Sometimes you just want to come home, charge your PC and play one of your favorite FPS games to relieve stress after a long day. However, Steam occasionally decides that the opposite is much more attractive on this occasion.
Steam tends not to open. We have all seen it in other applications. You double-click the icon, expect things to load, but end up playing the endless waiting game. Funny times.
As annoying as that may be, luckily if Steam doesn’t open there are a few quick and easy fixes that will get you up and running in no time.
Below we have listed the most common methods to fix the problem that Steam won’t open. The order is from the most successful to the darkest.
One of the most common reasons why an application cannot load is because it did not close properly the first time. If so, the PC stops trying to reload the application if it reaches the “not closed” status it is in. To fix this, the application must be closed manually and then a relaunch closed. Here’s how:
- First load the Task Manager. You can beat this crtl + alt + del or Ctrl + Shift + Esc. After loading Task Manager, look for “steam“Under the Applications section.
- Once found, you can either press on your keyboard or press Delete Right click + end task.
- Once the program is completely closed, you can now try reloading Steam
Nine times out of ten, this is the most effective way to get Steam to charge. I personally have had this problem many times and have forced Steam to close and restart each time.
Try running Steam as an administrator
If the method described above does not work, it may be helpful to grant Steam administrator rights. There are two ways to do this, but we’ll stick to the simplest method.
- Find the Steam shortcut on your desktop. Just right click on it and choose “execute as administrator ” Option from the drop down menu
- If everything is OK, Steam should start as usual
While this has a much lower success rate than the method described above, it worked for a large group of people. Trying this would always be my second option.
Clear the steam cache
As with many applications, the steam cache can cause problematic situations if it is not kept in mind. Although this is a fairly rare event, some unfortunate people are still affected. How to clear the steam cache
- Start closing Steam through Task Manager – the same way as shown in Method 1
- After closing, look for the steam folder – usually in This PC> Local Hard Drive (C:)> Programs (x86)> Steam
- Inside you should see the ‘App cache Folder. This is the folder you want to delete. Before doing so, however, we always recommend saving a copy of the current app cache – in the event of complications
- Delete the folder and start Steam. If it works properly, Steam will recreate the Appcache folder and start as usual
This can also fix a number of other issues that you may encounter. However, this works especially well for people who cannot open Steam.
Update the registry
At this point, we’ve gone through most of the common fixes that actually work. There are currently not many options available before you need to reinstall Steam.
Apart from that, Steam registration can cause several problems, one of which is that Steam is not loading properly. Learn how to update Steam registration here.
PS: If you’re using a version of Steam that doesn’t use a registration file, just go to the next step.
- As in the last step, start by closing all Steam-related programs and applications
- Next, locate the following folder: This PC> Local Hard Drive (C:)> Programs (x86)> Steam
- Scroll down until you see the file with the title ClientRegistry.blob
- Instead of deleting, simply rename the file ClientRegistryOld.blob
- At this stage you can now try to start Steam. If everything is OK, the Steam application will load as usual
This will likely not work for most people, but for some this will help open the steam as usual.
If your Steam is still not loading at this point, you only need to completely reinstall Steam. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple solution and works (mostly) almost every time. Reinstalling Steam gives you a clean start, a new set of files with no recurring problems. To reinstall Steam:
- In the Windows search bar, type control panel and press Enter
- Search for “Uninstall programs“, Found under the Programs tab
- Find the Steam application inside. Right-click and follow the uninstall wizard
- After uninstalling, download the Steam installer (found here) again and follow the installation wizard
- Restart your PC after installation, double click the Steam icon and it should load as usual
If everything else fails, this is a sure way to get Steam up and running again.
Check for malware
If you’ve tried all of the above methods and Steam still doesn’t work, you only have a few options left. The first is to scan your PC for malware and virus files that could affect Steam and its startup sequence. We recommend downloading antivirus software that has a built-in malware removal tool – AVG, Avira, Bitdefender or SpyBot Search & Destroy, to name a few.
Search your entire PC for third-party adware, Trojans, viruses, spyware or other performance-changing files.
Also, check out some of the other Steam sites we have and help fix a number of other issues that you might encounter:
So there you have it, our comprehensive guide on how to fix Steam loading issues. We hope this guide helped you solve the problem. If not, you can send us a comment in the section below. We will answer all questions as soon as possible. You can now go to our Community Hub and discuss all topics related to games and PC hardware with like-minded people.