Steam is a one-stop shop where you can find and buy most games published on your PC. This has been the case for some time. Buying, playing and removing games from the system is incredibly easy. But how to recover deleted Steam games in Windows 10?
Here are a few scenarios. Suppose you deleted a game folder from File Explorer just like any other file / folder on your computer. There is also a way to remove games from the Steam client itself. Anyway, there are several ways to restore this Steam game without reloading everything.
Let’s get started.
1. Restore the deleted Steam game folder from the Recycle Bin
Let’s say you’ve just deleted a game folder and it’s still in your computer’s Recycle Bin. I hope you haven’t cleared it or used Shift + Delete to delete this folder. So the easiest thing you can do is restore your Recycle Bin and files.
You can find the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop or in the file manager in the left sidebar. Select the game folder and click Restore. It disappears from there and appears directly in the Steam folder where it was originally located.
2. Use Recuva to restore the deleted Steam game folder
Technically, files that you delete from the PC Recycle Bin are not deleted directly. They remain intact at a very low level. The entry on the front is deleted from the directory. However, when you save a new file in the same location as the old file, it replaces the old file. This makes it impossible to restore the old file.
If you accidentally deleted any file / folder, especially from the Recycle Bin, there is still hope to get the file back. You can restore these files (in your case, the game folder) using a file recovery application such as Recuva. The free version of the app should be enough to do the trick. Similar applications are also available from other manufacturers, but the basic principle remains the same.
It scans these directories and sectors to find any files that you have deleted within a certain period of time and that can still be recovered. You’ll be surprised to see everything it finds during the scan. Scary and fun.
Provincial: It makes you wonder how safe it is to delete a file from the Recycle Bin. Anyone can grab it with the right tools and they are available for free. Therefore, you should use an application such as Eraser to securely delete sensitive files.
3. Check the integrity of the Steam game
Phase 1: Open the Steam client and go to Library. Then right-click the game to select Properties.
Step 2: Click “Check Game File Integrity” on the Local Files tab.
4. Add the installation library folder to Steam
It is possible that the game folders are still on your hard drive / SSD and will not be recognized by Steam.
Phase 1: Open Steam and go to Steam> Settings> Downloads> Steam Library Folder and click Add Library Folder.
Step 2: You select the folder where you installed the game. It will take a while. You should be able to view games in your Steam library that were previously removed.
5. Rename the ClientRegistry.blob file
This trick was discovered by Steam players who found that renaming the blob file restores the missing game files.
Phase 1: Open the folder where you installed Steam. The default location is drive C. You can find the ClientRegistry.blob file in the root folder itself. Press F2 and rename it to ClientRegistry.old.blob. Restart the Steam client and it will create a new file.
You should now see all returned games on Steam.
This is for the future, so you will never find yourself in this situation again. The process is really simple and can save you a lot of heartache from losing installed game files and game recordings. In the library, right-click the game and select Properties. On the Local Files tab, click Back up game files.
Follow the on-screen instructions to select a location. I always recommend choosing a different drive or partition than the one where you installed Steam.
The Steam client is a boon for Windows gamers. However, it suffers from random errors and glitches like many other applications. Most of these problems are easy to fix if you know where to look and what to do. This is where the benefits of a great community come to the fore. Passionate fans with technical know-how find and share solutions that have worked for them. Hope one of them worked for you too.
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