[Solved] How to fix steam won’t open issue in 2020?

Steam is a digital distribution service by Valve for video games. It has also expanded into an online web-based and mobile digital storefront within a short period. Other than that, steam offers digital rights management (DRM), server hosting, video streaming, and social networking services. Steam has gained much popularity in the gaming platform arena. But sometimes you may face the steam won’t open issue. In this post, we will cover the solutions to fix steam won’t open issue.

However, if you are playing games using Origin platform and it is not opening, then follow this Origin won’t open post. If you are using Roblox, then go through this Roblox error code 260,  and  Roblox error code 267 .

Before heading towards the solutions to run steam, let us take you to an important step called ‘Taking the backup.’

Backup is always regarded as the mandatory step before performing any procedure or process on the system. It is advisable to create a backup because it will help you to retain your information and data files for future reference. With backup, you can resume your other tasks smoothly. Here are the steps below to perform the backup:

Step 1: Select the key combination of ‘Windows’ and ‘X’ together. From that option, choose the ‘Settings.’

Step 2: In the ‘Settings’ tab, click ‘Update and Security.’ After that, select the ‘Backup’ from the left panel.


Step 3: Plug an external drive into your Steam client like USB. After that, click ‘Add a Drive’ and then choose the drive you have attached.

Wait for some time, and then your Steam client is ready with your backup.

Solutions to fix Steam won’t open issue

Let us start with the solutions to the this issue of the steam won’t open:

1. Restart steam

Restarting is surely one of the old school solutions to this issues.’ Sometimes, the steam program is running in the background. This scenario prevents it from launching. So, the best solution to this problem is to restart the steam all over again. This solution has proven to be a helpful method by many users and gamers.

Here are the steps to restart the steam processes:

Step 1: Go to ‘Task Manager’ via a right-click of the task pan.

Step 2: Select the ‘processes’ tab from there. Figure out all the processes related to steam processes. After that, you have to close all of those steam processes using the ‘End Task’ option.

Step 3: Do the Step 2# till all the processes of steam are closed.

Finally, restart the steam, and hopefully, your problem would have been solved.

2. Use advance repair tool

The main aim of the advanced repair tools for the Steam client is to clean, protect, fix, optimize, and boost the Steam client’s speed. Here we are describing one of the best-advanced repair tools is called Restoro.

Restoro is specially designed to find the issues and fix them automatically. Once you have this advance repair tool, then the issue of ‘Steam won’t open’ will be solved.

You can download Restoro here and install it in your Steam client. Another point is, you would have to disable the antivirus for some time so that it may not conflict with other programs.

Step 1: Download and install the Restoro app.

Step 2: Accept all the terms and conditions by checking ‘I accept the EULA and the privacy policy’ and then continue.

Step 3: Check the ‘Details’ tab.

Step 4: To set an action, expand the ‘recommendation’ tab to either chose ‘clean’ or ‘ignore.’

Step 5: Select the ‘Clean Now’ at the bottom of the page

This solution may open steam for you successfully.

3. Restart your computer

Restarting the Steam client is another old school method to fix ‘steam won’t open’ issue.

Step 1: Head to the start menu.  Look for the power icon and then click the ‘restart‘ option.

After the completion of the reboot process, open the steam process. The issue should be fixed after this stage and many user have been successful to open steam with that.

4. Update your windows

When your Steam client is running on the older Steam client or faulty windows, there are chances that you may encounter the steam won’t open issues.

Step 1: Click on the settings in the start menu.

Step 2: In the ‘Settings’ section, choose ‘Updates & Security’

Step 3: Select the ‘Windows Update option’ from the left panel, and from the right panel, select the ‘check for the update’ part.

Step 4: After installing the windows updates, restart your computer to let the update be affected.

5. Restart your router

A simple router restart is needed for to solve this error.

Step 1: Switch off your computer and switch off your router.

Step 2: Unplug the router and then wait for some time. Then restart the router.

Step 3: After the router is on, switch on the Steam client.

6. Check your RAM

The Ram can develop memory issues that interfere with the normal operation and functioning of the steam. This scenario happens during the installation process. These Ram issues cause the gameplay issues. Here are the steps for the same:

Step1: First of all, close any program that is already open and save your existing work. Go to the search menu and type ‘mdshed‘ and choose ‘Windows Memory Diagnostic from the list.’

