You will feel annoyed when you run Steam but are stuck in the Updating Steam window. This error may occur after installing the update and restarting Steam. Performing an uninstall and installing Steam can sometimes work, but it will back again after a period of time.
This article provides three fixes to solve the issue.

1. Clearing download cache

2. Deleting the “Package” folder

3. Run Steam as administrator

Bonus: Update your drivers

Fix 1: Clearing download cache

It is possible that the corrupted files in download cache cause the Steam update stuck error. So clearing download cache may help you solve the problem.
The first 3 steps can help you jump out of the updating loop so you can get into Steam properly.

  1. Unplug your internet connection.
  2. Wait for the Steam login dialog box appears.
  3. Plug the internet connection back. Steam will launch properly.
  4. Click the Steam button in the upper left corner. Then click Settings
  5. Choose Downloads tab, then click Clear Download Cache.
  6. Click OK and login Steam again.
    Note: After clearing the cache, you need to login and download games again.

Fix 2: Deleting the “Package” folder

If the file in the package was corrupted, you may meet the steam update stuck error. Therefore, you can delete the “package” folder to solve the error.

WARNING: You might lose your game after doing this fix. It is better to back up your “package” folder before you do this fix.
  1. Exit Steam.
  2. Open file explorer and locate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.
  3. Delete the “package” folder.
  4. Launch Steam and you’ll be able to update the Steam and install it properly.

Fix 3: Run Steam as administrator

Some features may be blocked by the Windows system that causes the steam update stuck problem. With high integrity access, Steam can make full use of its features, won’t be blocked by other programs. So run Steam as an administrator to fix the problem.

  1. Right-click on the Steam icon and click Properties.
  2. Under the Compatibility tab, tick Run this program as an administrator. Then click OK.
  3. Run Steam. You should be able to update and install Steam properly.

Bonus: Update your drivers

Not only for solving a problem but also to get a better gaming experience, updating your drivers always a good option. The outdated or wrong drivers for your graphics card, network card, sound card, etc. may cause problems.

Manually finding drivers for Windows takes forever and you may not find what you need. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy. 
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.    
  3. Click the Update button next to the driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version). 
    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.) 
If you encounter problems while using Driver Easy, please send an email to

Thanks for reading. We hope you solve the issue and enjoy the games. If you have any suggestions or questions, you’re welcome to leave comments below.

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