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How to Troubleshoot the Steam Client Bootstrapper for Various Issues?

The Steam Client Bootstrapper can both be a utility as well as a problem for the various aspects it is associated with. Users have reported high CPU consumption, app crashing, login failure, and other issues related to the Steam Client. Let’s quickly move to know more about the application and how to fix its various problems.

Steam Client Bootstrapper


What is the importance of the Steam Client Bootstrapper?

The Client was designed by the Valve Corporation and meant to act as a distribution channel for the web-based game developers. It is used by Steam to maintain the updates and lost files by connecting to the Steam servers automatically for checking the current version. After that, it installs all the relevant files and updates the app thus.

Now assessing the utility of this program, it can be said that it has both advantages as well as disadvantages. The good thing is that it utilizes all of the available bandwidth for the automatic download process, and this gives a faster gaming experience along with efficient and better performance.

The downside of this process is that since all the internet is used by it, the other process and devices will suffer from a slowdown as the packets drop. This is bad for multiplayer online games.

PS: if you wonder how to make money on Steam or how to fix Steam download stopping easily, just click to read more.


What leads the Steam Client Bootstrapper to cause system issues?

The reasons are many, and we will take you through them quickly in this section. We will take up the issues one by one later and give you the method for fixing it too.

  • Problematic steam Overlay
  • Changed Client Skins
  • Changed Default Window
  • Red Shell Spyware
  • Missing updates
  • Faulty Steam service
  • Disabled Administrator status
  • Compatibility mode
  • Outdated system drivers
  • Cache build-up
  • Clash with the VPN programs
  • Antivirus program

Since the program has both pros and cons, ending the task would be a logical decision. But again, the task will re-download itself and start running once again, leading to high CPU load or network issues. So without any further ado, let us take you to the solutions that can fix this issue for you.

Besides, if you are facing the issues of disk write error on Steam or Steam content file locked, here are the top solutions for you.


How to fix the issues caused by the Steam Client Bootstrapper?

Disable the Steam Overlay

The Steam overlay is one thing that functions in a specific way and thus inevitably consumes a high amount of CPU through its Steam Client Bootstrapper. The users have shared their observation that every time they used to play any game on the system, the CPU usage increased dramatically. Upon checking for the cause, they managed to find Steam Overlay as the culprit. This is a strange occurrence as Steam Overlay is a utility at many times for the gaming features.

The logical solution that follows maybe just to disable the recent version of the Steam. Let us tell you how to do it:

1. You will find the entry of Steam over Desktop, or you can find it through the Start menu. If you are Windows 10 users, then you can use the Cortana app for doing so or just simply type it in the search bar, and the result will yield the Steam Program to you. Upon finding the program, just hit a click over the tab to launch it.

Open Steam

2. Once into the app, on the top of the screen of the Client, you will see the option of Steam on the menu. Here, click the option of Settings.

3. Once into the Window of Steam Settings, look for the tab of In-Game. Hit a click on it and then tick the section of The Steam Overlay here, which you can find at the Window top.

4. You will see another option to Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game. Tick the box adjacent to this. Lastly, hit the button of OK, which is on the Window bottom side, and this will finally apply and also save the changes that you made.

Disable the Steam Overlay

5. Now again, click on the option of Steam, which we found in the second step on the Client screen. Select the option of Exit for coming out of the app completely. Remember that you do not have to hit on the X button on the top right of the screen for exiting the Window.

Now reopen the Steam application and also open any of the games on the PC. Check that Steam Client Bootstrapper is working fine now without high CPU usage.

Also, learn more about what to do when the World of Warcraft Was Unable to Start Up 3D Acceleration.


Restore the default skin of the Client

You might have been changing the skin of the Client to experiment with the functions of the program. However, such users have also then complained about Steam malfunctioning and causing a high CPU consumption by the Steam Client Bootstrapper. We suggest that you don’t make such changes as having a functional and stable Steam installation is anytime better. If you have already made any such alteration, then you must reverse them back to default, and we will tell you how to do that:

1. You will find the entry of Steam over Desktop, or you can find it through the Start menu. Upon finding the program, just hit a click over the tab to launch it.

