Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (2023)

Steam is well known to crash from time to time either on startup each time you launch it or it crashes randomly. This is a very common problem that is addressed by Steam on their official forums as well. The fixes listed there, however, do not seem to work.

Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (1)

Before moving on with the solutions, make sure that there are no external devices attached to your system. Restart your system and launch Steam to check if the problem is solved. Turn off any proxy or VPN, if you are using. Moreover, try to use windowed mode for Steam games and check if that helps. If you are using a beta version of Steam, opt-out of it.

We have listed down all the possible ways to fix this problem. Refer to the solutions from the top and work your way down. As you go down, the technical difficulty of the solutions increase.

Solution 1: Delete ClientRegistry.blob

ClientRegistry.blob is the file used by Steam that holds your registration data of the installed games. If we delete it, the file will be restored on the next login. You preserve all of your default settings on each game installed (your name, skins, etc). This fixes about 30% of the problems as this file can get corrupt easily.

Do note that after this solution when you launch Steam again, it will prompt you for your username and password. Don’t follow this solution if you don’t have your credentials at hand. Furthermore, your saved progress and in-game items will not be lost. They are stored on cloud storage by Steam so it is safe to assume that deleting ClientRegistry.blob won’t bring any problems to you or Steam. Follow the steps listed below.

  1. Completely exit Steam and end all tasks as mentioned in the solution above.
  2. Browse to your Steam directory. The default one is
C:\Program Files\Steam.
  1. Locate ‘ClientRegistry.blob’.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (2)
  2. Rename the file to ‘ClientRegistryOld.blob’ (or you can delete the file completely).
  3. Restart Steam and allow the file to be recreated.

Hopefully, your Client will run as expected. If it still doesn’t work, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Browse back to your Steam directory.
  2. Locate ‘Steamerrorreporter.exe’.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (3)
  3. Run the application and re-launch Steam.

Solution 2: Boot System in Safe mode with Networking and Then Launch Steam

Safe mode is a diagnostic startup mode present in the Windows OS. It is used to gain limited access to Windows while troubleshooting as most of the unwanted processes/software gets disabled. Safe mode is developed to help pinpoint the problem or fix it in most cases.

(Video) How to Fix Steam Games Crashing on Startup - [Tutorial]

If your Steam starts up normally using this method, it means that there is a conflict with a third party application/software with your Steam. You can try removing/disabling these applications to ensure that the conflict gets resolved.

Starting anything in safe mode doesn’t pose any kind of thread and it is used worldwide to fix various problems. You don’t have to worry about anything.

  1. You can get your computer to safe mode. If you are running Windows 7, you can press the button F8 when the computer starts up. Then you can choose the option named “Enable Safe Mode with Networking”. Click the option and Windows will start in the desired way.
  2. Open Steam and try connecting it to the internet and logging in. If this is successful, it means that your antivirus or firewall/third party program may be the issue. You can browse the solutions below where we have explained how to remove/configure these applications step by step.

If you still face a problem and Steam refuses to start and keeps crashing, it means that there is some other problem. Keep following the solutions listed below.

Solution 3: Launch Steam With Administrator Access

Steam is a platform that requires “read and write” permissions on disks and its folders. Sometimes it also needs to change the system files so it can run in the most optimized way possible. If Steam doesn’t have administrator access, it can get stuck and keep crashing indefinitely. By default, Steam doesn’t have administrative rights when it is installed. You can grant it the privileges by following the steps mentioned below.

  1. Browse to the directory where Steam is installed. The default location of it is
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

    If you have Steam installed somewhere else, you can browse to that location and follow the steps listed below.

