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How can I fix steam error code 26?

Published on April 13th, 2022

The steam error code 26 is a problem with the Steam Client that is usually caused by a corrupt or outdated installation. This error can also be caused by a conflict with another program or a hardware issue. If you are experiencing this error, you should try to update your Steam Client or reinstall it. If the problem persists, you may need to contact Steam support.

1. Restart your computer and Steam

  1. Open the Start menu and click on "Shutdown"
  2. Click on "Restart"
  3. Restart your computer
  4. Log in to Steam and try to play your game again
  5. If the error persists, try following the steps below to resolve the issue
  6. If the issue still persists, please contact Steam Support

2. Verify your game files

  1. Navigate to your SteamApps folder
  2. Locate your game’s .exe file
  3. Right-click on the file and select Properties
  4. Under the “File” tab, click on the “Verify Integrity of Game Files” button
  5. If the Integrity of Game Files checkbox is checked, click on the “Verify” button
  6. If the game does not have any errors, the “File Integrity is Verified” message will appear and the game will start automatically
  7. If the Integrity of Game Files checkbox is not checked, click on the “Verify” button and then on the “Add” button
  8. In the “Add File” dialog box, browse to the game’s .exe file and click on the “Add” button
  9. If the file is not found, the “File not Found” message will appear and the game will not start
  10. Click on the “OK” button to close the Properties dialog box
  11. Start the game by clicking on the game’s .exe file

3. Update your drivers

  1. Go to the website of your hardware manufacturer and locate the driver download page.
  2. Select the operating system and device type for which you require a driver.
  3. Click the download button next to the specific driver you require.
  4. Extract the driver files to a folder on your computer.
  5. Double-click on the driver file to install it onto your computer.
  6. Restart your computer if it is required in order to complete the installation process.
  7. Test the driver installation by attempting to connect your hardware device to your computer.
  8. If the driver installation was successful, then you can proceed to step 9.
  9. If the driver installation was not successful, then you will need to reinstall the driver from the website.
  10. Follow the instructions on the website to reinstall the driver.
  11. Test the driver installation by attempting to connect your hardware device to your computer.
  12. If the driver installation was successful, then you can proceed to step 13.
  13. If the driver installation was not successful, then you will need to determine the cause of the driver error and resolve it.
  14. Test the driver installation by attempting to connect your hardware device to your computer.
  15. If the driver installation was successful, then you can proceed to step 16.
  16. If the driver installation was not successful, then you will need to reinstall the driver from the website.
  17. Follow the instructions on the website to reinstall the driver.
  18. Test the driver installation by attempting to connect your hardware device to your computer.
  19. If the driver installation was successful, then you can proceed to step 20.
  20. If the driver installation was not successful, then you will need to determine the cause of the driver error and resolve it.

4. Change your download region

  1. Open Steam and sign in.
  2. In the main menu, select "Settings."
  3. In the "General" tab, select the "Download Region" option.
  4. Select the region you would like to change your download region to.
  5. Click the "Change Region" button.
  6. Enter the new download region in the "Region" box.
  7. Click the "OK" button.

5. Disable any security software

  1. To Disable any security software, open the Control Panel and go to the Security and Maintenance section.
  2. On the Security and Maintenance window, click on the Add or Remove Programs icon.
  3. In the Add or Remove Programs window, select the Security software and click on the Disable button.
  4. Exit the Control Panel and restart your computer.

6. Delete your Steam clientregistry.blob file

  1. Close all open programs on your computer.
  2. Locate the Steam clientregistry.blob file on your computer.
  3. Right-click on the file and select Delete.
  4. Wait while the file is deleted.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Reinstall Steam