Steam is by far the largest gaming platform on PC with over 120 million monthly active users. Of which 62.6 million people use steam daily, I am one of those people. The problem with steam is that it can become frustrating when it constantly pops up on start-up or sometimes doesn’t work at all requiring us to uninstall steam. This article will be a very quick method to uninstall steam and we will also explain how to prevent it from happening on start-up if that’s your problem.
How to uninstall Steam?
By deleting the Steam files, you won’t always uninstall it correctly so we suggest you go through the proper uninstall method. To do this on a Windows computer you can press your “Windows Key” and type “Add or remove programmes”, then navigate to the related settings tab on your right and click “Programs and features”. The alternative to getting to this screen is to press your “Windows Keys” + “R” at the same time and then type “Appwiz.cpl”.
Once you are on the Programs and Features screen, scroll down to “Steam” and click it, then click “Uninstall”. Just like that your computer will start to uninstall it.
If it says the program is open, go to your task manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC), go to “processes”, If it doesn’t show loads of number press “More details” and finally find steam in the list of CPU resources. Now click on where it says Steam and press “End Task”. This will close it down allowing you to uninstall the application.
Whilst you’re on this screen you can also stop steam from popping up on startup. To do this, make sure you are on “task manager” and on the top taps press “Startup”. Find steam in the list, click it and click disable. This will stop it from opening up, which will require you to manually open it.
Just like that you’ve now uninstalled steam hopefully quickly and without problems.
Manually Remove Steam (Advanced)
To perform this step we suggest that you take it to someone who knows how to edit the registry. If you make a mistake editing the registry your computer may not function correctly.
1. To edit the registry make sure steam is closed down (follow our task manager guide to make sure).
2. Next, go to the steam directory example (C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam) Now highlight and delete everything inside this folder.
3. Now press your windows key and type “Regedit”
4. The following will depend on your operating system whether it’s 32 bit or 64 bit.
For 32 bit go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\.” (right-click this and click delete)
For 64 bit go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Valve\.” (right-click this and click delete)
5. You will also want to delete this for both operating system versions: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Steam.
Your steam should now be uninstalled completely.
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