Steam Unpacking Slow: 4 Ways to Make It Faster

If the drive has any issues, it will affect unpacking speed

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  • Stream allows gamers to buy and play games on the platform.
  • The Stream app may slow down while unpacking because of game size.
  • Set the app to high priority to improve its speed while unpacking.
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Steam is a popular platform for gamers to buy and play games. However, many players report slow unpacking speed when downloading new games or updates. Thus, we will discuss how to fix the Steam unpacking slow problems.

Alternatively, you can read about ways to fix a Steam download Stuck at 100% on your device.

What makes Steam unpacking slow?

Several factors can contribute to slow unpacking times in Steam. Some of the common reasons are:

  • Game size – The bigger the game, the longer it will take to unpack. Games with many files or high-resolution graphics can take longer to unpack than small-size games.
  • Disk speed – If your hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD) is slow, it can slow the unpacking process. Especially true if the disk is fragmented, making it harder for the computer to find the needed files.
  • System Resources – The system resources become limited when many apps run on it. Therefore, closing all other programs will improve the Stream app process.
  • Network speed – Downloading files and streaming videos online while unpacking causes network congestion and slow network speeds causing the unpacking process to slow.

Nevertheless, we will discuss ways to improve Stream unpacking speed and fix the issue.

What can I do if steam unpacking is slow?

Apply the following checks before using advanced troubleshooting:

You should proceed with the advanced steps below if the issue persists.

1. Set Stream priority to high

  1. Press the Windows + X and select Task Manager to open it.
  2. Click on the Details tab and navigate to Stream.exe. Right-click it and select Set Priority and select High.
  3. Click on Change priority to confirm your choice in the dialog box.

Setting the Stream app as a high priority will boost its performance with top priority over other running apps. Check out our complete guide on how to set priority in task manager for more insight.

2. Defrag HDD or Optimize SSD

  1. Press the Windows key, type File Explorer, and press Enter key to open.
  2. Click on This PC from the left side pane and right-click the drive where the Stream app is. Select Properties.
  3. Then, click the Tools tab. Select the Optimize buttons from the Optimize and defragment drive section.
  4. Click the Optimize button to start the process.

The Optimize Windows tools will trim SSD drive and optimize HDD drive to improve speed. We have a complete guide on ways to fix disk defragmenters that won’t run in Windows.

3. Delete Files in Depotcache Folder

  1. Close the Stream app. Press the Windows + E to open File Explorer.
  2. Copy and paste the following path and press Enter: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\depotcache
  3. Delete all the files in the Depotcache folder.

The folder path differs in PCs depending on the drive in which the Stream app is.

4. Check Drive for error

  1. Press the Windows + E to open File Explorer and click on This PC from the left side pane.
  2. Right-click the drive where the Stream is and click on Properties from the context menu.
  3. Click the Tools tab and select the Check button from the Error checking section.
  4. Click on the Scan drive link and wait for the process to be complete.

The process above scans the drive for corrupt system files and bad partitions to improve your system performance. Feel free to read about methods to use if Windows cannot repair the drive on your PC.

In addition, check our detailed guide on ways to fix ISDone.dll error on Windows 10/11. Also, you can read about how to make Windows 11 faster on your device.

Should you have further questions or suggestions, kindly drop the in the comments section.

Still experiencing issues?


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