Steam games always act like its the first time running

#1 Posted by OrfBC (55 posts) -

Many (not all) of my games on Steam always want to do their initial installation stuff like checking Directx installation etc every time I run them. This triggers UAC, so I have to type in my admin password every time I want to play. Up until now, this has just been mildly inconvenient, but I would like to put the computer in the living room and run Big Picture mode at some point in the nearish future, which means it will be more of an issue since I won't have a keyboard easily accessible. Anyone know why this is happening and how to fix it?

#2 Edited by Morello (94 posts) -

The old solution for this is to go into your games folder (steam\steamapps\common\<gamefolder>) and delete any vdf files (installscript.vdf, 12345.vdf etc), which are installer files which should have been deleted after the first launch. That should probably fix it, unless they've changed how that is handled. Other than that perhaps running the Steam Cleaner tool - http://steamcleaner.tikione.fr/en/ - to get rid of all the extra redistributable packages for each game, which may stop the games from trying to run the installation files again as they won't be there. Failing that I guess you'll need to get a wireless keyboard...

#3 Posted by OrfBC (55 posts) -

Thanks, I'll give the .vdf thing a shot!

#4 Posted by Jack268 (3368 posts) -

Run as adminstrator

#5 Posted by Dagbiker (7022 posts) -

Unplug your router then plug it back in.

#6 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2706 posts) -

Turn off UAC?

#7 Posted by mscupcakes (631 posts) -

I have this exact same problem too. It's a small annoyance but it only takes like 3 seconds and then the game launches anyway. Not a huge deal.

#8 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

This might help:

  • Close Steam and make sure it's not open in your task manager. If it's still in task manager after you close it, force-kill the process.
  • Open up your Steam installation directory. It's most likely C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
  • Delete the files appupdatestats.blob. Doing this will force Steam re-check all your games for updates and hopefully solve the problem.
  • Restart Steam and let it update itself.
  • PROFIT!

Cheers!

#9 Posted by SgtSphynx (1865 posts) -

Run as adminstrator

This, I've found that I can eliminate games doing what you say if the first time I run them is as an administrator
#10 Posted by OrfBC (55 posts) -

Thanks for the helpful ideas and the troll posts! I will definitely try unplugging my router and plugging it back in. , that is absurd and I will absolutely not be trying that next.

#11 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -
#12 Posted by Vitor (3079 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

This might help:

  • Close Steam and make sure it's not open in your task manager. If it's still in task manager after you close it, force-kill the process.
  • Open up your Steam installation directory. It's most likely C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam
  • Delete the files appupdatestats.blob. Doing this will force Steam re-check all your games for updates and hopefully solve the problem.
  • Restart Steam and let it update itself.
  • PROFIT!

Cheers!

Oh thank God - I didn't know this was a common issue but it's been driving me mad for the past year. Guess I'll find out if it works next week once Dishonored and Xcom are released...

#13 Posted by OrfBC (55 posts) -

Your sarcasm detector is broken. Or my sarcasm generator is. I will, in fact, be trying that next, and thanks for the suggestion. :)

#14 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

@OrfBC said:

Your sarcasm detector is broken. Or my sarcasm generator is. I will, in fact, be trying that next, and thanks for the suggestion. :)

It's been a long day apparently :/

My post only listed appupdatestats.blob file, but the Steam support site says to delete clientregistry.blob both of these files can be safely removed without breaking anything and 90% of the time deleting and reacquiring them fixes issues with Steam or Steam games.

Cheers!

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