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Fixing Slow Steam Client for Windows

Fixing Slow Steam Client for Windows – Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve corporation where one can purchase and play video games. This software offers digital rights management, matchmaking servers, video streaming, and social networking services. This platform gives the user with installation and updates of the game plus, a community feature where they can have friends list and groups, cloud saving and in game voice and chat.

Although Steam is updated quite frequently, problems persist to come up. One of which is having the Steam client operating really slow that it is almost impossible to play your games. Other than that, it could as well use a lot of your CPU resources causing for your system to heat up.

Fixing Slow Steam Client for Windows

A lot of gamers have reported Steam client lagging or slowing down. Whether you think it could be because of the latest game you downloaded or updated, or Windows just released some updates or the steam software itself has the issue, here are some fixes you can try to get it to work at the normal speed again.

Clearing your Steam browser cache and cookies.

  • Sometimes, your Steam browser accumulates too much data in its cache the it leaves no space for the client to use. This causes unfavorable behavior like running slow. Steam has a separate browser and is used to view pages when you click a link. To clear cache and cookies, do the following;
  • Launch Steam client and run as administrator.
  • In the client, click on settings from the drop down after you click the tab of the Steam at the left corner of the screen.

  • Navigate to the Web Browser tab on the left side of the screen. It should be the second last option.
  • Click the two buttons inside Web Browser options namely Delete Web Browser Cache and Delete Web Browser cookies.

  • If it ask you to confirm click ok then exit after saving changes.
  • Restart Steam upon ending all processes in task manager.

Clearing Download Cache

  • Aside from cookies, download may also be present in the cache that causes you problem. Every time you download on Steam, it collects data to the Download Cache. Try clearing it the same way we cleared the cache.
  • Launch Steam client and run as administrator.
  • In the client, click on settings from the drop down after you click the tab of the Steam at the left corner of the screen.
  • Navigate to the Downloads tab on the left side of the screen.
  • Click Clear Download Cache, OK when it asks you to confirm action and exit.
  • Restart Steam upon ending all processes in the task manager.

If none of the above two works, try refreshing game files. To do that, delete all configuration files of the Steam client and force install them again. This way, if there are any bad or corrupted files, it will get replaced accordingly. Take note of your username and password before you try doing this as you will have to enter them once the process finishes.

Let me know if that works on the comment box below. You may also share your tricks with such errors so others can see.

Updated: December 19, 2018 — 7:25 am

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