How to properly uninstall Steam in your Windows?
How to uninstall Steam in your Windows? This article will guide you. There are tow removal solutions for Steam and a video of getting rid of Steam in this article. Just taking a few minutes to view this article, you can master a new proper technicality to uninstall Steam.
What is Steam?
Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, which offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic updating of games, and community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality.
See most frequently asked questions about uninstalling Steam.
1. How can I uninstall Steam in Windows XP/7/8/10, so that related files, settings, and registry entries are also removed?
2. I cannot install the latest version of Steam after upgrading Windows 10.
3. Upgrading to the most recent version of Steam, but I get an error pop-up.
In fact, the reason of failure for Steam upgrading or reinstalling is the incomplete deletion of its leftovers. Therefore, there are two better solutions to uninstall Steam and delete its leftovers, which are recommended to you.
The first solution: manually uninstall Steam
- Execute built-in uninstaller of Steam
Usually, the built-in uninstaller is in the installation directory of Steam. You can find it through the following approaches. Note that its name contains the string “uninstall” or “remove” generally.
- Windows XP
Click the Start Button on the Desktop to open the menu, then point to “All programs” and click on “Steam” in the right pane.
- Windows 7
Click the Start Orb Button on the Desktop to open the Start menu, then select “All programs” and click on “Steam” folder.
- Windows 8/10
Click the bottom-left Windows icon on the screen. At the Start screen, find and right-click tile of Steam, then click on it and select “Open file location”.
- Windows XP
- Launch Windows uninstaller of Steam on the Control Panel
You can go to “Control Panel->Programs->Programs and Features” and then find the Steam icon on the list view, in case you do not find the built-in uninstaller of Steam.
- You need to delete all the leftovers after completely removing Steam. such as files, folders, registry entries, etc.
- Open Registry Editor
In Windows XP, click on the Start button and then click Run.
In Windows 10, right-click or tap-and-hold the Start button and then choose Run.
In Windows 7 or Windows Vista, click on Start.
In the search box or Run window, type the following:
and then press Enter.
- Search related registry entries and delete them.
Open “Find” dialog by pressing the keyboard combination Ctrl+F, then enter the key, value, or data you are looking for in the “Find what” box. Such as “Steam”, “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”, etc.
- Open Registry Editor
The second solution: automatically uninstall Steam
- Download and install Max Uninstaller
- Start Max Uninstaller and find the Steam icon in the list view showing installed software.
- Click “Run Analysis” button, then Max Uninstaller will automatically analyze related files/folders, registry entries, and other settings.
- Next step, click “Complete Uninstall”. At this moment, Max Uninstaller call built-in uninstaller of Steam, and we just follow its prompt to uninstall Steam.
- Finally, delete all the Steam leftovers by clicking “Delete Leftovers”.