How To Fix Windows Cannot Find Steam.Exe

The problem when it appears “Windows cannot find Steam.exe” error message when the user tries to open Steam Client by double-clicking the shortcut of Steam icon on Desktop or opening the Steam.exe directly from the Steam Installation folder on the root directory ( where the software is installed).

However, several methods on the Internet to solve this issue are posted by people who managed to solve the problem, which we will discuss here.

Now, the problem is sometimes.

Windows Cannot Find Steam.exe Error?

If the Steam.exe file is in the correct location, then it can troubleshoot with the list of causes that are

  1. Malware – If malware is present in your computer, then it is the one causing the problem. It is not much compatible with Steam, and it’s unexpected to have a malware attack on Stream and its possible cause. So, keep scanning your computer for malware and unwanted potential files.
  2. Avast – It is an antivirus software used for Windows. It doesn’t work well with Steam games. It might seem because of a red flag to the Steam Executable, and you have to add it to the Exception list. If this doesn’t work, try uninstalling or deleting a specific registry entry causing the issue.

How to find exe files for steam games?

All the .exe(executable) files are located in the “Steamapps” folder. A

The quickest way to find the location is to create a desktop icon as a shortcut to the game from within Steam, and after that, look for the shortcut properties. Then copy the path of the file directly from the shortcut to your ntune profile.

These are the step-by-step instructions to resolve the issue.

Method 1- Scan your computer

Your computer may be infected by malware, potentially harmful threads, Quarantined Items, or Viruses preventing some executable files from being executed. So, scan your computer regularly with a quality malware scanner, always keep the latest version of the software, and regularly install updates to keep the antivirus update.

  1. Use Malwarebytes software as that was the tool most users use to get rid of the malware. Open your Chrome/ Firefox/ Browser and visit the link below to download the software.   Open the downloaded file from your browser’s downloads and go to “show in folder” in your browser. And install the software in your system.

  1. Open Malwarebytes and double-click the desktop icon or search it on the search bar on the Start menu. Then, click Settings from the navigation menu.
  2. After opening Malwarebytes Settings, navigate to Protection and scroll till you reach Scan Options and set it for Scan for rootkits and set it always on.
  3. Then, navigate to the Scan tab, select Threat Scan from options, and click the Start Scan. Wait to finish Scanning your computer; if anything malicious app is found, you must delete it. And after that, check if the “Windows cannot find Steam.exe” message still comes!

Method 2- Add an Exception in Avast

  1. Open Avast from its desktop icon or search it on the search bar on the Start menu.
  2. Click the Menu button of Avast’s user interface and choose. Then, click Settings from the context menu.
  3. After opening Avast Settings, navigate to the General tab and click on Exceptions options, and on the panel, click Add Exception.
  4. Click on the Browse button and head towards the folder where to install Stream. By default, the address should be C:\Program Files (x86)\ Steam.
  5. On this address, select the folder and right-click to Add Exception button of the window. Restart your computer and open the Steam app to check if the “Windows cannot find Steam.exe” error message appears or not.

Sometimes Avast does delete the Steam; in that case, try this method.

Method 3: Uninstall Avast or Delete a Registry Value

If the previous steps didn’t work out for you to resolve the problem of Steam, then uninstall the Avast and try reinstalling it. Or find a better alternative to Avast. Or sometimes, deleting a particular registry value works to solve the problem.


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