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    Thanks for posting this solution. I agree with all of the others, it's so crazy and stupid that the launcher doesn't auto-verify existing game data and that you have to trick the launcher to accomplish this. If I hadn't found a great deal on a game through this platform, I would never use this launcher. Epic Games WTF??


      search epic installer then click on it and choose repair,if it says the launcher is currently running just go to the launcher's settings and untick RUN WHEN MY COMPUTER STARTS, then restart the pc and repair it and you are good,i have tried and it works


        Originally posted by RuzzTNailZ View Post
        I recently updated my OS to Windows 10 as a clean install. In the new OS, I installed Epic Games Launcher to it's default directory on drive C, same location as it existed on Windows 7.

        When I logged in, my Library had all of the games greyed out as though they were not installed. But my previously installed games did still exist on drive D. This probably has to do with the new launcher install not having the manifest data that the old Windows 7 install had created over time.

        If you try to install (re-install) a game you know has already been installed, the EG Launcher will not let you install (or re-install) to a directory that already exists. It says "Directory must be empty.", when you try to install to the original game directory.

        1. Go to your Epic Games directory with Windows Explorer. It's usually C:\Program Files\Epic Games, unless you originally installed to a different location. Mine was on drive D.
        2. Find the game folder you want to reinstall (get working) and rename it. I just put an underscore in front of the original name. ex. _ShadowComplexRemastered
        3. Start the install from the launcher. It will ask you to "Choose install location". Select the base Epic Games folder where your game files are already installed. ex. C:\Program Files\Epic Games. It will then show that path and add the game folder to the end. ex. C:\Program Files\Epic Games\ShadowComplexRemastered. Click Install.
        4. Let the Launcher download a couple MB's and "Cancel" the install, but leave open the launcher. Now you have a nearly empty brand new game folder in your Epic Games folder.
        5. Go back to Windows Explorer and rename the brand new folder to anything else. Then, go to the original folder you renamed and name it back to it's original name. You can delete the newer empty folder.
        6. Go to Launcher and click "Resume". The launcher will immediately Verify all files and you'll be ready to play.

        Epic Games devs, it would be super helpful for users to have a "Games Install Location" on the launcher Settings page, so the launcher can automatically recognize files in a pre-existing directory and immediately verify them.

        - this is the solution GOOD JOB ( and Again don't pause the download, just cancel it)


          thanks IT WORKED


            hello, i do really2 need help with my problem, does any 1 know how to retrieve deleted files? my wife deleted all my games and now im trying to re instll epic launcher but it says theres an open windo i did check but all closed. Any suggestion? Please helpand assist me thanks.


              epic i want to download fortnite o mac but i need free space pls just let me download it i love your game fortnite


                Originally posted by FlightCrewFlyer View Post

                Thank you!!!!! This verification method works EXACTLY as he said with all the little caveats done in order (not pausing, but canceling, then resuming after renaming and deleting). Thank you!!!!

                Epic Games really needs to do a UbiSoft/Uplay, Origin, or Steam style easy way of game verification so that hard drive, OS, or any other upgrades do not mandate a re-download of games for those who are not successful with this method. The other portals have done it, so it should not be a big deal for Epic Games to have it done; would make their platform more profitable. I had to deal with these archaic ways of re-downloading until some benevolent sharp users posted solutions herein for the rest of us poor souls.

                Running Windows 7 on AsRock Ryzen 7 system (yes, late-gen AMD chipset motherboards actually work with Windows 7 if you swap pre-installed Windows 7 hard drive over to new AMD system, and use PCIe USB riser cards to get around lack of USB support with anything but a late-gen MSI Board [MSI still supports Windows 7 for their AMD chipsets]).
                thanks a lot mate.


                  to RuzzTNailZ
                  To Epic. seriously, why not add a function in your program that lets you verify files?


                    Originally posted by recLinqS View Post
                    You don't need to reinstall Epic Games Launcher
                    It worked for me this Instructions for Recognising already installed game in Epic Games Launcher:

                    - Rename the game file to another thing such as "_GameFolder"
                    - Open epic games launcher and start to download your game, when its 1~ mb cancel it
                    - Close epic games launcher(not from taskbar)
                    - Press win + r and type "temp" , then delete all files
                    do it again by typing "%temp%" "prefetch" and "recent" , too
                    - Now rename "_GameFolder" to without "_" , like this "GameFolder" (You must rename folder with same name made by Epic Games)
                    - Open epic games launcher from taskbar (it is already running in background)
                    - Click continue to download

                    Now it is going to verify game automatically.
                    Big, big thanks Had to reset Windows, somehow it didn't delete Shenmue III, but then Epic wouldn't recognise it until I followed these steps.


                      Someone should delete this thread because the launcher is fine and always has been.

                      - After 6 years of owning GTAV and not being able to login and play it, i transferred the files to EPIC games folder, started the 95GB download and whatdya know! - it only updated the files that were needed. Thus verified say 80GB+ ?

                      Nice one EPIC
                      Internet BlackOut in <2 weeks,last chance to request 4 years of Unreal Development(something from every Unreal Engine 50+ maps, chars, weapons, mods, mutators and more).


                        Recommendation by by RuzzTNailZ didnt work fortnight downloading agian ????????????????????????????????