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Debug Assertion Failed Program: steam.exe

I get this error: 'Debug Assertion Failed Program: steam.exe' when I try to start Steam

This error message (or a similar error message) will appear in a Windows dialog:

Debug Assertion Failed Program: D:\Progra~1\steam\steam.exe
File:\p4clients\rel_beta\projects\common\misc\win32registry.cpp Line: 447 bCloseRet == 0L
(Press Retry to debug the application- JIT debugging must be enabled)


If you are getting this error and you have X-Fire installed, please uninstall X-Fire from the Add/Remove in your Control Panel. You must reboot after uninstalling to remove the processes that X-Fire installs.


Compatibility Mode Problem

Windows Compatibility Mode may cause this error - please disable Compatibility Mode for Steam.exe:

  1. Exit Steam
  2. Right-click your Steam shortcut and select Properties
  3. Select the Compatibility tab
  4. Uncheck Run this program in compatibility mode and click OK
  5. Restart Steam


Problem with Steam?

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