Steam Cloud with two Steam accounts on one Windows account


My boyfriend and I both play most of our games through Steam. I recently wanted to play a game that we both own on his desktop, logged into his Windows account, but using my Steam account and getting my save file from the Steam Cloud.

When I started up the game, however, the Cloud gave me two options:

  • Sync the Cloud to this computer and the current save file (ie my boyfriend's account save file); or
  • Sync the computer's save file to the Cloud and thus erase my personal save file.

Is it in any way possible for two accounts to use the Cloud independently on one Windows account?


Using multiple accounts seems the be the obvious answer here, but while it works for some games which store save files in a sane way (in user directories), a lot of Steam games have their files in a global location in Steamapps.

Best Answer

Assuming his backups were working correctly (backup after every session), it should be safe to overwrite his save with yours, then let him overwrite yours when he wants to play.

The easier and safer option would be to use separate Windows accounts, but older games tend to store the saves in their install folder instead of your Users folder, putting you back at square one.