Running Steam on your PC should be an easy process because you only need to download the installer from the Steam’s official website, run it, and you should be set to go if you already have an account created. Steam’s client is compatible with all Windows XP and later versions when it comes to Windows OS and Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Any system with at least 512 MB of RAM and a process with a speed of 1 GHz or faster should be set to run Steam easily. However, certain issues may cause Steam to run slower than normal since it can sometimes be resource-consuming.
There are a lot of different steps to undertake if you notice that your Steam client is running slower than usual and it’s important to determine the real cause. If Steam is the only program you are struggling with, then the issue is related solely to Steam and you should try some Steam-related fixes. However, if you are experiencing poor performance from several different programs, then the real cause may be your PC. If you want to experience gaming without issues, you should know that you will have to invest in your setup. Update your drivers and your operating system regularly.
Analyze the Issue
First of all, you need to analyze your problems and come up with a strategy on how to solve them. Open your Steam client and then open Task Manager by clicking CTRL + ALT + DEL or CTRL SHIFT + ESC. Take a look at your current CPU and memory usage and look for abnormalities. Is there any process consuming your resources irregularly? If you locate a process like this, Google the process and find out to what program it belongs to and explore different ways to make it less resource-consuming if it’s a system process.
Most Steam issues can be fixed easily by refreshing its core files using “steam://flushconfig”. Simply run this command in your “Run” dialog box to fix the issue. Apart from that, you can open Settings and navigate to the Downloads tab. You will notice the “Clear Download Cache” option in the bottom. This will help with certain issues related to downloading and running Steam games.
If none of these options seem to work out, reinstalling Steam may be your only option. If you are a passionate gamer, your game library may weigh more than a hundred gigabytes and all of this data is lost when you uninstall Steam. Our advice is to move or copy your library to a different folder before uninstalling and simply move it over once you are finished.
Upgrade and Maintain Your PC
Know that gaming is the most resource-heavy PC process and you need to possess a solid setup in order to enjoy it without a lot of issues. Most modern PCs and laptops offer high processing power and a significant amount of RAM memory but you will have to pay some extra money for a proper graphics card.