A pop-up window will appear.

Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Select the first option named Restart now and check for the memory problems

Step 3: After step 2, the computer will run a memory check and restart again. This check is usually time-consuming. But you have to make sure not to interrupt it. When the steam client finished the check, it is completely rebooted. After that, you have to type ‘event‘ into the start menu and select the ‘event viewer.’

Step 4: Go to the left side panel, and under the ‘windows Log‘ section, choose ‘system.’

Step 5: Click the ‘system‘ again using the right-click option. Another menu will open after this. In that menu option, choose the ‘Filter Current Log‘ option. Just make sure that you click the ‘System’ option first. Else you will not be able to select this option.

Step 6: Choosing the Filter-Log window, and choose the drop-down menu next to “Event sources.” Scroll down until you come across “Memory Diagnostics-Results.” Put a checkmark in the box next to that and click “OK.”

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Step 7:” With the Filter Log window, click on the drop-down menu next to “Event sources.” Scroll down  until you find “Memory Diagnostics-Results.” Do a checkmark in the box next to that and click “OK.”

Step 8: If you are facing problems with your RAM memory, the best way to solve it is by replacing your RAM sticks. You can test each one of them. But you would have to  shut down your computer and remove all the sticks except the one you are testing. After that, restart your Steam client and try steps 1 to step 7 again.

Also, repeat this process with all the RAM sticks. Change any RAM sticks that had errors with factory recommended RAM sticks. Whenever you replace all the faulty RAM sticks, check to see if the System and Compressed Memory have returned to normal CPU usage.

7. Repair the steam

Steam comes with an inbuilt repair feature.  Take a backup of your game files; else, you may lose them. Here are the steps to repair the steam:

Step 1: Take the backup of your game files.  First of all, find the location of the folder where the steam is installed. All you have to find is the steamapps folder. It is generally found in the Windows C: Drive and ‘This Steam client.’

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Step 2: Next, right-click on the steamapps folder again and open “Open file location.”

Step 3: Using the Steam website and download the steam installer. Run the installer after it completes the download. The option to repair the files will be available to you. After the completion of the repair process, relaunch the steam app. It works for many users. If this step is not working, then try for other solutions mentioned below.

8. Reinstall steam

This solution is also one of the most preferred methods by the user. But before going through the actual uninstall and reinstall steam  process, you will have to take the backup of all the game files and close all the background apps of steam. Go through these steps to reinstall steam.

Step 1: Close the steam and exit steam. You have to make sure that no one of the apps are still running in the background. Go to the taskbar and right-click it for opening the ‘Task Manager.’

Step 2: Redirect to the process tab and close all the processes with the Steam. Right-click each of them and ‘End Task’ of each process.

Step 3: Just like the previous method, take the backup of your game files. Find out the location of the steam folder. Enter Steam in the startup menu and open the file folder with Steam.exe name. Choose that file and right-click on it, and select the ‘Open file location.’

Step 4: Find the ‘Steamapps‘ and copy it to the ‘My Documents’ folder.

After this step, follow the uninstall procedure and then reinstall steam procedure.

Step 5 : Go to the ‘Control Panel’> Programs section. Select the uninstall/change program. Then, look for the Steam app and uninstall it.

Step 5: After the uninstall and removal of the Steam app, go for downloading the steam and then reinstall it again following the whole installation wizard.

9. Check and update your date and time of system

The steam collects real-time or live data from the Steam client. So it is of utmost importance that your system does not have the wrong date and time. The exact date and time of the Steam client should be up-to-date. To check the date and time of your system, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel

Step 2: Select the ‘clock and Region’

Step 3: After that, choose the date and time

Step 4: There will be a pop-up window. Select the tab that says ‘Internet time.’ After that, click ‘Change the Settings.’

Step 5: Next, make sure that the box with the title ‘synchronize the time with the internet’ is check marked. Post this step, click ‘Update Now,’ and to finish it, click ‘OK.’

10. Check the hard drive for issues

It is a normal scenario that your Steam client’s hard drive gets corrupt and has certain issues after usage in the long run. So you have to check for the issues in the hard drive and resolve them to prevent this error.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu and redirect the File Explorer icon.

Step 2: Select the System Drive C. And then right-click it.

Step 3: After that, choose the properties and go to the ‘tools‘ tab.

