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Refresh & reinstall Steam without doing the games

Tom Da Bomb

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Hey guys & girls i was having problems with my steam program itself and had to send a steam support ticket. After i got a response i was told to validate / reinstall my steam client program files by doing the following steps below,
and it wouldnt uninstall any parts of my games so i wouldnt have to wait a couple hours as if i just uninstalled and reinstalled steam.


Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10
  • Completely exit the Steam client.
  • Open the run dialogue by pressing windows key + r (you can also navigate here from the start menu by typing run).
  • Type steam://flushconfig then press enter. (If asked to allow this website to open a program, please click Allow or OK).
  • Restart your computer.
  • Launch Steam directly from the installation folder, not from a pre-existing shortcut (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe = the path by default unless you set it yourself when installing steam).
  • Launch Steam and re-test the issue, the Steam application will either appear as Steam or Steam.exe depending on whether your settings show file extensions.
Mac OSX
  • Completely exit the Steam client.
  • Open Safari
  • Type steam://flushconfig then press enter
  • Restart your computer.
  • Launch Steam and re-test the issue.

Linux
  • Open Terminal
  • Type steam --reset
  • You will see the following: Installing bootstrap /home/[username]/.steam/steam/bootstrap.tar.xz
  • Reset complete!
  • Restart your computer.
  • This should remove and download new Steam files for your Steam client.
  • Launch Steam and re-test the issue.

Hopefully this helps someone save some time in the future before a full reinstall :D
 
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