Fix: Steam Service Error

Are you getting the annoying "Steam Service Error" issue? You are not alone! Here, we've listed all the possible fixes for this particular Steam error.

Steam is a world-leading gaming platform that has been around for many years now. To be exact, Steam launched back in September 2003.

Ever since then, the platform has been used by millions of gaming enthusiasts and the numbers keep on growing!

Generally speaking, users predominantly have positive comments about Steam, calling it the most sophisticated gaming platform known to PC enthusiasts. However, while that’s true, Steam is not perfect.

Just like any other computer program, Steam runs into problems every once in a while.

One of those problems is the “Steam Service Error,” and this guide has the methods you need to solve it.

What Exactly Is The “Steam Service Error”? – Explained

Of course, not everyone is a computer expert or knows how to reverse-engineer certain errors to find the origin and meaning behind them.

So, when users see the “Steam Service Error” message, they’re often confused and unsure of what to do next.

Before we get into the fixes, let’s gain some clarity on this infamous Steam error.

The message you see on the image below comes up each time a user runs Steam on their System. Some users (in this Reddit thread) pointed that having Steam set to run on startup will cause this error to show up each time you boot up your PC.

The reason for this is the following:

  • Steam requires Administrator Privileges to run certain processes on your PC.
  • Since the Steam Service runs as the first thing upon booting up the client, it prevents the app from fully loading and pops out this message instead.

For those who don’t know, the Steam Service is responsible for installing and updating games, as well as enabling anti-cheat detection.

This isn’t something to be concerned about, though. The conflict is just Steam not having permission to install these files and services in a secured folder. The C:\Program Files (x86) folder is an example. So, don’t worry, we can help!

Let’s take a look at some fixes.

Method 1: Run Steam With Administrator Privileges

Running Steam with Administrator Privileges can help you get rid of this problem.

Here’s how to do that.

  1. Locate the shortcut for Steam on your PC and right-click on it.
  2. From the list of options, choose “Run as Administrator” to start the client.

There’s an easy way to ensure that you don’t have to do this manually every time you want to launch Steam. Follow the steps below to “permanently” enable Steam launching with administrator privileges.

  1. Navigate to the folder where you have Steam installed on your system.
  2. Find the .exe file and right-click it. The properties window will now open on your screen.
  3. Open the Compatibility tab and find the Settings section on the lower end of the window.
  4. “Tick” the “Run this program as an administrator” box and finish by clicking Apply and OK.

You can now start Steam again and see if the problem is gone. If it isn’t, reinstalling may solve the issue. Check the following section for more information.

Method 2: Reinstall Steam On Your System

A few users confirmed that reinstalling Steam on their systems helped solve the Steam Service Error.

This is relatively easy to do, but there are some important things to note before attempting, such as creating a backup of your games.

We have a specific section in one of our guides that explains this in detail, so definitely check it out as it might be of great help to you.


After applying these two easy fixes, you should no longer be experiencing the Steam Service Error.

Although this error does nothing “special” or harmful to your PC, it prevents you from opening Steam and playing games.

Thankfully, fixing it is simple by applying the methods listed in the guide above.

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Bojan Veselinovikj

Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.