Installing HL2 Weapon Skins

A Tutorial for Half-Life 2

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It is necessary to have started the game up at least once before attempting to install a skin! Step #1:
Download a nice HL2 weapon skin, from the HL2 skin section! Step #2:
Once you have chosen a skin, click on it. then click "Download". Choose a mirror, and save the file to your desktop. Step #3:
If you do not already have WinRAR, download it! Then extract the contents of the skin archive to your desktop. Step #4:
Navigate your way into this folder:
C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\half-life 2\hl2\
Step #5:
On your desktop (depending on the skin), you should see the extracted contents of your skin. There should be folders named "Materials", "Models", and sometimes "Sound" and "Scripts". Match up these folders with the ones in your HL2 folder that we went into in step #4. It WILL ask you if you want to replace... say YES! Step #6:
Activate Half-Life:2, and gaze upon your newly installed skin!
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    alexd_stark Joined 8mo ago
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    I think it needed to be changed,because better just installing skins to [custom] folder.
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  • When I try to load Half-Life 2 I get the following error. 

    Tried to add C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life 2\hl2\custom\materials as a search path.

    This is probably not what you intended.

    Check C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life 2\hl2\custom\readme.txt for more info.


    Can someone please explain what I've did wrong?
    A person who's bad at things.
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    And now skins use VPK packages.
    Preferably by second way.
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    > **Posted by JaxJ** > > i don't mean to sound like an idiot but the skins aren't working for me. > > i've tried to download several skins but none of them worked. > and yes i did extract each skin to C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life 2\hl2 > > sorry once again for sounding like a retard. Remember, this tutorial is woefully out-of-date (no thanks to the Steampipe update). If you haven't created a folder named "custom" in your hl2 folder, you should.
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    **Pros:** - but now it as a Custom File
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    Where i need to create the custom folder for episode one and two? i paste the teh snake weapon textures in hl2 forder and 357 skin works, only the 357 (half-life 2 episode one/episodic)
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    If u want to realy install this just make in hl2/custom/my_custom_stuff/in here will be materials models sound etc. thanks
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    **Notes:** - This tutorial is out of date, what you need to do it make a folder called "custom" in your hl2 folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life 2\hl2), and then put all the models, materials, sounds, scripts, etc. into a folder in the "custom" folder.
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  • I cant really find the Half-Life 2 folder...
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    i don't mean to sound like an idiot but the skins aren't working for me. i've tried to download several skins but none of them worked. and yes i did extract each skin to C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life 2\hl2 sorry once again for sounding like a retard.
    hot damn
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