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    How to manually install Genshin Impact from scratch on PC

    Genshin Impact is arguably one of the biggest games on the planet and is available on a variety of platforms. With each update, the game grows with new content including characters, quests, items, and more. Its onboarding process is fairly simple too, and one of the reasons so many people are trying it. Even though the game takes inspiration from popular titles like Breath of the Wild, it adds enough of its own mechanics to make it stand out and feel fresh. Sadly, the installation and update process is still something that many people struggle with, and it’s because of the unstable launcher. If you want to manually install Genshin Impact from scratch, here is how you can do that.

    We have been covering Genshin Impact for a while, and fans can check out our various guides. These include fixes for the “Launcher Program Error“, “Game Verification Error“, and even “Game files Download Error“. Apart from technical guides, you should also check out some amazing wallpapers, locations, and the best laptops to play the game on.

    How to manually install Genshin Impact

    If you have been following our guides for a while, we usually give players the option to upgrade manually from their existing version to the latest one, or from scratch. With this guide, we will be covering each new version and explaining to users how they can install the game from scratch. This means that if you’re new to Genshin Impact, or have troubles downloading and installing the game using the launcher, this is what you need to be following.

    Currently, the latest version is 2.4, and this guide is for that. (We will update it for each new version)

    Required Downloads

    To start, you need to download the following files. Everything we provide will be downloaded directly from MiHoYo’s servers. These are safe, and official files that we haven’t tampered with in any way.

    Now, you need to download the language files. You need to download at least one language pack that your computer’s region is currently set to from the following links. If you want more than one, feel free to download it as well.

    Setting up version 2.4

    Now that you have downloaded the files, we can move to installing Genshin Impact.

    • Open the Genshin Impact Launcher, and set your installation location (where you want to install the game) by selecting Advanced . The default location is the following
    C:\Program Files\Genshin Impact\Genshin Impact Game
    You can set the installation location before moving to the installation process
    Selecting the Installation location
    • Select Install Now
    • Now, in the Launcher, click on the Get Game/Update button, and wait for 10-30 seconds
    Clicking the Get Game button will start downloadng the temp files
    Get Game Button
    • Next, Click on Pause
    The Pause Button will pause the download process in the launcher
    Pause Button
    • Close the launcher, and make sure it isn’t running in the task manager/taskbar
    Closing the launcher from the taskbar will allow you to manually install Genshin Impact from scratch
    Genshin Impact in Taskbar
    • Head over to the following location
    C:\Program Files\Genshin Impact\Genshin Impact Game (or wherever you installed the game)
    • Here, you want to delete all the zip_tmp files
      • Like the GenshinImpact_2.4.0.zip_tmp
    • Also delete the _tmp file of your chosen Audio file
      • Example: Audio_English(US)_2.4.0.zip_tmp
    • Make sure to permanently delete it and double-check the recycle bin
    • Now, copy the zip files you downloaded in the first step (GenshinImpact_2.4.0.zip), and the language audio file/files (Example: Audio_English(US)_2.4.0.zip) and paste both of these into the following location
    C:\Program Files\Genshin Impact\Genshin Impact Game (or wherever you installed the game)
    • After this, extract both zip files (Audio and Game) here using 7zip or Winrar (Run as admin)
    • Now, on your desktop, create a new text file, and paste the following content inside it
    [General]
    channel=1
    cps=mihoyo
    game_version=2.4.0
    sdk_version=
    sub_channel=0
    • Now, save this as config.ini and make sure you select All files in the “Save as type
    Saving the proper file type ensures you don't run into any issues
    File Type
    • It should look like this
    The configuration file is an important step if you want to manually install Genshin Impact
    Configuration file
    • Now, copy/cut and paste this file into the following location, and replace the existing config.ini file (it doesn’t matter if there isn’t one here)
    C:\Program Files\Genshin Impact\Genshin Impact Game (or wherever you installed the game)

    After following all these steps properly, run the Genshin Impact Launcher again. It should ideally say Launch. It might also say Get Game, and clicking that will install the game files.

    Notes

    • If the game doesn’t run after you have followed these steps, try running it through the executable file in the Genshin Impact Game folder.
    • During the extraction, we recommend not doing anything else on the PC, as it is a CPU intensive task. It will be faster on an SSD though.
    • The “Downloading Resources” screen might take a while, so please be patient. It will be faster if you have the game installed on an SSD though.
    • If you want to manually update the game from version 2.3 to version 2.4, follow our guide here

    We hope this guide was helpful, and you were able to manually install Genshin Impact from scratch. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

    Ali Hashmi
    Gaming enthusiast, massive soulsborne fan, and a passionate writer. Always on the lookout for interesting games with unique mechanics and design. He loves to write informative guides for newer and ongoing releases.

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