Wasteland Survival Guide

Game Setup


In this step, we will do clean installations and configurations of the games, which is required for the guide.

It is imperative to install TTW on clean installs of both games outside of UAC folders, as the following steps describe. Skip this section at your own peril; support will not be provided for incorrectly installed games

Required Installation Location

A clean installation is not only required to get rid of any potential leftover mod files, but also to make sure the game is installed in a safe location. Here is what you need to know when choosing where to install your game:

Uninstalling the Games

If you do not have the game installed yet, skip this step.

As the game is available on both Steam and GOG, there are separate instructions here for each version. You obviously only need to follow the directions for the version you have.

Steam GOG
  1. Open Steam and go to your Library
  2. Find Fallout: New Vegas in the list
  3. Right-click on it and select Manage     Uninstall
  4. Navigate to Steam\steamapps\common\ and, if present, delete the Fallout New Vegas folder
  5. Navigate to Documents\My Games\FalloutNV and delete all the files ending in .INI
  6. Repeat for Fallout 3
  1. Open GOG and go to your Library
  2. Find Fallout: New Vegas in the list
  3. Right-click on it and select Manage Installation     Uninstall
  4. Navigate to where the game is installed (GOG Galaxy\Games by default) and, if present, delete the Fallout New Vegas folder
  5. Navigate to Documents\My Games\FalloutNV and delete all the files ending in .INI
  6. Repeat for Fallout 3

Making a New Steam Library

If you already have a Steam library set up outside of any default Windows folder, or you have the game on GOG, skip this step.

A new Steam library needs to be set up to install the game on, as the default library is in a default Windows UAC-protected folder (C:\Program Files x86\Steam).

  1. Open Steam and select Steam     Settings in the top left
  2. In the Downloads tab, select Steam Library Folders
  3. Select Add Library Folder and select a location outside of any default Windows folders
IMPORTANT: By default, Steam only allows one library per drive, but there is a workaround. If for example you already have the default Steam library at C:\Program Files x86\Steam, but still want your game on your C:\ drive, you will need to follow these instructions to do so.
  1. Exit out of the settings when you are finished

Installing the Games

Steam GOG
  1. Open Steam and go to your Library
  2. Find Fallout: New Vegas in the list and select Install
  3. From the install pop-up, set the location for install to the Steam library you just created in the previous step
  4. Select Next then wait for the install to finish
  5. Repeat for Fallout 3
  1. Open GOG and go to your Library
  2. Find Fallout: New Vegas in the list and select Install
  3. Set the Install to location to a folder outside of any default Windows folders
    • For example, C:/Games/GOG
  4. Repeat for Fallout 3

Key Terminology

Now that the game is installed, there are two folders from it that will be referred to in the guide often:

Steam GOG
  • Root folder: Where the game is installed
    • Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas
  • Data folder: Where all of the game's assets are located
    • Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout New Vegas\Data
  • Root folder: Where the game is installed
    • GOG Galaxy\Games\Fallout New Vegas (unless you manually changed the installation path)
  • Data folder: Where all of the game's assets are located
    • GOG Galaxy\Games\Fallout New Vegas\Data

Post-Installation

Enabling File Extensions

By default, Windows Explorer will not show file extensions (such as .exe, .dll, or .esp). These extensions are very important when going through the guide, so it is highly recommended to enable file extensions:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Select the View tab at the top
  3. Check the box next to File name extensions
  4. show file extensions

Generating Fresh .INI Files

For New Vegas:

  1. Run the game through Steam/GOG
  2. Click OK to both pop-ups that say Detecting Video Hardware
  3. Select Options then select either the High or Ultra preset option
  4. Set the Resolution option to your preference (the launcher usually does not set it to your monitor's max resolution)
  5. Click OK then Exit

For Fallout 3:

  1. Run the game through Steam/GOG
  2. Click OK to both the pop-ups that say Detecting Video Hardware
  3. Exit the launcher
Now is a good time to review the FNV Performance Guide if you would like to learn how to maximize your game's performance
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