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 trouble downloading and installing the game using the launcher, this is what you need to be following.

Currently, the latest version is 2.7, 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 2.7

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_2.7.0.zip_tmp
  • Also delete the _tmp file of your chosen Audio file
    • Example: Audio_English(US)_2.7.0.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_2.7.0.zip), and the language audio file/files (Example: Audio_English(US)_2.7.0.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=2.7.0
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
This is what the configuration file looks like for version 2.7
Config file for 2.7
  • 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 2.6 to version 2.7, 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
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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65 Comments

  1. Well i’ll try this method, because i tried with launcher and after all it told me error verifying files lol. Soo ali in the config.ini files it says cps=mihoyo is that correct? shouldn’t it be hoyoverse?

  2. I’ve already updated the game directly and able to play normally. But in the launcher, there is still installation process + 4gb update (0% progress). Is there a way to fix this? Should I ignore it and just open the game directly? I heard the launcher is crucial for future update

  3. hello im confuse is it do i need to upload the game first before follow this steps coz i cannot found the zip files
    so frustrating the latest update keep saying failed to unzip 🙁

  4. I wish they had a torrent for this. I’ve been having the worst luck doing any form of download or update. Unfortunately I’m unable to do to a wired connection, so it’s been extra difficult for me.

  5. Hi! I am curious if you will update this website for the 2.6 version? It will be released in the next 3 days! This helped me download genshin and I am curious if you will make another tutorial for the upcoming 2.6?

  6. I did all of this but when i click “get game” it stops at 0kb/s and the “launch” button is grey. This happened last update too but i fixed it downloading genshin maually. I don’t now why it doesn’t work now.

  7. is it okay if i pause the installation from the launcher if the zip_tmp file for audio is still 0 kb? or should i wait until it is more than 0 kb?

  8. how to fix the extraction stuck at 34% with many diagnostic errors thing. i downloaded the game file + eng + jp audio followed all step until the ‘extract here’ part

  9. Hello, I downloaded the file, but when decompressing it, it only extracted a file whose size is 444 megabytes, although the size of the file you downloaded is 26 gigabytes???

  10. hi how can fix this data error . please download latest game file from official website and log in again
    error code 31-4302

  11. hey ali
    my game files got readen well
    but the problem is that the audio isnt getting read
    i downloaded the japanese version but its downloading the english one
    help ?

    • Hmmm, not sure what’s causing that. Can you try extracting it again? See if you can repair the files from the Main Menu by clicking on the Gear icon. Also check if running with the executable in the Genshin Impact Game folder does anything.

    • You don’t need to, but if must, locate where Winrar is installed, right-click on it, then Properties, then the Compatability tab, and here check the Run as an admin option

  12. I did all steps but still I get this error ” data error, please download latest game file from official website and log in again ”
    I open game from ” genshin impact game ” folder but this error appear again
    What should I do😭

      • I only get the 28gb file, the language file and the config.ini, I don’t get any executable, and when I open the launcher it says “download” and when I click it it stays at “downloading game resources” at 0kb and it does nothing, is it normal? and how long should it last?

  13. Hi ! is it okay if i already have a 29.8GB zip file downloaded through the launcher and all I’m missing is the audio files? would it be possible to run after i download them manually?

    • I mean, it should be but I can’t say for sure since the downloaded files could be more than just the game patch.

  14. Hi! I downloaded the zip file, but when I go to extract, it says that the file is corrupt, I need to re-download the file or I can just let the launcher repair the corrupt files? Sorry, my english isn’t very good.

  15. Hello, I’ve downloaded and followed all the steps. Yet when I turn on the launcher it gets stuck at 0%. So I tried using the executable in the actual game folder and it takes me directly into the game and then downloads English audio (despite the fact that I already have it downloaded manually). Anyways, it seems like I can’t use the launcher at all for updating. The game runs but the launcher fails to recognize it still lol. Is this launcher thing gonna be a problem in the future or I can just manually update again without using the launcher at all?

    • You might have to just manually update the game every time. The launcher is still super buggy sadly. We provide manual upgrade guides for each update 🙂

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