I'll be changing my PC, if I change it will I still be able to have all of my shared games?

  • Are you the owner or the person being shared with?
    – Vemonus
    Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 2:42
  • Person being shared with. Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 2:43

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To have access to a steam library, both the PC you are using and the account you are using must have been given access to the library.

Taken from the Steam family guide:

Is there a limit to the number of devices or friends I can authorize to share my Library?

Yes. You may authorize Family Library Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time, and for up to 5 accounts that may then use your game library on any of your authorized computers.


So, if you get a new PC or do a significant upgrade on it (E.g. change your operating system version from Windows 8 to 10 (Thanks to Khale_Kitha for the info)), you need your device to be authorised, by the sharer account owner, before you can access those games again.

The reason I know this, I've had this issue with my friends and had to re-authorise their new PCs to access my library, whilst removing their old PC. This was even with their account already being authorised to access my games.

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    This also occurs when you upgrade OS's, sometimes, as I found out a few months ago. My wife and I had to re-auth each other because she could see my library, but I could not see hers. Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 18:09
  • @Khale_Kitha, actually really important note - Draken, add this to answer. After Win8 -> Win10 upgrade I had to reauthorize all machines in family.
    – Sanctus
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 15:39
  • Updated as requested @Sanctus
    – Draken
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 8:00

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