How to Restore Lost Steam Game Files under Windows 10

Tracy King updated on Jul 02, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Don’t bother anymore when you happen to deleted favorite Steam game files in Windows 10. Professional solutions for Steam Game file recovery are available here in this article to help you restore lost Steam game files with ease now.

Steam Games have gained a high reputation for that this powerful platform has brought so many wonderful games to worldwide game players. And Windows 10 is becoming a major Windows system for users to install Steam games on their PC. 

However, Windows uses may carelessly delete or removed Steam game files or installing patches from their computers under Windows 10/8/7 etc. If your Steam games happen to stop running or you just deleted some files for one or two games on Steam, here below you'll find solutions for Steam Game file recovery.

Recover lost Steam Game files.

Steam Game file lost problem

"It seems that the Steam stops working after I upgrade computer system into Windows 10. It's located in D: drive, but it just cannot recognize my game files, what can I do?"

"Steam seems to lose the track of my installed games in my computer. I opened Steam but the game itself appears grayed out and I've checked that it's right there. How to make Steam to find my game files again? Do I need to download and reinstall the game again?"

"It seems that I lost my game files on Steam after a reboot of my computer. I tried to play the Dota 2 on Steam, it warned me that no game files were found. I don't know where to find the game files? Any solutions?"

You need to calm down when the Steam stops working or cannot read your Game files in your computer. And here below, are detail steps for you to find and recover lost Steam game files again.

Step 1. Find Steam game files on PC

Usually, when Steam fails to read or recognize your game files, there might be something wrong with the files in the Steam file location. You may need to check location for the Steam game files and find out whether those game files are there or not.

Where to find the Steam game files in PC? You may follow below location to check out whether the game files are there or not:


DriveLetter is, of course, the drive letter Steam is installed onto.
SteamInstallationDirectory is the directory Steam is installed into.
SteamUniqueUserNumber is just the number Steam has assigned to your account.

If the files were not there, you may need to redownload the game files or try to recover the lost Steam game files. Here below you'll find a method to recover the game files on your computer.

Step 2. Recover lost Steam Game files 

If you don't know how to find the deleted Game files or have no idea where to find the lost Steam game files, you may try file recovery software to search or scan your computer hard drive to find the lost files. 

Here we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard which allows you to scan and restore lost Steam game files in 3 steps. All Windows systems including Windows 10 are supported. 

Recover lost Steam Game files.

Launch software and select a location (where you used to install Steam Game files) and scan files > Preview and restore.

You can choose a safe location to save found Steam game files and then move the found files back to the original Steam Game file location.

Step 3. Let Steam detect and recognize restored game files

After you find lost Steam Game files, you can then reopen the Steam Game platform the use it read, detect and recognize the Steam Game files again.
When Steam Games fail to start or cannot play, you can also follow below steps to fix the problem:

1. Open Steam and go to "Library".
2. At Installed, right-click on the Game that you delete or lost the files and choose "Property".
Then wait the process to be finished. After all these, now you can replay the fancy Steam games again.

Extra tip: remove the local content and reinstall Steam Games

If you've tried or found lost Steam Game files, but it turned out that it still fails to work. You can try to remove the local content and reinstall the game on Steam:

Find csgo on Steam Library > Right-click it and select "Remove Local Content" > Click "Install".


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