Steam is generally pretty stable, but every now and then you’ll run into a problem.This guide gives solutions to common problems you’ll encounter in Steam, from games crashing or not working properly to Steam failing to launch.
Be sure to close Steam completely (click the Steam menu at the top of the Steam window and select Exit) before deleting this file.
Steam periodically detects the closest download server to you.
However, these download servers can become overloaded – if games are downloading slowly, you may want to change your download server.
In the properties window, click the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache button.
If Steam itself is failing to launch or you still experience odd issues with games not working properly, you might want to try deleting your Client file.
After deleting this file, you’ll have to log back into Steam and other local settings will also be lost – for example, you’ll have to re-categorize your games.
You’ll find this file in your Steam directory – C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam by default.
Corrupted files can also cause a multitude of other odd game bugs.
To fix corrupted game files, you can have Steam validate the game’s cache on your system.
Steam will examine the game’s files and – if any problems are detected – will re-download the corrupted files from Steam’s servers.
To validate a game’s cache, right-click the game in your Steam library and select Properties.