Rockstar Details New Fix for ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ on PC

By | 2 years ago 

Imagine holding off on playing a game on the Xbox One or PS4 in favor of playing it on the PC. Weeks go by, those weeks turn into months, and as the release date for the PC version of this game nears…it gets delayed. Okay, no big deal. This just means the game will release later than expected, and probably in a better, more functional, state. But, when the game does finally come out, you can’t play it, or even worse, you can’t even install it.

The PC is the best place to play games, no doubt about that, but two big recent releases – Mortal Kombat X and Grand Theft Auto 5 – have both come out with launch problems on the platform. And both, for one reason or another, dealt with installing the game. For Grand Theft Auto 5, specifically, users were running into issues as a result of their Windows usernames containing certain characters. What a weird thing to cause so much trouble, but the problem must’ve been so widespread (as a result of great Steam sales) that Rockstar saw it as a necessary thing to address.

Earlier this week, the developer offered a temporary workaround that involved creating a new user account with admin privileges. Eager players were encouraged to use this method instead of waiting for an official fix, because after waiting so long, maybe some people simply didn’t want to wait anymore.

Grand Theft Auto V on PC - Michael on the Phone

As of today, however, the game’s issue has been fixed, and players that used the above method can now choose to play the game via their new account, or follow Rockstar’s new steps and play on their original accounts. Returning the game to the original Windows account won’t take too much time, and should definitely be considered by those that like to keep all their files in the same place.

“This issue has now been resolved. If you created a new Windows account to play before the fix, you will be able to continue playing GTAV on your original Windows account by following the steps below.”

  • Log in to the new account you created, and copy your game data to a folder that can be accessed from both user accounts:
    • Go to the “My Documents\Rockstar Games” and copy the “GTA V” folder
    • Go to your root directory (e.g. C:\) and paste the folder there.
  • Log out of the temporary account, and log back in to your original Windows account.
  • Copy your game data into your original account:
    • Go to your root directory (e.g. C:\) and copy the “GTA V” folder you pasted earlier.
    • Go to the “My Documents” folder
      • If you already have a “Rockstar Games” folder:
        Click into the “Rockstar Games” folder and paste the “GTA V” folder there.
      • If you do not have a “Rockstar Games” folder:
        Create a new folder in this directory called “Rockstar Games” (without the quotes).
        Paste the “GTA V” folder in this new directory.

People attempting to run the game on a native Korean, Chinese, or Japanese version of Windows will have to follow a completely different series to steps, in which a new files needs to be downloaded and run. Fortunately, after that point, no other problems should arise.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now for the PC, and it comes with several new features for new and returning players to mess around with, like a video editor and the inevitable mods.

Source: Rockstar Support