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Installing the Left 4 Dead series from Disc

What is the process of installing my retail copy of Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2 on my PC?

Mac Users:

If you are using a Mac, you will not be able to install from the disc. Please double-click on the game in your Library list to begin downloading and installing the software.

First, make sure Steam is installed. Click here to: download and install the latest version of Steam.

Once Steam has been installed, please continue by following these directions:

  • Login to the account you wish to use to access your games. 
    Note: You may only register your CD Key to one account.
  • Put the disk in your DVD drive.
    • If the installer does not automatically start, right-click on the drive and go to Explore.
    • Double-click the Setup.exe.
  • Select your Setup Language.  The following screenshots will be from the English language installation.
  • You will be presented with the following menu:

    Select Install.

    Note:If you have previously registered your copy of Left 4 Dead to your computer, you will use the option Reinstall.

  • You will be presented with the following dialog box:

    Locate the CD Key that came with your purchase and enter it here.

    Note: Valve CD Keys do not include the number 1, number 0, or the letter O. If you see what looks like a one, use the letter i. If you see what appears to be a zero or the letter O, use the letter Q.

  • Click Next >
  • You will see the following dialog box:

    Activation

    Wait...

  • You will then see the following dialog box:

    If desired, you may Print Receipt then click Next >.

  • You will be presented with the following dialog box:



    Select Next >.
     
  • You will be presented with the following dialog box:

    Select any options you wish and click Next >.

  • You will be presented with the following dialog box:

    Wait...

  • You will be presented with the following dialog box:

    Wait... Note: "Installing from disk..."

  • You will be presented with the following dialog box:

    Click Finish.

  • Your games will download an update as part of the authentication process. When Left 4 Dead reads Ready to play the game is ready to play.

 

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