Locating Your WGS Save Files
The Microsoft Store / Xbox Game Pass version of SnowRunner stores your user profile in a hidden directory. To find it, open Windows Explorer (or hit Windows Key + E) and using the top navigation bar, enter the following folder:
Within this folder, there will be a subfolder containing your save files:
Make a copy of this folder to a temporary location, such as your desktop. Inside there will be several files with GUID names and a file named “index.###” This file will be important for the next step.
Depending on how much progress you have made in the game, you will potentially see more or less files in this directory.
Uploading Your Container File
Upload your container file to this tool and click ‘run’.
Renaming Your Files
The tool will generate a list of mappings with what the original filename is and a close approximation what the new file name should be. There are two different types of files and both need to be handled slightly differently.
IMPORTANT: When renaming files, it is crucial that you follow the order of files in the tool and NOT the order of files in your directory.
For files that DON’T end in an underscore, simply take the new filename and add ‘.cfg’. In this example, the file named…
would be renamed to…
For files that DO end in an underscore, append ’01.cfg’ to the filename. In this example, the file named…
would be renamed to…
If you can’t rename a file because one with the same name already exists, simply increment the number you append until there isn’t a conflict. For example, if…
already existed, you would instead name it…
If both of those files already existed, you would name it
Repeat this process until all the files except container have been renamed.
Moving the Files to Steam
Your Steam save files are located in the following folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\ Steam ID \1465360
…where SteamID is unique to you.
If you wish to back up your existing Steam save, move the contents of the remote folder to someplace safe. Otherwise, delete the contents of the remote folder and copy in all the files you renamed. To avoid Steam cloud sync issues, it is recommended you delete the ‘remotecache.vdf’ file before starting the game again.
In my experience, the Steam version of SnowRunner runs much better on PC than the WGS version which is apparently more optimized for consoles. On two of my computers I tried this with (i9-9900K with 2x RTX 2080Ti and Ryzen 9 5950X with an RTX 3090) my framerate was both overall higher and more consistent.
Special thanks to my friend Horvaticus for helping me test this, editing the guide for clarity, and being the Ostentatious Burrito Supreme.
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