How to Troubleshoot Client Bootstrapper High CPU Error on Windows 10

Steam Client Bootstrapper is a background application that allows you to download and install updates and replace missing files. The problem with this application is that it can cause a high CPU load when it is not loading anything. This article explains the reasons for this behavior and offers several solutions to fix the problem.

Under normal circumstances, when Steam Client Bootstrapper performs its specific tasks, it consumes some CPU resources, but not very much. However, the problem with Steam Client Bootstrapper is that it consumes a lot of CPU resources when Steam is idle. It also often uses a lot of CPU resources even when Steam is completely closed.

What causes the Steam Client to have a high CPU usage?

  • Steam overlay
  • Different skins
  • Red Shell spyware
  • The default window is set to Store

How to solve the high CPU performance consumption on Steam client?

Change the client skin

  1. Open Steam and go to settings again.
  2. This time, find the “Interface” tab and look for the “Select a skin that Steam should use” option.
  3. If you click on the arrow, a list of skins will appear. There should be a “Standard” option.
  4. Select it and click OK. Then follow the correct restart procedure (do not use the X key).
  5. Restart the Steam client.

Using the Steam client beta program

  1. Open the Steam client and go to settings again.
  2. This time, click the “Account” tab. Find the “Edit” button.
  3. There you will find the “Participate in Beta” option.
  4. If you click it, a new window will open.
  5. In the drop-down list, click on “Steam client candidate.”
  6. Apply the changes and restart the Steam client.

Disable Steam Overlay

  1. Open Steam from anywhere you can access it.
  2. In the client, find the “Settings” item. It is located in the menu at the top of the page.
  3. Go to the “In-Game” tab and find the “Steam Overlay” option.
  4. Make sure that the “Enable in-game stream overlay” checkbox is unchecked.
  5. Click OK and apply the changes.
  6. Exit Steam using the built-in option rather than the “Close” (x) button in the upper right corner.
  7. Restart the streaming client. You can restart your computer if you wish.

Restore the Steam client

  1. Run “Run” by pressing the Windows key and the R key together.
  2. Type in “C:\Programs (x86)\SteambinService.exe”/repair
  3. Be sure to press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to run it as an administrator. You will be prompted to log in.
  4. Now restart Steam. You can also restart your computer to get a new approach.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Restart your system.
  2. Stop or restart processes.
  3. Update the drivers.
  4. Scan for malware.
  5. Power options.
  6. Find specific instructions online.
  7. Reinstalling Windows.

If the CPU load is 100%, it means that your computer is trying to do more work than it has available. This is usually normal, but it does mean that programs may be running a little slower. If things are too slow, try rebooting your computer. The memory shown in the Resources tab is system memory (also called RAM).

The good news is that you don't have to worry. The Steam Client Bootstrapper is a perfectly normal part of the Steam package. It has an important task without which Steam won't work.

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