As a video game digital distribution service, Steam has a large number of users worldwide. However, plenty of problems related to Steam have been reported and Steam not responding is one of them.
According to the reports on the forum, users receive Steam not responding or Steam Client Bootstrapper not responding error especially when they are trying to login Steam account or play games on the platform.
Due to different hardware and configurations, it is hard to figure out the specific reason for Steam not responding. However, you can try the following methods one by one to solve this problem. Continue reading this article to get the detailed instructions.
How to Fix Steam Not Responding on Your Computer
Here are 10 methods displayed for you to troubleshoot Steam not responding.
- Clear Download Cache
- Update the Date and Time on Your Computer
- Update Device Graphics Driver
- Check File System for Your Hard Drive
- Disable Compatibility Mode
- Disable Cortana
- Disable VPN Programs
- Disable Real-time Scanning and Verify Integrity of Game File
- Repair Your Steam Service
- Reinstall Your Steam
Fix 1: Clear Download Cache
The download cache is used to save temporary files associated with games or programs in your Steam library. If the cache files get corrupted for odd reasons, your Steam might stop responding. To fix the problem in this case, you can try clearing your Steam download cache.
Step 1: Open your Steam client and go to Settings.
Step 3: When you get the following confirmation window, click OK to confirm the operation.
After the process completes, just relaunch your Steam and login. Your Steam will automatically download the deleted cache files and update itself. Now, your Steam should start properly without any error.
If your Steam Client Bootstrapper has stopped working, perhaps the date and time on your computer are not correct. You can update the date and time with the following steps.
Step 2: Go ahead to Time & Language.
Step 4: In Internet Time Settings window, check Synchronize with an Internet time server. Choose a Server from the drop-down list and click Update now. Then, click OK to save the change.
Your Steam stops responding might also because your device graphics driver is outdated or corrupted. You can fix the issue by updating the driver.
Step 1: Press Windows + R to access Run window. Input devmgmt.msc and click OK button to enter Device Manager.
Step 3: You will be asked to choose a method to search for drivers. Just click Search automatically for updated driver software to continue.
You just need to wait for the process to complete and then restart your computer. If Steam not responding issue is resolved, well done! If it still exists, try the next method.
Fix 4: Check File System for Your Hard Drive
It?s known that the file system errors on the hard drive will affect the proper function of the applications installed on it. If your Steam Client Bootstrapper has stopped working, perhaps there?s something wrong with your hard drive. Therefore, you can try checking file system for your hard drive to fix this issue.
You can use Windows 10 CHKDSK utility to check and repair your hard drive errors and here?s how to do it.
Step 4: Click Scan drive to start checking the selected drive for file system errors.
Apart from the Windows built-in tool, you are recommended to use a professional third-party utility ? MiniTool Partition Wizard. As a reliable partition manager, this utility provides a feature of Check File System to help you check and repair your hard drive errors. You can feel free to have a try.
Step 1: Click the button below to download MiniTool Partition Wizard and install it on your computer.
Step 2: Launch the program to get its main interface.
Step 3: Right-click the partition where your Steam is installed and choose Check File System from the pop-up menu. You can also choose Check File System feature from Check Partition section in the left pane.
If the selected partition is your system drive, you will be prompted to schedule the partition to be checked next time your restart the system and you should click Yes and restart your computer to start checking the drive. If not, the scanning process will start immediately.
After checking and repairing the hard drive errors, Steam not responding issue should have been resolved. If it still appears, continue with the next solution.
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Fix 5: Disable Compatibility Mode
In some cases, users encounter Steam Client Bootstrapper not responding due to compatibility issue. And their Steam start working again when they stop running it in compatibility mode. So, you can try disabling compatibility mode for your Steam as well.
Step 1: End all the running processes related to Steam in Task Manager.
Step 2: Right-click Steam shortcut or executable file and choose Properties.
Now, you can try opening your Steam again to check if it can work smoothly.
Fix 6: Disable Cortana
Cortana is a useful digital assistant in Windows 10, but it has been reported to conflict with installed software, including Steam in our cases. Thus, if your Steam stops responding, try disabling your Cortana in Registry Editor.
Step 2: Navigate to the following path by copying and pasting it to the address bar:
Step 5: Double-click AllowCortana to open its Properties. Set its Value data as 0 and click OK to save the change.
Once it?s done, close Registry Editor and restart your computer. You can run your Steam as administrator to check if it works now.
Fix 7: Disable VPN Programs
According to the statement of Steam official, Steam not responding problem might also be caused by your VPN services issue, as most of the VPN programs are incompatible with Steam client. Therefore, try disabling your VPN programs temporarily or uninstalling them to check if Steam not responding issue can be fixed.
If the problem still exists, you might need to reset your network Winsock settings. Just open your Command Prompt, input the command netsh winsock reset catalog and press Enter.
Then, restart your computer to complete the reset and launch Steam as administrator to check if it is responding now.
Fix 8: Disable Real-time Scanning and Verify Integrity of Game File
Your antivirus programs might affect certain important Steam files which are required for the smooth running of your Steam. In this case, you can disable your antivirus temporarily, or specifically, disable real-time scanning for your Steam client.
Besides, you need to verify the integrity of game file in Steam as your antivirus might have affected them. Just go to Steam LIBRARY, right-click the problematic game and choose Properties. Under LOCAL FILES tab, click VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILE.
Then, wait for the validation to complete and your Steam should run properly as expected now.
Fix 9: Repair Your Steam Service
The Steam service failure might also lead to Steam not responding issue. To fix it, you can try repairing the Steam service.
Step 1: Exit Steam and end all the related processes.
Step 2: Type cmd in Run dialog and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.
Now, you can launch your Steam to check if it works smoothly.
Fix 10: Reinstall Your Steam
If all the methods introduced above fail to fix Steam not responding issue, you might need to uninstall your Steam client and reinstall it. This is a time-consuming but effective solution to most tricky Steam issues. If you decide to reinstall your Steam to fix the issue, you?d better back up your games in advance to avoid data loss.
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Originally published at https://www.partitionwizard.com on January 23, 2020.