Does uninstalling Steam also uninstall games installed through steam?

  • If anyone caught me in chat, I'm currently having problems with Steam, which is keeping me not only from playing Portal 2, but also from accessing any of the other 28 steam game shortcuts on my desktop.

    I'm considering just uninstalling and then reinstalling Steam, hoping that will knock loose whatever wheels got clogged in the first place, but, I'd rather look for alternative ways if uninstalling steam means redownloading all of those games.

    So, do Steam-installed games stay installed on your hard drive when steam itself is removed?

    To actually answer the question in the title: Yes - if you choose to uninstall Steam through Uninstall Programs and Features in Control Panel , all Steam games will be uninstalled with Steam

    It's too late for me...

  • Drake

    Drake Correct answer

    10 years ago

    Move the subfolder /steamapps/ in a safe place before uninstalling Steam, then do the following steps:

    1. Uninstall Steam
    2. Reinstall Steam
    3. Launch Steam
    4. Exit Steam
    5. Move the content of your /steamapps/ backup to the new /steamapps/ subfolder
    6. Relaunch Steam

    At this point Steam should find all games without any other action; in the worst case, where Steam does not detect some games as installed, just reinstall them and the game will be downloaded and ready in few seconds/minutes because it only need to validate the game content cache.

    Whew: Word of note - if you have as many installed games as I do, this *will take a while*. Took about 4 full minutes to move the files.

    @Raven I have 199 games and probably more than 200 GB in /steamapps/, I know the pain :D good luck

    116 gigs! It looks to have worked perfectly, though I do not yet know if it will restore my shortcut icons.

    Final note: this will require you re-verify your steamguard twice, once when reinstalling, and a second time when you replace your steamapps folder in step 5.

    @Raven Last time I did it Steam Guard wasn't released yet, good to know.

    What happens if we didn't do the following steps and deleted steam?

    how about just renaming the folder that the steam games are in, so the steam client can't find it, instead of moving it!

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