Tag Archives: Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV save game location

In order to backup your save games for Grand Theft Auto IV on the PC you will need to backup two different folders, this is due to the game using the Games for Windows Live system.

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Rockstar Games

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\MicrosoftXLive

Windows Vista/7

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Rockstar Games


NB: These are the default folder locations, if you have a different location it can be found by typing %LOCALAPPDATA% into Windows Explorer.

Grand Theft Auto IV command line options

Below is a list of various command line options that can be used with Grand Theft Auto IV (4) (external link) on the PC:


-benchmarkRuns the benchmark tool and exits the game
-helpDisplays a list of command line options






-novblankDisable vsync
-norestrictionsDo not limit graphic settings within the game
-safemodeRuns the graphics in the lowest setting possible

Limits frames to a multiple of the refresh rate

i.e. if your refresh rate is 60Hz then setting this to 1 would locks the frame limit at 60

-availablevidmemSet amount of available physical video memory
-percentvidmemPercentage of video memory available to the game


-fullspecaudioForce high-end CPU audio
-minspecaudioForce low-end CPU audio


-noprecacheDisable the precaching of resources
-nomemrestrictDisable memory restrictions

You can these commands easily by creating a commandline.txt file within your default GTA IV install folder (the default is C:Program FilesRockstar GamesGrand Theft Auto IV), put each command on its own line to run multiple commands at once.