How To Change Origin Install Location And Switch Games To New HDD Or SSD

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 3:00 PM

While Origin has grown in stature over the years, there’s no denying it’s not as powerful a tool and client as Valve’s Steam. Features we take for granted can be a different matter on Origin, even with something as simple as altering where your Origin games are installed to.

There's also the whole other headache of moving your Origin library across to another drive. Downloading your games again could take weeks and weeks depending upon your internet connection, and EA certainly don't go out of their way to make it an easy process. 

By default any games you download via EA’s Origin are automatically installed in the following location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\. If you want to change this you need to load up your Origin client and select ‘Origin’ from the bar at the top. From the drop-down menu that appears, select ‘Application settings’.

This will bring you to your main program settings for Origin. If you click on the ‘Advanced’ tab this will bring you to the section where you can choose the directory where your games can be installed. Clicking this you can choose an alternate location, or even an alternate drive, but you will sometimes get an error message saying "The game installation directory is invalid. Please select a different directory." This is because you cannot install Origin games direct to your Program Files directory, it must be within a folder.

Copying Origin Games To A New Storage Drive

If you get a new drive and want to move all your previously installed Origin games to a new location there’s a few more hoops to jump through. First things first you’re going to need to create a folder call “Origin Games” in your desired install location. Then you need to simply copy (or cut) all of the games from your current Origin Games installation folder to the new one. Once this has been done you then to head to Add/Remove Programs and delete all of the Origin games. Don’t worry, this won’t delete the files we’ve just copies, only the files in the old install directory, of which there should be none.

Now, in Origin, head to the install directory tab as detailed earlier, and change the Origin install location to the new Origin Games folder you copied all of your games to. Close down Origin and restart it. In your library all of the games you copied should either have ‘Install’ or ‘Download’ next to them. Click ‘Install’ if possible, if not click ‘Download', and it will detect your current files and possibly download an update or patch you may have been missing. You should now be good to go. 

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11:45 Feb-23-2015

I had origin, i forgot my password and even my secret question to reset my password and it wont even give me my question so i cant even answer. I will never use origin again it seems. Searching for hours and trying to get into my account was painful, so i gave up. R.I.P my account, lost out there somewhere

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06:18 Feb-22-2015

Very usefull for the ones that didn't know this trick before ;) thanks for bringing it up!

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19:15 Feb-21-2015

No joke, this is posted a week after i got my new pc. But I already did this proccess for Origin and Steam.

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17:05 Feb-21-2015

Thank you guys for this, but is there any way to change the origin store language?

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19:43 Feb-21-2015

On the store you go to the bottom and there is an option to change the language :)

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19:48 Feb-21-2015

There is only on to choose from, apparently it uses my location to choose language options

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15:45 Feb-21-2015

Can u do this for steam too?

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09:45 Feb-23-2015

Yeah Steam have it sorted, I was surprised there were so many steps on Origin.

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15:01 Feb-21-2015

Thanks for tutorial :) !

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