Playing a steam game without updating
Be sure to close Steam completely (click the Steam menu at the top of the Steam window and select Exit) before deleting this file.
Steam periodically detects the closest download server to you.
However, these download servers can become overloaded – if games are downloading slowly, you may want to change your download server.
You can view each download server’s load on the Steam Content Server Status page. To change your download server, click the Steam menu and select Settings.
From the Settings window, click the Downloads Cloud tab and select a different server from the Download region box.
You’ll have to restart Steam after changing this setting.
To fix corrupted game files, you can have Steam validate the game’s cache on your system.
If Steam detects it’s running in compatibility mode, you’ll see a message like this one: If you right-click the Steam shortcut and select Properties, you won’t see any compatibility settings being applied: Windows has hidden the compatibility mode setting it applied – you can only remove it from the registry.
First, launch the registry editor by clicking Start, typing Regedit into the Start menu, and pressing Enter.
If none of these solutions helps, try Googling the problem – you may have run into a game-specific problem with a game-specific solution or just a more obscure Steam bug.
If a game fails to load, crashes as soon as it loads, or crashes when you reach a specific level, your game’s files may be corrupted.
After deleting this file, you’ll have to log back into Steam and other local settings will also be lost – for example, you’ll have to re-categorize your games.