How To Fix Steam Game Won’t Launch Windows 10 Issue

Steam is a popular platform that allows you to get a digital copy of your favorite PC games. Instead of going to a store to buy a physical copy of the game you can just download it to your computer which is quite convenient for most people. Although this is a stable platform there are instances when certain issues can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Steam game won’t launch in Windows 10 issue.

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How To Fix Steam Game Won’t Launch Windows 10 Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

There are several factors that can cause this particular problem ranging from a poorly optimized game to corrupt game files. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps you need to do to fix the problem.

Try running the game in compatibility mode

This allows you to run the game in a different version of the Windows operating system which could fix the problem.

  • Go to your Steam directory. The default location for your steam folder should be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”. To do this just press the  Win + R button then type “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam” in the Run application.
  • Find the folder named “SteamApps”. Open it.
  • Click on the folder named “Common”; here you will find a list of a number of games which are installed in your PC.
  • Choose the game you are trying to run and right click on it. Choose Properties.
  • Choose the “Compatibility” tab and check the box which says “Run this game in compatibility mode for: “.
  • In the drop down box, select Windows 8. Apply the changes and save.

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Remove ClientRegistry.blob

There’s a chance that the problem is caused by a corrupted ClientRegistry.blob file. This is usually what causes the game to be struck in the “Launching game” windows. If this is the culprit then you will need to delete this file.

  • Launch the Task Manager by pressing Win + R button then type “taskmgr”.
  • End all the Steam related tasks starting from “Steam Client Bootstrapper”.
  • Go to the Steam installation folder by pressing Win + R button then typing “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.
  • Locate ‘ClientRegistry.blob’.
  • Rename the file to ‘ClientRegistryold.blob’.
  • Restart Steam and allow the file to be recreated.
  • Check if the issue still occurs. If it doesn’t then proceed with the following steps listed below.
  • Go back to your Steam directory.
  • Locate “Steamerrorreporter.exe”.
  • Run the application and relaunch Steam.

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Delete the AppCache

There’s a possibility that the AppCache might have corrupted data which is causing the problem. 

  • Go to the Steam installation folder by pressing Win + R button then typing “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.
  • Look for a folder  named “appcache”. Delete it after making a copy of it in your Desktop
  • Relaunch Steam as an administrator. It will start downloading the missing files.

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Check the computer time and date

If you recently updated your computer operating system then there’s a chance that this problem is caused by a wrong time and date.

  • Click Windows button and type “Control Panel”. From the search results, open the Control Panel.
  • From the list of categories, choose “Date and time”
  • From the three tabs, choose “Internet Time” and click on “Change Settings”.
  • 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.

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Open Steam in Big Picture Mode

  • Right–click on the “Steam.exe” icon 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.
  • Select the “Pin to Taskbar” option from the list.
  • Right–click on the “Steam” icon in the taskbar and select “Open in Big Picture Mode“.
  • Sign in to your account and press “Alt” + “Enter” to access steam in big picture mode.
  • Open the Games

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Relocate the Steam client

  • Go to your Steam client and click settings.
  • Select ‘Downloads’ and click on ‘Steam Library Folders’.
  • Click on ‘Add Library Folder’ and select a new path where you want Steam to be located.
  • 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.
  • Exit the Steam client.
  • Navigate to your current Steam directory (default is: C: \Program Files \Steam).
  • 400″>Delete all the files and folders except SteamApps and UserData folders. Also, don’t delete exe.
  • Cut all the folders and paste them to the new directory you decided above.
  • Launch Steam and re-login.
  • If issues occur after moving the Steam folder then follow the steps listed below.
  • Close your Steam.
  • Browse to the location where you relocated Steam.
  • Relocate the ‘SteamApps’ folder from that directory to your desktop.
  • Uninstall Steam (this is done to remove your old Steam settings from your PC).
  • Install Steam again to the initial location that you selected.
  • Move the SteamApps folder in the new Steam directory. This will copy all of your game content, your saved games, and settings.
  • Launch Steam and enter your credentials.
  • Verify integrity of Steam game files

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