The Steam network helps the gamers to play multiplayer games and to interact with other gamers. It is literally an amazing platform for gaming users.But still, there are several Steam connection errors that have bothered a lot of Steam users. The users often encounter that they ‘Could not connect to Steam network’.
Mostly, users experience this error while trying to log into the client. This error prevents the users to run the Steam application normally.
If you are getting the same error, then it is necessary to know the troubleshooting ways to get rid of this annoying error.
Different Forms of this Error:
You may face this error in different forms. They are:
- “Steam – Error
Could not connect to Steam network
This could be due to a problem with your Internet connection, or with the Steam network.”
- “Steam is having trouble connecting to the Steam server.”
How to Fix ‘Could Not Connect To Steam Network’ Error?
There are a few ways to troubleshoot this error. You can perform the hacks described below:
Way 1: Change the Internet Protocol Used by the Stream Network
Usually, Steam uses User Datagram Protocol (UDP) to transmit data. You can change it to Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) as it is more reliable than UDP.
So, when you are facing the ‘could not connect to Steam network 2019’ error, you can change the protocol to check if they are causing this problem.
How to Change the Internet Protocol?
First of all, right-click on the shortcut icon of Steam on your network and choose the ‘Properties’ option from the list.
Note: If you are unable to locate the Steam icon, navigate to the location where you have saved the Steam folder. Afterward, right-click on the ‘Steam executable file (Steam.exe)’ option and choose the ‘Create Shortcut’ option from the list.
After that follow the steps mentioned below:
- Go to the input field of Target and add ‘-tcp’ to the end of the location name. Then, tap on the OK button to proceed.
- Afterward, click twice on the shortcut icon to launch the Steam.
Now, you can check if the issue is resolved. Else, you can move on to the other solutions stated below.
Way 2: Altering/Deleting ClientRegistry.blob
ClientRegistry.blob file used to store preferences and other settings of Steam. If there are any problems in the ClientRegistry.blob file, it can create the ‘could not connect to Steam network’ error. To check this, you can follow the steps mentioned below:
- In the beginning, press the R and Win key both at the same time from the keyboard to invoke the Run Command box.
- Type “taskmgr” in the Run box. Click on the OK button to launch the Task Manager.
- Now, end all the processed related to the Steam from the ‘Steam Client BootStrapper’ process.
- Afterward, go to the Steam directory. The default location is ‘C:\program Files\Steam.’
- Now, search for the ‘ClientRegistry.blob’ file and right-click on it.
- Click on the Rename option and type “ClientRegistryold.blob” in the input field.
- Lastly, restart the Steam and allow it to recreate.
Now, Steam will start to run as expected. If it’s not, follow the further procedure described below.
Way 3: Troubleshoot the Internet Connection
This error may arise due to the problems of the internet connection. Open the browser to check if the system is connected to the internet. You also need to check if the network adapters are functioning properly. Below are the steps you can perform:
First and foremost, press the A and Windows key simultaneously from the keyboard. Choose the ‘Device Manager’ option from the pop-up menu.
It will open a window consists of different entries. Search for the ‘Network Adapter’ option and click on its drop-down button to expand it. Here you will see the Wi-Fi/LAN adapter with its official name.
If you see that the Network Adapters are currently enabled, then it’s ok. Else, right-click on the Network Adapter and tap on the Enable option.
To check whether the Network Adapters are working properly or not, right-click on the Adapter and choose the ‘Properties’ option from the list.
If there are no problems in the Network Adapter, it will open the ‘This device is working properly’ pop-up window.
But, if there are any problems, you have to troubleshoot that. You can fix this, by reverting the recent changes in the network settings. To do this, you can have a look at the steps stated below:
- Open the Run Dialog box and type “cmd” in the input field.
- It will open a Command Prompt window. Type the commands given below and hit the Enter key from the keyboard after each command to run them:
5th: netsh int ip set dns
6th: netsh winsock reset
- After executing the above commands, exit from the Command Prompt window and restart the system to apply the changes.
Now, you can check if Steam is running properly.
Way 4: Delete Steam Files and Reinstall the Program
Before going to perform the below steps, close the Steam application.
Note: It won’t delete the gameplay data.
Here are the steps you can try to perform this procedure:
First, open the Run box and type “taskmgr” in the box. Hit the Enter key from the keyboard to launch the Task Manager. Navigate to the ‘Steam Client BootStrapper’ process and end all the Steam related processes.
Afterward, launch the Run Command box once again and type “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam” in the Run box. Or if the Steam is installed on your computer to another location, then you can go there.
Now, search for the following folders and files:
Steamapps: Folder (where all the games are saved).
Userdata: Folder (where all the gaming progress are saved).
Skins: Folder (Where the Steam skins are saved).
Steam.exe: Application (Steam launcher).
Ssfn files: These files are more than one and all the files have a number in front of it.
Delete all the other files except the files mentioned above. Afterward, Steam will download some files and update them automatically.
Once you complete the installation process, it will ask you to enter the login credentials. After logging in, the Steam client will start to work normally as expected. Hopefully, now the error “could not connect to Steam network” will not appear anymore.