Fail to run Steam. At the same time, a message prompt says Steam is having trouble connecting to the Steam servers.
So, what can do you right now to get the release from the issue?
You will get the answer to the question from this entire article. Here, I will include the reasons with possible solutions for you. Let’s explore.
Why The Error “Steam Is Having Trouble Connecting to the Steam Servers” Occurs
The discussed error may occur for only a single reason. Several reasons cause the issue. Let’s have a check them-
- Steam server may be down somehow. If it happens to you, the error message will prompt and you will not be able to play a game through Steam.
- If Steam does not get full pack permission to run, the error may occur.
- Windows Firewall restriction can also be a reason.
- The issue may create because of an outdated driver too.
- Another big reason is a misconfiguration in network settings.
- A corrupted system is the most common reason for occurring the error
How to Fix If Steam Is Having Trouble Connecting to the Steam Servers
Don’t need to be worried after seeing the long list of reasons for the error presence. Whatever the reason is, it is 100% solvable. Here I will attach the solution in two sections.
- Initial Fixes
- Technical Fixes
Both sections have several individual fixes. These are-
- Fix 1: Reboot Network Connection
- Fix 2: Inspect Steam Server Status
- Fix 3: Run The Program As An Administrator
- Fix 1: Remove Windows Defender Firewall Restriction
- Fix 2: Update Driver
- Fix 3: Customize IP Configuration
- Fix 4: Reset Winsock
- Fix 5: Run Steam Through TCP Protocol
- Fix 6: Recreate The BLOB File
- Fix 7: Check for Windows Update
- Fix 8: Update Steam
- Fix 9: Reinstall Steam
Initial fixes help you as a first-hand solution without entering into deep. You can apply the fixes easily. I will attach the fixes in detail below.
Fix 1: Reboot Network Connection
When you confront the issue, you will need to reboot the network connection first. According to the experience of the other Steam users, it will work like a magic to resolve the issue.
To reboot the network connection like a router or modem, you have to power off the device and unplug the cable. Then leave the device for a minute. After that, inject the cable and power it.
Finally, check the issue. If you still get the error message, you need to move forward.
Fix 2: Inspect Steam Server Status
The Steam server may be down, and the error message will appear accordingly. So, if you face the error over and over, you have to check the Steam server.
Will it be down or not? If it is down, you will have to wait. Generally, the situation will valid for only a few moments. So keep patience until the server becomes active.
If the fix is not applicable from your side, you will follow the last initial fix.
Fix 3: Run The Program As An Administrator
In some cases, the error may occur for the lack of accessibility to run Steam. So, when none of the upper fixes help you to get rid of the error, you will have to run Steam as an administrator. I will attach the details below.
Right-click on the Steam app icon. Accordingly, several options appear in the context menu. Look at the bottom of the list. You will find the ‘Properties’ option here. You have to click on it.
Consequently, the Steam Properties window will appear on the screen. Here, you need to tap the ‘Compatibility’ tab. Then mark on the ‘Run this program as an administrator’ box. After that, click on ‘Apply’ and ‘Ok’ at the end.
Hopefully, it will resolve the issue, and you can use Steam errorlessly.
But in case the error message still prompts, you have to apply the technical fixes. I will attach the details of the fixes below.
When the initial fixes do not succeed to resolve the discussed issue, you will need to apply some technical fixes. Let’s explore the fixes.
Fix 1: Remove Windows Defender Firewall Restriction
Sometimes Windows Defender Firewall may block Steam partially or fully. For this reason, the discussed error can occur. In this case, you need to remove the Firewall restriction. I will attach the process below.
Tap the Windows and ‘R’ keys together. Accordingly, the ‘Run’ will appear on the screen. You have to copy the below text and paste it into the ‘Open’ bar.
Then press ‘Ok’.
Consequently, the ‘Control Panel‘ based ‘Windows Defender Firewall‘ window will become evident. Then you have to click on the ‘Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall’ option from the left menu.
Then find and select the Steam app from the list. If it does not appear in the list, click on the ‘Change settings’ first and then the ‘Allow another app’ option.
As a result, the ‘Add an app’ window will be visible. Here you need to browse the path where Steam exists. Then tap the ‘Add’ tab and follow the on-screen direction to complete the process.
Consequently, the Firewall restriction for Steam will withdraw. Finally, try to open Steam errorlessly. If the issue still exists, you will have to move to the next fixes.
Fix 2: Update Driver
If any update is required for the network adapters, the issue may create. So, when you face the issue, you will have to update the network adapter to fix the error. To do so, you need to apply the following steps.
Right-click on the ‘Start’ menu. Then select the ‘Device Manager’ from the appeared list.
Consequently, the ‘Device Manager’ will become evident. Then you have to find out the ‘Network adapters’ from here and expand it.
After that, right-click on the network connector and choose the ‘Update driver’ option from the appeared context menu.
