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Walking Dead PC Save Game Fix

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Like many of you I have to run the game in administrator mode due to the launcher crashing when I start it. I did finally get access to my saves, although it required a bit of replaying. First, some info:
I have the steam copy of the game
I run the game in administrator mode but not in compatibility mode.
I tried the registry fix listed elsewhere but it did not grant me access to the saves. I haven't undone it though so it may be required, I can't say.

So I discovered that originally my saves were stored here:
C:\Users\Alan\Documents\Telltale Games\The Walking Dead
But now they are stored here:
C:\Users\Public\Documents\Telltale Games\the walking dead
Can't say if it's because of the registry editing or the administrator running. Problem is, the prefs.prop file tells the game at minimum what chapter you're up to, and I messed up my prop file during my various attempts to get my saves back.

What I ended up doing though was copying my brother's copy of prefs.prop from his computer to mine (in both locations just to be thorough). I also copied my saves over to the new location.

His stats appeared in the game menu but I was able to rewind episode 2 to the escape chapter and re-complete the episode from near the end. My choices up to that point were correct (my brother killed Larry, I tried to spare him so I know it worked) and now I think episode 3 should work for me with my choices. Once I completed episode 2 again the stats page was correctly updated, although my stats page for episode 1 still shows my brother's choices. I don't mind that though.

Hopefully this helps you guys. I attached my prefs.prop file so that you can use it to get the game to recognize your saves as well.

Note: Rewinding just one chapter made the game crash for me. I had to rewind to just after the meat locker scene, right before you take on the first brother.

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  • I Have 3 partitions in my hard drive. All I had to do is search each partition for the prefs.prop file and I found 2.. I had to choose which one to delete.. it seemed they were created at the same time. Both had save files in the same folder they were in however one of them only had 1 other save file so thats the one I chose to delete. The other had alot of save files with it. Games working fine now. start>computer>

  • I gave up and just played ep5 without any of my choices.
    Totally ruined it for me.
    Very disappointed in TellTale.
    I'm not going to say I will never buy any of their games in the future, but I will certainly not be going out of my way to support them, as I feel like they have not supported me.

  • @humnyar said:
    There's one prefs.prop stored in
    C:\Steam\steamapps\common\the walking dead\Pack\default
    and another prefs.prop in
    C:\Users\YOURNAME\Documents\Telltale Games\The Walking Dead

    I backed up both of them in another folder just in case, then I looked a the timestamps of each prefs.prop and deleted the older one, which was in the steam folder.



    Oh my god - you are my lifesaver! I checked both locations and deleted the newer prefs.prop in the Steam folder (because in my case the older one matched the timestamp of my latest savegame) and it worked. It's strange that the file hasn't been recreated yet.
    But whatever - it worked and that's all that matters. :)

  • i dont understand what am i suposed to do with my save files. they are all ther up to the 4th episode. and now that i instaled the 5th episode the game wants me to start over, like i just instaled it. and this hapened when i instaled my new avast, but i turned it off (it didn't let me play full screen). i dont know what do do with my saves :(

  • @truper93 said: i dont understand what am i suposed to do with my save files. they are all ther up to the 4th episode. and now that i instaled the 5th episode the game wants me to start over, like i just instaled it. and this hapened when i instaled my new avast, but i turned it off (it didn't let me play full screen). i dont know what do do with my saves :(

    Delete prefs.prop inside C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\the walking dead\Pack\default or at least move it to your desktop/recycle bin if you want to be sure that it works first.

    The problem is that if you've verified your Steam files, or re-installed The Walking Dead on your machine, it downloads a blank/default prefs.prop which takes precedence over the one in your save file directory, and doesn't think you have played the game before.


    If you are on Windows 8 and are having problems with the game crashing when a controller is connected, download this DINPUT8.DLL (don't run the "free scan" on that page) and place it inside C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\the walking dead\GameData

  • I replaced the file into my walking dead folder and it did nothing for me :(

  • @jimrawr said: I replaced the file into my walking dead folder and it did nothing for me :(

    Don't bother replacing the file, that will only work if you happened to stop at the place he was at.

    Delete the prefs.prop file, rather than replacing it.

    If that doesn't work, try moving the prefs.prop file out of your saves folder into the Walking Dead directory. See my post a little further up the page for more details.

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