How to install GTA on PC

You are a person who defines himself as a particularly lover of PC video games and by now you have played and know all the most famous ones by heart. However, you would like to take advantage of a discount to buy and play the famous Grand Theft Auto saga, one of the longest-running Rockstar Games sagas, since it is missing from your collection. Unfortunately, even if you consider yourself an expert gamer you cannot say that you are equally knowledgeable regarding technology: you would therefore like my help to understand how to install GTA on PC .

How do you say? Is this actually the case? Then it is a real good fortune that you have just happened upon this guide of mine; you have nothing to worry about because they are able to explain to you in detail how to carry out the technological procedure you need. However, you must know that there are several versions of the popular Grand Theft Auto saga; in fact, several chapters are available for purchase on PC, from the moment it is a successful series of video games. In any case, you don’t have to worry, if you need a hand to install one of the titles of the saga, you will find a valid help in this tutorial of mine.

Are you ready to get started? All you need is some free time; I suggest you carefully read the passages contained in this guide. You will see that with a little patience you will be able to figure out how to install GTA on your PC. Having said that, I would say that we can begin to get to the heart of this tutorial; I wish you a good reading and a lot of fun.


  • The chapters of the GTA saga
  • How to install GTA on computer
    • Preliminary Phase: Steam Installation
    • How to buy GTA on Steam
    • How to install GTA on Steam

The chapters of the GTA saga

When we talk about GTA (Grand Theft Auto), we are referring to a saga consisting of many chapters, expansions and spin-offs that accompany the gamer from 1997 to today. If you don’t know which GTA chapter you are looking for, I can list the ones that have been published so far:

  • GTA 5 (or GTA V)is the newest chapter in the saga, offering a remarkable longevity and a huge amount of playable content. It was first released in 2013 on Playstation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Later it was also published on PC. The peculiarity of this title for which it was much appreciated, in addition to the engaging storyline, is its online multiplayer mode which represents, almost to all intents and purposes, a game in its own right. Through the menu panel it will be possible to exit GTA 5 to access GTA Online and interact with other players, thanks to the many contents that are continuously introduced.
  • GTA 4(or GTA IV ) was released in 2008 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. It also received a revision to be played on Xbox One as well. It is the first game in the series to feature an official multiplayer mode. The game received two expansions: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay. These expansions can be purchased separately or you can receive them all with the purchase of the Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition bundle.
  • GTA: San Andreasis the fifth chapter set in the state of San Andreas, which has aroused a truly positive reception from the public for the originality of the elements introduced and for its original plot. It was released in 2004 on PlayStation 2 and then later on Xbox, PC, Mac, Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8.
  • GTA: Vice Cityis the fourth chapter of the saga which, unlike the other chapters that had a modern setting, has a plot located in the city of Vice City of the 80s. In addition, this chapter offers, compared to the previous ones, more game modes enriched, with the ability to drive two-wheeled vehicles and fly aircraft. It was made available starting in 2002 on the PlayStation 2, with compatible versions being released for Xbox, PC, macOS, Android and iOS.
  • GTA 3(or GTA III ) is the third installment of the saga which, unlike the previous chapters, was designed with three-dimensional graphics. It was released in 2001 and distributed on PlayStation 2. Subsequently, versions compatible with Xbox, PC, macOS, Android and iOS were released.
  • GTA 2is the second installment of the saga that was released in 1999 on PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast, PC and Game Boy Color. It is set in a fictional American city called Anywhere City. This chapter also has a 2D top down view.
  • GTAis the first installment that debuted on PlayStation, PC and GameBoy in 1997. It is set in the fictional cities of Liberty City, Vice City and San Fierro. It has a 2D top down view. This first chapter received two expansions: Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London 1961.

However, the GTA saga does not end there. Other content has also been published that can be defined as spin-offs. Below you will list the spin-offs published to date:

  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Warsis a chapter released in 2009 on portable and mobile devices, set in the city of Liberty City. The game has graphics inspired by the first two chapters of the saga, but much more modern and adapted to the devices on which it is distributed. It was in fact released on PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Android and iOS.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Storiesis a spin-off of GTA Vice City released in 2006 exclusively on PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Storiesis a GTA 3 spin-off released in 2005 on PlayStation Portable. It was later also released on PlayStation 2, Android and iOS.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Advanceis a GTA spin-off developed exclusively for the Game Boy Advance platform. Just like the first two chapters of the saga, it also has 2D top-down graphics.

