Content servers unreachable Steam error [EXPERT FIX]

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Content servers unreachable Steam download error

The Content servers unreachable Steam download error is experienced by Steam users worldwide. This problem is not caused by anyone exactly but there are some solutions we have given in this article that will resolve this error.

How to fix Content servers unreachable Steam download error? First off, try changing your download region form the Steam settings page. If that doesn’t work, you can try disabling your proxy server. In case that doesn’t help, you can try updating Steam client to the latest version or try renaming clientregistry.blob file.

How can I fix Content servers unreachable Steam error?

  1. Change your download location
  2. Disable proxy settings
  3. Turn off Safe web
  4. Run flushconfig
  5. Clear Pending Downloads
  6. Download Latest Version of the Steam Client
  7. Delete clientregistry.blob

1. Change your download location

Steam content is grouped into different regions, and if you’re getting Content servers unreachable error, try changing your Download region in Steam.

  1. Open Steam and select Settings.
  2. Click on Downloads and go to Download region.
  3. Select a different download region.
  4. Then, restart Steam.

2. Disable proxy settings

Sometimes your proxy can interfere with Steam and cause Content servers unreachable error to appear. You can disable proxy by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R button.
  2. Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter or click OK.
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  3. Go to Connections and click on LAN settings.
    LAN Settings Content servers unreachable Steam download error
  4. Uncheck the option that reads Automatically detect settings.
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  5. Start Steam again and check if the issue is still there.

3. Turn off Safe web

There is a setting called Safe web on your Wi-Fi router, and sometimes this feature can cause network problems. To make sure that there are no problems with Steam, be sure to open your router’s configuration page and disable this feature.


4. Run flushconfig

Sometimes resetting your configuration by running the flushconfig command can fix the Content servers unreachable Steam download error.

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. In the dialogue box, type
    steam://flushconfig
  3. Press OK.
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  4. Confirm and press OK.
  5. Restart Steam.

5. Clear Pending Downloads

In the case that you have a lot of pending downloads on Steam, you should try clearing your download queue since it might help with Content servers unreachable error.

To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Steam client.
  2. Go to the Library tab.
  3. At the bottom, you will see an option that reads Download paused. Click on it and all the pending downloads will appear.
  4. Remove the pending items from the queue one after the other.
  5. Once this is done, right click on the Games tab.
  6. Remove the games that are downloading and check if the problem is resolved.

6. Download the latest version of the Steam client

  1. Open Steam installation directory. By default it should be:
    C:Program Files (x86)Steam
  2. Navigate through until you find the following.
  • SteamApps (Folder)
  • Steam.exe (Application)
  • UserData (Folder)

Delete all the folders and files except the three mentioned above. Now, go to the Steam website and download the latest version of the Steam client and install it.


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7. Delete clientregistry.blob

You can try deleting the registry of the Steam client in order to fix Content servers unreachable Steam download error.

  1. Close Steam Client.
  2. Go to your Steam directory.
  3. Find clientregistry.blob and rename the file to clientregistryold.blob.
  4. Restart Steam.
  5. If after this and the problem persists, follow the procedure below.
  6. Go back to Steam directory.
  7. Find Steamreporter.exe.
  8. Run it and restart Steam.

We hope that this article has been able to help you fix Content servers unreachable Steam download error. If you found our solutions helpful, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.