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What compression does Steam use for games?

To save bandwidth when downloading Steam games the files are sent compressed then uncompressed on the end user's PC. What compression algorithm is Steam using to do this?
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Why does the "Unable to Sync" pop-up window appear even though I have Steam Cloud Synchronization disabled?

Just a few days ago I started noticing this pop-up while playing Resident Evil 4 on Steam: I am not sure why this started happening only recently, as I have not made any changes in my settings, and ...
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Why does Hades on Linux fail to launch both before and after hardware changes?

My wife has an eight year old computer we're building a replacement for. Recently, Hades started to a black screen with a cursor; and Cat Quest 2 claimed no graphics card was installed. I replaced the ...
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How to install MetaHookSv in Counter-Strike 1.6 Using a Non-Steam Scheme (Linux/Wine and MS Windows)?

How do I install MetaHookSv in Counter-Strike 1.6 Using a Non-Steam Scheme (Linux/Wine and MS Windows) I can't find any place where we have this information or even this consolidated and complete ...
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Friend shares his games with multiple people on family sharing but I get ejected

My friend shares his library with multiple people, including me. As he is the host of the library, if the playes a game then I get ejected. I understand that well. What I don't understand is this - if ...
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Is it possible to move Steamwork Common Redistributables to external library?

I have 2 computers that both of have Steam installed. I am using an external HDD for a game library to make it easier. Can I move Steamwork Common Redistributables like other games, so I don't need to ...
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Where do I find custom maps in Trackmania when playing on Linux

I am playing Trackmania: Nations Forever on steam, but my system is Arch Linux. And I cant find anywhere to put my custom maps. Where are they stored?
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I wanna add Minecraft to my Steam library but I can't access Minecraft.exe

Whenever I try and move Minecraft.exe to my desktop to select it for Steam it says "the file could not be accessed by the system." The Minecraft launcher I use is apparently a shortcut for ...
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How can I block a Steam game from ever being installed on my PC? [duplicate]

Sometimes my friends want us to play brawlhalla. I then think that's a good idea because sometimes it's fun. But every time I play it I'm reminded by just how insanely angry I get and just how much I ...
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Are Steam games on macOS and Microsoft compatible? [duplicate]

I've been downloading and playing strategy games on my Mac device, and I'm about to buy a new gaming laptop. Will all my Steam games on my Mac device be playable on my Windows device?
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Why am I not able to stream games with Steam Link?

I want to use my pc in my bedroom as a host and play games on tv in living room with Steam Link. I'm hoping I can play games smoothly with 4K 100hz. Unfortunately, it is so laggy and lossy. Here is ...
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How can I erase my save & start fresh in Crypt of the Necrodancer on Steam for PC?

I've just started up Crypt of the Necrodancer: Amplified on Steam for PC for the first time in ages. I'm playing version 3, the update that dropped today, and it seems like I've got an old save loaded ...
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Who is Clorthax?

"Clorthax" is the guy prominently featured in the Steam Summer Sale 2022, and is introduced as "a time-travelling trickster". You might have seen him: This guy! I get Clorthax is ...
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Steam trade without steam mobile authenticator

I have a steam account that is unlimited(I've paid 5 dollars) and have an email authenticator on. my question is if I make a trade now does this trade get delayed or not(immediately)? I turned mobile ...
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Steam (MacOS) - Opening Downloaded Games through DepotDownloader

me and my girlfriend were trying to crossplay 3 devices in Terraria using an Android Phone, a Widows Laptop and a MacBook. But in order to do so, we need to match the current version of the Terraria ...
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Unsubscribed workshop mods still taking up space

I've unsubscribed from all of my Arma 3 workshop mods - however they're still taking up space on my computer, and I'm unsure as to how I'd physically get rid of them. image from before deleting image ...
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How to transfer Steam and/or Skyrim to another PC without drivers? [closed]

My school has restrictions on the computers, pretty much just not having access to admin stuff, and I want to put Skyrim from Steam onto my laptop. I can download anything to a hard drive and download ...
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How do I preserve my save data

I recently got a hankering to play the game again. I've forgotten a fair amount of the game mechanics, and wanted to run through the first bit of the game again. However, my last game is about 66% of ...
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How to make Steam detect games in another HDD?

I got an SSD and I'm running Windows from it and when I go to Steam's library manager and try to add my old HD's steam folder, it says "folder already has game library installed", which is ...
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Who's all the characters / games represented in Steam's Humble Games Publisher Birthday Sale 2022 banner / picture?

Who's all the characters in Steam's Humble Games Publisher Birthday Sale 2022 banner / picture? Which seem to reuse models from the banner of the Humble Games 2021 Autumn Sale. It's really tall, but I'...
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Steam family share playing together

If my friend would share to my account and to HIS alt account at the same time and he plays from his alt where I play from my main account, can we play at the same time over a Steam account?
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Does the OST come with only the Humble Bundle version of the game?

I just bought Costume Quest on Humble Bundle and got the OST with it, but its existence wasn't even mentioned on the store page. Installing my Steam version reveals no OST in the game files... And I ...
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My PlayStation account doesn't link to Ubisoft account

I play Rainbow Six Siege (R6) on PC with steam (that I had linked it to my Ubisoft account before), but now I want to link a PlayStation account to my Ubisoft account, and I did it so. But when I open ...
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Can I prevent Steam from updating a game or app while still being able to play it? [duplicate]

I've tried looking in the game/software's properties tab, however I only see the following options : I've also looked at the general download setting but nothing helpful was there either:
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Dark Souls 3 controller not working

On starting Dark souls 3 (steam/win11/razer blade 17) only the mouse and keyboard would work despite having an xbox series controller wirelessly connected. The xbox button prompts were there but the ...
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What does "players like you love this game" mean exactly?

