How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App on your PC

This guide explains how to remove Steam from your computer

How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App – Steam is a computer-based gaming platform that allows users to acquire and update video games and, of course, to keep purchases safe in their accounts.

Steam can be uninstalled in the same way most programs on your PC can, through the Settings app.

However, unlike most programs, Steam is what’s known as a launcher in other words, it’s a program that’s used to launch other smaller programs. Specifically, your games.

Uninstalling Steam also removes all these games, along with their save data and downloadable content, from your computer.

Games are tied to user accounts, so if you uninstall a game (or the entire Steam client), you don’t have to worry about losing access to your game. You can just log into Steam and download your games all over again at some point in the future.

Whether you’re doing a bit of computer clean-up, you’re just wanting to spend less time gaming, or you need to reinstall Steam, uninstalling Steam can help you with that. This guide explains how to remove Steam from your computer.

How to Uninstall Steam on a PC

Firstly, remember that uninstalling Steam also removes your games and save data.

If you’re just uninstalling Steam to troubleshoot errors, you might want to backup your files. To do so:

  • Open Steam and click the “Steam” button in the top-left of the window.
  • In the drop-down menu, select “Backup and Restore Games…” and then select the first checkbox option “Backup.”
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App on your PC
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App
  • Steam will let you manually select which games to make a backup of, and then a destination to back them up to. I recommend using an external hard drive for this, though Steam also offers a way to break it down into smaller file sizes to fit onto CDs or DVDs.
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App

Once you’ve backed up your choice of applications, exit Steam. It’s time to uninstall.

  • Open the Windows menu by clicking on the icon at the bottom left of your screen, or by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, and search “Add or remove programs.” Select it when it appears in the search results.
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App on your PC
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App
  • In the Settings window this opens, search for Steam in the search bar. Click on its icon.
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App
  • Select “Uninstall.”
  • This will delete the entire folder that Steam is installed in. If Steam is installed in a folder containing other data, and not its own dedicated Steam folder, this will delete everything in the shared folder. If this is your situation, Steam provides this support page to walk you through manually deleting Steam to protect your other files.
  • After Steam has been reinstalled , you can open the “Backup and Restore Games…” menu, and this time select the second checkbox item, “Restore.”
  • Point it to the directory you sent the backups to, and Steam should restore those backed up files.

How to Manually Remove Steam

If you run into problems uninstalling Steam from “Add or Remove Programs” or you want to completely remove Steam after following the above steps, you’ll want to dig into your computer’s registry.

Warning: Only make changes to your registry if you’re comfortable with the registry. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t make any changes to the registry.

To remove Steam manually:

  • Click “Start” then click “Run”
  • Type in “Regedit” (without quotes) and hit OK

If you have a 32-bit operating system:

  • Click the + by HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Click the + by SOFTWARE
  • Page down to Valve.
  • Right click “Valve” and select “delete”

If you have a 64-bit operating system:

  • Click the + by HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Click the + by SOFTWARE
  • Now, click the + by Wow6432Node.
  • Page down to Valve.
  • Right click “Valve” and select “delete”
  • Exit the Registry Editor. Congratulations! Steam should now be fully uninstalled!

Editor’s picks:

Diekola Yusufhttps://www.novabach.com
Founder & CEO of Novabach - Yusuf is a Tech enthusiast. Fascinated by Computers and all sort of Technology. He writes news, updates, walkthroughs, guides, troubleshooting tips, and how-to tutorials on gadgets and consumer electronics.

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How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App – Steam is a computer-based gaming platform that allows users to acquire and update video games and, of course, to keep purchases safe in their accounts.

Steam can be uninstalled in the same way most programs on your PC can, through the Settings app.

However, unlike most programs, Steam is what’s known as a launcher in other words, it’s a program that’s used to launch other smaller programs. Specifically, your games.

Uninstalling Steam also removes all these games, along with their save data and downloadable content, from your computer.

Games are tied to user accounts, so if you uninstall a game (or the entire Steam client), you don’t have to worry about losing access to your game. You can just log into Steam and download your games all over again at some point in the future.

Whether you’re doing a bit of computer clean-up, you’re just wanting to spend less time gaming, or you need to reinstall Steam, uninstalling Steam can help you with that. This guide explains how to remove Steam from your computer.

How to Uninstall Steam on a PC

Firstly, remember that uninstalling Steam also removes your games and save data.

If you’re just uninstalling Steam to troubleshoot errors, you might want to backup your files. To do so:

  • Open Steam and click the “Steam” button in the top-left of the window.
  • In the drop-down menu, select “Backup and Restore Games…” and then select the first checkbox option “Backup.”
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App on your PC
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App
  • Steam will let you manually select which games to make a backup of, and then a destination to back them up to. I recommend using an external hard drive for this, though Steam also offers a way to break it down into smaller file sizes to fit onto CDs or DVDs.
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App

Once you’ve backed up your choice of applications, exit Steam. It’s time to uninstall.

  • Open the Windows menu by clicking on the icon at the bottom left of your screen, or by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, and search “Add or remove programs.” Select it when it appears in the search results.
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App on your PC
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App
  • In the Settings window this opens, search for Steam in the search bar. Click on its icon.
How to Uninstall the Steam Gaming App
  • Select “Uninstall.”
  • This will delete the entire folder that Steam is installed in. If Steam is installed in a folder containing other data, and not its own dedicated Steam folder, this will delete everything in the shared folder. If this is your situation, Steam provides this support page to walk you through manually deleting Steam to protect your other files.
  • After Steam has been reinstalled , you can open the “Backup and Restore Games…” menu, and this time select the second checkbox item, “Restore.”
  • Point it to the directory you sent the backups to, and Steam should restore those backed up files.

How to Manually Remove Steam

If you run into problems uninstalling Steam from “Add or Remove Programs” or you want to completely remove Steam after following the above steps, you’ll want to dig into your computer’s registry.

Warning: Only make changes to your registry if you’re comfortable with the registry. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t make any changes to the registry.

To remove Steam manually:

  • Click “Start” then click “Run”
  • Type in “Regedit” (without quotes) and hit OK

If you have a 32-bit operating system:

  • Click the + by HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Click the + by SOFTWARE
  • Page down to Valve.
  • Right click “Valve” and select “delete”

If you have a 64-bit operating system:

  • Click the + by HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Click the + by SOFTWARE
  • Now, click the + by Wow6432Node.
  • Page down to Valve.
  • Right click “Valve” and select “delete”
  • Exit the Registry Editor. Congratulations! Steam should now be fully uninstalled!

Editor’s picks:

Diekola Yusufhttps://www.novabach.com
Founder & CEO of Novabach - Yusuf is a Tech enthusiast. Fascinated by Computers and all sort of Technology. He writes news, updates, walkthroughs, guides, troubleshooting tips, and how-to tutorials on gadgets and consumer electronics.

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