  2. Once in the directory, browse for the file named “Steam.exe”. This is the main Steam launcher. You should right-click on it and select Properties from the list of options. Select the Compatibility tab from the top of the screen. At the bottom of the small window, you will see a checkbox that says “Run This Program as Administrator”. Make sure it is checked. Save changes and exit.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (4)
  3. Now browse for the file named “GameOverlayUI.exe”. You should right-click on it and select Properties from the list of options. Select the Compatibility tab from the top of the screen. At the bottom of the small window, you will see a checkbox that says “Run this Program as Administrator”. Make sure it is checked. Save changes and exit.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (5)
  4. Now restart your computer to ensure that all the changes have taken place and launch Steam. Hopefully, it won’t crash and will run as expected.

Solution 4: Disable Your Antivirus and Firewall

It is a well-known fact that Steam conflicts a lot with many Antivirus software. Steam has a lot of processes going on at once at the same time. This consumes a lot of memory and CPU usage. Because of this, many antivirus software adds Steam as a potential threat and doesn’t let it run as expected.

We have put together a guide on how to put steam as an exception in antivirus. Follow the steps here.

(Video) How to Fix Steam Keeps Crashing Issue - Complete Solution

For disabling the Windows Firewall, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Press Windows + R button to bring up the Run application. In the dialogue box type “control”. This will open your computer’s control panel in front of you.
  2. On the top right there will be a dialogue box to search. Write the Firewall and click on the first option that comes as a result.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (6)
  3. Now on the left side, click the option which says “Turn Windows Firewall on or off”. Through this, you can turn your firewall off easily.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (7)
  4. Select the option of “Turn off Windows Firewall” on both the tabs, Public and Private Networks. Save changes and exit. Restart Steam and launch it using the option Run as administrator.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (8)
  5. If Steam launches and doesn’t crash, it means there was a problem with the antivirus/firewall conflicting with your client. If not, keep following the solutions listed below.

Solution 5: Delete the AppCache Folder of Steam

AppCache is a cache allocated for files. It doesn’t contain any of the Steam system files and will not affect your client in any way. We can try deleting it and checking if this solves the problem. There are very fewer chances that it will work but it’s worth a shot before proceeding to more technical solutions present.

  1. Browse to the directory where Steam is installed. The default location of it is
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

    If you have Steam installed somewhere else, you can browse to that location and follow the steps listed below.

  2. Now search for a folder named “AppCache”. Delete it (or you can cut and paste it in a different location so the client thinks it is deleted).
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (9)
  3. Restart your computer and launch Steam using the option “Run as administrator” when you right-click it.

If this doesn’t fix the problem and game still crashes, follow the solutions listed below.

Solution 6: Update Your System Drivers

Your computer uses drivers to launch any application. Steam also updates itself with any new drivers which come to the market. If Steam is updated to run with the latest drivers while your computer still has the old ones installed, this can prove to be a conflict.

Always make sure that your drivers are up-to-date. These include audio, video, graphics drivers, etc. Also, update other drivers such as DirectX.

  1. Press the ⊞ Win(windows) + R key to bring up the Run window (make sure to run it as administrator).
  2. In the dialogue box type “DxDiag”. This will open up the DirectX diagnostic tool. It will list all the available hardware that is installed on your PC along with the versions of the software.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (10)
  3. Use your official hardware name to search for the latest drivers available and download them through the internet. You can also update drivers using the Windows update. Follow the steps listed below.
  4. Click Start and type in the dialogue box “Settings”. Click the application that returns in the search results. Click on the “Update and security” button.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (11)
  5. Here you will find “Check for updates” in the “Windows Update” tab. Now windows will check for any available updates and perform them after downloading.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (12)
  6. There is also another way present through which you can manually click the devices and check if the latest drivers are installed. Press Windows + R button to bring up the Run application. In the dialogue box, type “devmgmt.msc”. This will launch your computer’s device manager.
  7. Once in the device manager, right-click on the device and select the option which says “update driver”.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (13)
  8. Once you click it, another window will pop up asking if you want Windows to automatically search the internet for the available drivers or if you want to browse them yourself. Select the first option.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (14)
  9. If the drivers are the latest, Windows will pop a dialogue box stating that the best drivers available are already installed. If not, it will start downloading them and install them momentarily.
Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (15)

If the problem started to occur after updating the graphics driver, then rolling back the driver may solve the problem.

