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Windows 7: Steam needs perms to write?

10 Oct 2012   #1

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Steam needs perms to write?

Well I moved all my folders to my program files x86 they were recently on my desktop and now steam refuses to run what should I do?



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10 Oct 2012   #2

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Sounds like Windows is looking for directories that no longer exist.
Right click one of your shortcuts and see what it says in the "Target" box. Same for Steam.exe.




You will most likely need to re-install all your games, to correct registry errors.
You can not just move everything and expect it to work. Windows thinks its at the old location still, and the registry entries point to the old location as well.


Make a folder where you want Steam to be. Inside it,copy the Steam.exe and the folder "steamapps" to the new location. (this folder holds all your games)
Then, uninstall Steam .It will remove all your games as well.
Once the un-0install is complete, return to the new location where the steamapps folder and steam.exe is. Double click the steam.exe and it will re-install itself.

Although many have no issues, I wouldn't put Steam in the Program Files Folder. Rather, make a Steam folder on a Secondary drive, or the main C Drive.
(( For example: C:/Steam ))
This should fix the issue and have Steam running from the new location. You will not need to redownload any of your games, only Steams files which will not take long.
However, you will need to re-install all of your games so that the registry entries match.
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11 Oct 2012   #3

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Thanks for the advice its a shame I have to download all my games again but I did save like 40 gbs of space
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11 Oct 2012   #4

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No, you shouldn't need to download all your games again. In fact, in your current steam folder just copy the steamapps folder somewhere safe. Then uninstall everything.

You can use the trick I mentioned previously at this point, or just redownload Steam and re-install fresh. How you re-install Steam to the new loaction makes no difference.

After, just move the old steam folder to the new location.
This way, you still have to install and set up your games, but you do not need to download them again.

But yes, I agree. It does stink this has to be done, but to my knowledge theres really no other way around it unless you manually edit every registry entry to update the changes.
Sadly, that can get extremely complicated unless you know its workings inside and out. Getting it all all correct would be to much for 99.99% of most users, including myself.


Also, my previous statement "You can not just move it and expect it to work......" will apply to anything that adds registry entries or needs to be installed. Applications that run from a folder as a standalone, media files etc can be moved anywhere without issue. Just a FYI.

Quite simply, for future refrence, if it needs to go through a install process you have 2 choices to move it.

1) Un-Install completely and re-install to new location
2) Create a Junction link (best used when moving to a second partition or physical drive IMHO)
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11 Oct 2012   #5

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See step 14 of my guide here - Tips on Troubleshooting Game Issues

14Permissions – For various reasons Windows security features may limit permissions to folders or drives. If you’re having issues starting or saving games, check to make sure your user name is included in the "Security" tab and has full read/write permission for the game’s folder(s). Requires Admin rights! See Tutorial on Sharing and Permissions – If you don’t want/need to share the folder just do steps 1-7




Hmmm... on the other hand I see you have your steam folder on "C" drive so it should have permissions by default.... unless you don't have Admin rights?
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