In the end, choose your own, either update the driver manually or automatically. Follow the on-screen direction to complete the process successfully.
If the fix is not valid from your side, you will need to follow the next one.
Fix 3: Customize IP Configuration
You can solve this network-related error by customizing your IP Configuration. I will include the process below.
Tap the Windows key and type ‘cmd’. Accordingly, a preface of the ‘Command Prompt’ will be visible. You have to choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option from here.
Next, the ‘Administrator: Command Prompt’ window will appear after your confirmation. Then copy the below command and paste it into the window.
Then hit the ‘enter’ key. It will take some time to complete the flush DNS.
Again, you have to work with the ‘Administrator: Command Prompt’. Then you need to copy the below command and paste it into the window as a continuous process.
Then hit the ‘enter’ and wait until the process is completed.
Finally, you need to take a follow-up on the issue. If it still appears on opening Steam, you will need to look forward.
Fix 4: Reset Winsock
If the catalog of data like Winsock is corrupted or missing any data, the discussed error may occur. In this case, you need to reset Winsock. To do so, you need to follow the below process.
You have to work with the ‘Command prompt’ again to apply the process.
Open the ‘Administrator: Command Prompt’ window. Then copy the below commands one by one and paste them into the window. You have to press ‘enter’ each time you paste a single command.
netsh winsock reset
netsh winhttp reset proxy
The process will take some time to complete successfully. You have to examine the issue after the process has been completed. If the message prompts again, you will have some other options to fix the issue.
Fix 5: Run Steam Through TCP Protocol
Run Steam through TCP protocol is a proven way to get released from the error. I will attach the process below to how you can activate the TCP protocol.
Right-click on the Start menu. Then select ‘Task Manager’ from the appeared list.
As a result, the ‘Task Manager’ window will become evident. Tap the ‘Startup’ tab from the top menu bar. Then select applications one by one from the list and click on ‘Disable’ for all.
In this stage, you have to restart the PC.
When the PC starts, you have to right-click on the Steam app icon and select ‘Properties’ from the appeared list.
After that, tap the ‘Shortcut’ tab. Then you have to make some changes to the ‘Target’ box. Input a space on the right side of the existing text and type ‘-tcp’. Then tap the ‘OK’ tab.
Finally, take initiative to launch Steam. It will be sound good if Steam opens without error. But if the error message prompts again, you will have to move to the next one.
Fix 6: Recreate The BLOB File
Rarely used, but you can apply this fix to free from the error. It will be easy to apply.
Firstly, close Steam and related applications.
Secondly, go to the Steam folder location. Most probably, you will find it inside the ‘Program Files’ of ‘C’ drive.
Thirdly, look for the ‘ClientRegistry.blob’ file.
Fourthly, change the file name to ‘ClientRegistryold.blob’.
Lastly, restart the PC and allow Steam to recreate the new BLOB file.
Finally, recheck the issue by trying to launch Steam again. If you fail to launch it and the message still appears, you will have only a few others fixes to apply.
Fix 7: Check for Windows Update
Required Windows Update may be a reason for appearing the error message. So, let’s have a check for a Windows update. I will attach the process below.
Tap the Windows and ‘I’ keys together. As a result, you will get the ‘Settings’ window access. From here, you have to enter ‘ Update & Security’.
Then select the ‘Windows Update’ section from the left side menu.
After that, look at the right side portion. Here you will see the ‘Check for updates’ option. Click on it. If any update is available, take the proper step to download and install it.
On the other hand, if there is no available update, you will have to apply the next fix.
Fix 8: Update Steam
Keeping Steam up to date is as much important as the Windows update. So, when you face the discussed error, check the Steam update to get rid of it.
To do so, navigate to the Steam official website and search for any available updates. If there is any, you will have to download and install it.
Fix 9: Reinstall Steam
When none other fixes help you to resolve the error, you will have to reinstall the Steam app as the last option. To reinstall it, you need to uninstall it first. I will attach the full process below.
Tap the Windows and ‘R’ keys together. Consequently, the ‘Run’ window will appear. You have to type ‘appwiz.cpl’ into the ‘Open’ bar. Then press ‘Ok’.
Next, the ‘Uninstall or change a program’ section will become evident. Find and right-click on Steam. Then click the ‘Uninstall’ tab. It may take a couple of seconds to complete.
After that, go to Steam’s official website. You will find the ‘INSTALL STEAM’ section here. Click on it and follow the on-screen direction to reinstall the app.
Hopefully, you will use Steam errorlessly after it.
Therefore, I would like to recommend you apply the fixes one after another by maintaining chronological sequence as I discuss in the entire article until you get the release from the error saying Steam is having trouble connecting to the Steam servers. According to the users’ experiences, any one of the fixes can resolve the issue. So you won’t need to go here and there for the solution.