Re-installing GTA V without download

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.

  1. Start install into same folder as existing GTA V.
  2. Cancel when it is downloading
  3. Start install again
  4. Choose repair option
  5. 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.