Steam Client for Windows Slow? Try these 3 Methods

Last Updated on January 15, 2022

Regular users of the Steam client for Windows might notice some slowdowns in the app. Currently, a lot of users are reporting a very slow app in Windows which makes playing, downloading and browsing Steam very difficult.

Steam Client is Slow – How To Fix


If you are facing slowdowns in the Steam client for Windows on your PC, then take a look at this tutorial to fix the slowdown issue.

Fix Slow Steam Client on Windows 7, 8 and 10

Step #1: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager in Windows.

Step #2: In the Processes Tab, look for the Steam Client WebHelper process. Right-click on it and click on End Task. This will force close this process.

The Client WebHelper is part of the Steam client which allows you to browse web pages inside the Steam client without switching your browsers. Ending this process will also temporarily make your Steam client faster until the next restart. So, now you can navigate the interface to make other changes.

Step #3: Open the Steam client and go to Settings > Interface. Make sure that both Hardware decoding and DirectWrite are checked.

Step #4: In the same Settings window, go to Settings > Web Browser. Click on the DELETE WEB BROWSER CACHE button. Click OK and restart Steam.

Now, after performing these steps, you’ll notice sudden speed improvements in your Steam client for Windows.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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