What exactly is the mechanism behind this statement? The game in question, Cyberpunk 2077, at the moment of writing has a general rating of 76% ('Mostly Positive') — I would not consider that 'love'. ...
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How can I validate that Steam Cloud is up to date?

I have previously played Elden Ring but found after a reinstall that some of my characters were lost, even though I am completely sure that before deleting the game for the reinstall, the cloud status ...
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Steam Web API: Am I allowed to use it as private person?

I had the following idea: Creating a non commercial webpage, which looks through all steam comments to see games has the most playtime. Imagine a ranking like "average playtime" #1: SimCity ...
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How to force install a Demo version of game you already own in Steam?

Is it possible to force install the Demo version of a game, for which you already have a full version in Steam? The reason I want to install a demo is that I want to use it for tests. Like for example,...
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Is it possible to earn Steam Achievements when playing Remotely?

Can you still earn Achievements when playing (single player) using Steam Remote Play? When hosting in my pc and playing remotely achievements aren’t unlocking. If I play locally on the pc they do.
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Can I use Steam Family Sharing to play an Origin or Ubisoft game?

Can I Use Steam Family Sharing to play an Origin or Ubisoft game if I don't own it on Steam but I do own it on Origin or on Ubisoft Connect/Uplay? I am asking this to see if I can get the games' ...
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(Permanently) changing resolution in Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

When I launch "Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind" from Steam, it pops up a launcher that looks like this: If I go into "Options", I can change the resolution from 1024x768 (default) to ...
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Transfer Elden Ring save files to another account

I wanted to figure out how to transfer my game save on one account to another Steam account with a different Steam id. I was able to find something very similar with Sekiro using this method Sekiro ...
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Does the Steam Deck preorder page tell you when your reservation is ready for purchase?

This question is primarily aimed at people who were already able to purchase the Steam Deck they placed a reservation for, or just anyone who has seen or knows the exact process. As far as I ...
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How to run steam through "TCP over SSL tunnel"?

I'm from the country with the worst internet connection (no joke, research was done in 2020). So I'm tunneling a zoom package and I can't seem to run Steam through the proxy I create. How do I achieve ...
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Getting Hidden Achievement Description From Steam API

The endpoint for GetSchemaForGame allows for access to a games achievements. The description field is missing from any hidden achievements. Is there any way to obtain this value? Perhaps some ...
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Is there way to get removed steam games like this api api.steampowered.com/ISteamApps/GetAppList/v2/?

This api.steampowered.com/ISteamApps/GetAppList/v2/ shows only public games. But removed games like this https://steamdb.info/app/24170/ doesn't showed from GetAppList Any ideas how to get full game ...
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How to expand (fully reveal) the Steam launch options?

With Titan Quest for instance, some launch option titles cut off essentially after the game name. The modal window can't be expanded (by dragging from the edges) and there's no tooltip text. There's ...
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What happens to your stuff related to a game if access is revoked?

I mean hours, screenshots, achievements and all that stuff. I’m asking because I’m currently testing a game and the devs plan to revoke all the testing keys given out for free. So I would lose access ...
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Inconsistent priority given to some buy orders on Steam Market

I have been using Steam Market for some years. Several times in the past, I have been surprised by: the priority seemingly given to some buy orders which were lower than the bid, even though the item ...
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How do I invite a friend to play a game with me using the Steam Client?

For any game that we both own on Steam, I don't see the option anywhere within the Steam client to invite someone on my Steam friends list to play a game with me. This is the only menu I see when I ...
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Lost email to Steam

I was resetting my PC, when I got it up and running again I had forgotten which email I used for Steam. When I tried to login, Steam Guard wanted me to confirm the email that I didn't have. I tried ...
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How to find all my purchased soundtracks in Steam?

For some games, the corresponding "Original Soundtracks" (OST) are sold separately and can be bought and downloaded without the base game, and are listed as a separate category in Library (e....
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How do you download the Mac version of a Steam game on a Windows PC?

I'm on Windows 10 and my other PC is a Mac. I was wondering if, on my Windows 10 machine, I can select an option to make it install the Mac version of Terraria/Garry's Mod while I'm still on Windows ...
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Ext4 secondary drive not accepted by Steam on Linux

My computer restarted with Steam open and upon relaunching it none of my games on a secondary internal SSD were recognized. The drive is Ext4 and the relevant line from fstab is UUID=99d2c67d-cbd0-...
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Move Tomb Raider save files from Steam to Epic

I am playing Tomb Raider on Steam. Yesterday I claimed a free copy of Tomb Raider GOTY on Epic. Is there a way to move save files from Steam to Epic (I would like to try the GOTY features)? I moved ...
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Can I use Steam Family Sharing with five user accounts plus one account per game?

This is a follow-up to a question from 2010: Can I create one steam account per game? Since then, Steam introduced Family Sharing, which significantly changes things. The idea is to resolve the ...
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How to make Proton work correctly on Debian?

Some months ago I tried using Ubuntu (18.04) as my gaming setup. There I used Steam and its compatibility layer Proton. It worked just fine. Now, I am using Debian (12), because my gaming PCs sata ...
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I deleted and reinstalled Batman Arkham Knight from epic and when I booted the game, my saves were gone. Is there a way to recover my data?

I did save some of my data a while back to another folder but I'd like to get all of my timed records and progress back. I noticed that in the This PC/Documents/WB Games/Batman Arkham Knight/SteamID/...
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How can I reset controller configuration for a specific game in Steam?

Background I own a PS5 controller, my operating system is Ubuntu 22.04. I installed a new game in steam, and it was listed as having partial controller support. I did not see any controller ...
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