How To Manually Install Honkai Star Rail From Scratch on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Honkai Star Rail

Honkai Star Rail is the latest title from the developers of Genshin Impact, miHoYo. Similar to their other games, the launcher of Honkai Star Rail isn’t in the best shape, and players can run into network issues while downloading and installing the game. Thankfully, you can reduce your interaction with the launcher by downloading things yourself. If you want to manually install Honkai Star Rail from scratch, here is how you can do that.

How To Manually Install Honkai Star Rail

Downloading the game files manually means you can use your preferred download manager, like IDM (Internet Download Manager), and get the files directly from the miHoYo servers rather than relying on the unstable launcher.

Currently, the latest version is 2.1, and I will update this guide for each major update.

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.

Next, you need to download the voice packs. Make sure you download at least one, and ensure that you have one voice pack that corresponds to the language your Windows is set to.

Setting up version 2.1

Now that we have the files required, we can start with the manual installation. It’s a fairly simple process, and I’ll go through each step.

  • First, install the launcher using the executable you downloaded from the official website
  • Click on Advanced at the bottom right, and set your installation path
  • The default installation path is the following:
C:Program FlesStar Rail
Install Honkai Star Rail
  • Now, run the launcher from your desktop
  • Click on the Download button at the bottom right
Click Download Button in the Launcher
Click Download Button
  • Wait for 10-15 seconds, and then click on the Pause icon
Pause Button in launcher
Pause Button
  • Close the launcher, and make sure it’s properly closed and not minimized to the tray
  • Now, head over to where the game is installed, and open the Games folder
C:Program FilesStar RailGames (or wherever you installed the game)
  • Here, you want to delete all the zip_tmp files
    • Example: StarRail_2.1.0.zip_tmp
  • Make sure to delete it permanently and double-check the recycle bin
  • Now, copy the update zip file + voice pack zip file you downloaded in the first step (, into the Games folder
  • Now, open the Launcher again, and click on the Download button
Download Button
Download Button
  • This will initiate an unzipping process, which will take a few minutes
Unzipping game resources
Unzipping game resources
  • After that is completed, launch the game
  • Once you’re in-game, you will be prompted to download additional files, which is normal, and you will likely need to download additional files in-game.
Additional Resources being downloaded in-game
Downloading additional resources

That is all you need to do, and you will be ready for the title once it launches in a few days.


  • If the game doesn’t run after you have followed these steps, try running it through the executable file in the Games 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 “Unzipping game resources” might take a while, so please be patient. It will be faster if you have the game installed on an SSD.

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

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Gaming enthusiast, massive Soulsborne fan with hundreds of hours spread across different Soulslike titles, and a passionate writer. Always on the lookout for interesting games with unique mechanics and design especially in the indie space. He loves to write informative guides for newer and ongoing releases.

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