How to Repair Steam Library Folder


While Steam’s platform is great when it works, it can be prone to issues. If you’re having problems with Steam one of the easiest things you can do early is to repair your Steam library folder. Repairing your Steam library folder is a relatively quick process that audits the files associated with your games, and then repairs or replaces any files with issues.

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Steps to Repair Steam Library Folder

  1. Launch the Steam app on your computer.
  2. Click “Steam” in the menu at the top of the screen to open a drop-down menu, and then click “Settings” in that menu.

  1. Click “Downloads” in the menu on the left side of the screen. Downloads options are shown on the right side of the screen.

  1. Find the Content Libraries section, and then click “Steam Library Folders” in that section. The Storage Manager window is displayed.

  1. Make sure the Steam library folder you want to repair is selected at the top of this window, and then click the ellipses icon displayed next to that Steam library folder path.

  1. Click “Repair Folder” in that window. You’ll see a small window letting you know that folder is being repaired. When the Steam folder repair process is complete you’ll see a message letting you know the repair is done. Click “Close” to close this window.

Reasons You May Need to Repair a Steam Library Folder

There are a few good reasons you may find yourself needing to repair a Steam library folder:

  1. Corrupted Files: A corrupted file in your Steam game library folder can cause major issues. These files can cause your games to crash, freeze, or not run properly. By repairing your library folder, you can replace the corrupted files with fresh, functional ones.
  2. Missing Files: Missing files in your Steam game library folder can prevent your games from launching or running properly. By repairing the library folder, you can ensure all necessary files are present, so your games run smoothly.
  3. Inconsistent Game Data: Inconsistent game data can cause problems with saving and loading games. It can also result in strange in-game behavior. Repairing the library folder can help resolve these issues and restore consistent game data.
  4. Misconfigured Folder Permissions: Misconfigured folder permissions can prevent Steam from accessing your game library folder. This can cause issues with launching and playing games. Repairing the library folder can help resolve these issues and ensure proper access.
  5. Outdated Drivers: Outdated drivers can cause compatibility issues with your games. Repairing the library folder can help resolve these issues, ensuring your games run smoothly on your current system.
  6. Virus or Malware: Viruses and malware can infect your game library folder, causing problems with launching and playing games. Repairing the library folder can help remove any infected files, ensuring the safety and stability of your games.

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