How to Fix: Steam Game won’t Launch

How to Fix: Steam Game won’t Launch

/ Shayne Sherman

If you find yourself stuck on steam’s library page and not being able to launch any Steam games, try to relax a bit. We got you covered.

Steam game files can run into errors due to issues while downloading or updating. This can also occur when you just upgraded to Windows 10.

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To get back on playing your favorite Steam game fast, follow the simple guide below to troubleshoot this problem with steam.

Fix 1: Restart the Steam Client

If you are experiencing a problem where Steam games not launching, you can try restarting the Steam client to ensure that all of its resources are correctly loaded.

  1. Press the Windows Key + X on your keyboard and select Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Processes tab and find the Steam client from the list.
  3. Click on Steam client and hit the End Task button to stop it from running.
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Go back to your desktop, Run Steam and re-login to your Steam account, and check if the your Steam games will now launch on your computer.

Fix 2 : Verify the Integrity of Game Files

Steam has a built-in tool to verify and check for missing or broken game files. You can use the Steam Verify Integrity of game files options to let the Steam client recognize which game files are broken or missing and it will automatically download the files.

Step 1: Launch the Steam Client

Step 2: Log in to your account

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Step 3: Go to the Steam Library Folders

Step 4: Right Click on any Steam games that you are having problems launching

Step 5: Select Properties

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Step 6: Click on the Local Files.

Step 7: Click Verify Integrity of game files

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Step 8: Wait for the Steam to complete the Steam game files verification process.

Once the Steam has verified the integrity of game files, try to launch the Steam games that are having issues and see if it is fixed. If you are still experiencing the Steam games not launching issue, proceed to the next method below.

Fix 3: Restart Your Computer

You can simply reboot your computer if you are experiencing issues such as Steam games not launching . A temporary error may have occurred on your system, which causes issues such as Steam games not launching. It is also possible that some drivers were not loaded when Windows booted the first time and needed a restart.

Follow the steps below to restart your system:

  1. First, click on the Windows icon on the Taskbar to access the Start Menu.
  2. Click on the Power button and select Restart.
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3. Wait for your system to reboot.

Launch the Steam client once your computer has restarted and check if the Steam games are now launching correctly. If Steam somehow fail to launch and the Steam games not launching issue still occurs, continue on the the next step.

Fix 4: Run the Game As Administrator

If you are only experiencing the issue on a specific game on Steam, try running that game as an administrator to bypass any restrictions that could be preventing the game from launching.

See the steps below to guide you on the process:

  1. On Steam, go to the Steam Library folders and right-click on the Steam games you are having issues with.
  2. Select Properties and click on Local Files.
  3. Click the Browse button to access the Steam installation folder.
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4. Locate the game’s .EXE file which is normally located in “C Program Files x86” and right-click on it.

5. Access its Properties and go to the Compatibility tab.

6. Enable ‘Run this Program as an Administrator’ and click OK to save the changes.

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Open the Steam shortcut in the Steam folder located in “C Program Files x86” and try relaunching the game to check if the Steam games not launching issue has been fixed. However, if the Steam games not launching issue still occurs, continue on the the next step.

Fix 5 : Run Game in Compatibility Mode

By running your Steam game in compatibility mode, you are enabling a game designed for an old version of Windows to a newer one, or vice-versa.

Step 1: Go to the Steam Library

Step 2: Right Click on the Steam games that you are having problems launching

Step 3: Select Properties

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Step 4: Click on the Local Files tab

Step 5: Click on Browse.

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Step 6: Right Click on the .exe file of the game

Step 7: Click on Properties

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Step 8: On Properties, Click on Compatibility

Step 9: Check Run this program in compatibility mode for:

Step 10: After putting a check on Compatibility Mode, select Windows 8.

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Step 11: Click on Apply, then close properties

Step 12: After setting your games to run in Compatibility Mode, try to launch the Steams games that are having the not launching and see if the problem is fixed. If the Steam games not launching issue still occurs, continue on the the next step.

Fix 6: Update Your Windows Operating System

The version of Windows currently installed on your computer may not be compatible with the Steam games you are trying to play. It is also possible that there’s an underlying issue with the version of Windows operating system that prevents applications or Steam games from launching.

To check for any available Windows update, follow the steps below:

  1. First, open the Start Menu and click on Settings.
  2. Inside Windows Settings, click on Update & Security.
  3. Lastly, wait for Windows to check for updates and follow the on-screen prompts if there’s a newer version available.
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After updating Windows, restart your computer and check if games are now launching on Steam.

Fix 7: Update Your Graphics Drivers

When you play Steam games on your computer, you must have the correct drivers for your graphics card to maximize its performance. If your Steam games are not launching on Steam, your graphics drivers may be corrupted or outdated.

To fix this, follow the steps below to update your graphics card drivers:

  1. First, press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to access the Quick Menu.
  2. Click on Device Manager and select Display Adapters.
  3. Right-click on your Graphics card driver and select Update Driver. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the latest drivers for your system.
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Go back to Steam afterwards and try launching another game to check if the problem is solved. If the Steam games not launching issue still occurs, continue on the the next step.

Fix 8 : Reinstall the Game

While this solution seems inconvenient, especially if you don’t have good internet or your ISP has a bandwidth limit, this will surely fix launching problems with steam games. Before doing this, make sure that you have tried the other solutions above this article.

Step 1: Go to the Steam Library

Step 2: Right Click on the Steam games that you are having problems launching

Step 3: Click on Properties

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Step 4: Click on the Local Files tab

Step 5: Click on Uninstall game

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Step 6: After uninstalling the Steam games, go to the Steam store and search for the Steam games

Step 7: Download and reinstall the game.

Fix 9: Clear the Steam Download Cache Files

Another possible reason why your Steam games won’t launch is that there are corrupted download cache in your Steam client. This is usually caused when a Steam update is interrupted and the only way to fix it is to clear the Steam game cache files.

Step 1: Launch Steam and click on the “Steam” option on the upper right corner of the Steam homepage and then click settings.

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Step 2:

Click on the “Downloads” option and click “Clear Download Cache”. Click “OK” to confirm.

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Step 3: Rebootyour computer and open Steam and check if the issue has been fixed.

If your game won’t launch still, contact steam’s customer support and report the problem. It could be issues within their server, and everyone is having problems launching the game.

See Also: How to Fix VAC Unable to Verify your Game Session

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.