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Fix: Steam Game Won’t Launch Windows 10

Many users may face a problem of their Steam games not working on Windows 10. At the start, this was the problem because the games were not optimized to run on the new Windows. We will list the method on how to run the games in compatibility mode. However, if the problem still persists, it means that something else is either interfering with your Steam client or you have a file or two corrupted.

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Solution 1: Running games in compatibility mode

  1. Navigate to your Steam directory. The default location for your steam folder should be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.

Press ⊞ Win + R button. This should pop-up the Run application.

In the dialogue box write “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.

Or if you installed Steam in another directory, you can browse to that directory and you can proceed with steps mentioned below.

  1. Find the folder named “SteamApps”. Open it.
  2. Click on the folder named “Common”; here you will find a list of a number of games which are installed in your PC.
  3. Choose the game you are trying to run and right click on it. Choose Properties.
  4. Choose the “Compatibility” tab and check the box which says “Run this game in compatibility mode for: “.
  5. In the drop down box, select Windows 8. Apply the changes and save.
  6. Relaunch the Steam client and start the game you want to play.

Solution 2: Removing the ClientRegistry.blob

It is possible that your Steam file named “ClientRegistry.blob” may get corrupted or damaged. This can cause Steam to crash again and again or may lead to games being not able to play. If you see a dialogue box saying “Launching game”, and it is stuck there for an indefinite period of time, it means that the instant Steam tries to launch the game, it crashes. This becomes a loop until you manually cancel the launching process. Below are the steps mentioned to delete the file “ClientRegistry.blob”.

  1. Launch your Task Manager by pressing ⊞ Win + R button. This should pop-up the Run application.

In the dialogue box write “taskmgr”. This should open up the task manager. End all the Steam related tasks starting from “Steam Client Bootstrapper”.

  1. The default location for your steam folder should be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.

Press ⊞ Win + R button. This should pop-up the Run application.

In the dialogue box write “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.

Or if you installed Steam in another directory, you can browse to that directory and you can proceed with steps mentioned below.

  1. Locate ‘ClientRegistry.blob.
  2. Rename the file to ‘ClientRegistryold.blob’.
  3. Restart Steam and allow the file to be recreated.

Hopefully, your Client will run as expected. If it still doesn’t work, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Browse back to your Steam directory.
  2. Locate ‘Steamerrorreporter.exe’’.
  3. Run the application and relaunch Steam.

Solution 3: Deleting the AppCache

AppCache may contain unwanted/corrupt files which may be preventing your Steam to launch properly. We can delete it after closing all the Steam processes and relaunch Steam. It will download some required files and get rolling like it should.

  1. Navigate to your Steam directory. The default location for your steam folder should be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.

Press ⊞ Win + R button. This should pop-up the Run application.

In the dialogue box write “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.

Or if you installed Steam in another directory, you can browse to that directory and you can proceed with steps mentioned below.

  1. Here on the top, you will find a folder named “appcache”. Delete it after making a copy of it in your Desktop.
  2. Relaunch Steam using the launcher. It is advised that you use “Run as administrator”. Hopefully, Steam will launch start downloading the missing files.

Solution 4: Correcting your time zone

Sometimes after upgrading to Windows 10, your time zone doesn’t match accordingly. This tampers with Steam because it is designed to collect real-time data from your PC accordingly with the time. Below are the steps mentioned to correct your time zone.

  1. Click Windows button and type “Control Panel”. From the search results, open the Control Panel.
  2. From the list of categories, choose “Date and time”.
  3. From the three tabs, choose “Internet Time” and click on “Change Settings”.
  4. Check the dialogue box which says “Synchronize with Internet time server”. Click on Update now. Click on OK after the time is updated successfully and restart Steam.

Solution 4: Opening Steam in Big Picture Mode

In some cases, many glitches/bugs are fixed by opening steam in the “Big Picture Mode” therefore, in this step, we will be opening steam in big picture mode. For that:

  1. Rightclick on the “Steam.exeicon on the desktop
    Note: If you don’t have a steam shortcut on the desktop, you can find the “Steam.exe” in the installation directory.
  2. Select the “Pin to Taskbar” option from the list.
    Selecting the “Pin to Taskbar” option
  3. Rightclick on the “Steam” icon in the taskbar and select “Open in Big Picture Mode“.
  4. Sign in to your account and press “Alt” + “Enter” to access steam in big picture mode.
  5. Open the Games and check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 5: Unplug Joystick

Quite weirdly, sometimes steam doesn’t open games when a Joystick has been plugged in. Therefore, it is recommended to unplug any Joystick that has been installed on the computer and check to see if the issue persists.

Solution 4: Relocating the Steam client

If the simpler methods didn’t work for you, we have to relocate Steam Installation and Game files. This method is broken down into two parts. In the first part, we try to relocate Steam and hope that it will launch and run as expected. If during the launch, an error occurs, we have to reinstall Steam. The entire process is listed below. Please note that any interruption during the copying process may corrupt the files hence you would have to resort to reinstalling the client again.

  1. Navigate to your Steam client and click settings.
  2. Select ‘Downloads’ and click on ‘Steam Library Folders’.
  3. Click on ‘Add Library Folder’ and select a new path where you want Steam to be located.
  4. This will define a future path for all the installations to take place. Now we will move to moving existing Steam files to the path you selected.
  5. Exit the Steam client.
  6. Navigate to your current Steam directory (default is: C: \Program Files \Steam).
  7. Delete all the files and folders except SteamApps and UserData folders. Also, don’t delete exe.
  8. Cut all the folders and paste them to the new directory you decided above.
  9. Launch Steam and re-login.

If you encounter any problems while moving the steam folder or after launching it, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Close your Steam.
  2. Browse to the location where you relocated Steam.
  3. Relocate the ‘SteamApps’ folder from that directory to your desktop.
  4. Uninstall Steam (this is done to remove your old Steam settings from your PC).
  5. Install Steam again to the initial location that you selected.
  6. Move the SteamApps folder in the new Steam directory. This will copy all of your game content, your saved games, and settings.
  7. Launch Steam and enter your credentials.
  8. Verify integrity of Steam game files and you will be able to play.

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