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I searched a lot about this but can't find the solution. All results show that how can you disable a game update in steam. But I need to stop the Steam software updates itself.

Is there any way to disable it?

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    Please don't answer in comments. Aug 9, 2021 at 17:31
  • @Tacoタコス it's just that whenever I start my PC and open Steam app, it will first do some updates which is irritating.
    – Vikas
    Aug 9, 2021 at 17:32
  • @Wrigglenite I didn't believe that was actually an answer, but I'm more than happy to write it up. Aug 9, 2021 at 17:41
  • Not really an answer, but you can prevent it by not restarting your computer and having steam run all the time with at least 1 game active. I usually run Idle games in the background for several weeks on end without rebooting and steam never bugs me for updates. This is by far a decent solution of course.
    – Mixxiphoid
    Aug 9, 2021 at 18:12

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You probably don't want to prevent it from updating, since that means it will eventually stop working. Which in turn could mean that games relying on auto updates might also stop working, at least in online modes. If you insist, here's some tips in the Steam Community. I haven't tried them personally and can't vouch for them.

It might make more sense block it from auto launching and starting annoying updates at computer boot-up:

  • Top left corner: Steam -> Settings.
  • Interface. "Uncheck Run Steam when my computer starts"

The general consensus is that there isn't an official method of disabling updates to the client. However, there are plenty of sources that recommend lowering the bandwidth Steam has available. Steam's website provides details on how to accomplish this:

If you notice connection problems during Steam downloads, or want to limit how much bandwidth steam can use, go to the Limit downloads to the following bandwidth drop-down menu in the Download tab in your Steam client's settings pane. You can find it in Steam's File > Settings menu.

However, I'm not so sure this would prevent the client from updating. I'm not sure how it impacts online gameplay, but based on the previously supplied link, there are separate settings for in-game bandwidth which implies that it should be unaffected:

Most connections work well with the default rate, cl_updaterate, and cl_cmdrate settings. Most servers prevent changing your in-game rate settings.

Default Settings vary between games, but the following is a safe baseline for most broadband connections:

  • rate 30000
  • cl_updaterate 20
  • cl_cmdrate 30

If online gameplay isn't important, you can always simply disconnect from the network prior to launching Steam; and, if Steam is launched automatically when your computer starts, you can disable that by following online tutorials for your respective operating system.

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