Windows Transferring Skyrim from Windows to Mac

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by StephS007, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. StephS007 macrumors newbie

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    When I bought Skyrim, I installed it with Steam and on my old Windows 7 computer. Its not a very good gaming computer and Skyrim is always a little laggy on it. I learned to deal with it but now I've got a Mac Book Pro that I know for a fact won't make Skyrim laggy.

    The problem is, I have no idea how to transfer it. Do I just put the files on a USB and directly bring it over? If so, what exact files do I get? I'm really scared that I could mess up the files and have no Skyrim on either computer. What is the best and safest way to transfer? Please give me step by step instructions because I'm not good at dealing with computer files.
     
  2. Northwestern macrumors regular

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    1. Windows installed via Bootcamp on MBP
    2. Install Skyrim via Steam in Bootcamp
    3. Copy Save files from your old computer into the same directory of your MBP in Bootcamp:
    a) C:\Users\[UserName]\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Save (Windows Vista/7)
    b) C:\Documents and Settings[UserName]\My Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Saves (Windows XP)

    Should probably work :D
     
  3. Dagless, Oct 22, 2012
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    Does it support Steam Cloud? If so, just enable that.

    Ah: It does support Steam Cloud. Just install it and play it, your save files will copy over automatically.
     
  4. StephS007 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Parallels Desktop or Bootcamp?

    Should I use Parallels Desktop or Bootcamp then, if I am following Northwestern's suggestion? Do both of them actually run on Windows when opened and not OSX?
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    You're gonna have to run it through Steam, Bootcamp will be the best option (for performance too).
     
  6. doh123 macrumors 65816

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    Using Windows natively dual booted (aka "Bootcamp") lets your Mac be just like any other Windows PC. This is the simplest and most compatible way to run Windows software since its now a full Windows PC just like the software was made for.

    There are Cider and Wineskin wrappers around the web that run the game in OSX without needing Windows. Depending on your hardware you may or may not like the performance. This can get to a moderate difficulty to work.

    The game will run through Windows running through Parallels on top of OS X. This will have a huge performance hit though...

    I do not recall where Steam installs stuff on Windows since I don't use Windows like that... but you should be able to just get the game folders and make copies of them and put them on Windows on your Mac hardware, or use them inside wrappers... just like copying any other files.
     
  7. 50548 Guest

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    This thread indicates OS X when it is talking about Windows, Boot Camp - please re-refer to it as a Windows gaming thread!
     

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