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Steam games won't launch? Fix it now!

Steam games won't launch

In this article you will find out:

  • how to deal with this issue
  • how to protect your data

Are you ready? Let's read!

About this issue

With the help of the digital distribution platform for computer games Steam, any user can launch a particular game and actively use them.

However, some users have reported that Steam games won't launch on Windows 10, and some users have reported that they receive a missing executable error message. Since you cannot use the purchased game, this will be a rather serious problem.

The reasons for this problem may be:

  • the activity of the antivirus program
  • the activity of recently installed third-party programs
  • lack of necessary Visual C ++ components
  • outdated video card drivers
  • presence of corrupted game files

However, you can solve the problem of “steam not opening games” using the solutions from this helpful article.

Let's fix it

1. Make sure your game progress is safe!

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2. Change games' location

Try moving installed games to a different location. If that helps, then you have a data storage problem.

So, open Steam, go to your game library. Select the problematic game with the right mouse button and go to the Local Files tab. Then click on Browse Local Files, select steamapps, then click on General and click on [Game Name] - this will re-download the game to the default folder.

Now use the Move Installation Folder option and move the game to a different location. If that helps, move any games that won't launch to a different location.

3. Work with drivers

Updated and properly working video card drivers are the key to the excellent work of the Steam application.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you update your graphics card drivers. To do this, find out the model of your video card and download the latest drivers from the manufacturer's website.

In addition, you can always use third-party tools to automatically update not only the video card drivers but all other system components on your PC.

4. Get rid of GameOverlayRenderer64.dll

Some files can cause problems with Steam games and cause “steam games won't launch” error. According to users, GameOverlayRenderer64.dll is often the problematic file and removing it solves the problem. Alternatively, you can simply move the GameOverlayRenderer64.dll file to a different location.

5. Examine protection

Steam games sometimes won't launch due to your antivirus software. That is, a specific game or even the entire Steam directory can be added to the exclusion list of your antivirus. You can do the following in this situation:

  • disable certain antivirus functions
  • completely disable antivirus
  • uninstall antivirus solution.

6. Look for third-party applications’ problems

Some third-party applications may cause this “steam games not launching” error. Razer Synapse and Logitech Joystick Utility have been observed to be the culprit for this issue. You should disable or uninstall them before starting the game. You can do this with the built-in Programs and Features utility, or with a trusted third-party uninstall software.

After that, restart your computer and check if it helped to download Steam games without errors.

7. Update C ++ components

You may not have some of the Visual C ++ components, so the games won't load.

To fix this, go to the game installation directory andlocate the _CommonRedistvcredist folder. In the vcredist directory, run the two installation files to install the required missing components.

After completing the installation of the Visual C ++ prerequisites, the problematic game should start without problems.

8. Verify game's integrity

Check the integrity of the game files, some of them may be damaged.

In the game library, find the problematic game, right-click it and select Properties.

In a new window, open the "Local files" tab, then click "Verify the integrity of game files" and wait for the process to complete.

9. Use Compatibility mode

You can use compatibility mode, this way you will solve problems with old games and run them without problems on your computer.

So, find the EXE file of the game, right-click it, select Properties, and go to the Compatibility tab.

Next, check the "Run this program in compatibility mode" box, select the version of Windows you want and click "Apply" and "OK". Everything should be fine now and the game should start.

10. Start from the beginning

If all of the above methods are ineffective and your games still won't start, you will have to start over. Reinstall all Steam games and you will be sure that you have the latest version of the Steam client installed, all your games are installed in the correct folders and the latest bug fixes are installed.

If all of the above methods are ineffective and your games still won't start, you will have to start over. Reinstall all Steam games and you will be sure that you have the latest version of the Steam client installed, all your games are installed in the correct folders and the latest bug fixes are installed.

So, go to your game library, right-click the game, select "Control". Then select "Uninstall" and repeat this for all installed games. Go to the Control Panel under "Programs and Features", find the Steam application, and uninstall it.

Restart your computer and go to the official Steam website, download the Steam client, install it and configure the directory of your game library.

Select the "Settings" section and go to "Downloads". Next, select "Steam Library Folders" and reinstall your games. Now play for fun.

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