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PostSubject: Multiple Copies   Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:15 am

this has not to do with TFN per se

it was suggested to me that i could install two parallel copies of VtMB, and then install upon one CE1.4 and upon the other TFN.

but, in a nutshell, everytime i try to install the second copy, i get the unistall menu instead.
how to go around this?
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:21 pm

Ok, you don't literally "Install" the game twice, what you do is install it once, then make a "Copy" of the Vampire directory and place it somewhere else so you have 2 copies, but you only "Install" the game from the CDs (or wherever you got it) once.

Does that help clear up the confusion? Of course you will want to have 2 different Vampire icons on your desktop, one pointing to the original install, and one pointing to your second (your copy).
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:33 pm

it helped me clear my confsuion, yes.

a bit too late, now, i already installed CE 1.4 on the copy i installed, but that is my issue not your fault
(and could there be a way around that? copy the modified version, then unistall CE1.4, then install TFN? or would this become too confusing?)

i also don't quite get... the getting two desktop icons seems pretty straightforward, but having one linking to one version of the game and the other to the other seems a bit more complicated to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:48 pm

Honestly, just to prevent any potential bugs, especially during Beta testing of TFN, I'd prefer you use a clean copy of VTMB, not one that already had a mod installed on it, then uninstalled, even if it was CE. I would uninstall everything and go back to scratch, then install a clean copy of Bloodlines. Then make the copy, setup your desktop shortcuts to the 2 different programs, then you can reinstall CE 1.4 over one of them leaving the other FREE for TFN.

For the shortcuts, you want to open Windows Explorer and find the file that executes the game (vampire.exe). Right click on it and send it to desktop via shortcut, that's all you do. Then just so you don't get the 2 confused, I would rename the desktop shortcuts Camarilla Edition and The Final Nights just to keep things straight and organized.
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:36 pm

i am very grateful by your thorough explanation, it has cleared all doubts. will get right on to it. thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:16 pm

Hey no problem VV! Very Happy

By the way I really like your new avatar picture, SWEET!
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:55 am

thanks! Embarassed
it is my favorite.
it has been long in coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:00 am

You can do it different (not sure if exactly easier) than this, of course.

I don't tend to have a clean copy on my system for copy-paste-purposes - there's just not enough room in this box for two of them. Wink
If you don't want to uninstall, reinstall, then copy and then install all your mods upon the clean copies again, take this approach.

Step One: Rename your current VTMB installation file.
By this, I mean the file you have if you go to the 'Programs' directory and open 'Activisions' (where my PC installs Bloodlines, dunno if this is different for Steam or other systems. I'm using Windows XP.)
There should be a folder named 'Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines' or similar. (I renamed it, so I can't look it up.) Just open it one time, check if there's the big, fat folder called 'vampire' with all your game's stuff inside, and then go back.
Rename the folder previously called 'Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines'. It's easy to remain in control of all your installations if you put the mod's name upon it. Example? 'VTMB - CE 1.4.1' or 'VTMB - Companion Mod' or what have you not. This is honestly not a must, but it helps to keep things orderly.
And, if you want to keep it, I'd advise you to rename your desktop shortcut, too, if you haven't already done so. Again it would be wise to put the mod's name on it... after all, you're probably going to have two, three, or even more shortcuts on your desktop after some time...

Step Two: Run the uninstaller.
Don't worry about this step, if you've completed step one successfully (and properly...) the uninstaller will only remove the desktop icon (if you didn't rename it) and the registry entry on your system. The registry entry I mean is the little, bitchy file that tells your PC you already installed VTMB once, and therefore can't install it again. This is also what prevents you from doing multiple installations straight from CD, so this thingie is something you definitely want/have to kick out.
To be absolutely sure that everything went well, I usually restart the copy of Bloodlines after I ran the uninstaller. If the main menu shows up without problems, you did it right, of course.

Step Three: Run the installer.
Pretty much self-explanatory, isn't it? You're doing this to get a fresh copy, so now it's time to install that fresh copy on your system.
If you followed step one and step two and everything worked, you'll have no problems with the installer. After all, you recently uninstalled VTMB, the registry entry is gone (yay!) and there's no reason you can't install it again ... well, except not enough disk space, but that's something I can't help you with.

(Step Four): Start the game once.
I'm not sure if you have to do this, maybe it's mandatory for steam users (this guide is written from the CD/DVD perspective), but just to be sure let the game 'run' until you reach the main menu. If there are no problems thus far, you can close it again - everything went as it should have.

Step Five: Get started with mods.
This is the absolute last step which you probably would've done anyway. Now it's time to modify your game with whatever you please - mods, skins, overhauls, you know what I mean.

I'm sure there are a lot of such guides on the web for VTMB and I'm almost sure that at least one can be found on this board if one were to search long and thoroughly enough (not that more than a handful of people would actually do this, heh), but one more can't hurt, right?
And to be clear about it: This is how I do it. This is how you can do it. I don't take blame if it doesn't work with your system and I know that there are other ways to have more than one copy of any given game on your system (yeeees, this works also with other games, at least for me...), so don't mind this post if you don't plan or want to use it.
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PostSubject: Re: Multiple Copies   Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:35 am

thanks, eliza, for your thorough explanation.

once again, if i had known this sooner... not your fault.

btw, i got into a problem. feeling very cocky, after creating two different desktop shortcuts i decided to rename the applications files themselves, to which they were shortcuts. apparently, big mistake, the .dll can only run with a vampire.exe...
but i solved this easily.
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