What is ‘Steam Client bootstrapper not responding’ issue in Windows 10?
If you are facing ‘Steam Client bootstrapper not responding’ issue on Windows 10, then you are in right place for the solution. You will be guided with easy steps/methods to resolve the issue. Let’s starts the discussion.
‘Steam Client Bootstrapper’: It is part of Steam Package that does this for games and other software that runs through Steam Client in your Windows 10 computer. It is important Steam Client executable making sure Steam itself stay updates, loads correctly and generally juggles the many tasks it has to do.
However, several users reported that they faced ‘Steam Client bootstrapper not responding’ issue on their Windows 10 while they tried to run Steam Client. The error states that Steam Client bootstrapper service is not working/responding in your Windows computer that’s why you are facing this error.
The possible reason behind this issue can be hardware and configurations settings, corruption in system files or registries, outdated or corrupted download cache of Steam, Steam is not allowed to run with admisntrator, and other reasons. However, this issue prevent you from playing your favourite game on Steam. So, it is important to resolve the issue. Let’s go for the solution.
How to fix ‘Steam Client bootstrapper not responding’ issue in Windows 10?
Method 1: Fix ‘Steam Client bootstrapper not responding’ issue with ‘PC Repair Tool’
‘PC Repair Tool’ is easy & quick way to find and fix all types of PC issues like BSOD errors, DLL errors, EXE errors, problems with programs, malware or viruses issues, system files or registry issues, and other system issues with just few clicks. You can get this tool through button/link below.
Method 2: Run your Steam Client in Compatibility Mode
This issue occurs possibly due to incompatible Steam Client in computer. You can resolve the issue by running the Steam in Compatibility Mode.
Step 1: Open ‘File Explorer’ and go to ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\’ path
Step 2: Right-click on ‘Steam.exe’ file and select ‘Properties’
Step 3: Click on ‘Compatibility’ tab, check ‘Run this program in compatibility mode’ checkbox and hit ‘Ok’ to save the changes
Step 4: Now, re-launch Steam Client and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 3: Disconnect Xbox 360 Controller and disable beta
Issue with Steam beta and Xbox 360 controller can cause this issue. You can disconnect Xbox 360 controller and disable Steam beta in order to resolve the issue.
Step 1: Press ‘CTRL + SHIFT + ESC’ keys on keyboard to open ‘Task Manager’
Step 2: Find ‘Steam’ related processes, right-click on each item one-by-one and select ‘Disable’
Step 3: Once done, close ‘Task Manager’ and disconnect your Xbox 360 controller from the port
Step 4: Refresh the screen and open ‘Steam’ and go to ‘Settings’
Step 5: Now, go to ‘Account > Beta Participation’. If your Steam is not part of any beta phases, click the option and you will see the dropdown allowing to select your option
Step 6: Select ‘None-Opt-out of all beta programs’ and then close ‘Steam’. Now, repeat the above steps to close all processes associated with Steam in ‘Task Manager’
Step 7: Once done, restart your computer and reopen Steam Client and check if the trouble is resolved.
Step 8: If the problem is still persist, open ‘File Explorer’ and navigate to ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\’ path and find ‘Packages’ folder and delete all files that start with beta.
Step 9: Once done, reopen Steam Client and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 4: Clear download file or cache from Steam
Outdated or corrupted cache or data of Steam can cause this issue. Clearing the download cache can resolve the issue. Let’s try.
Step 1: Open ‘Steam Client’ and go to ‘Settings’
Step 2: Locate ‘Downloads’ in settings and click on ‘Clear Download Cache’ and press ‘Ok’ to confirm
Step 3: After that, login to your Steam Client again and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 5: Disable Cortana in Windows 10
Another possible way to fix the issue is to disable Cortana Search. Let’s try.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + R’ keys on keyboard, type ‘regedit’ in the opened ‘Run’ dialog box and hit ‘Ok’ to open ‘Registry Editor’
Step 2: Navigate to following path ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Policies>Microsoft>Windows>Windows Search’
Step 3: Right-click on empty space and select ‘DWORD 32-bit’ and name the key ‘AllowCortana’ and set the value it to ‘0’ and then hit ‘Ok’.
Step 4: Close ‘Registry Editor’ and run Steam Client as Admisntrator. Please check if the issue is resolved.
Method 6: Disable your antivirus and VPN programs temporarily
It might possible to face this issue if your antivirus software and VPN programs are blocking Steam Client from running in computer. If your antivirus software has flagged Steam application in blacklist, then you can fix the issue by adding Steam to antivirus exceptions or you can disable your antivirus software temporarily. Similarly, disabling VPN programs if your VPN programs is blocking you from accessing Steam Client for some reasons.
Method 7: Refresh Steam files
Corruption in files or components associated with Steam Client can cause this issue. You can resolve the issue by refreshing steam files in Windows 10. Let’s try.
