How to install a game downloaded via torrent

How to install a game downloaded via torrent
How to install a game downloaded via torrent

One of the most popular ways to share files online is "torrent" files or simply "torrents". You can find almost any game among the various torrent hosting websites. Installing a game downloaded via torrent is a bit more complicated than installing a game you have purchased, as you will need to “crack” the copy protection that is on the game. Always read the README or README file that comes with it. with the files downloaded via torrent.


Part 1 of 2: Download the torrent

Install a Torrent Game Step 1

Step 1. Download and install a BitTorrent client

These software allow you to download torrent files, which is a form of peer-to-peer file sharing. Torrent files are very small, but they point to larger files on your hard drive that you share with others. Among the most common torrent clients are:

  • uTorrent
  • BitTorrent
  • Vuze
Install a Torrent Game Step 2

Step 2. Find the torrent file for the game you want to download

There are a number of places where you can find torrents available online, but you won't find any links to those here. Make sure that the torrent you are going to download has positive reviews, as this increases the likelihood that you are downloading a valid copy of the game, which does not contain viruses.

Try to find a torrent with a lot of seeders. This term refers to the people sharing the file in question and the more people you are connected to, the faster your download can go (up to your connection speed limit)

Install a Torrent Game Step 3

Step 3. Download the torrent file and open it in your client

Torrent files are very small and usually download in a matter of seconds. This is because the torrent file itself does not contain the video game data. In fact, it allows you to connect directly to other users in order to download small pieces of the game from each of them which are then put together in order after the download is complete.

  • Most torrent clients will be configured by default to automatically open torrent files you download. If the downloaded torrent does not open in your client, launch your newly installed client from your programs list.
  • You can only legally download torrents of games that you already own.
  • Click here for detailed instructions on how to download torrent files.
Install a Torrent Game Step 4

Step 4. Wait for your download to complete

This can take a long time, especially if the video game you are downloading is very large or there are not many seeders. Click here for tips on how to speed up your torrent downloads.

Part 2 of 2: install the game

Install a Torrent Game Step 5

Step 1. Download and install an archive extractor (if necessary)

Many torrents are downloaded in RAR (.rar) format. These are archive files that require specific software to be decompressed. The most popular free solution for opening these files is 7-Zip.

Install a Torrent Game Step 6

Step 2. Determine what format the video game is in

There are mainly two formats in which you will be able to find your downloaded video game: EXE or ISO. The EXE format implies that you can directly run the installer file and everything will be installed from this installer. An ISO file is an image of a physical disk and it must be either burned or mounted to a virtual disk in your computer.

  • Click here for detailed information on how to burn ISO file to DVD.
  • Click here for detailed information on how to mount ISO file to virtual disk.
Install a Torrent Game Step 7

Step 3. Read the README file or README

Most video games in torrent form come with a text file with specific installation instructions. It is very important to read it, because most games require you to do certain manipulations in a particular order for the installation to work properly. Always refer to the instructions in the README file rather than this guide.

Install a Torrent Game Step 8

Step 4. Launch the installer

From there, the instructions can vary greatly depending on the game, but generally you need to either run the EXE file or mount / burn the ISO file and then launch the installation wizard from the disc. You can usually run the installer the same way you would if you bought the game, but be sure to follow the directions in the README file.

Install a Torrent Game Step 9

Step 5. Launch the cracking software (also called simply "crack")

Most of the games you can download have some kind of copy protection. In order to bypass it, you will need to provide a CD key or run a cracker program. Most torrents ship this with installation files, but the activation process may vary from game to game. Again, refer to the README file.

  • For some games, you will need to replace the existing EXE file in the folder where the game is installed with a cracked version of that same file. You will then launch the replacement EXE file each time you want to play the video game.
  • For other games you will need to run key generating software which will give you a valid CD key.
  • For still other games, you will find a simple EXE file that you only need to run once in order to unlock the video game.
  • You will rarely be asked, but it can happen, to edit the game configuration files in order to play the game. You will then find all the instructions in the README file.
Install a Torrent Game Step 10

Step 6. Play the video game

Use the method given in the README file to launch the game and begin playing it. You may need to launch the video game setup software for your first game, in order to configure the graphics options.

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