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Civilization V Gods and Kings Error MoveFile Failed Code 3 Fix Solved


An error occurred while trying to rename a file in the destination directory :
MoveFile failed; code 3.

  1. Install Civilization V on your C drive with a short name. I saved it as “Civ5” (c:\Civ5) and will reference it as such.
  2. Install any updates you want. I patched up and installed the other DLCS first
  3. Install Civilization V Gods and Kings in the same Civ5 folder. When prompted if you want to install in the same folder, hit yes.
  4. Install any remaining patches and play
  5. Error MoveFile Failed Code 3 is due to the fact that the path was too long in length when saved in Program Files. This is because there are way too many folders in Civilization.

    I hope this guide helps someone, as when making this test, my Civ V install went rogue and deleted half my programs/games when I was testing other solutions. ugh lol


  1. Comments  phobia   |  Friday, 14 September 2012 at 12:06 AM

    and it was that easy,
    thx mate, nicely done, it was really bothering me

  2. Comments  Kcy   |  Tuesday, 18 September 2012 at 3:50 AM

    My troubleshooting days for this problem ended right here! You’re awesome! Thank you 😀

  3. Comments  Wik   |  Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 1:23 PM

    You make the internet a better place..
    I would never have figured this out without you, thank you very much!

  4. Comments  attila   |  Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 1:29 PM

    dude thank you so much it worked me as well. i was searching for a solution for a week. cheers!

  5. Comments  Ubregrover   |  Thursday, 27 September 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Thanks. I also want to emphasize the importance of making sure you install it into THE SAME folder as the original release. Even if you choose CivV as the folder, it will often add the subfolder Sid M…Gods and Kings. Make sure the prompt asks if you want it in the same location and say yes!

  6. Comments  civfan   |  Sunday, 14 October 2012 at 2:58 AM

    thank bro you solved it, its great to see the installation without errors. i still have a prob popping after installing the pack it asks me to install dx 11 and C++, when i say yes to installation it shows the error could not execute the dx.11.exe file or vc++.exe file. please help

  7. Comments  Sublimerjr   |  Sunday, 04 November 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Great Solution!!!!
    And always install in the SAME FOLDER of the game! Don’t accept the suggestion of a subfolder!

  8. Comments  Thanatos   |  Sunday, 30 December 2012 at 1:14 PM

    You sir / madam are a wonderful person and a credit to your species. I’m now going to bang my head against the wall for awhile for not figuring this out, but thanks to you I’ll have the game to play afterwards. Many enemies will be slaughtered in your honor, and an empire erected in humble tribute.

  9. Comments  Andrew O   |  Thursday, 10 January 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Thanks so much! This is what the internet should be all about, a community of people helping each other, You rock!

  10. Comments  Antonio   |  Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Many thanks for this amazing solution.

  11. Comments  ShakiiWeird   |  Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 9:05 AM

    I have the same problem as civfan. What should we do? :S

  12. Comments  ShakiiWeird   |  Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Oh civfan I found the solution. You have to go to the .exe file in the civ5 folder and run each program as administrator

  13. Comments  doruk   |  Monday, 05 January 2015 at 4:21 AM

    bro , THANK YOU

  14. Comments  zee   |  Tuesday, 04 April 2017 at 11:15 PM

    cheers mate i was goingmad

  15. Comments  Lohithesh   |  Saturday, 08 April 2017 at 9:10 AM

    THX Bro I did thee same to hitman absolution and it worked thanks

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