Step 1: Navigate to ‘C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam’ path in ‘File Explorer’
Step 2: Move to ‘Logs’ folder and open ‘.txt’ file and then move to bottom of text file and search for recent errors like:
“[2017-04-12 12:47:31] [AppID 346110] Update canceled: File commit failed: failed to move unchanged file “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\workshop\content\346110\570371714\LinuxNoEditor\NPC\Female\Assets\Nude\Nude_Human_Female_Body_D.uasset.z.uncompressed_size” (Disk write failure)”
Step 3: Now, navigate to ‘Root’ folder of mod, in this case ‘570371714’. It has no specific file size as the root folders of different games may vary. Delete the file
Step 4: Once done, restart Steam Client and go to ‘Download’ folder
Step 5: Update Steam Client and games on Steam if necessary. Update necessary files
Step 6: Now, you can proceed with refreshing of steam files. To do so, open ‘File Explorer’ and navigate ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam’ path and locate ‘Steam.exe’ and ‘SteamApps’ folder.
Step 7: Delete all other files/folders/applications except the ones mentioned above and then restart ‘Steam’
Step 8: After that, Steam will download all the missing files and folders and re-launch when it is ready. Also, restart your computer and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 8: Perform Clean Startup in Windows 10
Another possible way to resolve this issue is to perform clean startup. Let’s try.
Step 1: Open ‘Control Panel’ in Windows 10
Step 2: Go to ‘Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change what the power button does’ and click on ‘Change Settings’
Step 3: Deselect ‘Turn ON Fast Startup’ and save your changes
Step 4: Now, close all opened window and shut down your computer
Step 5: Wait for few seconds/minutes and after that, turn ON your computer and check if the ‘Steam Client Bootstrapper not responding’ issue resolved.
Method 9: Update Graphics drivers
This issue can also be occurred due to outdated or corrupted graphics card driver in Windows 10. You can try to resolve the issue by updating your graphics card driver.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys on keyboard and select ‘Device Manager’
Step 2: Expand ‘Display Adapters’ category, right-click on your graphics card driver and select ‘Update Driver’
Step 3: Follow on-screen instructions to finish update process. Once done, restart your computer to see the changes and check if the issue is resolved.
Update graphics card driver [Automatically]
You can also try to update your GPU drivers with ‘Automatic Driver Update Tool’. This software will automatically find the latest updates for all Windows drivers and then install them into computer. You can get this tool through button/link below.
Method 10: Reset TCP/IP
Bad configured TCP/IP settings in Windows 10 computer can also cause this kind of issue. You can reset TCP/IP settings in order to resolve the issue.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys on keyboard and select ‘Command Prompt as Administrator’
Step 2: Type the following command one-by-one and hit ‘Enter’ key after each to execute
netsh winsock reset catalog
netsh int ip reset reset.log hit
ipconfig / release
ipconfig / renew
Step 3: Wait to complete the process. Once done, restart your computer and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 11: Install Steam Client on different hard drive
If the hard drive on which Steam installs itself has been corrupted or facing problem with file corruption, then you can resolve the issue by change the drive where the steam is located.
Step 1: Open ‘Steam’ and log out and exit Steam app
Step 2: Now, navigate to ‘C:\Program Files\Steam’ path and delete all files expect ‘SteamApps’ and ‘Steam.exe’.
Step 3: Now, cut & paste the ‘Steam’ folder to new location you have selected
Step 4: After that, launch Steam App. This will automatically download and replace these missing files on computer and once done, please check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 12: Correct your system time & date
Step 1: Open ‘Settings’ App and go to ‘Time & Language’. Click on ‘Date & Time’ tab
Step 2: Click on ‘Add clocks for different time zones’ and click on ‘Change Settings’ under ‘Internet Time’ tab
Step 3: Now, check ‘Synchronize with internet time server’ option and choose ‘Internet Server’ and then hit ‘Update Now’ button.
Step 4: Once done, please check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 13: Refresh Steam Client Registry
Step 1: Press ‘CTRL + SHIFT + ESC’ keys on keyboard to open ‘Task Manager’
Step 2: Under ‘Processes’ tab, right-click on each process associated with Steam and select ‘End Task’
Step 3: Now, open ‘File Explorer’ and locate ‘C:\Program Files\Steam’ path. Find ‘ClientRegistry.blob’ and change its name to something else
Step 4: Once done, re-launch the Steam and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 14: Delete Config file
Step 1: Open ‘File Explorer’ and navigate to ‘C:\Program Files\Steam\userdata\NAMEFILE\config’
Step 2: There should be ‘localconfig.vdf’ file present inside this folder to it might be replaced with your username or a random number but it will most certainly be ‘.cfg’ file located inside the folder
Step 3: Right-click on it and select ‘Delete’ and once done, reopen Steam and check if the trouble is resolved
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