"Hours after playing some games on my computer, close the game and shut down my PC, my game goes missing. When I try to launch them, I’m asked to reinstall them. What did I do wrong, and how can I fix this, please? BTW, my computer is running Windows 11. Does it affect?"
Steam makes gaming more convenient; we can’t complain, except for the fact that games get deleted randomly. I get lots of messages from users who all say “Steam deleted my game”, and so, this post is to walk you through what to do when this happens to you.
An issue with the Steam file can make Steam fail to read your game files. In this case, you should first locate the Steam file at the following location in any Windows version, even the newest Windows 11:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\Common
If you can find the file, open it and Steam will show your games again. If not or Steam fails to load your games after opening the file, then you may need some recovery tools as some essential parts of this file may get lost and you need to restore them.
If Steam deleted my game, my first step would be to make use of the file recovery tool - AnyRecover. It is a powerful tool that works every time and has no compatibility issues. Some of its outstanding features are showed below.
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Step 1. Launch the program and select the drive where your Steam files are stored on. And if you're not sure about the location, just choose "I can't find my partitions".
Step 2. Click on "Start" and the program will begin to scan your lost files. You can pause at any time to locate the target file during the process.
Step 3. Once you find the file you want, your can double click it to preview, and then hit the "Recover" button to get it back.
You can see how easy it is to restore lost files by using AnyRecover. With it, you can not only find your diappear Steam games, but also get other precious data that lost before back. The software also provides a free trial that can recover 3 files for free, so why not give it a try?
If you find the lost Steam game files, you can read, detect and recognize them once again by reopening the Steam game platform.
However, if Steam game can’t start or play, you can try to fix the problem by following the steps below:
Step 1: Launch Steam then navigate to Library.
Step 2: Right click on the game you deleted or the files you lost, then select Properties.
Step 3: Go to Local Files, choose Verify Integrity of Game Cache.
When the process is finished, you’ll be able to replay the Steam games again.
If you fail to get your lost or deleted Steam games back by verifying integrity of game cache, you can also try to add a new folder to it. However, this method can only work when you have installed the games to another location besides the main Steam game folder.
Step 1: Launch Steam then navigate to Settings >> Downloads >> Steam Library Folder.
Step 2: Choose Add Library Folder and select the folder where you have installed games.
The process may take some time, while you may see your lost Steam games reappear after that.
This is a method provided by the Steam users who have experienced the same issue. As the Clientregistry.blob File contains the information of Steam game installation, people can get their games back by renaming, in other words, resetting the files.
Step 1: Right-click the Steam shortcut and choose open file location.
Step 2: Find the Clientregistry.blob file and right-click it to change its name into ClientRegistry.old.blob.
If you attempted all the methods above, but they did not work, you can try removing the local file and install the Steam game again.
Step 1: Locate the target game on your Steam Library.
Step 2: Right-click it and choose Delete Local Content. After that, hit Install and confirm your action.
I hope that you have overcome the issue that Steam deletes your games. And for long-term benefit, I'll show you how to protect your Steam games in this section. And those tips can be applied to the newest Windows 11, too.
Tip 1: Backup Steam games from now on. Such a simple operation can avoid similar issues in the future. To do it, navigate to the Library, right-click the target game and choose Properties. Under Local files, select Backup Game Files.
Tip 2: Play games on Steam in the right way. For any Steam game, we need to develop a good habit when playing it. For instance, do not force open and close those games, do not store Steam games on external hard drives and avoid running too much software in the background when you play some big games.
Before discovering this piece of article, you might have thought that if you encounter the problem of Steam deleted my game, you cannot get it back. However, after reading this post to the end, you now know ways to get your games back such as the use of iMyFone AnyRecover data recovery software, and more about Steam.
By Alva Doris , to Deleted Files Recovery
Updated: Jul 21, 2021