I am a Windows Insider and recently had to revert back to Windows 8.1 due to some issue with a recent build. I don’t really mind as I know I am testing and am prepared to quickly switch Windows version without much more work than reinstalling the applications I use.
I achieve this by keeping most of my data on services like OneDrive and Visual Studio Online for my sources. I am also using multiple disks where my system disk is primary for OS, applications and cloud stored data. My secondary disk is where I keep files that I could be without but that is easier too keep, such as game installs. With GTA V being around a 60GB install I would prefer not to download it again even though I have plenty of bandwidth, but why use something when I don’t have to?
I was not sure how to be able to avoid having to download the GTA V files so I made a wild guess and started the install in the same folder as I had installed it previous. It seemed to start to do a full download, which would take a while, but it is also possible the installer is smart enough to see the already existing files, well, if not here is what I did that worked out fine.
- Start install into same folder as existing GTA V.
- Cancel when it is downloading
- Start install again
- Choose repair option
- Tada! All done in a few minutes.
It seems the repair option skips downloading if it finds all files to be correct.
I noticed I restarted my progress on story mode, but my online character was as I left it. Pissed and high in the strip club.