You try opening it again, but literally nothing happens.
This could be because the Steam process has started but the part that deals with showing the Steam UI hasn’t. In the Task Manager click “More details” at the bottom-left if that’s not been selected already, then scroll down in the Processes list until you reach “Steam – Steam Bootstrapper, Client Service, Web Helper” and so on.
Right-click all Steam processes you see here and click “End task.”Once no more Steam processes are open, try opening Steam again and it should work.
The best site to do this, wherever you are in the world, is which gives detailed info on server loads, which servers are up, and so on. Steam is split up into a few separate processes on your PC which helps it run nice and smoothly.
Go to this site and see if your regional server’s having issues. Sometimes when you try to open Steam it may cause a minor error whereby the process starts on your PC, but Steam doesn’t actually appear on your desktop or notification area.
So if you’re in this situation and Steam isn’t starting, you need to disable the beta client without actually going into Steam.
To do this, go to the package folder in your Steam directory (C: Steampackage by default), and delete the file called “beta”.
Which leads us to the next point…If you are running a beta build of Steam, or indeed if you’ve run a beta build of Steam at any point in recent memory, then you always run the slight risk of Steam not working.
Beta builds are, after all, less stable than than full ‘stable’ builds, which is the price you pay for getting to play around with the latest features.
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They’re automatically downloaded via Steam when you install a game, but that’s not the only way you can get them.
To roll back a GPU driver, you’ll need to go to the official Nvidia driver or AMD driver pages, then track down and download a version of a driver just one or two behind the one you’re currently using.
You may not realize it, but the Steam desktop client actually uses Chromium: the lightweight open-source version of Google Chrome that works in much the same way.
One of the known reasons for Steam crashing on startup is related to GPU drivers.