(Video) FIX Steam Errors Not Starting & Crashing On PC

Solution 7: Reset the Network Adapter

Network adapter is the main component in your computer which communicates with the computer and with the operating system. Network adapters work automatically with your other drivers but there are instances where they get in an error state or have a corrupt configuration set. In that case, resetting your network protocol may solve the problem.

  1. Exit Steam and close all running processes of Steam through Task Manager.
  2. Press Windows key and type “Command Prompt“. Then in the resulting list, right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (16)
  3. Now type the following command in the command prompt:
    netsh winsock reset
  4. Restart your system. After the system is started, launch Steam and check if the problem is solved.

Solution 8: Outing out of beta

It’s possible that you have opted into the beta program of Steam, this can cause stability issues for some users if the beta version has any problems. This results in your Steam crashing, follow these steps to opt-out of the beta program of Steam.

  1. If you can open Steam simply head over to steam settings then go to the “Account” section.
  2. Now simply click the “Change” option then select “None” to disable the beta program.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (17)
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (18)
  3. If you can’t able to open Steam at all you can try the method shown below.

Final Solution: Uninstall Steam And Reinstall Later

Before we uninstall Steam, you should copy the folder named “SteamApps”. This contains all the data regarding your games. If you don’t copy this folder, the uninstallation process will remove all of your game files. Now we will proceed with the uninstallation process. There are two ways to uninstall Steam. The first one is to uninstall using Control Panel and the second one is to uninstall it manually.

Resort to the first method as it is more easy and comprehensive. If the first method fails, resort to the second one.

Uninstall Through Control Panel

  1. Press Windows + R button and in the dialogue box type “taskmgr”. This will bring up the task manager.
  2. End all Steam-related processes starting from Steam Client Bootstrapper.
  3. Browse to your Steam directory as we did in the earlier steps.
  4. Move the folder “SteamApps” to your desktop or any other accessible location and delete it from the Steam directory.
  5. Now we will uninstall Steam using the control panel. Press Windows + R to bring up the Run window. Type “control panel” in the dialogue box and hit Ok.
  6. Once you have opened the control panel, select “Uninstall a program” seen under the tab of Programs.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (19)
  7. Select Steam from the list of options and uninstall.
  8. Press Finish to complete the uninstall process.

Uninstall Manually

When we deal with the registry, we have to be extra careful not to tamper other registries. Doing so can result in major technical problems on your PC. Always follow the steps very carefully and only do what is mentioned.

  1. Navigate to your Steam directory. You can copy the folder “Steamapps” if you wish to save the game files for future use.
  2. Delete all the Steam files in your directory.
  3. Press Windows + R button and in the dialogue box type “Regedit”. This will bring up the registry editor.
  4. For 32 bit computers, navigate to
  5. Right-click on Valve and select the option delete.
  6. For 64 bit computers, navigate to
  7. Right-click on Valve and select the option delete.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (20)
  8. Navigate to:
  9. Right-click on Steam and press delete.
    Fix: Steam Keeps Crashing (21)
  10. Close your registry editor.

Install Steam

Since we have uninstalled Steam again, we can start the installation process. You can get the Steam installation files from here. Click on “Install Steam Now”. Your computer will download the required files and upon opening, ask for the install location you wish to choose.

Chose the download location and let Steam download and install itself. After installation, run Steam and hopefully, it won’t be giving any problems.

(Video) How To Fix Steam Keeps Crashing Issue Windows 11/10 - [2023]

Note: Even after following all these solutions, Steam keeps crashing, it means that there is a problem with your hard drive. Check your hard drive for any bad sectors using any software available.

