Steam client runs frustratingly slow? You’re not alone! Many Windows users are reporting it. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 6 solutions to try.

Try these fixes:

You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.

  1. End your background programs
  2. Clear cache and cookies on your Steam
  3. Clear download cache on your Steam
  4. Update your graphics card driver
  5. Adjust your proxy settings
  6. Reinstall your Steam

Fix 1: End your background programs

If there are too many applications and background processes running on your computer and hogging your network resources, your Steam might fail to run smoothly. Here is how to check for and turn off these processes:

If you’re on Windows 7…

1) Right-click your taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

2) Click the Processes tab. Then, check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.

3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End Process Tree.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

After you turn off unnecessary processes on your computer, restart your Steam to see if it runs faster. If this doesn’t help, try fix 2 to clear cache and cookies on your Steam.

If you’re on Windows 8 or 10…

1) Right-click your taskbar and select Task Manager.

2) Check your current CPU and memory usage to see what processes are consuming your resources most.

3) Right-click the resource-consuming process and select End task.

Don’t end any program that you’re not familiar with. It may be critical for the functioning of your computer.

Try running your Steam to see if it can work faster now. If your Steam still works slow, there are 5 more fixes you can try.

Fix 2: Clear cache and cookies on your Steam

You Steam may slow down because you’ve accumulated too many cache files and cookies on your Steam client. If this is your problem, clearing cache and cookies might be able to improve your browsing speed. Follow the instructions below to see how to make it:

1) Right-click your Steam icon, and then select Run as administrator.

2) Click Steam, and then select Settings.

3) Select Web Browser and click DELETE WEB BROWSER CACHE.

4) Click OK.

5) Click DELETE ALL BROWSER COOKIES.

6) Click OK.

7) Restart your Steam.

Hopefully, this method worked for you. If you problem persists, try the fix below.

Fix 3: Clear download cache on your Steam

Excessive download cache can also make your Steam run slower. Follow the instructions below to see if clearing download cache can help speed up your Steam.

1) Right-click your Steam icon, and then select Run as administrator.

2) Click Steam, and then select Settings.

3) Select Downloads, and then click CLEAR DOWNLOAD CACHE.

4) Click OK.

5) Restart your Steam.

Check if this method helped in speeding up your Steam. If your Steam still runs slow, updating the right driver for your graphics card might be able to help.

Fix 4: Update your graphics card driver

An outdated or a faulty graphics card driver may also cause a lag on your Steam. To fix your problem, you need to update your graphics card driver.

There are two ways you can get the right driver for your graphics card: manually or automatically.

Manual driver update – You can update your driver manually by going to your graphics card manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose the driver that is compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your graphics card driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

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 graphics card driver to automatically download the correct version of this 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 – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 5: Adjust your proxy settings

To make Steam run faster, changing proxy settings is another method that works for many Windows users. Here is how to adjust your proxy settings:

If you already have a proxy server that uses automatic configuration, you should skip this method, or you might lose network connections after you disable the automatic detection setting.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type internet options.

2) Click Internet Options.

3) Click the Connections tab, and then click LAN settings.

4) Uncheck Automatically detect settings and click OK.

If you lose your network connections after you change your proxy settings, return to the LAN Settings window to re-enable the automatic detection setting.

Now, restart your Steam client to see if this method helped. If this doesn’t solve your problem, maybe you need to reinstall your Steam.

Fix 6: Reinstall your Steam

Corrupt or missing Steam files may also slow down your Steam. In this case, a reinstall is very likely the solution to your problem. Follow the instructions below to back up your game content and reinstall your Steam:

1) Right-click your Steam icon and select Open file location.

2) Right-click the steamapps folder and select Copy. Then, place the copy in another location to back up it.

3) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click Control Panel.

4) Under View by, select Category.

5) Select Uninstall a program.

6) Right-click Steam, and then click Uninstall.

7) Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall your Steam and wait for the process to be complete.

8) Download Steam. Then, open the downloaded file and install Steam.

9) Right-click your Steam icon and select Open file location.

10) Move the backup steamapps folder you create before to your current directory location. Then, restart your Steam.

Hopefully, this article helped in speeding up your Steam! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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