While launching the Steam Client, you may experience various types of error and problem in it. And the Could not connect to steam network error message is one of them. It usually appears in the client when the users try to login into it. Most of the time, this error is caused by some simple software malfunctions. Hence, they are quite easy to resolve with the help of proper information that we have provided in this article. Now, without wasting any time, let’s get into them. But before going into the solutions, let’s have a look at the major causes of this error.
Reasons for the “Could Not Connect To Steam Network” Error Message
In this section of the article, we have discussed some of the main factors of the “Could not connect to steam network” error message. Have a look at them.
- Bad Internet Connection
- Workability issue of the Network Adaptor
- Changes in the setting of the Network Adapters and devices
- Misconfigurations in the Internet Protocol of the Steam Client
- Issues with the ClientRegistry.blob file
Now that you have identified all the major problematic factors of this error message, let’s have a look at its solutions.
Solutions for the “Could Not Connect To Steam Network” Error Message
In order to eliminate this error message from your Steam client, you can use several solutions. However, only a few of them will give you a positive result and we have provided those effective solutions in the area below. Have a look at those solutions and try to execute them as instructed.
Troubleshoot the Internet Connection
Most of the time, this error message is caused by a poor internet connection. That’s why you should verify the status of your internet connection before applying any major solution. Now, if your internet connection is working perfectly, then you should check if the network adapter of your system is functioning properly or not. And to do that, follow the provided steps.
- Launch the WinX menu by tapping the Win key + X key simultaneously. Now, in that menu, you will get the Device Manager option. Click on that option to open up its window.
- In the Device Manager window, you need to find the Network adapter option and then expand it by clicking. In that expanded section, you will get the option for your WiFi/LAN adapter along with its official name.
- Now, if the Network adapter is disabled, then right click on it and then click on “enable”. However, if the Network adapter is already enabled but you are still getting this error in the Steam client then you should verify the workability of the adapter. And to do that, right-click on the Network adapter option and select the Properties option.
- A pop-up prompt will come up on the screen. In that prompt, tap on the General tab and check the Device status. If it is displaying “This device is working properly” message then it means it is functioning properly and something else is causing this error.
Revert the Network Setting Changes
Now, if you have made any changes to your network/wifi settings recently, then it is possible that the Setting changes are triggering this error in the Steam client. Now, to fix that, you need to revert those changes and to do that, follow the given steps.
- Open the Run Dialog Box, type “ Cmd” on it and then hit the Enter key or OK button. This will launch the Command Prompt window on the screen.
- Now, on the Command Prompt window, you need to type the below command lines and hit Enter key at the end of each line.
netsh int ip set dns
netsh winsock reset
After executing the following commands, reboot your system and check if your Steam client is running properly or not.
Change the Internet Protocol of the Steam
Usually, Steam uses the UDP (User Datagram Protocol) for data transmission. That’s why we need to change it to TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) in order to remove this error from the Steam. Now, to use this method on your system, follow the provided steps.
- Press the Windows key + R key to open the Run Dialog Box. Then, in the Run Dialog Box, type “taskmgr” and hit the Enter key or OK button. This will open the Task Manager window on your screen.
- Now, in the Task Manager window, you need to find all the process related to Steam and End them one by one
- After that, go to the Steam folder and create a shortcut of your steam.exe file. Most of the time, the location of the Steam folder is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.
- Now, copy the shortcut steam.exe file and paste it into the Steam directory. Then, right-click on that shortcut file to open up the Context menu. In that menu, click on the Properties option.
- Instantly, the Properties prompt will open up on the screen. In that prompt, tap on the Shortcut tab. Then, go to the target dialogue box, and write “-tcp” at the end of the line. After that, the entire line will look like this:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” –tcp
Once you have done that, hit on the Apply button and close the prompt. Now launch the Steam client with the help of the Shortcut file and check whether the error is resolved or not.
Delete or Modify the ClientRegistry.blob
In a few cases, Steam users have noted that the ClientRegistry.blob file is creating this error message on their system. And it is quite possible the same thing is causing this error on your system. Now, in order to resolve the ClientRegistry.blob file issue, you need to follow some simple steps and they are given below.
- First, open up the Task Manager window and stop all those Steam services which are running in the background.
- Then, browse the Steam directory and locate the “ClientRegistry.blob” file. The default pathway of the Steam directory is “C:\Program Files\Steam”.
- Now, rename that files as ‘ClientRegistryold.blob’ and then restart the Steam Client.
After that, check whether the “Could not connect to steam network” error message is fixed or not.
Reinstall the Steam Client After Removing its Files.
Now, if you are unable to fix the “Could not connect to steam network” error message from your Steam client with the help of above methods, then you should reinstall it in order to resolve the error. And to do perform that on your system, follow the given steps.
- End all the Steam related process with the help of Task Manager.
- Then go to the Steam directory and locate the below folders and files. The path of the directory is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.
Steamapps folder, Userdata folder, Skins folder,Steam.exe Application, and Ssfn files.
- Now, you need to delete all other files and folder except the ones which are mentioned above. After that, launch the Steam client with the launcher files.
Once you do that, Steam will download some files and update itself. After finishing the installation process, Steam will ask you to enter your credentials. Enter them and check the workability of the Steam client.
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