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Steam. Why does it have to 'verify install' each and every time it's started?

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Malevolence, 18 Apr 2017.

  1. Malevolence


    Joined: 21 Oct 2011

    Posts: 15,457

    As per title. The only thing I can find after much searching is that it's because Steam hasn't been shut down correctly. I do shut it down correctly though.
  2. clubb699


    Joined: 18 Oct 2011

    Posts: 667

    Location: Near Brummie land

    Funny you say this ,i have had this happen the last few days thought it was my pc playing up
  3. Digital X


    Joined: 25 May 2013

    Posts: 8,894

    Location: Kent.

  4. FloppyPoppy


    Joined: 27 Jan 2012

    Posts: 7,426

    Location: The king of the north!

    As that link points out. It's more of a version checker to see if updates are available.
  5. Thumpsta


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 678

    Location: North Yorkshire

    Same here. Annoys the **** out of me.
  6. jimbob339


    Joined: 16 Apr 2009

    Posts: 115

    Location: mansfield woodhouse

    Happens to me I select run as admin helps
  7. r7slayer


    Joined: 2 Oct 2012

    Posts: 3,240

    Mine doesn't do that. It instantly launches the game for me. Just checked to make sure.
  8. varkanoid


    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 10,859

    Location: The TARDIS, Wakefield, UK

    Same here runs fine. It could be its not closing down properly when Windows closes. I had this under Windows 7 for ages.
    Do you have steam cloud sync on for your games by any chance ? ;)
  9. picnic

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 May 2009

    Posts: 1,875

    I've got Steam installed on 3 computers and they all do this verification thing when they load as Windows starts up. Mixture of W7 and W10. All are cleanly shutdown as well.
  10. Gimpymoo


    Joined: 31 May 2005

    Posts: 15,181

    Location: Nottingham

    It is a version check as already mentioned.

    Surely no biggie in the time it takes on any half decent gaming PC surely?
  11. d_brennen


    Joined: 30 Jan 2009

    Posts: 15,977

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    Imagine all the threads if Steam didn't do integrity and update checks :p
  12. adolf hamster


    Joined: 18 Oct 2012

    Posts: 7,457

    tbh, manually shutting down steam every time you shut down the pc is probably more hassle than just ignoring that window the the 10 seconds it appears.
  13. ttaskmaster


    Joined: 11 Sep 2013

    Posts: 10,414

    Depends on how rural your internet is...
  14. AWPC


    Joined: 8 Dec 2005

    Posts: 9,839

    Maybe because Valve are fed up with people running a dodgy Steam version which uses spoofing to convince Steam its running paid for legit games! Hackers found a way about 5 years ago to install NIC system drivers at an admin level which tricked Steam into not properly checking the integrity of games by redirecting the IP traffic back to the loopback address instead of back to Valve.