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Old 06-19-2012, 01:26 AM   #1
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Installing error - Missing Manifest

Hi all,

I've had an error pop up on steam when I try to install Civilization V.

It says "An error has occured when trying to install Civilization V (Missing manifest)"

I brought the files to work copied from my home PC to try and install rather than download it but the game is still greyed out and it still wants me to try and install (download it).

Does anybody have any idea how to get around this? Ideally I'd prefer to copy the files from my portable hard drive than download it.

I have tried restarting steam and changing download servers.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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Try a reverify game cache on it
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:19 AM   #3
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It won't allow me to do that as the game is still greyed out in the library. I have placed all of the files I copied from the home PC in the correct steam folders but for some reason it is not picking them up.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:42 AM   #4
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Nobody has any ideas on how to fix this?

Like I said, I have all the data, but Steam is not picking it up. If I try to install I get the error mentioned above.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:57 AM   #5
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Try changing your download region. Go FAR away if you have to even another continent.

You can also try and see if installing via the web interface works better as well.

Otherwise try deleting everything except the steam.exe and the steamapps folder.

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Old 06-26-2012, 02:36 AM   #6
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I tried deleting everything except for steamapps and the exe and that didn't work.

I just changed my download region to Brazil and tried to install again and it finally picked up all the files I had on my hard drive. Strange error since I had tried quite a few different download servers in Europe. I don't see how changing to one on a different continent would fix this.

Thanks anyway
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:36 AM   #7
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I just re-installed
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:00 PM   #8
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EDIT: Welp, nevermind.

Evidently, if you exactly follow Ren's actions, it fixes it.

Meaning, change your download region to Brazil.
Either that, or change your connection speed settings.

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:34 PM   #9
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I get this error when trying to Install Just Cause 2 and Morrowind.

I have tried a full clean reinstall of steam.
I have tried switching download regions and download speed.

Nothing works. I have a steam trouble ticket submitted but no reply.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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Lightbulb RESOLUTION

Hello all. I too experienced the Missing Manifest error when installing a game. In my case, it was Shadowrun Returns. I have the resolution, and it's simpler than a reinstall or complete rebuild of your library.

I had some insight on this error, as I recently rebuilt my computer after a slow motherboard death, and reinstallation of Steam over an existing library caused a similar error with one of the FPS games. Some extensive Google searching provided the exact manifest file that was corrupted, as they are no longer named after the games they're associated to.

Since Shadowrun was so new, I did not have the luxury of someone providing that exact file. So, what I did is the following:
* Determine where your files are located
- In the main Steam window, click the Steam menu
(up where it says Steam, View, Friends, Games and Help)
- Click Settings
- Click the Downloads tab
- Click the Steam Library Folders button
- In the window that comes up, it will tell you exactly where the Steam Library Folders are located on your hard drive(s)
(In my case, it's on D:\Games\Valve\Steam)
- Close all of the windows

* In Windows Explorer or Finder, wherever you browse files on your OS, browse to the folder you just discovered.
- Once in the Steam folder, open the SteamApps folder
- Put your file browser into Details view
-- In Windows, right-click some whitepsace in the folder, select View in the pop-up menu and select Details.
- Click the column header for Date or Date Modified until the most recently written files are at the top of the list.
- This will bring up the appmanifest file for the most recently installed game to the top.
(In my case, the Shadowrun Returns appmanifest file was appmanifest_218820.acf)

- Delete the appmanifest file at the top. The file will reside in your trash can for recovery, if this was the incorrect file.
- Retry download or installation of your game.
- Once you're sure the game was installed without error, empty your trash can or recycle bin.

My guess as to the source of the issue is that, Steam started the download, and the manifest became corrupt. It was unable to record whatever data into the file, and produced an error that it could not find the file, even through it was clearly there.

Deletion of this file caused Steam to rebuild the file, and download the game without issue. Hopefully, this will help others.
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