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russellskanne: PS: If there is interest I will also post my client blackup and start scripts that automates these things.
Sure thing russellskanne: I am interested :)
Thanks in advance!
I know this is an old thread but I appreciate the updates. As a quick question, if I backed up my steam folder without putting into offline mode first, what is the likelihood of this process not working?
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russellskanne: It does work forever. Sure, there is no absolute guarantee that the client doesn't have a builtin expiration date of several years, but it seems very unlikely.
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Excellent. (Thanks for replying. :)

Fact is always welcome when so much misinformation abounds.
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russellskanne: PS: If there is interest I will also post my client blackup and start scripts that automates these things.
See above.

Empirical data is always welcome.
edit: made a mistake, will repost later

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13ison: I know this is an old thread but I appreciate the updates. As a quick question, if I backed up my steam folder without putting into offline mode first, what is the likelihood of this process not working?
This should not work. But you can try it yourself. Just put the mentioned steam.cfg into your Steam folder and start Steam. If it requires you to login online, it obviously doesn't work.
Post edited September 19, 2021 by russellskanne
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russellskanne: snip
Thanks a ton russellskanne :)
So here are the (simplified) batch scripts I'm using. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
(for additional info, see the comments in the scripts)

SteamBackup.cmd:
-uses 7z to zip the client without game data and exports Steam registry keys
-paths to Steam, Backupfolder and 7z must be set correctly in the configuration section

SteamStart.cmd:
-paths to Steam must be set correctly in the configuration section
-place steam.cfg_offline, your own modified loginusers.vdf_offline and loginusers.vdf_online into the folder where the script resides
-make a shortcut to SteamStart.cmd with "offline" and/or "offline" as argument to start steam
accordingly
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russellskanne: edit: made a mistake, will repost later

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13ison: I know this is an old thread but I appreciate the updates. As a quick question, if I backed up my steam folder without putting into offline mode first, what is the likelihood of this process not working?
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russellskanne: This should not work. But you can try it yourself. Just put the mentioned steam.cfg into your Steam folder and start Steam. If it requires you to login online, it obviously doesn't work.
Thanks for the response, I'll probably just create a new backup to be sure. In the interest of futureproofing games libraries as much as possible, do you know if there exists methods to run games offline on other computers for other launchers such as Uplay, Origin and even EGS?
I know a much better solution....

how about not buying on steam at the first place???!!!!!!..
works 100% all day all night
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13ison: Thanks for the response, I'll probably just create a new backup to be sure. In the interest of futureproofing games libraries as much as possible, do you know if there exists methods to run games offline on other computers for other launchers such as Uplay, Origin and even EGS?
I never used any of these beside steam. But according to info on PCGamingWiki their offline modes, if available, are quite limited.
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13ison: I know this is an old thread but I appreciate the updates. As a quick question, if I backed up my steam folder without putting into offline mode first, what is the likelihood of this process not working?
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russellskanne: This should not work. But you can try it yourself. Just put the mentioned steam.cfg into your Steam folder and start Steam. If it requires you to login online, it obviously doesn't work.
I was wrong here. It will work just fine. (I've tested it again). Since I only start automatically into offline mode on my systems I totally forgot that you can actually "login" via credentials as you would login online. Sorry for the misinformation.

Btw. I've made some edits to [url=https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Store:Steam#Offline_Mode]https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Store:Steam#Offline_Mode[/url] that cover the most important info on this matter.
Post edited September 25, 2021 by russellskanne
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russellskanne: This should not work. But you can try it yourself. Just put the mentioned steam.cfg into your Steam folder and start Steam. If it requires you to login online, it obviously doesn't work.
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russellskanne: I was wrong here. It will work just fine. (I've tested it again). Since I only start automatically into offline mode on my systems I totally forgot that you can actually "login" via credentials as you would login online. Sorry for the misinformation.

Btw. I've made some edits to [url=https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Store:Steam#Offline_Mode]https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Store:Steam#Offline_Mode[/url] that cover the most important info on this matter.
Awesome. Thanks for the followup. I'll keep my backup as is for now but next time I do a full dump I'll put it offline just to be sure.