2. Tap Steam and then click the option of Settings.

3. Once into the Window of Steam Settings, look for the tab of Interface. Hit a click on it and then tick the section of ‘Select the skin you wish to Stream to use (requires Steam to restart)‘ here which you can find at the Window top.

4. Click on the icon of the arrow that you will find under the above option. Now another menu will open up, and you have to select the option of <default skin> from here.

Restore the default skin of the Client

5. Shut the app like the previous method.

Now reopen the Steam application along with running any of the games on the PC. Check that Steam Client Bootstrapper is working fine now without using high CPU power.


Change the default Window page to Library

When the default page of the Steam Client is set on the Library option, the CPU consumption remains normal. However, if you set up the default Window to any other option like Store, then the Steam client will begin consuming high CPU power. Many users made this weird observation, which was true, and hence the solution emerged out of it too. We are going to restore the default Window Settings of the Client to Library and see if that works. Follow these steps given:

1. Open the entry of Steam.

2. Once into the app, on the top of the screen of the Client, you will see the option of Steam on the menu. Here, click the option of Settings.

3. Once into the Window of Steam Settings, look for the tab of Interface. Hit a click on it and then tick the section of ‘Select which Steam Window appears when the program starts, and when you double-click the Notification tray icon‘ here which you can find at the Window top.

4. Click on the icon of the arrow that you will find under the above option. Now another menu will open up, and you have to select the option of <Library> from here.

Change the Favorite Window to Library

5. Shut the app like the previous method.

Check that Steam Client Bootstrapper is working fine now, and its CPU usage is back to normal now.


Fixing the issue with Beta Steam Client

Steam keeps fixing the problematic bugs with the updates that keep coming for it. However, if there is no update to rely upon, then you can use the Beta Client for fixing the issue in the meanwhile. This method is going to be the best help since you can opt-out of it anytime if you see other problems emerging in the Beta Client itself. Follow the steps to perform this method:

1. Firstly, you need to launch the Steam Client.

2. Tap Steam on the menu. Here, click the option of Settings.

3. Once into the Window of Steam Settings, look for the tab of Account. Hit a click on it.

4. Once into the Account tab, open the section of Beta participation and tap the button Change.

Fixing the issue with Beta Steam Client

5. In the Window that opens up now, again, find the option of Beta participation. Click over it, and a menu will drop down then. Select the setting option of the Steam Client Candidate. Once you are done with all the changes, click on Apply to save them.

6. Shut the app like the previous method.

See that Steam Client Bootstrapper is still leading to high CPU usage.


Block the Red Shell Spyware to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

The Red Shell Spyware is a program that acts as a data tracker on the PCs and facilitates the sharing of the collected data with other parties. The software is said to be functioning along with several Steam games. We will tell you how to create a script that will stop the tracker from affecting the host file and thereby solve the problem.

1. Open the tab File Explorer Options by launching the Start Menu and searching for it here.

2. Now find and open the tab View. Here you will find the option of Hidden files and folders and a radio button under it. Tap that button for activating the option Show hidden files, folders, and drivers. Hit the button OK for applying the changes.

Block the Red Shell Spyware

3. Open Notepad now. You can search for it in the Start menu or find it through entering notepad.exe into the Run box.

notepad.exe

4. Copy the code that we give below and paste it on the Notepad:

@echo off
Set hostpath=%indir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
echo 0.0.0.0 redshell.io >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 api.redshell.io >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 treasuredata.com >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 api.treasuredata.com >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 in.treasuredata.com >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 cdn.rdshll.com >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 t.redshell.io >> %hostpath%
echo 0.0.0.0 innervate.us >> %hostpath%
echo Host file edited.
pause
exit

5. Save this file now by pressing Ctrl + S and enter the name script.bat for this file. Don’t forget to set the Save As an option to All Files. Now, save the file to any location on the PC.

6. Now find this script file again and hit a right-click over it. In the context menu that appears now, select the option Run as administrator.

See if Steam Client Bootstrapper is back to normal functioning now.


