How to repair a broken Steam Install

PCunicorn

Active Member
My Steam install was broken, and I had a few hundred GB of games. So I didn't want to just uninstall Steam. And the game I was playing relied heavily on Steam, so if Steam crashed, so did my game. So here's what I did to repair Steam, without uninstalling all my games:

1. Go to your Steam Install folder.
2.Delete every file and folder, except steam.exe and SteamApps (this is where your games are installed).

Simple as that! Steam will basically reinstall itself (but it won't delete SteamApps), and hopefully this will fix all your problems :)
 
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voyagerfan99

Master of Turning Things Off and Back On Again
Staff member
I stickied this post for future reference for anyone who encounters an issue. Also just changed the title (removed Guide: )
 

Punk

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Staff member
My Steam install was broken, and I had a few hundred GB of games. So I didn't want to just uninstall Steam. And the game I was playing relied heavily on Steam, so if Steam crashed, so did my game. So here's what I did to repair Steam, without uninstalling all my games:

1. Go to your Steam Install folder.
2.Delete every file and folder, except steam.exe and SteamApps (this is where your games are installed).

Simple as that! Steam will basically reinstall itself (but it won't delete SteamApps), and hopefully this will fix all your problems :)
Thank you for the info!

How does a steam install breaks itself?
 

claptonman

New Member
This is also a good way to back your games up if you reinstall.

Just copy the steamapps data and throw it in the new installation of steam.
 
Thank you for the info!

How does a steam install breaks itself?
Mine broke when I opened 1 steam Game right after my system booted up. AND there was a new update. So it downloaded that 2 times, at the same time, with a slight delay. After that i got a fatal error and couldn't do anything with steam.
 
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