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Steam repeatedly updates or verifies game files

When attempting to launch a game, it repeatedly updates and then goes back to 0% and starts over. How do I resolve this?

To resolve this issue please do the following:

On Windows

  1. Restart Steam
  2. If the issue persists, exit Steam, rename your ClientRegistry.blob, and restart Steam. The ClientRegistry.blob can be found in your Steam installation directory. C:\Program Files\Steam by default.
  3. If the issue still persists, you may have issues with your local Steam files. You may refresh these files without deleting your game files. Please follow this process to refresh your Steam files:
    • Exit Steam
    • Navigate to your Steam installation directory. (C:\Program Files\Steam\ by default.)
    • Delete everything in that directory EXCEPT the following:
      • steam.exe
      • steamapps directory (All of Steam's game files are kept here.)
    • Restart Steam to test the issue

On Mac

  1. Restart Steam
  2. If the issue persists, exit Steam, rename your ClientRegistry.blob, and restart Steam. The ClientRegistry.blob can be found in your Steam installation directory. ~/User/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam by default.
  3. If the issue still persists, you may have issues with your local Steam files. You may refresh these files without deleting your game files. Please follow this process to refresh your Steam files:
    • Exit Steam
    • Navigate to your Steam installation directory: ~/User/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam
    • Delete everything in that directory EXCEPT SteamApps 
    • Restart Steam to test the issue

 

Note for Dialup users

Ensure that you have your internet connection speed properly set in Steam's Steam > Settings > Download menu.

 

 

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