I have lost my GTA IV saved game a few times when I reinstall my operating system or get a new computer, never completing the game. When my computer recently crapped out, I decided to try for it again. I finally discovered a way to transfer the saved game files. It works and I have done it myself from Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit Desktop to Window Vista Home 64 bit Laptop.
It is easy, and not as complicated as some may say it is.
Things You Will NeedWindows live Account
Step 1Access this folder and copy the entire "Rockstar Games" folder onto a flash drive or wherever:
C:Documents and SettingsUSER(your user name folder)Local SettingsApplication DataRockstar Games
Access this folder and copy the entire "XLive" folder onto a flash drive or wherever:
C:Documents and SettingsUSER(your user name folder)Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftXLive
The exact path may be a bit different depending on what operating system you may be using.
Step 2Install GTA IV on the system you want to move the new saved game to.
Step 3Run the game at least once to create the folders. Enter the actual game where your cousin picks you up in the car.
Step 4Exit the game completely.
Step 5Find the same folders on your new system and replace them with the copied ones.
Step 6Start GTA IV again. And the first time I did it, it said failed to load saved game, so it started with the intro again. This is ok. I skipped the intro, and went into menu and selected "Load Saved Game". You should see your saved game you transferred over. Load that.
Step 7Exit out of the game after loading and restart the game. It should load the newest game loaded on there.
Again this is not simple, but not complicated. It has worked for many and I have done it myself. It was easy for me and now I can reinstall my operating system on my computer and not have to worry. Enjoy
Tips & WarningsMake sure to COPY the folders, not cut them. If this does not work you want to have back up.
Remember to copy the ENTIRE folders listed above.
For those of you without a Microsoft LIVE account, try doing the steps above minus the "XLive" folder.