Some people do not want to be bothered with installing mods, so they don’t. Others might need to uninstall a mod because it’s causing some problems. Whatever the case may be, there is one thing that you should always do before uninstalling a mod: make sure that the files are backed up and removed properly. Here are a few tips on how to safely remove all of your GTA 5 mods without any hiccups.
Uninstalling GTA 5 mods : The Ultimate Guide
1. Close GTA 5.
2. Open your computer’s command prompt (Start, type “command prompt,” and hit Enter).
3. Type the following commands:
cd D:\ Grand Theft Auto V\ GTA5\x64\dlcpacks\patchday3ng\dlc.rpf\common\data
4. Go to the folder that you created in 3. and delete everything it contains except for “patch_day3_ngp”. Make sure you don’t delete anything else by mistake!
5. Right-click on the shortcut to GTA 5 and select “Properties.” Find “Target” and change it to one of the following:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto V” or “D:\ Grand Theft Auto V\”
Backing up your files
The first step in safely removing all of your mods is to make sure that you have a back up of the files you’ll need. You can use a program like 7-Zip or WinRAR for this. You don’t want to lose all of your custom content, so make sure that you have a backup stored in case anything goes wrong.
You should also create backups of the archives containing your mods. This ensures that if something does go wrong, you can delete and reinstall the mod again with ease.
Now that you’ve got backups of your files and archives, it’s time to get started with uninstalling your mods:
1) Create a new folder on the desktop called “Saved Mods” by right clicking inside an empty space on the desktop and selecting New > Folder from the menu.
2) Now navigate to wherever GTA 5 is installed on your computer, usually at C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto V by clicking Start > Run > then typing “program files” without quotes into the box that appears and pressing enter twice. Then, enter “Grand Theft Auto V.” Next, enter “mods.”
3) Copy everything from the mod folder over into your newly created folder called “Saved Mods.” This should include any archived folders that are present.
4) Now open up Windows Explorer and navigate through your computer system until you find where GTA 5 is installed on your computer (usually at C:\Program
Removing the GTA 5 modded files from disk
The first step is to make sure that the current files in your GTA 5 folder are backed up. If you have any mods installed, they will be located in a .pack file. The location of these files is:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto V\mods
Once you have the backup made, it’s time to uninstall all of the mods. To remove them, close out of GTA 5 and open up a command prompt window with administrator privileges. In that command prompt window type:
If you’re unsure if the mod was properly removed, open up Steam and do a search for these files in your GTA 5 folder and see if they’re there. This can be handy if you want to make sure that your computer hasn’t been infected by malware which would cause some weird behavior when trying to install or remove other games from your library on Steam. Also, even though this doesn’t affect gameplay at all, try deleting any saved games for GTA 5 that were generated after the mod has been installed because those saved games will still exist in this game file and could create issues when trying to reinstall or uninstall the mod later on down the line.
Cleanup of your game directory and registry
Most mods will require you to edit some files in the game directory. If those files are not backed up and removed properly, then they will be left behind when you uninstall a mod. Likewise, if your registry is left unchanged after removing a mod, then your system might run into some problems or even stop working altogether. Make sure that every file that was edited by a mod is removed from the game directory and registry before uninstalling it.
Q: What is a mod?
A: A mod is a modification of the game that usually changes gameplay or adds to it. Mods can add new features, change graphics, and more. If you want to learn more about mods, read this article on popular GTA 5 mods.
Q: Why do I need to uninstall mods?
A: Sometimes, mods will cause problems with the game and there’s no way around it. These types of mods are not welcome in GTA 5 and might be causing crashes or even corrupting your save files. It’s best practice to remove any unwanted or potentially harmful mods before uninstalling them for good.
There’s a whole lot of good GTA 5 mods out there. But if you just want to enjoy the vanilla game again, you can uninstall them in a couple of clicks. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
Have fun playing GTA 5 again!