How to backup your Grand Theft Auto IV saved games

Grand Theft Auto IV

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If you search over the internet,  you’ll find a lot of different solutions to backup your GTA IV saved games. In my occasion (transfer from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows Vista 64-bit) the following worked perfectly:

  • Backup the entire “Rockstar Games” folder (your saved games) which is located in C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\ for Windows Vista and in C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\ for Windows XP.
  • Backup the “XLive” folder (your Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE profile), located in C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Microsoft (Windows Vista) or C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\
  • Install the game (including Microsoft Games for Windows – LIVE) and run it (so it can create the folders).
  • Find the new folders and replace them with your own.


  • Eslam

    thanks alot

  • Serene Johnson

    Its a little different if you are using Vista Ultimate…
    Go Here instead…
    C:\Users\>\Documents\Rockstar Games

    Copy the GTA-IV folder over, and voila!

  • chrizz

    @Serene Johnson: bullshit

  • Aslo

    Fake! Dont working!!!!!

  • Stathis

    @Aslo: Can you be more specific? It’s definitely working from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows Vista 64-bit.

  • jp

    i just built a new pc, and i’m soon going to try this for win7-64 to win7-64. hope it works… it must work…

  • Muro

    I did it with Win-XP 64 to Win-XP 64 (reinstall) and it works for sure.

  • Mike

    It works, but I must go through intro then Load the game. Is there a fix to this?

  • Mike

    Hot damn, it works. I transfered from my Desktop (Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit) to my Laptop (Windows Vista Home 64 bit) This was a test because my desktop is f’d up and I must reinstall the OS and i am just upgrading to Windows 7. The second time I loaded the game it loaded the updated game fine. No problem. Thank you for this. And for all of those who think transferring your game is hard, it is not. I have the Online GTA Live account BTW.

  • Dafinoiu Andrei

    None of these solutions work for me. I reinstaled my windows 7 and i copied the xlive folder and the rockstar folder but still does not work. Does it have something to do with me having an offline windows account?

  • petros

    i run win xp sp3 gr language home edition32 bit.
    i cant find the folderlocal settings :(
    if someone can help me i would really appreciate it.

  • x

    works on win7 with another (bioshock2)…

  • Maria Rogers

    Grand Theft Auto is so damn addicting game. I play 8 hours a day of GTA.”.”

  • OAKside

    Thanks! This little tutorial confirms the expected, but the GFWLive backup is a critical step that could easily be forgotten. (Number one Google result for “backup gta iv save”, too BTW.)


    Thanks you

  • xXx

    No success after several attempts. I think GTA performs a hash-check on the saved game file, even if you create a similar offline account.

  • Shaun

    Thank you for this info, I thought the saves were located in the Prog Files all along. Never even thought about going to my Docs lol, thanks i found my save now so I backed it up because I had some error because i cracked my PC version. I also play on PS3 but I use it on PC to play online because of my Jailbreak ps3.

  • lautaro

    muchas gracias!

  • Latrakx

    For those of you having trouble: pree: Windows-key+R, type in: %appdata% and goto the folder appdata (this is one level before the folder you are in now) enter the folder called local and fin the rockstar games folder, from here copy the GTAIV folder and paste it in the new direcotry that’s going to be used :D