Step 4: In the error checking section, choose the ‘check’ option.

Step 5: As the scan is completed, close the window and see if you can open the Steam app properly.

11. Remove/ uninstall third-party antivirus

The online game uses the copyright feature; hence, it is obvious that the third-party antivirus programs will interfere with the Steam app’s normal functioning. Also, some online games trick the antivirus appearing as malicious software. In case you suspect a third-party antivirus is causing computer issues, you should first of all check to make sure that the Windows Defender, i.e., Microsoft’s built-in antivirus is disabled or deactivated.

Also, running two antivirus programs can lead to many problems as they can interfere with each other. So do the steps below to disable the windows bit defender:

Step 1: With Windows Defender disabled, check to see if you can access the webpage. If you can’t, you need to uninstall your antivirus software. Press the [X] and [Windows] keys on your keyboard together. Click on “Settings.”

Step 2: Choose “Apps” in the Settings window. In the “Apps & Features” submenu, scroll until you find your antivirus program. Select your antivirus and then click the “Uninstall” button.

Step 3: Click the start menu, power button, and restart your computer.

Step 4: If steam still fails to open, reinstall your antivirus and move on to the next method. If steam does open, you can try reinstalling the third-party antivirus if a Windows update corrupted it.

If the problem reappears after you reinstall the antivirus, you will need to uninstall it and find another third-party antivirus or turn on Windows Defender and use that. You should never use the Internet without some antivirus protection active on your computer, even if you are gaming on a website you trust.

12. Check the internet provider’s conflict with steam

This issue is one of the least occurring phenomenon’s. This issue occurs if you have recently changed the Internet. So it is simple to check that if you have a second network from a different internet provider. Additionally, one more thing to take care of is, if your internet provider is compressing the data to save the bandwidth, then watch for it, as that may be the reason for steam not opening properly.

The wisest thing you can do to deal with the steam not opening issue is to test opening the steam after the new internet service provider has been installed. If the steam not opening issue still persist, you have to resume the old service provider or try a new internet service provider.

13. Update your Steam client drivers

The method of updating the drivers is a bit lengthy. But after trying the methods above, if still, the steam won’t open issue succumbs, you should go for this. Here are the steps to update the driver:

Step 1: Open the Quick link Menu using the ‘Windows’ + ‘X’ windows key combination. Find out the ‘Device Manager’ there.

Step 2: Expand the type of devices in the Device Manager. Select the first Device and right-click it, and choose the properties.


Step 3: In the Driver tab, choose ‘Update Driver.’

Step 4: You can click the ‘Update Driver‘ option, and you can see an option to have the computer automatically updated. In this option, the drivers will be updated automatically on their own. All you need is a good internet connection. Also, take note of the driver version you presently have. You have to do this step, as you have to redirect them to the manufacturers or vendor’s site to get the driver’s latest version.


If your drivers are automatically updated, then you will get a message suggesting the same. Otherwise, the automatic update process will commence.

Step 5: After the update is done, you have to restart the computer and then check the steam app’s working now.

14. Disable the compatibility mode of steam

Steam is designed for the latest Windows 10 version. It does not have the facility of a compatibility mode for users who use the older windows version on their Steam client. However, windows 10 times take care of the game errors, and it automatically sets the compatibility mode.

Now, you would be thinking, how will you know that? Steam will give you the warning to run in the compatibility mode.

But one thing that we suggest you is to take the registry backup before entering the compatibility mode to avoid conflict and data loss in the near future.

Step 1: Right-click the task pan and let the task manager open.

Step 2: Click on the process tab, and do the ‘End Task’ of all the steam processes.

Step 3: Find steam.exe in your system, then select ‘properties.’

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Step 4: Open the tab that says ‘compatibility,’ uncheck all of the options

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Step 5: Next. Select “Change settings for all users option.”

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Step 6: Click OK to close this properties window

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Step 7: Check if steam can launch again. If it is launched, then the problem is solved. If not, then you may encounter a compatibility warning. To continue, you have to press, Windows R windows key combo and open the registry. If you get any warning, still press yes and open the ‘Registry.’

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Step 8: Select the drop-down lists on the left side of the Registry Editor window. First, click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” and then “Software.”

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Step 9: continue with selecting ‘Microsoft.’

