Application error, failed to find Steam

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When I am trying to run a game with steam I have this error. It is a weird error since last night it worked fine, with no errors. I have checked the steam settings and everything looks fine. Can anyone know how to fix this error? Why last night my steam worked and today I have this error? Thank you!

Application error

Failed to find Steam.

Answered By 581820 points N/A #183410

Application error, failed to find Steam


This problem with Steam usually happens on computers running Microsoft Windows 64-bit because most of the older games were built and developed when it was still 32-bit Microsoft Windows. If you install Steam on the default location or what I mean is, you did not change the original folder where Steam should be installed to during the installation, it should be located in this default path: “C:Program Files (x86)Steam”.

If you are using Windows 7, right-click Computer or in Windows XP it is My Computer and select Properties. Click Advanced System Settings and select Advanced tab. Click Environment Variables. In “System variables” section, scroll down and find Path. Once found, select it and click Edit. Put your cursor in “Variable value” and hit End on your keyboard to bring the cursor to the end of the line.

Add a semicolon [;], copy “C:Program Files (x86)Steam” without the quotes and paste it after the semicolon. It should look something like this:

  • %SystemRoot%system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%System32Wbem;C:Program FilesQuickTimeQTSystem;C:Program Files (x86)Steam

Click OK and try running Steam again. If this doesn’t work, open Windows Explorer and go to the installation folder of Steam in Program Files and find “steam.dll”. Normally, you can find it in “Steamsteamappscommongamefolder” directory. Once found, copy the file to the game’s folder and it should be fixed.

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