Some users had an issue where Steam will not open on Windows 10. This can be terribly frustrating, but do not worry, in this article, we have compiled a few solid solutions that will help you launch Steam on Windows 10 without any issues.

Note: You should have the latest Steam client installed and not accessing it in offline mode for a long time.


Fix 1: End the process and re-launch

steam client

It is really the most simple fix that you can try when nothing happens upon launching Steam. Even I do encounter this issue very often. I try to launch Steam but nothing happens – the steam client runs as a process in the task manager but you do not see it open.

In that case, I simply head to the task manager (by pressing Alt + Ctrl + Del) and then searching for the process “Steam Client Bootstrapper” under the “Processes” tab. Just right-click on it and click on “End task” to close Steam.

Now, re-launch Steam, it should check for updates and start right away.

Fix 2: Clear cached data

steam flush config cache clear

Similar to how a browser stored cached content, Steam also contains cached data (specifically – cached download data). To clear the cache, simply press Windows + R to get into the run dialogue box and then type in the following command:


Before clearing the cache, ensure that you have no games/software downloaded halfway, because you might need to re-download them from the start.

Of course, you cannot launch Steam – so to check what was being downloaded, navigate to the following location: Steam (your Steam Library) -> steamapps 

Now, right-click on the “downloading” folder to check the folder size in its properties. If it is empty, you do not have any downloads paused – but if it shows a certain file size (say, 5 Gigs) – you have a download to finish.

You can back up that folder and copy it back after clearing the cache. However, we cannot be sure that it would always resume where you paused the download before clearing the cache.

Fix 3: Re-install Steam

It is not a rocket science to realize that you need to re-install the Steam client again to launch it without any issues. When you uninstall the Steam client, you will lose all your games and data with it.

So, in order to back up your games, head to your Steam Library folder on your computer and then make a copy of “steamapps” folder in another location.


Once you re-install Steam, simply replace the new “steamapps” folder with the old one which you kept a back up of.

Wrapping Up

In most of the cases, you do not really need to re-install Steam, but if nothing else works, make sure to keep a backup of your games and then re-install the Steam client to resolve any type of errors.

These simple solutions should help you launch Steam without any trouble. If it did not help, feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.

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