Every time I start Steam, it takes a dozen seconds checking for updates.

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Is there a way to force it to only check for updates on a weekly basis?


Yes, there is a way!

In order to hide the update dialog, simply run Steam with the -silent command line option.
As usual, any other dialogs (such as going into offline mode due to a lack of internet connection or a missing Steam Service warning) will appear. Those cannot be suppressed.

If you do not want Steam to verify its files (check integrety), run steam with the -noverifyfiles command line option.

You can read the list of command-line options here.

  • Hm... Interesting. That's nearly what I want. However, the explanation of the -silent option in the linked page states: "suppresses the dialog box that opens when you start steam. It is used when you have Steam set to auto-start when your computer turns on." I do have Steam set to auto-start when my computer turns on. So, I guess the question is, is it possible to prevent this check from taking place? – That Brazilian Guy Apr 26 '16 at 15:22
  • @ThatBrazilianGuy You're essentially asking "How do I stop steam from updating?" | Also, when Steam auto-starts, it doesn't suppress the update dialog. – aytimothy Apr 26 '16 at 22:09
  • I don't want to stop Steam from updating, but I'd really love to decrease the frequency of the check. Is that posible? – That Brazilian Guy Apr 27 '16 at 12:54
  • That's what my edit addresses — Use the -noverifyfiles command line option. – aytimothy Apr 27 '16 at 12:56

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