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How to fix Steam Non-Running Game error: In this article we will be processing our way through multiple steps to fix this annoying error.

Restart Steam On Your Pc

A restart gives wonders to Steam a much needed new shake. We recommend you to close Steam via the Task Manager and then open it again.

  1. Click Ctrl+Alt+Del on the keyboard and click on “Task Manager” from the list of options that appear at the forefront of a blue background.
  2. In Task Manager, navigate down the list of services until you spot Steam.
  3. Click on it, then hit “End Task” just below.
  4. For good measure, allow a minute for the client processes to shut down and then relaunch Steam.
  5. Launch the offending game.

Close Game In Task Manager

If the restart is not working, this means that the game might be running in the background even though it is manifestly closed in the Steam client.

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  1. Open up Task Manager as detailed above.
  2. Locate the executable/service(s) associated with the game. Formats vary, but in general, the name of the game is the most common iteration. Acronyms of the title are also popular. If in doubt, check the name of the executable in the game’s directory in Windows by right-clicking on the game in the Steam Library, selecting “Properties,” then the “Local Files” tab, and finally the “Browse Local Files” button.
  3. Click on the service, then on “End Task” once again.
  4. Restart Steam as detailed above to be on the safe side.
  5. Launch the game.

Close Game Launcher From System Tray

Some titles have a launcher that co-exists with the Steam client. If a game shows an intro menu that is effectively outside of the game, this is more than likely a launcher, and it will repeat minimizing as an application in the system tray.

First of all, check your system tray and, if you spot a launcher, right-click on it and hit “Close,” “Quit,” “Exit,” or any variant thereof. Restart Steam as above and launch the game as usual.

Restart Your PC

If these methods do not work, a full system restart is the next likely contender to resolve the problem. Not only does it reboot Steam and any associated temporary files/data, but a Windows reset doesn’t go amiss.

Reinstall The Game

If only restart is not fixing the problem then, move on to reinstalling the game. Note – this method requires downloading all the game files again and, therefore, it does come with a time constraint.

  1. Load up Steam.
  2. Click on “Library” and right-click on the game.
  3. Among the list that pops up, select “Uninstall.”
  4. When prompted by the “Delete Game Files?” warning, click “Delete.” Steam will remove all associated game files.
  5. Restart Steam as detailed further up.
  6. Locate the game in your Library and click on “Install.”
  7. Click “Next” in the install window, then “Finish.”
  8. Allow Steam to download the game files in full.
  9. Launch the game.

Reinstall Steam

On this point, there are many chances to problem resolved. In the unlikely scenario that it hasn’t, we come to our most drastic fix — reinstall Steam.

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  1. Right-click on the Windows Start menu and click “Search.”
  2. Type “Control Panel” into the search field and select the first result.
  3. Click on “Uninstall a program” under the “Programs” icon.
  4. Find and click on Steam in the list of programs.
  5. Hit “Uninstall” just above the list.
  6. When finished, download the latest version of Steam here.
  7. When downloaded, double click on the executable file and complete the installation wizard steps.
  8. Launch Steam.
  9. Install the game as above.
  10. Launch the game.

This was all the steps that you can use to fix Steam Non-Running Game error.

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