How to install GTA on computer

GTA can be downloaded from several stores. In this tutorial I will focus on Steam , but you can also find it, for example, on the Epic Games Store , which among other things has granted the free download of GTA 5 as a promotion in May 2020 (always keep an eye on these offers!) . Here, then, is how to proceed.

Preliminary Phase: Steam Installation

It is possible to download the chapters of the saga (but not all) through the Steam platform. This is a service made available by the Valve company to be able to buy many video games on Windows, macOS and Linux. Steam allows you to purchase digital copies of your video game that you can always download at any time, through your library of purchased games.

You could also purchase and install your GTA chapters through the Rockstar Games site , which has the Social Club download or the discontinued Games for Windows client for the latest titles , but I don’t recommend that you follow this procedure. Instead, I recommend Steam because it offers you a much more advantageous service, also thanks to the discounts that you can often take advantage of to buy your games. In fact, for every occasion, for example the Christmas sales, the summer ones, Black Friday, Halloween and many recurring sales during the year, you can buy the chapters of GTA at really discounted prices, with reductions of up to 70%.

In order to download Steam, you will need to go to the official website and download the software that will manage the purchases, download and installation of the GTA chapters. You will find the Steam download button at the top right, green in color that says Install Steam . After clicking the button, you will be taken to a new page, where you will need to click the Install Steam Now button to start downloading Steam. You can also download the macOS and Linux version on this same page.

Once the installation file has been downloaded, double-click the SteamSetup.exe file and click the Yes button in the Windows User Account Control window. The installation procedure will open, on which you must first click on Next and then check the box to accept the license agreement. Then click Next and then Next again and then the Install button . Once the installation is complete, click the Finish button .

Now wait a moment, for Steam to initialize its startup, downloading the necessary files from the internet and, on the login screen, click on the Create a new account button , to create a new Steam account. If you already have one, click Log in to an existing account .

After completing the registration process (which requires validation of the email address, by clicking on the link that was sent to you by Steam in your inbox) and logged in, you will finally be able to access the store and purchase, download and install your favorite GTA chapters.

How to buy GTA on Steam

To search for a chapter of the GTA saga within Steam, you can use the search engine inside the software. Click on the Shop item , located in the horizontal bar at the top left and click on Highlights . On the right, you will see a search bar with the word Search in store . Click inside it and type the title of the chapter you want to buy, entering the word GTA or, even better, Grand Theft Auto , followed by the Enter key on your keyboard.

If you want to quickly search the chapters of the GTA saga I told you about earlier, you can click on one of the links below. You will be directed to the Steam store website, where you can make your purchase after logging in. The latter will then be automatically available within the Steam software, ready for download and automatic installation.

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto III

GTA 1 and GTA 2 , although available on Steam, are no longer available for purchase. However, you can download a demo of GTA 1 at this official link or the demo of GTA 2 from this other link .

By accessing the Steam store links, you will likely be prompted to enter your date of birth to verify that you are of legal age. Then enter the day, month and year and click the Enter button .

Before buying any game on Steam, I recommend that you always check these two parameters: the language and the system requirements. In the product sheet, the supported languages ​​are always indicated and which elements of the game they refer to. In fact, you will find a check mark on the elements that may be translated, such as the interface, audio and subtitles. Also, scrolling through the product sheet you will see the minimum and recommended requirements. If you don’t meet them, you will likely have a hard time running GTA on your computer. It is also important to check the supported platform. Computers with macOS may not be supported by all chapters of GTA.

If you are sure of your purchase, click on the green Add to Cart button to be directed to the shopping page. Click the Buy for me button and select your payment method from those listed in the drop-down menu.

After selecting the payment method and entering the relevant information, complete the purchase by clicking on the Continue button . Your game will then be available in the Steam Library .

How to install GTA via Steam

Now that you have successfully completed your purchase on Steam, click on the Library item , located in the horizontal bar at the top, and click on Games . From the list on the left you will see all the games you have purchased or will purchase through Steam. Then select the GTA chapter and click the Install button , which will appear in the right tab.

A window for automatic game installation will then appear. You will simply have to confirm the data that will appear on the screen by clicking on the Next button . If you don’t want to create a shortcut on the desktop or in the Start menu, you can disable the corresponding boxes. If you want to change the installation path, click on the drop-down menu of the suggested path and select the item Create a new Steam library on disk .

When Steam has downloaded and installed the game, you can launch it via the link that Steam has created on your desktop and in the Start menu (if you have not disabled the boxes) or you can go back to the Steam Library by selecting the chapter of GTA and clicking the Play button that will appear in the right tab. Good fun!


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