How to manually install Genshin Impact from scratch on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Genshin Impact Artwork featuring a character from the game
Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is arguably one of the biggest games on the planet and is available on various 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 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 3.2, 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 your computer’s region is currently set to from the following links. If you want more than one, feel free to download it.

Setting up version 3.2

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_3.2.0.zip_tmp
  • Also, delete the _tmp file of your chosen Audio file
    • Example: Audio_English(US)_3.2.0.zip_tmp
  • Make sure to delete it permanently and double-check the recycle bin
  • Now, copy the zip files you downloaded in the first step (GenshinImpact_3.2.0.zip), and the language audio file/files (Example: Audio_English(US)_3.2.0.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=3.2.0
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 3.2
Config file for 3.2
  • 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, rerun the Genshin Impact Launcher. 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.
  • We recommend not doing anything else during the extraction 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.
  • If you want to manually update the game from version 3.1 to version 3.2, follow our guide here

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

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153 Comments
  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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 🙁

    • Hi, you only need to start the update, and pause it after a bit. Then you can download the zip files

  • When it went to the “Downloading Screen”, it is downloading 6000+ MB, is that normal?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • what if I update this to version 2.6.0 in the future using the latest update file? what config should be changed?

  • my launcher shows that it needs 63gb of free space, how do I update it so I don’t have to free that much?

  • 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.

    • Hi! After pressing the Get Game, I have the same problem too! It stuck at 0 kbs and Launch button is greyed out, what did you do to solve this? Thanks!

  • 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?

  • 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

  • Hope this works out for me spent up to 60Gb trying to download from launcher it kept on restarting

  • 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???

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

      • Damn then I’d have to redownload the whole game over and over instead of just the update cuz of the shitty launcher no? Oh well. Thank god patches are only every 42 days. Hope you guys dont stop posting these lmao

  • Thank you Ali this is really help!
    I want to ask, is it possible to install Diablo Immortal PC this way? are you planning to make the tutorial as well?
    Thanks in advance:)

  • Yo this actually worked, thank you!!
    I’ve been working on getting Genshin to work for a week now I’m relieved to see it working now.
    To anyone reading this make sure you have the files in the “Genshin Impact Game” folder

    P.S Also peep the date (July 4, 2022) This definitely works for people just finding this post & comment

  • Will you update this for 2.8 tomorrow? Looks like I’ll have to download the whole thing from scratch again cuz my launcher doesnt work lol

  • I can’t find a solution elsewhere so I’m gonna ask here. Sorry if this doesn’t belong here.

    While downloading the 2.8 patch and my internet gets interrupted, my download pauses, so I press resume, only to get my download go back to 0%. I’ve tried it a few times again and still getting the
    same problem. I even installed “free download manager” to solve it but same issue. Note than I’ve been downloading patches 2.1-2.5, uninstalled the game, and now I’m trying to download it again from scratch.

  • I did all the steps but when i want to launch the game it shows “genshin impact .exe – system error
    It says i cant run it because unityplayer.dll was not found
    What to do ?

  • hi.can you tell me why do I get the ‘game file verification error’ ?.And what is the solution to the problem . thankyou

  • Hi, the method work perfectly fine( Thanks btw) but i have an issue that after playing 2 days and opened it, It shows a message that DATA ERROR, PLEASE DOWNLOAD LATEST GAME FILE FROM OFFICIAL WEBSITE AND LOG IN AGAIN ERROR CODE: 31-4302 and ever since this happened cant play this anymore. Please Help

    • Yes, but you still need the language of your Windows region too! So if it English, then you’ll need English and Japanese

  • is there another way for unpacking(veryfy) beside from the launcher, because it require the hard drive to have 70+gb free space to do it and my SSD can’t afford it.

  • Omg thank you so much for this!! I was downloading the game from scratch again and tried at least 15 times and that 43 GBs 3.0 vers drove me crazy, it was so frustrating. This was so simple and it downloaded over night without any complications. Bless you jazakAllah 😭

  • the game is working however the launcher is not detecting it. So now whenever I open the launcher it says “get game” rather than launch. Please help me out with this

  • The executable file isn’t running. It shows up on task manager then closes. Even running from the launcher doesn’t work.

    • Keep trying. This is rare but can happen at times. You might have to retry a dozen or so times. If that doesn’t work, and if it is a specific zip file, you might have to redownload that particular zip file.

    • You’ll have to keep trying to extract. Try extracting it on some other system to see if that works too.

