Microsoft has worked really hard to make its Windows 10 operating system super comfortable for both Work as well as Play. Hence with all necessary working tools, they have also provided gaming tools such as the built-in Xbox App, streaming, recording and more. And it works like a charm for many users, but unfortunately, not for all.
When it comes to PC Gaming, well, Steam is the first choice for all. But as said, many users are struggling to run Steam on their Windows 10 system. Some of them are not even able to run any Steam games on their Windows 10 PCs or laptops. If you are one of them and looking for the fix to run Steam in Windows 10, then keep reading, your are at the right place. Here are 8 different ways to troubleshoot your Steam issues on Windows 10.
1. Make Sure Your Windows is Updated!!
The first and foremost thing you should do is to update the Windows. Updating Windows itself resolves many issues and you may not need to do anything else then. The reason behind this is, Microsoft focuses on gaming aspect a lot and therefore, includes considerable bug-fixes in every update. Windows Update also includes threats for the gamers.
2. Make Sure Your Drivers and DirectX Updated
If you are unable to run Steam in your Windows 10 then, drivers may be the reason. Always make sure that your drivers are updated and same thing goes with the DirectX.
We understand that updating the drivers manually is a long process and a hectic. For that, you can use driver updater tools that are available. You just need to download the tool and it will do the rest for you. One such safe and trusted driver updater tool is TweakBit’s Driver Updater Tool. The good thing about this tool is that, it is approved by Microsoft and Norton.
3. Perform Rollback in Windows!!
Yes, you read it right! It is true that Windows update solves many existing issue but sometimes it also cause unnecessary problems with the updates. Many users have reported the problems with the Windows 10 update.
If this is the case with you, then you can roll back to the previous version of your Windows 10. Below is the procedure to rollback in Windows 10:
- Open Settings > Update and Security.
- Go to the Recovery tab and click Get Started in ‘Go back to an earlier build’ option.
- Select the reason for going back to the previous version of Windows and then click Next.
- You will be provided the option to download the latest version of windows, click on No Thanks and then click Next button.
- Click on the Next again and select Go back to an earlier build.
4. Make sure your GPU drivers are Up to date.
If you are running games in your computer then, the GPU drivers play a very important role. Therefore, always keep your GPU drivers updated. Follow the steps mentioned below to update your GPU drivers.
- Open Device Manager and go to Display adapters.
- In the Display adapter section, open the Properties by right-clicking on your graphics device.
- Select Details and open Hardwarelds.
- Copy the very first row you see and paste it into the address bar of your browser.
- After searching for it, you will get the drivers you need to install.
Note: download your drivers only from the trusted official sites like nVidia, AMD/ATI and Intel. Always avoid the unknown and suspicious sources that provide drivers.
5. Verify Integrity of Your Steam Game Files:
Verifying the Integrity of the game files is a good idea and is often useful when you’re not able to run the games. In case you don’t know how to verify the integrity of game files, then don’t worry. Below are the steps you will need to perform to verify integrity of your game files.
- Open Steam.
- From the menu navigate to Library > Properties.
- Open Local files and click on Verify integrity of game files.
- Wait till it finish and then re-launch Steam.
And that’s it; your game files are now verified.
6. Enable the Compatibility Mode for Running Games
If you’re unable to run the games, chances are your game is not compatible with the version of Windows you are using. For this purpose, run you games in compatibility mode. Here is how to Run games in a Compatibility mode:
- Launch Steam and go to Library.
- Go to the Properties by right-clicking the game title.
- Navigate to Local Files and click Browse Local Files.
- Now, look for the executable of the game and go to its properties by right-clicking on it.
- Navigate to the Compatibility tab and check Run this program in compatibility mode then, select the Operating System.
- Save changes.
7. Run game as an administrator
If nothing works for you, then try running the game as an administrator. Here is how you can do that :
- Launch Steam and go to Library.
- Open the properties by Right clicking the game title you want to run.
- Now, navigate to the Local Files tab and click Browse Local Files.
- On finding the game executable, right click on it and go to its Properties.
- Go to the Compatibility tab and check “Run this program as Administrator.”
- Save changes
If this trick works for you then you’re good to go.
8. Get rid of ClientRegistry. blob file
In case you don’t know what ClientRegistry. blob file is, then it is a cache file which stores the preferences and other settings. If your are facing problems in launching the game, then this file can be the culprit. It is also the reason behind many Steam related problems.
So, try removing this file if this works for you. Follow the steps below to remove ClientRegistry. blob file.
- Go to Steam root folder which is generally located at: C:\Program Files (x86)Steam
- Find the ClientRegistry.blob file and copy and rename it as copy.ClientRegistry.blog.
- Delete the original file.
- Now, Re-launch Steam and check if this trick worked for you.
So, these are some ways by which you can fix the issues of running games on Steam in Windows 10. Tell us in comments, if these tricks helped you.