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I was adding free DLC's to some games (like HD Texture packs) and each time I clicked the 'Download' button the game would start, which is very annoying! Why does Valve think that Download == Start game?

Can I disable this behaviour?

I already tried turning off 'Allow downloads during gameplay' in the download settings, but didn't work. Since I already have games running while trying to download DLC's for other games (which are not running at that moment).

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    If I'm not wrong this is by-design... As in very old Valve code? – aytimothy Jul 6 at 9:05
  • Are you saying that the game auto-starts when you install DLC? I've never had that happen, and I have hundreds of DLCs for various games. Can you go into further detail about what exactly happens? – Tim S. Jul 6 at 14:43
  • @TimS. I have the same bug, actually. It's like the OP says: you go to the page of a DLC, click 'Download' (where it otherwise says 'Play' or 'Buy'), and a popup shows of Steam starting the associated game, as if you pressed 'Play' from your library. – Joachim Jul 6 at 16:46
  • @TimS. Note that this is for free DLC's, these are usually not included when you buy a game together with DLC's, like a complete edition or bundle. – Mixxiphoid Jul 7 at 15:04
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Your only option is to click the Download button on a Browser instead of Steam. This ends up adding the license to your account instead of directly launching the game.

You get a message similar to PRODUCT NAME is now registered to your account on Steam..

Take for example GRID 2 - Demolition Derby Pack on the Vivaldi browser:

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  • Seems like a solid workaround, I'll upvote the answer but leave it a little longer open incase there is an in-steam solution. – Mixxiphoid Jul 7 at 15:01

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