How To Fix Steam Service Error on Windows

The Steam Service error arises when starting Steam on your laptop. This error information will emerge among the following text: “The Steam service component is not working properly on this computer. Reinstalling the Steam service requires administrator privileges.” Mainly the error is relevant to the streaming service that occurs in Microsoft Windows.

In this article, we are going to some of the working methods to get rid of the Steam Sevice Error without having a hassle.

What is Steam Service Error?

The main cause of the steam service error is due to not having enough permissions either to perform a certain action or to access a certain file. This problem can easily be resolved by running Steam as an Administrator.

Moreover, the Steam Service Error can also occur due to several reasons such as internet connection, antivirus, and much more. You can easily solve this by restarting the steam service and switching the startups.

How To Fix Steam Service Error

There are some various methods that worked for lots of Windows Steam users, that we are about to share with you in this article. You can easily perform this solution and get rid of the Steam Error in no time.

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1. Run Steam As Administrator

As you read the Steam Service Error Message, it clearly shows that Steam is not getting permission to access particular files from your computer. This can easily get a fix by running Steam as an Administrator.

Follow the steps to run Steam as an Admin

1.  Find the Steam App shortcut and right-click on it to open Menu options.

2. Click on the Properties.

3. Move to the Compatibility tab, and check the box next to the “Run this program as an administrator” choice.

4. Save the changes by the Apply button and then an OK button.

Most importantly, make sure you will confirm any popup dialog box that appears after the ok button. It will confirm the selection with admin privileges and Steam will be open with admin privileges from now on.

Now, launch the Steam app and relaunch the game and check all is working fine again or not if still the error remains the same then move to the next solution.

Run Steam Service With Startup Programs

If you want to run Steam smoothly then for this the Steam service needs to run. Technically the Steam service will start each time when you open the Steam app. However, sometimes it is not the case, and to resolve that you can add Steam service to the Startup programs list. Which makes sure the Steam service will be automatically startup when the computer starts.

To add Steam Service into the Startups Apps follows.

1. Press Windows + R keys from the keyboard to open the Run dialog box.

2. Enter the following command “services.msc” without the marks and hit the OK button.

3. Locate the Steam Client Service in the service list, Right-Click on it and select the “Properties”.

4. In the General Tab, Go under the Startup Type and select “Automatic” from the list options.

5. Hit the “OK” button and confirm the dialog box that may appear.

Fix The Steam Client Service

Most of the time, the steam client service will be broken and you needed to fix it before launching the steam service to avoid error messages. You can easily repair the Steam Client Service using the command prompt in Windows.

The command line basically reset the Steam Client Service to the default settings which allows you to use Stream without getting a Steam Service Error anymore.

Follow the steps to repair the steam service.

1. Press Windows + R keys to open Run box on Windows.

2. Enter the “CMD” and hit the enter button to open Command Prompt.

Note: You needed to find out the location of the Root Folder of the Steam Installation into your computer storage. Which is required to run the command.


To open the Root Folder of the Steam. Right-Click on the Steam Shortcut icon from the Desktop and select “Open File Location”.

3. Once you locate the folder where you’ve installed the Steam. Select the Location Path and Press CRTL+C to copy the path.


The default path of the Steam folder will be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe”.

4. Now go the Command Prompt, and paste the given following command line.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe" /repair

5. Launch the Steam App and check if everything is ok again.

Final Words

After trying all the methods that we’ve mentioned into this article is you’re still getting the Steam Service Error. Then try to uninstall the Steam App and Reinstall it from the Microsoft Store.

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