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Importing and Converting files between Microsoft & Microsoft OR Microsoft & Steam

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This is two part in-depth write up on how to move files between the Windows Store version of Astroneer and the Steam version.  You can also use this and omit the parts about Steam if you want to share a file from one Windows player to another.

 

You can run a Powershell command to quickly locate your Windows 10 save files.  Press Win + R, type Powershell, enter, copy/paste this, and press enter:

PowerShell
explorer ((Get-ChildItem $env:LOCALAPPDATA\Packages\SystemEraSoftworks*\SystemAppData\wgs\ -Recurse -Filter container.*).FullName | Where-Object { Format-Hex $_ | Select-String '\$\.(\d\.){4}' } | Split-Path)

To find your Steam file location, press Win + R, copy/paste this, and press enter:

C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Local\Astro\Saved\SaveGames

 

PART 1: Converting or Importing Game Files into Microsoft 

  1. Open both save file locations shown above in separate windows of your File Explorer 
    • If you already have saves in the Microsoft version, take a screen shot or write down the first few characters of each file that's there so they don't mixed up in future steps.
  2. Create a "Sacrificial Save"
    • Start a BRAND NEW save in the Microsoft version of your game.  Launch off, land, exit your pod, and enter the habitat.  Once you enter the habitat, a new file is created in the Microsoft Saves Location, make note of which one it is.
    • Quit the game/Exit to desktop
  3. Place a copy of the save you wish to import into the Microsoft Saves Location
  4. Right click the "Sacrificial Save" and select Rename.  Instead of renaming, copy the save name.  Delete the Sacrifice. (RIP)
  5. Rename the imported save after the Sacrifice.
    • IMPORTANT:  If the file you are converting is from Steam, also delete the ".savegame" extension at the end of the file name.  You will be asked to confirm, so confirm the action.
    • This "Sacrifice" process is necessary regardless of whether you're importing a Steam file or a Microsoft file.  It's also safer, just take my word.
  6. You're done!!  Launch the game, you should have a freshly imported/converted save file ready to play.

PART 2: Converting or Importing Game Files into Steam

  1. Open both save file locations shown above in separate windows of your File Explorer 
    • If you have multiple saves in Microsoft and you only want to convert a specific one, you'll need to first identify the save. 
      • If you can, identify the save you want by the time stamp on the file
      • If you can't tell by the time stamps open the save you wish to convert in the Win10 version of the game and watch the Windows Saves file location to see which file changes.  This is the one you want.  
  2. Place a copy of the save you wish to import into the Steam Saves Location
  3. Right Click the imported save and rename using the same convention as the other Steam saves
    • Alternatively, you can copy/paste this as your file name and use anything you want in front of the dollar sign: 
    IMPORTED_GAME$2019.02.06-12.00.00.savegame
  4. You're done!!  Launch the game, you should have a freshly imported/converted save file with the name you chose ready to play.

 

 

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Additionally you can transfer save games from Xbox to the Windows 10 version with Xbox's play anywhere as saves are linked to the account and not the system. Im pretty sure you do have to load the save at least once on PC for it to save. Also if you have multiple accounts then there will be a folder for each one under the wgs folder. It should be the same for transfering files from Xbox to PC

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