Steam Wont Download Games or It’s Stuck at 0 Bytes/sec (Fix)

Every game present on Steam is broken down into chunks of around 1MB in size. For each game available, there is a manifest available which tells how to assemble these chunks into the game files.

When any update is released, Steam analyzes the update and calculates how it can make the files out of chunks that are already saved in its database. If it is something entirely new, it divides them into new chunks.

Now, when Steam gets to know that there is an update available for any of your games, it compares the new manifest against that which is already present on your computer. It calculates which files are modified and allocates space for them. It calculates which files it needs to download, copy over or replace.

What is happening if everything is in order and my download speed is still low?

So what does all this have to do with the low download speed? Well, let’s suppose you have ten large files. Their total size is a gigabyte each and in them, you have to change 2MB of files. When Steam is building these files, it would have to download the 2MB files and copy the remaining 1022 MB from your existing installation per file. Multiply this by ten (there are ten files in total). It would make 20MB downloadable files and 10220 MB of copying. Therefore, you spend a lot of time waiting for these copies to happen; you are bound by the copying speed.

This is the reason why downloading speed isn’t a problem when you are installing a game from scratch. It downloads everything because there are no existing manifest/files present on your computer. There is only a problem when the amount of copying is far greater than the amount to be downloaded.

Another problem that adds to the frustration is that Steam has three progress counters, one is bytes downloaded, one is bytes reused, and one is bytes successfully written out to newly modified files. In the UI, it only exposes the first counter so it may seem that the download has stopped, whereas the copying must be happening in the background.

How can I confirm that my network connection or any other problem isn’t the reason for 0 Bytes/second?

There is a file named “Steam/logs/content_log.txt”. It can be easily found in your Steam directory. It contains all the details regarding the bytes for download, reuse, and copy. Apart from improving the UI, there isn’t much that can be done on Steam’s end. The copying is necessary because if any other algorithm is used, it would be very ineffective and can corrupt files very easily. Not to mention, a lot of bandwidth will be used.

Method 1: Checking your Disk Usage

Steam tends to stop the downloading for unpacking and arranging the files into your Hard Drive. This can cause the 0 Bytes/second issue on Steam, It can be frustrating but that’s actually how Steam works to install everything without any issues. If the Steam is unpacking/arranging the files it downloaded your Task Manager will indicate that it’s using the Disk. That way you will know for sure that something is happening in the background. At this point. It’s highly recommended that you leave the download as it is and it will be installed automatically, it’s also worth mentioning that you don’t have to worry about your Disk Usage when Steam does operations like this it tends to use more of your HDD to quickly finish this process.

Method 2: Changing your Download Region

If the download is stuck at 0-bytes, in most cases it might be due to the server facing a technical issue or it’s been overloaded by high traffic. You can try changing your download region to fix this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Steam” option on the top right and select “Settings” from the menu.
  2. Once you are in Settings, head over to the “Downloads” Section.
  3. In the Download Region option, select any other region that’s closer to you.
    Changing Download Region
  4. Check to see if the issue persists.

Note: If changing your Download Region has fixed this issue you might have slow download speed issues on Steam.

Method 3: Setting Proxy Settings to Automatic

Your Windows LAN Proxy settings can also be the culprit here so here is how you can set it to detect everything automatically and use the settings provided by your router. Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Windows key and press the R key. This should open the Run program.
  2. Type “control” and press enter to open the Control Panel.

    Changing Proxy Settings
  3. Head over to the “Network and Internet” category. Now press “Internet Options”.
    Internet Options
  4. Once the Internet Options window pops up head over to the “Connections” tab and press “LAN Settings”.
  5. Now make sure to select “Automatically detect proxy settings” and press ok.
    Automatic Proxy settings
  6. Restart your computer and check to see if the issue persists.

Method 4: Clearing Steam and Window’s DNS Cache

We can try to clear the DNS host cache of Windows and the Local Download Cache of Steam to try and fix this issue, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure your Steam is completely closed.
  2. Press and hold the Windows key and press the R key. This should open the Run program.
  3. Type “steam://flushconfig” and press enter.
    Clearing Steam Cache
  4. Keep in mind that this will log you out from your account. Steam should pop up and ask if you want to clear the local download cache. Now press “Ok”.

    Clearing Download Cache
  5. Hold the Windows Key and Press X. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin)
  6. Type the following command to refresh DNS Servers:-
    ipconfig /flushdns
    
  7. Check if the issue persists.

Method 5: Resetting your Network Configuration

If the methods above didn’t work out for you, we will have to reset all of our Network Settings to resolve any conflicts from your network, and to clear any corrupted DNS data or cache, you will have to reset your network settings and get a new IP address assigned from your router. To reset your Network Settings properly, Follow these steps below:

  1. Hold the Windows Key and Press X. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Type the following commands one by one to reset your Network Settings.
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /flushdns
    
  3. Restart your computer.

Check to see if the issue persists.

Note: It is also recommended that you try to change your DNS server.

Method 6: Scanning for malware

It’s possible that there is a virus/malware present on your computer which can spike the Disk Usage and conflict with your download. It can also downgrade your Internet Speed significantly. Although you can use different antivirus programs, you can also use Malwarebytes. Please note that we only link other websites to help our users. We won’t be responsible for any damage that your PC may endure.

Note: It is also recommended to temporarily disable your Antivirus and check if that fixes your issue.

Method 7: Allowing Steam through Firewall

In certain cases, steam might be blocked through the Firewall due to which it is facing an issue while making contact with its servers. Therefore, in this step, we will be allowing Steam through the firewall for both public and private networks. In order to do so:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “Control” and then press “Enter”.
    Accessing the Classic Control Panel interface
  3. Click on the “View By:” option and select “Large Icons” from the list.
  4. Select the “Windows Defender Firewall” option and then click on the “Allow an App or Feature through Firewall” from the left pane.
    Allowing an app or feature through Windows Defender
  5. Click on “Change Settings” and check both the Private and Public options for Steam.
  6. Save your settings and launch Steam.
  7. After signing in, check to see if the issue still persists.

Conclusion:

After trying every method listed in this article, if your downloads still don’t get fixed, you can check if there is a problem with your internet connection. Connect to another network (not necessarily WiFi or Ethernet, you can try 3G too) and see if the problem gets fixed.

If the downloads are smooth on another network, it means there is a problem with your ISP. You have to contact the customer representative and tell him about your specific problem. You can also try disconnecting other devices on your network and restart the internet modem. You should also check if there is any conflict with your antivirus or Windows defender. Sometimes, the extensions present in Chrome also create problems.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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