How to Troubleshoot “Steam Update Stuck” Problem in Windows Computers

It can happen that Steam won’t update for an indefinite period of time. This usually happens after installing an update and restarting Steam. Uninstalling Steam files and reinstalling helped many users, but after a while the error would reappear. We have cited several solutions to this problem.

What causes the ‘Steam Update Stuck’ error?

  • Steam files are corrupted.
  • Internet connection is not working properly
  • A security program is blocking the Steam update.
  • The Steam server was unable to process the request.
  • If you do not have administrator rights, this may be the reason.
  • An error occurs while installing or updating Steam games.

How to repair the “Steam Update Stuck” problem?

Open Steam as an administrator

  1. Press the Windows + E key combination.
  2. Open the Steam folder in File Explorer.
  3. Right-click Steam.exe in the program folder and select Properties.
  4. Click the Compatibility tab.
  5. Select the Run as administrator option.
  6. Click the Apply button.
  7. Click OK to close the window.

Disable the Windows Defender Firewall

  1. Open the Cortana search box.
  2. Type Firewall in the search box and select Windows Defender Firewall to open the window.
  3. Click Enable or disable the Windows Defender firewall on the left side of the WDF control panel applet.
  4. Then select the two radio buttons Disable Windows Defender Firewall and click OK.
  5. Click the Change settings button.
  6. Then click the Allow another application button to open the window.
  7. Click the Browse button and open the Bin subfolder in the Steam folder in the Browse window that opens.
  8. Then select SteamService and click OK.
  9. Then select the Steam Client Service entry in the Add Program window.
  10. Click the Add button.
  11. Select both checkboxes for the Steam Client service and click OK.

Clear the Download Cache

  1. Click on Steam and select Settings.
  2. Click Downloads on the left side of the window.
  3. Click the Clear Download Cache button.
  4. In the Empty Download Cache dialog box that opens, click OK.
  5. Then log back into Steam.

Start Windows properly

  1. Open the System Configuration window by typing MSConfig on the Run menu.
  2. Select the Selective startup radio button.
  3. Then check the Load system services and Use the original boot configuration boxes in the Selective startup section.
  4. Clear the Load startup items check box.
  5. Select the Services tab.
  6. First, select the Hide all Microsoft services option.
  7. Then select the Disable all option.
  8. Select the Apply option.
  9. Click OK to close the System Configuration window.
  10. A dialog box opens where the user can choose to reboot.
  11. In this window, select the Reboot option.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Right-click on the taskbar.
  2. Select Task Manager.
  3. In the Processes section, find Steam.
  4. Right-click on Steam and select End Task.
  5. Now open the Steam client again.
  6. Resume updating, downloading, or patching immediately.

  1. Rename the download folder.
  2. Delete the active download folder.
  3. Change the download folder.
  4. Delete the download cache.
  5. Check the integrity of the game files.
  6. Recover the Steam library folder.
  7. Perform a hard drive error check.
  8. Reinstall the Steam client.

Go to your Steam library, select the game you want to stop or cancel, then click x to cancel or Pause to stop downloading.

It is possible that corrupted files in your Steam download cache are the reason for the Steam update error. Deleting the download cache can help you solve the problem. Select the Downloads tab and click Clear Download Cache. Click OK and log back into Steam.

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