Fix Steam Application load error permanently with these solutions

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Some Steam users have stated that an Application load error message pops up when they try to launch some of their games within Steam. Consequently, the games don’t start. That error message frequently pops up for Bethesda games. These are some potential resolutions for the Application load error.

How can I fix Steam Application load error?

  1. Verify the game’s file integrity
  2. Delete the game’s folder from Documents
  3. Run Steam as administrator
  4. Delete Steam’s appcache subfolder
  5. Copy the Steam.exe into the game’s folder

1. Verify the game’s file integrity

Steam’s Verify Integrity of Game Files option fixes missing or corrupted files for a selected game. This option can resolve numerous Steam errors messages, and that includes the Application load error. Follow the guidelines below to verify game files.

  1. Open the Steam client software.
  2. Select Steam’s Library tab that displays the games.
  3. Right-click the game that you need to fix the Application load error for and select Properties.
    properties steam application load error
  4. Select the Local Files tab on the Properties window.
  5. Then click the Verify Integrity of Game Files option.
    local files tab steam application load error

2. Delete the game’s folder from Documents

Some players have said they’ve fixed Application load error by deleting the game’s data folder in Documents/My Games. To do that follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer with the Windows key + E hotkey.
  2. Then open this folder path in File Explorer: C:UsersNAMEDocumentsMy Games.
  3. Select the game’s folder in My Game.
  4. Press the Delete button show below to erase the selected folder.

delete icon application load error


3. Run Steam as administrator

Other users have stated that running Steam as an administrator resolved the error for them. To do that, right-click the Steam shortcut on the desktop, or the Steam.exe in the software’s folder, and select Run as administrator.

That will open the software with admin rights, but users will need to select that context menu option each time they open Steam. Alternatively, users can configure Steam to run with admin rights as follows:

  1. Open Steam’s folder in File Explorer.
  2. Then right-click the Steam.exe and select Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility tab shown below.compatibility tab steam application load error
  4. Select the Run this program as administrator check box.
  5. Select the Apply and OK options.

4. Delete Steam’s appcache subfolder

Deleting the appcache folder is another confirmed resolution for Application load error. Users can do that by opening their Steam folders in File Explorer.

Then select the appcache subfolder, and press the Delete button. Thereafter, close Steam (if it’s open) to restart the software and log in.


5. Copy the Steam.exe into the game’s folder

The Application load error message often arises for games users have installed on a different drive partition to Steam. For example, Steam might be on the C: drive with the game on drive D:. Thus, copying the Steam.exe into the folder for the game the error message pops up for is another way to fix Application load error . Users can do that as follows.

  1. Press the Windows key + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer.
  2. Open the Steam folder in File Explorer. That will probably be in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folder, which is default directory for software.
  3. Right-click the Steam.exe and select Copy.
  4. Open the folder for the game that you need to fix the error for.
  5. Then right-click within the folder open in File Explorer and select Paste. That will copy the Steam.exe to the game’s folder.

paste steam application load error

Those are some of the best resolutions that have fixed the Application load error message for Steam users. There might be more fixes, however, and users are welcome to share alternative resolutions for the Application load error error below.

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