I can’t open Steam on Windows 10: How can I fix this issue?

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Loading Comments
Affiliate Disclosure

Can't open steam on windows 10

Steam is a highly reliable application that allows users to easily access and buy games. However, despite it being reliable, some users will still experience errors and malfunctions.

For example, some users can’t open Steam on Windows 10, even though it is already completely optimized for the OS. If you are having trouble opening Steam on Windows 10, then you will want to take a look at the troubleshooting techniques in this article.

How to fix Steam not opening or launching

  • Use the ‘steam://flushconfig’ command
  • Start your PC in Safe Mode
  • Reinstall Steam

Fix Steam using “steam://flushconfig” command

The command is used to refresh the installation of the Steam application. Therefore, it is used to fix a number of issues related to the gaming client. If you are unsure how to use this command, then follow these steps:

  1. Open the Run dialog box. You can do this by pressing the Windows key together. Alternatively, you can type in ‘Run’ in Cortana on the Windows menu.
  2. Once the dialog is open, type in or copy this command steam://flushconfig”. fix steam
  3. Next, press enter and this dialog will appear from Steam.
  4. Press OK.

Enter Safe Mode

Configuring your PC’s settings to start in Safe Mode is another method you can use to troubleshoot this issue. Safe Mode only allows vital applications to operate. So, if there are third party program interfering with the starting of the steam application, then Safe Mode should fix the problem.

Is Safe Mode is not working, this troubleshooting guide will help you fix the problem.

If your Steam application works in Safe Mode, then you need to look for the program that is disrupting Steam and disable it. If you are not sure how to turn your Windows 10 computer into Safe Mode then follow these instructions:

  1. Type in ‘System configuration’ into your search (Windows menu). Click on ‘System configuration’ when it shows up.
  2. When the dialog opens go to the ‘boot’ tab.
  3. There will be a ‘Safe boot’ option located on the bottom left side of the dialog.
  4. Select ‘Safe Boot’ and underneath it select ‘Network’. We will need the network to be running because the Steam client uses the internet. If you are still confused , you can look at the picture below for reference.
  5. The Safe Boot will take affect after you restart your computer.

READ ALSO: Steam Inventory Helper reportedly spies on users

Reinstall  Steam

If all else fails, there is always the option of reinstalling Steam. However, this process can be somewhat tiring as you will have to redownload all of your games, then install them. Of course, you will not have to rebuy the games, as they are part of your steam account permanently.

If you really do not want to go through the tiring process of redownloading and reinstalling all of your games, then you can choose to move the steamapps folder(folder of all of your games) from the steam directory and save it in another place on your HDD. Afterwards, uninstall your Steam and delete the folder completely. After you reinstall the game you will want to copy the steamapps folder back into the Steam directory.

So, if you can’t open Steam on Windows 10, then you will want to try these fixes mentioned above. It is also a good idea to turn off your any antivirus programs you may have enabled and even disable Windows Firewall. Temporarily disabling your antivirus programs may resolve the issue.