempted to set up Origin to install to the proper directories.

My base Origin is installed at:

'E:GamesOrigin'.

For some reason though, Origin wants to install all of my games to:

'C:Program Files (x86)Origin Games'.

So I attempted to change this to:

'E:GamesOriginGames', or even just 'E:Games',

however I keep getting the error message: 'The game installation directory is invalid. Please select a different directory.' This always comes up unless I pick a directory that is in 'C:Program Files (x86)' somewhere.

As you can see below: Red is the error message I get every time I try to change the directory, Green is the default location which can only be changed to VERY similar locations, and Blue is showing the fact that I can change the location of the installers just fine.

Is there any way (even using other programs, like a registry editor) to change the directory that Origin will install my games to?

user9983

Play Mass Effect Without Origin

Mr SmoothMr Smooth

3 Answers

Edit, October 2013: This solution is now outdated; though, with the new filename still valid. Changing the directory from within the client's settings should work without a problem. See https://gaming.stackexchange.com/a/129935/23 for a detailed walkthrough.

Locate the 'Origin' sub-folder in your Application Data - or simply use StartRun'%AppData%Origin'.

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There's a local.xml file, open it with a text editor and change the path in the line that begins with

Download Origin Games Without Original

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jellojello

The accepted answer is now totally incorrect as of late 2013. That XML file doesn't even exist any more.

The good news is that the Origin app does (finally?) support properly remapping the download and install folders, as seen in the Origin Application Settings Advanced menu.

Here I changed mine to d:Origin so it would be on my larger storage drive, not my small boot SSD:

Download Origin Games Without Origin

I cleared out all my old Origin games and started downloading Dead Space 3, which I got through some Humble Bundle recently, and I see that the files are indeed going to the d:Origin folder I manually specified in the Origin settings.

In this case it's downloading directly to the game folder, not the 'game installers' path but it is respecting my choice of folder and not forcing it to the c: drive.

Jeff AtwoodJeff Atwood

It's a little bit of a workaround, not a fix, but you could trick Origin in to thinking you've not changed anything, while putting the data wherever you want by making using of a directory junction point.

Please note that I don't have Origin and haven't tested this with Origin, but it's a trick I use all the time - Windows User Profile, Steam, Music, and so on..

Install Origin

Also note that my instructions here require Windows 7 or Windows Vista. You can do this on Win XP, but I cannot remember what the command is..

  1. Close Origin and all games.

  2. Copy the current folder to the desired location. You must ensure there is no longer a folder with the old name on the system as we're going to place something of that name in a moment.
    For sake of safety I recommend you copy the data to the final location (not move) and then simply rename the old location, deleting it only after you know everything is working.

  3. Run a copy of the command prompt as an administrator: find command prompt on the start menu, right-click, and choose 'run as administrator'

  4. Run the following command (with the relevant old and new locations, in that order):
    mklink /D 'C:Program Files (x86)Origin Games' 'D:GamesOriginGames'

This will create a directory junction point (essentially a symbolic link) in the old location that will silently redirect all requests to use that location (and any sub-locations) to the new location you have specified, it does this without the knowledge of most programs - so they will continue to work unaffected.

I personally used this months ago to move all 100GB or so of installed Steam games to a completely different hard drive, it has worked perfectly since then because Steam still thinks it is installed in the same place as it was before.

DMA57361DMA57361

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