• If I uninstall Steam do my games go with it?
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I have an error with my friends list on steam to where I cannot see nor chat with any of my friends. I have read that I must repair / uninstall steam in order to resolve this. However, the repair function did not work, it came up with an error. I want to uninstall Steam, but I am afraid it will remove all of the games I currently have installed on the HDD. Can I uninstall only the application and keep the games? Thanks! Also, if there is another way around this friends list dilemma, let me know please [highlight](User was banned for this post ("This isn't a Steam support section." - rilez))[/highlight]
If you uninstall steam but make a copy of the steamapps folder you should be good. Or just use the "Back up games" function in the steam tab [editline]27th December 2011[/editline] (The latter is probably the safest way to go)
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[url]https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=4595-wexn-6831[/url] Follow instructions 3 and 4 and it should fix it.
[QUOTE=TicTac;33915419][url]https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=4595-wexn-6831[/url] Follow instructions 3 and 4 and it should fix it.[/QUOTE] Changed my ClientRegistry.blob name, starting steam, it's taking quite a while to update. This is good!
If that doesn't work, delete everything in your steam folder except steamapps and steam.exe
[QUOTE=LordCrypto;33915610]If that doesn't work, delete everything in your steam folder except steamapps and steam.exe[/QUOTE] First thing failed, doing what you said now. [editline]27th December 2011[/editline] -_- nothing... it's still exactly the same. GOD DAMMIT
Move steamapps folder out of your Steam folder then do an uninstall and reinstall and then put the steamapps folder back in.
[del]I know this might seem stupid, but are you using a custom steam skin?[/del] Well of course that wouldn't be the problem, otherwise it would have been fixed by my first post.
Delete everything except steamapps then download the installer again and repair or what ever. Well then you're fucked and you should just delete everything and format your computer.
To answer your question, uninstalling Steam does not remove your games from the harddrive. Your new question may be is there an easier way to fix it, but I can't help you there.
[QUOTE=munky91;33916021]To answer your question, uninstalling Steam does not remove your games from the harddrive. Your new question may be is there an easier way to fix it, but I can't help you there.[/QUOTE] yes it does
[QUOTE=Shadaez;33916087]yes it does[/QUOTE] I sure do hope OP read this post before removing steam. Spreading around misinformation like that is irresponsible as hell and I really wish people would stop doing it.
Move steamapps folder to desktop. Reinstall steam. Move steamapps folder back to steam folder.
I'll try removing everything but steamapps and relocating that when I get back to my gaming pc.
[QUOTE=Juice_Layer;33922139]I'll try removing everything but steamapps and relocating that when I get back to my gaming pc.[/QUote] Good, hopefully that will fix your problem.
Lol reformatted. Let's see whatsup.
[QUOTE=Shadaez;33916087]yes it does[/QUOTE] But it gives you the ability to reinstall your games. At least, it did for me for when I switched comps and removed the steam program from my old computer the last time. Purchases are linked with your account.
My comp needed a revamp anyways, I just formatted it. Hell yeah! Friends show up again.
Probably was an overkill solution, but I guess it worked for you.
[QUOTE=LordCrypto;33930105]Probably was an overkill solution, but I guess it worked for you.[/QUOTE] Well I didn't do it because of steam, my computer was crying for one anyways.
A reformat always does some form of good, unless you take a LOT of care with your installation.
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