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change Epic games install location

This post focuses on Epic game install location, mainly discussing where it is and how to change. If you are interested in this topic, please scroll down to start reading. By the way, if you want to upgrade to a large hard drive for installing more games, you can try MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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Where Does Epic Games Install Games?

Generally, the install location of Epic games is C:\Program Files\Epic Games. However, Epic shows a pane for users to change the installing location when they are the first time installing a game. So, the install location is various.

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Change Epic Games Install Location

As previously stated, the default install location of Epic games is C drive. If you have not customized the install location, you may face a big headache that is C is running out of space. In this case, moving the Epic games to another drive could be helpful. But how to move Epic games to another drive? There are three tricks. Pick one you prefer.

Way 1: Change Epic Game Install Location Using Epic Games Launcher

You can utilize Epic Game Launcher to move Epic games to another location. The detailed steps are:

Step 1: Copy the game folder under the Epic game install location on your computer and then paste it to the folder of another drive like D:\Epic Games.

Step 2: Rename the folder in the new location to “*-temp” (* refers to the game name).

rename the game folder in the new location

Step 3: Go to Epic Games Launcher to uninstall the game in the original location.

  1. Switch to the Library tab on the interface of Epic Games Launcher.
  2. Locate the game and then click the Settings gear on the game thumbnail.
  3. Click the Uninstall option.

uninstall the game

Step 4: Install the game again. Here you do not need to finish the whole downloading.

  1. Switch to the Library tab.
  2. Locate the game and then click the INSTALL button associated with the game.

Step 5: Click the Browse button and choose the new location (the same as the location mentioned in Step 1) to save the game when you are asked to choose the install location.

Step 6: When the installing process goes on 1% or more, please cancel the process and then close Epic Games Launcher.

Step 7: Delete the game folder in the original location. Next, go to the new location and rename the “*-temp” to “*” (* refers to the game name).

Step 8: Open Epic Games Launcher again and resume the installation process.

Step 9: Once the files are verified and the installation process ends, you should be able to launch the game.

Way 2: Change Epic Game Install Location by Modifying Manifest Files

Epic Games Launcher stores important game information including installation location in manifest files and the typical paths are:

  • C:\ProgramData\Epic\EpicGamesLauncher\Data\Manifests
  • C:\ProgramData\Epic\UnrealEngineLauncher

So, you can try modifying the values in the two files to change the Epic games install location.

Here is the guide.

Step 1: Move the game folder from the original location to another drive.

Step 2: Find the .item file for the game you want to move by going forward the path C:\ProgramData\Epic\EpicGamesLauncher\Data\Manifests. Once you find the file, open it with Notepad or other file editors.

Step 3: Modify the values related to ManifestLocation, InstallLocation, and StangingLocation to point to the folder in the new drive. Next, save the file.

Step 4: Edit C:\ProgramData\Epic\UnrealEngineLauncher\LauncherInstalled.dat. You should change the InstallLocation value to point to the game folder in another drive. After editing, do not forget to save the file.

Now, the game should be moved to another drive successfully. You can launch Epic Games Launcher to play this game.

Way 3: Change Epic Games Install Location via Command Prompt

You can create a symbolic link using Command Prompt to move Epic games from one drive to another.

Step 1: Close Epic Games Launcher and games that are running.

Step 2: Move the game folder to another folder.

Step 3: Run Command Prompt as administrator.

  1. Type Command Prompt inside the Windows search bar.
  2. Right-click the search result and then choose Run as administrator.

Step 4: Type the command mklink /D “#” “*” in Command Prompt and hit the Enter key.

Note: # refers to the original location like C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite, while * refers to the new location like D:\Epic Games\Fortnite.

run the command in Command Prompt

Command Prompt will create a symbolic link to the new location. Once successful, it will show a message like: symbolic link created for C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Fortnite <<===>> D:\Epic Games\Fortnite. Then, you can open Epic Games Launcher to play the game.

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