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Step 10:  choose “Windows NT,” then “Current Version,” then “AppCompatFlags,” and finally “Layers.”

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Step 11: The right-hand side should display a list of registries. Find ‘Steam.exe‘ among them and right-click and choose the ‘Delete‘ option.

Step 12 : In the AppCompatFlags folder on the left, which we mentioned, click on “Compatibility” and then “Persisted.” Again, look for a “Steam.exe” file to delete. If you find one, right-click on it and delete it.

Step 13: Next, scroll back to the top of the left menu and close the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” folder. Instead, open “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.”

Step 14: Follow this sequence:

“SOFTWARE” > “Microsoft” >“Windows NT” > “CurrentVersion” > “AppCompatFlags” > “Layers.”

If you do not see this exact folder, simply continue to the next step. If you see ‘steam.exe’ anywhere, then delete it.

Step 15: Now close the registry and open the stream. By now, the steam should open and work fine. But if you face trouble opening Steam games, simply find the game in the Steam folder on your computer; right-click on the game and select properties, and follow steps #4—#6 given above.

15. Disable Overlocking

The concept of Overlocking means when you set your computer to run the above settings, which are recommended by the manufacturer. Though one may get a boost, it may also cause excess files and memory corruption issues. You have to undo the settings. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Type ‘Settings‘ into the start menu and select the Settings

Step 2: In the Settings window, choose “Updates & Security.”

Step 3: Next, click “Recovery” on the left and then choose “Restart now,” which is found under “Advanced startup” on the right

Step 4: “Choose an Option” menu. Click on “Troubleshoot.” Then, choose “Advanced Options” and finally click UEFI Firmware Settings.

Step 5: After the computer starts, you will be redirected to the UEFI (or BIOS) menu. Now you have to look for an option that says ‘Reset settings to default.’ Choose the option.

Step 6: Save your changes, and exit the BIOS

16. Perform a clean boot

Clean boot is when only necessary Microsoft apps are run on Steam client, leaving other third parties and unnecessary apps disabled.

Step 1: Login as administrator. After that, press the ‘Windows’ +’ R’ combination. Type ‘msconfig’ after that.

Step 2:  go to the ‘Services’ tab in the system configuration. Make sure to ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ is checked. Now click ‘Disable all.’

Step 3: Redirect to the ‘Startup’ tab in the system configuration. Click ‘Open Task Manager.’

Step 4: After that, redirect to Task Manager> ‘Startup’ tab> Select each item and click the ‘Disable’> as you finish the process, close the Task Manager. After that, close the Task Manager.

Step 5: In the system configuration window, go to the ‘apply’ button and click OK.

Step 6: Restart your computer and try to start steam again.

17. System Restore

System Restore points come much handy, especially if there is a sudden system problem. The system restore option helps you to revert to the point before the actual problem occurred.

Step 1: Go to Steam client ‘settings‘ from the Start Menu.

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Step 2: Redirect to the ‘Update & Security’ tab, and select the ‘Recovery’ tab > from here select the ‘Advanced startup’ tab> go for the ‘Restart Now’ option

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Step 3: As the computer restarts, you will be redirected to the ‘choose an option’ menu. There select the ‘Troubleshoot‘ option.

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Step 4: In the ‘‘Troubleshoot’ option’ choose ‘Advanced options’

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Step 5: Select the System Restore option

Step 6: At this juncture, the computer will select the restore point using the system restore, and you will resume the old state without issue.

18. Run Steam as admin

It may happen that the steam was maybe facing some issues due to the incomplete access. Hence providing the admin access also solves the problems to a higher extent. In the user login section, just select ‘run as administrator,’ or you can right-click the steam app and select the ‘run as admin‘ option.

19. Unplug external Device

If you have connected any external device like an external hard disk drive or USB, you should disconnect them as they may be causing an issue in running the steam smoothly.

Steam won’t open: Conclusion

We are at the end juncture of this post. We have covered all permutations of the solutions for the ’Steam won’t open’ issue. To conclude, these solutions above have worked for many people, and hopefully, it will help you, too, in fixing the ‘Steam won’t open issue.’

We are feel happy to receive your queries, comments, suggestions, and feedback. You may express them in the comment section. You may also let us know what worked for you.

Content Reference:- Roblox , Steam Wikipedia, Restoro

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