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How to uninstall Steam Answered

I really need to uninstall Steam because it is taking up a lot of space on my computer. I was originally going to use it to play Garry's Mod, but then never used it, and now it is just stuck taking up space... so here is the problem....i went to add or remove programs, but when i tried to remove it it did not work.... any suggestions???

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danton721

9 years ago

1.Exit Steam
2.Navigate to your Steam installation directory (by default, C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam)
◦If you wish to keep your saved games and downloaded multiplayer content for a future installation of Steam, move your \steamapps\ folder to your desktop
3.Delete the contents of the Steam installation directory
4.Go to Start, select Run, and enter regedit
5.In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\
6.Right-click on the Steam subdirectory and select Delete
7.In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Steam
8.Right-click on the Steam subdirectory and select Delete

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G501danton721

Reply 6 years ago

Did all of this and it did not find any trace of Steam or Valve.

But when I then tried to install Rage it says that Steam already exists please remove etc etc?

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G501danton721

Reply 6 years ago

I did but it made no difference. I contacted the support desk, but they have not responded any other ideas apart from wiping the disk clean and starting again

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rafaelfekrus

9 years ago

1. Exit Steam

2. Navigate to your Steam installation directory (by default, C:\Program Files\Steam or C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam)
  • If you wish to keep your saved games and downloaded multiplayer content for a future installation of Steam, move your \steamapps\ folder to your desktop

3. Delete the contents of the Steam installation directory

4. Go to Start, select Run, and enter regedit

5. In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Valve\

6. Right-click on the Steam subdirectory and select Delete

7. In the left-hand column of your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Steam

8. Right-click on the Steam subdirectory and select Delete

---work for me! :D-----
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wbetts1

5 years ago

I officially HATE Steam with a passion. Arrrrgggg!!!!

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nortiz2

6 years ago

just like jessy says its still there its kinda like some wierd zombie it will just come back when you delete it so yea and what danton says either way still helps

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ace4343

7 years ago

You know how you downloaded steam right? Well, download the installer, then when you run it it will give you the option to remove it. Check it, next, then be patient. Hope this would help!

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G501ace4343

Reply 6 years ago

Tried to do this but when you run it it says that it already exists and needs to be removed so comment below

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kolbash

10 years ago

Ha I GOT STEAM OFF !!!! Do the add/remove programs and it works like a Charm!

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sammo23

10 years ago

Yh i need to uninstall it so I can install it to another drive Is there anyway of doing that , could I just copy the whole of steam onto my other drvie Or wont that work>>????

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jessyratfink

10 years ago

You can't uninstall Steam. It's sort of like AOL. You might think it's gone, but really, it's there, in the Applications folder, lurking in the darkness waiting to strike. :)

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Goodhartjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

Hmm, Symantec stuff is like that too. On an old machine, when Norton firewall started to fail, I was still removing Sym stuff a year later....then we bought a new machine....

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Goodhart

10 years ago

A quick look on Google shows me you are not alone.....This was the only consistent thing I could find....To completely uninstall Steam using Add Remove Programs, then completely delete the \STEAM\ folder and its sub-directories

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TeacherOfTheWaysGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

thanks it is like it is just eating my computer....AAAAAAAAA LOL

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ll.13TeacherOfTheWays

Reply 10 years ago

Well games are large programs, I have Wolfenstein E.T. which main install is around 300Mb. with all the server mods, maps &c.. 1Gb.. =)

.....or you could just get another HDD around 20 or so Gb ;-)

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GorillazMiko

10 years ago

Weird.

Last time when I uninstalled it, I just went to add/remove programs.

Worked fine for me.

Wait up...

*does some math*

That's when I got the virus!!!
Just kidding.
But I'm pretty sure that worked for me.