Troubleshoot the Steam service to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

This is an executable that proves very useful for fixing the service of Steam and thereby reduces its CPU consumption. It has been a successful method among the users and let us tell you how to do the same to fix your issue:

1. Press Windows + R keys, and this will launch the Run box. Enter this command here-

2. “C: \Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe” /repair

Troubleshoot the Steam service

3. Now hit these keys Enter + Shift + Ctrl together for granting administrative access to this command.

Re-launch the Steam app and check if it’s working fine now.


Run Steam Client as the Administrator

There are two separate permissions for reading and writing that any software needs for well functioning. The Steam Client Bootstrapper suffers the same way if the required permissions are not granted. For running the Client as the Administrator, follow the steps given below:

1. Open the location-

C: \Program Files (x86) \Steam

2. Right-click the option of steam.exe file, and then in the list that emerges, click Run as administrator.

Run Steam Client as the Administrator

Steam will now be having the essential permissions and might start working normally now.


Exit the Compatibility mode for the Steam app

The compatibility mode can become a problem too in limiting the Steam Client Bootstrapper functions and causing the errors. You can fix this error by changing the mode through these steps:

1. Open My computer and then find the location of the Steam files where they have been saved. Generally, the default location of Steam Client is-

C: \Program files (x86) \Steam

2. Hit a right-click on a Steam option or steam.exe. Select the option Properties present in the list that drops down.

3. Open the tab Compatibility and untick the box next to the option Run this program in compatibility mode. Tap Apply for saving the changes that you made and then hit OK lastly.

Exit the Compatibility mode for the Steam app


Stop the VPN programs to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

Generally, the VPN programs have been found to be incompatible with the Steam app, and this causes errors too. You can deal with this issue by either uninstalling or disabling such VPN programs. We will tell you how to perform the latter solution:

1. Press Windows + R and then enter cmd into the Run box.

cmd

2. In the Command prompt, enter this command-

netsh winsock reset catalog

3. Click Enter.

netsh winsock reset catalog

4. If you get the message ‘successfully reset the Winsock“, this means that the command was executed properly.

5. Restart the PC then.

6. Open the Steam app and give it Administrative status as we did in one of the methods above.

The error with Steam Client Bootstrapper will probably be gone now.


Restart the PC to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

This is a simple method but can sometimes fix the entire issue at one go. The system gets slow and unresponsive when a lot of programs run on it at the same time. Bootstrapper doesn’t find enough space then and hinders working. In this case, you can restart the PC and then try to run the Steam app.

Restart the PC


Update the Graphics Drivers of the device

The outdated drivers can also be a reason for the Steam Client Bootstrapper, causing system errors. You can fix this issue by following the steps below:

1. Open the Windows bar and select the option Device Manager.

2. In the new Window, click the option Display Adapters. In the list that drops down now, hit a right-click over the Graphics driver and then tap the option Update driver software.

Update the Graphics Drivers of the device

3. Wait until the process finishes.

4. Restart the PC now.


Delete the Cache to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

The files that get accumulated in the system get corrupted over time and put the load on the Steam Client. You can fix this by clearing the download cache of the app. Follow the steps given below:

1. Open the Steam app.

2. Tap on the Steam icon and select Settings from the options on the list.

3. Now select the option of download in the left panel on the screen. Look on the right and click Clear Download Cache.

Delete the Cache

4. Wait till the process finishes and then enter the login credentials when prompted upon.


Reconnect the Internet connection to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

Since the Bootstrapper depends on the internet for its functioning, slow, and an unstable internet connection can cause it to crash. You can fix it by disconnecting the internet connection first and then re-establish the connection. Close every window that is running on the system and open the Steam software again.

Reconnect the Internet connection


Stop the Antivirus program to fix issues related to the Steam Client Bootstrapper

The antivirus applications also hinder the Steam Client files from running normally by misunderstanding them as malware. You can stop this from happening by disabling the antivirus for some time or at least while using the Steam app. Some antivirus apps also allow you to add certain programs to the white list too. Now close every Window and see that Steam Client Bootstrapper is working normally now.

Stop the Antivirus program


Conclusion

That’s all, and we really hope that these methods are going to help you get rid of the issues related to Steam Client Bootstrapper. If you face any other trouble, do share it with us, and we will try to help you out with that.

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