Click here to fix Windows errors and optimize system performance Steam is one of the most popular gaming distribution platforms in the world. It has more than 30 million users which are active. Steam traces its origins back to September The first game which required a Steam client was Counter Strike 1. After that, third party game developers started distributing their game on Steam and the popularity increased until it is what it is today.
This is a very common problem with a lot of fixes available. We have listed down a number of steps and techniques to ensure that your problem goes away. Deactivating all mods In many cases, the installed mods for a game may conflict with your Steam client and cause you unexpected errors. What verifying integrity of a game does is check the manifest of your game with that present at the Steam servers.
A manifest is a list of files present on your computer. The manifest on the Steam servers contains the list of all the files which are supposed be there according to the most recent update. In the ideal case, the files should be replaced or removed. If not, you should try running the verification check again. Disable all mods, restart Steam and check again if the error persists. Opening from main game folder Another remedy is to open the game you are playing directly from its installation folder.
We can try bypassing the Steam client. All the games that you install are independent applications present with their executable present in the local files. We can try running them from there. If there is still an error, you can proceed with the other solutions listed below. Open your Steam directory. The default location of it is C: Or if you installed Steam in another directory, you can browse to that directory and you will be good to go.
Select the game in which is causing the verification error. Now you will see two folders named win32 and win Open win32 if your computer has a bit configuration or win64 if it has a bit configuration.
The final address of would look something like this. Right click it and select the option Run as administrator. Check if the error still persists. Ending all Steam processes It may be the case where Steam downloaded and installed an update. After every update, it requires that you restart the client properly. Or there can be some incorrect configuration with your client and a complete restart would fix it. Save your progress if needed and proceed with the following steps.
This will launch the task manager. Once in the task manager, browse for all the Steam processes. After ending this process, end all of the remaining ones. Now launch Steam using administrator privileges and check if the verification error still persists.
Checking for bad sectors Many users reported that bad sectors in their hard drive were causing the problem. A bad sector on a computer hard drive is a sector which is unwritable or inaccessible due to permanent damage. Usually, permanent damage refers to the physical damage done to the drive. You can easily run the utility of chkdsk developed by Microsoft to search for bad sectors.
If bad sectors are found in your drive, these programs flag these sectors as unusable and the operating system skips them in the future. Your game may be installed in a drive which contains bad sectors. Because of this, you are experiencing the error.
Follow the steps below to ensure using the utility chkdsk. Chkdsk is short for Check Disk. It checks for any errors present on your drive and tries to correct them using the resources available. There are two main ways you can run the chkdsk command. Refer below to the solutions below. Open your file explorer and navigate to This PC My computer present on the left side of the screen. Here all the connected hard drives will be shown.
Right click on the hard drive you wish to check and click on Properties from the drop down menu. This works in most cases, where the issue is originated due to a system corruption. You can download Reimage Plus by Clicking Here Click on Tools tab present on the top of the new windows that comes after clicking properties. Here you will see a button named Check under the column of Error checking. Press the button and let chkdsk run completely. In the dialogue box, type cmd.
This will launch the command prompt. Here we are checking the disk drive C. If you want to check any other drive, replace the C with that drives name.
Disconnecting your controller and other related software This error can also be triggered by your controllers being connected to your PC.
These controllers include all kind devices which are not a keyboard or standard mouse for example joy sticks, controller pads and mouse with controller pads etc. Disable these devices and stop their dedicated software from running forcefully using the task manager and restart Steam. You should also disable third party applications.
There is numerous software available on the internet claiming to monitor or clean your disk drives to provide a much faster performance such as CCleaner. Disable these third party applications from the task manager and launch Steam again. Disabling Firewall and adding exception to antivirus It is a well-known fact that Steam conflicts with the Windows Firewall. As we all know, Steam tends to download updates and games over the background while you are using Windows for something else.
Steam also has access to a number of system configuration and it alters it so you can get the best experience available for your gaming. Windows Firewall sometimes marks some of these processes as malicious and tends to block Steam. We can try disabling your Firewall temporarily and checking if the error dialogue goes away or not.
You can check our guide on how to disable the firewall. If you uninstall your antivirus, you will be exposing your computer to a number of different threats. The best way is to add steam in the list of applications which are exempted from scanning. You can read our guide on how to add Steam as an exception to your antivirus. This can be the same file that your Steam client is pointing towards.
We can try to delete the config file and launch Steam again and verify the integrity of the game. First of all, navigate to your Steam directory. Open the folder userdata. Select yours and click it. Now delete all the folders present in the directory and re launch Steam.
Steam has cloud activated and the moment it notices that there are no configuration files present, it will attempt to download them again with the saved ones present in its servers. Deleting local file content Another solution is to delete all the local file content of your game to start the download again. Make sure that your Steam cloud is enabled before you start this process. Open your Steam client and click on the Library tab present at the top of your screen.
All of your installed games will be listed here. Right click on the game which is giving you the error and select Properties from the list of options available. Navigate to the Local Files tab. Delete everything in this folder. Now stop all Steam services and processes before launching it again. You can browse to the Steam store if this is the case and download it again. Launch the game and check if the error still persists.
Refreshing Steam files Now there is nothing left except to reinstall Steam and see if that does the trick. Furthermore, your user data will also be preserved. What refreshing Steam files actually do is delete all the configuration files of the Steam client and then forces it to install them again. Do note that after this method, you would need to log in again using your credentials. The process may take a while so avoid cancelling once you start the installing process.
You can read our article on how to refresh your Steam files. You can read our guide if you are having a connection error where your entire Steam client refuses to connect to the internet. Thank you for reading the article above.