  • Hello! It’s my first time trying manually install genshin impact. I’ve tried to launch genshin impact over a week. I have tried everything but nothing worked because I would recieve “verification error” everytime. Tried to manually install genshin, and did everything like you showed, but here is my problem:
    I still get verification error while opening from launcher, and when I run genshin from executable file it says: “There should be ‘GenshinImpact_Data’ folder next to the executable”. But I CLEARLY have it. I don’t know if I did something wrong I hope you can help me!
    Also here some thing I’ve done, maybe they affected smth:
    1. I’ve already downloaded genshin, tried to open it, had verification error, and closed it. So I didn’t delete(redownloaded) genshin.
    2. When I saved as my “config.ini” file, its name displayed as “config”, so I renamed it to “config.ini”

    Any kind of help would be appreciated!

    • Hey! Firstly, the config.ini bit means that the file type has to be .ini.

      You can enable file types by following the steps below
      In Windows Search, type “folder options,” and then open File Explorer Options
      Click on the View tab
      Now, uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”
      Apply the settings

      After this, you’ll see the actual file format of the config file, and it should be .ini instead of .txt

      Save the file, and try to the launch the title. If that doesn’t work, try launching the game directly using the executable in the Genshin Impact Game folder.

      • I did it, now I can see their file types. I repeated the creating config.ini part to avoid any other mistakes. But I still get verification error when I launch from the title. I tried open from Genshin Impact Game folder, but it still says “Data folder not found – There should be ‘GenshinImpact_Data’ folder next to the executable”. I have that data folder with it, I don’t understand what’s the problem.

        • Hi, Ali! I finally downloaded genshin. I deleted everything again and started downloading zip files and game itself again. And it took a lot more time to download those zip files. Maybe it was the cause of problem? But now, I can play genshin with no problem(except playing it on the lowest graphics). But do I need manually update it too?

          • Hey! Glad you have the game working now 🙂 For now, any minor updates in-game won’t be a problem, but for the next major update, I recommend following the usual guides that I’ll have on the release. Enjoy the game! 😀

  • hello , i really need ur help !!!
    i usually play this game on smart phone , today i installed on pc tooo but i cant switch my account on google!
    there is no optoin like log with google , its just Twitter or Facebook or hoyoverse !!
    i also make my google account on hoyoverse ,but it didnt work and everything started new (level 1 )
    Is there anyone who can fix my problem?

    • Hey, try the following.

      On your phone, open User Center. Here, you’ll be able to create a Mihoyo account with either an email or a username. Now, open the PC client and log in with that Mihoyo account, and after a quick download, your phone account should be playable on PC

  • So hey………everything worked perfectly but when I wanted to paste the config.ini file it said that i don’t have permission to paste it here………is there a reason for this?

  • Hey, it seems that im facing a bit of a problem right at the very end.
    I am not being able to input the ”config.ini” text file in the ”genshin impact game” folder.
    It says that I don’t have permission………can i ask for a solution to this?

  • Do you need to delete copy/pasted winrar/7zip after extracting it in genshin impact game folder? Also, if you faced with unsufficient storage space on disc, can I change destination to one drive?

  • There are 2 “GenshinImpact_Data” files, one in each of the zip files. Do I have to replace each other when extracting them? Because they have the same name, but the files inside of it are slightly different.

  • this is the guide for those with no genshin installed AT ALL on the pc right? not for only 3.1 update? bcs if i download manually from launcher, the size is wayy more than 40 GB, so just making sure

  • Hi I already have genshin impact on my pc but i want to have jp voice files too but for some reason i want to do it manually so should I just copy it in the file named (genshin impact game)? ty ^^

  • I was playing in another server when I noticed that Yae Miko and Childe’s banners were up, so I went back to my original server.

    I then got hit with error 31-4302. Troubleshooting tips tell me to restart the game but it still won’t work, and I couldn’t use the launcher to reinstall the game due to having less than the required double amount of space needed.

    This site saved me the headache, although for some reason, even though I only wanted JP audio, it keeps downloading the Eng audio for some reason.

    Anyways, thank you so much!

  • When I try to extract, it says, “Data error (cyclic redundancy check).” I tried both winrar and 7zip. Please tell me I don’t have to download the file again.

    • Usually, for this error, you just need to keep trying to extract the zip file or do so in a different system. Probably a good idea to look into your disk’s health too.

    • No, you’ll either be able to update automatically, or use one of my guides that I have for every update. It will include files for just that update.

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