What is steam.exe – Solutions to Teach You How to Fix steam.exe Error

steam.exe is a process which is belongs to onlinegame platform to download various games. The process size is 1,249(the file size may vary according to different version of the file). steam.exe file usually locates in the C:\Program Files folder. The original steam.exe is a safe file, but some virus are known to use this file name as camouflage to cause errors and problems on the computer. Sometimes people receives error message that contains steam.exe, for example ‘Steam.exe (Main Exception): ERROR: delete of steam.exe failed, Win32 Error 5 ‘Access is denied‘.’ if you are one of these victim,  you may refer to the below solution to fix steam.exe error.

How does steam.exe error happen

The appear of steam.exe error indicates your computer may have one or several problems as below listed:

  • The steam.exe process is somehow become corrupted.
  • Your computer is infected by virus that steam.exe has been damaged.
  • The process file was mistakenly deleted along with game/program removal.
  • Windows registry is bloated and cannot function properly.
  • The process is interfered by other program.

How to fix guide

Log on as administrator

If you received the error message while trying to upgrade steam program, you may first go check whether you have the administrative previlege. If not, re-log on the Windows as administrator and then try the update or installation again.

Check on the file attributes

If the attributes of Steam.exe file was set as Read Only, the error would occur once the system is trying to activate this process file. You can follow to check the file attributes
Access to the Windows search from Start menu.

  • Search and locate Steam.exe file
  • Right click on the file, and select Properties in the appeared menu.
  • If Read Only is checked, uncheck it and check Apply option.
  • Close Properties window and try opening the file and see if the error still exist.

Reinstall steam program

  • Go to Start > Control Panel.
  • Remove Steam by using Windows Add/Remove program.
  • Reinstall steam again with its setup file.

Disable program that may cause interference

Steam.exe file can be sometimes interfered by other programs on your computer such as other online chatting tool, firewall, antivirus software or other online gaming platform that similar to Steam, you can try to turn them off first, and then open Steam program to see if the error still appear.

Clean and repair registry

Registry is a critical component of Windows system, it stores all PC data that determine  the proper functioning of all hardware, software and even each files & process. However, due to problems like data overload, corruption, useless /obsolete registry data redundancy, it can easily become the cause for errors like steam.exe error. The best solution to deal with registry problem is using registry cleaner tool, a reliable registry cleaner could take risk out of manual clean, it will clean useless registry junks and fix all related error easily within steps.

Scan and remove threat infection

If all the above solution failed to fix Steam.exe error, your computer may have been infected by virus/malware, the error won’t be fix unless you remove the exist threats inside your computer system. Go install and run a trusted antivirus software, run a thorough scan over the system, and then remove all found threats, restart the computer one, re-try the above solutions and the Steam.exe error will be fixed.

John McDowell Windows Certified Expert

John McDowell is an professional computer engineer who currently running his own computer company. He has over 12 years computer experience and would like to share his personal tips and knowledge about computer maintenance and problem troubleshooting to anybody who needs it.

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