Other Workarounds

If none of the solutions above helped you at all it’s possible that you have a bad USB driver on your computer. Now you can’t fix it directly, you will have to update your USB hub drivers and check for any conflicts, It’s preferred to use the USB Drivers provided by the manufacturer of your Device. However, for now, before starting steam please unplug all of your USB devices except for your Mouse then right-click on the Steam icon and run it as an administrator. This should work for you. If it does work for you but as soon as plugging your devices back crashes steam for you. You can try to start Steam as Big Picture mode.

Read Next

  • Fix: Steam is Having Trouble Connecting to the Steam Servers
  • How to Fix 'Steam Disk Write Error' When Downloading or Updating on Steam
  • Fix: 'Failed to Connect with Local Steam Client Process' Fatal Error on Steam
  • Slow Steam Download from Steam Servers (Fix)


(Video) How To Fix Steam Keeps Crashing Issue

Steam Errors


Why does Steam keep crashing and not responding? ›

According to the reports from Steam users, their Steam keeps crashing when they are trying to launch the Steam client or playing games. This issue occurs might because your game cache is corrupted, your Steam client is blocked by your antivirus or your graphics driver is outdated.

Why do all my Steam games crash after a few minutes? ›

A crash after 5–10 minutes on PC games typically means either your CPU or GPU aren't properly cooled. Check that all the fans are spinning and the vents aren't full of gross dust and that sort of thing. A can of compressed air can work miracles.

Why is Steam acting up? ›

Many Steam issues can be caused by a firewall, anti-virus, or a problem with your router or internet connection. Please use the Troubleshooting Network Connectivity guide to ensure that your network is properly configured for use with Steam.

How do I repair Steam games? ›

  1. Log in to your Steam account from the Steam client.
  2. Open your Steam Library. Click the Library tab. ...
  3. Right-click the appropriate game, and then click Properties. ...
  4. Click the Local Files tab.
  5. Click Verify integrity of game files. ...
  6. After the files are successfully validated, close the Properties window.

Can you reinstall Steam without losing your games? ›

If reinstalling Steam and Steam games in the near future, please move the steamapps folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps) outside of the Steam directory to prevent your games from being deleted. Additionally, backups of all game content can be created for reinstallation.

How to clear Steam cache? ›

  1. Open the Steam app.
  2. Go to the "Steam" menu in the top menu bar and select "Settings" if you're on PC, or "Preferences..." if you're on a Mac.
  3. In the sidebar on the left, select "Downloads."
  4. Click the "Clear Download Cache" button to clear your cache.

Is there a problem with Steam right now? ›

No, we are not detecting any problems with Steam right now.

We last detected an outage for Steam on Thursday, February 23, 2023 with a duration of about 38 minutes.

Why does every game on Steam crash? ›

Update Required Drivers

Here comes the most common reason why your Steam app is crashing again and again. The outdated drivers can't bear the machine's needs but they oftentimes create issues during the process. This is why having up to date drivers is the key to have a smooth computing experience.

Why do all my games randomly crash? ›

The game may close, generate an error, or crash during start or during play if your computer is infected by a virus. Important If you already have antivirus software installed, update your antivirus program by installing the latest signature files before you scan your computer for viruses.

Why are all my games crashing all of a sudden? ›

It's Time to Update EVERYTHING

Games can crash for reasons beyond (but not unrelated to) unsuitable hardware and operating systems. Video drivers, for instance, should be up-to-date, as should the game itself. To update your video drivers, visit the manufacturer's website and download the latest version of the driver.

How do I make Steam run better? ›

Go to control panel and open internet options. Go to connections then lan settings and untick Automatically detect settings. This instantly makes doing anything within steam miles faster than how it acted before you made the change.

Why is Steam so glitchy? ›

If your system runs low on memory then your game or Steam might start being swapped to disk which can cause repeated frame rate hitches. In addition, if Windows doesn't have many GB of free RAM then it cannot cache frequently used files, which can make level loading take far longer.

