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Clean install Counter-Strike: Source and disable the Steam Cloud


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The steam cloud is great sometimes but often it is a plague bringing in old settings and configurations that weren't intended. This is the once-and-for-all solution to get a fresh copy of CS:S installed 


  1. Backup your maps now if you wish to do so to avoid having to re-download them. The paths below are where your downloaded maps may be after you've navigated to your Steam Library Folder.
    \steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Source\cstrike\maps\steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Source\cstrike\download\maps\steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Source\cstrike\custom\SomeFolderName\maps\
  2. Delete your Counter-Strike folder wherever it is on your hard drive. Also check this path to see if you have left over files from before the SteamPipe update. The paths below are after you've navigated to your Steam Library Folder.

     \steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Source\ \steamapps\YourSteamLoginName\Counter-Strike:Source\
  3. Open up your system registry (regedit.exe) as an Administrator and delete the Settings key (folder) from the path:
  4. Restart Steam
  5. Go to your Steam Library and download CS:S
  6. In your Steam Library, right-click on Counter-Strike: Source and click Properties
  7. Click SET LAUNCH OPTIONS... and add this
    -autoconfig +cl_cloud_settings 0
    -autoconfig restores video performance to defaults and ignores any .cfg files. This is only going to be needed on the inital launch
    +cl_could_settings 0 will disable the Steam cloud for the game even on first launch
  8. Launch CS:S!
  9. Everything will be so fresh and so clean. Setup everything as you want it and then close CS:S
  10. Remove the -autoconfig parameter set in step #7
  11. Restore your maps if you backed them up in step one. The should be restored here after the SteamPipe update since the old maps directory is meant to only have Valve maps and remain seperate:
    \steamapps\common\Counter-Strike Source\cstrike\custom\AnyFolderName\maps\
  12. Rejoice! You can now continue setting up CS:S to your liking and/or install more bad cfg files to defile your install :)

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