Why does Steam go down every Tuesday? ›

Basic routine maintenance on Steam servers is performed on Tuesdays, with some outages occurring generally around the afternoon to evening times — around 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time, more or less.

How do I know if my Steam game is corrupted? ›

From the Steam Launcher, right-click on the game from the Library and select Properties from the menu. Select the Local files tab and click Verify integrity of game files... Steam will verify the game's files.

Does Steam have a repair tool? ›

You can also use Command Prompt to repair it. Follow the steps below: Step 1: In the start menu, please input cmd and choose Run as administrator. Step 2: Type the following command: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe” /repair” and then press Enter.

Can Steam games get corrupted? ›

Occasionally, patching issues can occur when certain game files become corrupt. Using the "Verify integrity of game cache..." function in Steam will fix any corrupted files.

How do I troubleshoot Steam? ›

If you're playing on PC and are encountering errors while playing one of our games, the following steps may assist in troubleshooting your issue.
  1. Restart your PC: ...
  2. Validate Game Cache: ...
  3. Launching the game without save data: ...
  4. Use a different Windows account:
Jul 25, 2022

How do I uninstall Steam without deleting games? ›

Go into the Steam folder and delete every besides the Steam.exe and the steamapps folder. Keep those two. The steamapps folder contains all your games. After that is done, start the Steam.exe and Steam will rebuild itself.

How do I uninstall Steam without losing game data? ›

If you don't want to lose any game data: delete all files and folders in /Steam EXCEPT FOR the /SteamApps folder (this contains your game downloads and any local save files.) If you're removing all Steam data from your computer: delete the entire Steam folder.

Is it safe to delete Steam cache? ›

You can clear Steam's cache through the "Downloads" menu in the app's settings. Steam keeps temporary downloads and other files in a "download cache," which can become oversized if you use Steam often. Clearing Steam's cache can potentially help fix games that aren't running correctly.

Is deleting Steam cache Safe? ›

Some of you might ask if clearing Steam cache will delete your games. Of course not. It just removes unnecessary and unwanted junk files from your device to make the game run more smoothly, so you can rest assure on that.

Is Steam losing popularity? ›

Steam had approximately 132 million monthly active players in 2021, a significant increase from 95 million monthly active users in 2019. However, it seems that all is not rosy with the gaming platform as its user retention rate has steadily fallen in recent years.

Can RAM cause games to crash? ›

Bad ram can cause all sorts of problems including game crashings, you're better off just getting new ram that's supported by your computer you don't want to get ram your PC doesn't support, I've already made that mistake once ahahaha.

Why does my PC crash every few minutes? ›

The common reasons for computers keep crashing are but are not limited to: The display, power supply, or CPU is overheating. The internal hardware of the computer is loose. Software and hardware are incompatible.

Why do my Steam games open then close immediately? ›

A Steam game's files may become corrupt. This can happen if you've recently moved a backup of the game or the game itself from one drive to another. In this case, you should verify the game's files.


1. How to fix Steam games From Crashing - 7 Methods!
3. How to Fix Steam Games Crashing on Startup [Tutorial]
4. How To Fix Steam Keeps Crashing Issue [SOLUTION]
(MDTechVideos International )
5. Steam – How to Fix Steam Games Crashing! | Complete 2022 Guide
(fix IT )
6. Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic Game Crash Fix Tutorial | Steam | PC
(Rogue Squadron Network)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Jerrold Considine

Last Updated: 05/05/2023

Views: 5664

Rating: 4.8 / 5 (58 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Jerrold Considine

Birthday: 1993-11-03

Address: Suite 447 3463 Marybelle Circles, New Marlin, AL 20765

Phone: +5816749283868

Job: Sales Executive

Hobby: Air sports, Sand art, Electronics, LARPing, Baseball, Book restoration, Puzzles

Introduction: My name is Jerrold Considine, I am a combative, cheerful, encouraging, happy, enthusiastic, funny, kind person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.