Windwos 10 Cant find Steam.exe

#1
So after updating to windows 10, it seem to not be able to find steam.exe, even when i go straight to the folder and try to open the application from there. Still gets "Windwos cannot find 'D:\Steam\Steam.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."
 


Saltgrass

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#2
Well, D: is not the normal place for Steam. Have you physically checked the location in Explorer? Maybe a Drive Letter was changed during the upgrade.
 


#3
Well, D: is not the normal place for Steam. Have you physically checked the location in Explorer? Maybe a Drive Letter was changed during the upgrade.
Yeh i have, i have 2 drives in my desktop that i built. C Drive, the main drive that is an ssd that runs all the programs, then D drive being the gaming drive and E drive being for random programs. I checked where they all go but it still doesnt work T.T
 


Saltgrass

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#4
The only other thing which might have happened is when the upgrade was done it set the default back to the \Program Files (x86)\Steam folder. Maybe you can reset it.

The individual Game settings and saved games are in the Documents folder.
 


#5
The only other thing which might have happened is when the upgrade was done it set the default back to the \Program Files (x86)\Steam folder. Maybe you can reset it.

The individual Game settings and saved games are in the Documents folder.
Ive tried that, and it still says that it is unable to find steam. I uninstalled and installed into the main c drive program folder and nothing. Making me really sad D:
 


Neemobeer

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#6
I would try using Procmon to follow the load behavior of steam. Download: Process Monitor
  • Launch procmon
  • Click on Filter > Filter...
  • Click on the drop down menu that says Architecture and select Process Name
  • In the blank area to the right type steam.exe
  • Click Add then Apply then OK
  • Launch Steam
  • Go back to procmon
  • Click File > Capture Events to stop the capture
  • You will want to look through the path column to determine where it's trying to launch steam.exe from
This should give you some clues as to what is going on.
 


Saltgrass

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#7
If you have searched your drive for Steam.exe, it wasn't found anywhere? It isn't listed in the All Apps section....

It isn't hard to reinstall Steam even though you say you have already done that, the time is taken by downloading the game files.. If you had some type of backup, you may be able to pre-install those.
 


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#8
I would try using Procmon to follow the load behavior of steam. Download: Process Monitor
  • Launch procmon
  • Click on Filter > Filter...
  • Click on the drop down menu that says Architecture and select Process Name
  • In the blank area to the right type steam.exe
  • Click Add then Apply then OK
  • Launch Steam
  • Go back to procmon
  • Click File > Capture Events to stop the capture
  • You will want to look through the path column to determine where it's trying to launch steam.exe from
This should give you some clues as to what is going on.
 


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Neemobeer

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#9
You may not have the filter correct, it should at least get some hits. Have you tried just launching steam.exe from it's folder and/or try creating a new shortcut.
 


#10
You may not have the filter correct, it should at least get some hits. Have you tried just launching steam.exe from it's folder and/or try creating a new shortcut.
Yeh i have, and it still says steam.exe connot be opened.
 


Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
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#11
Post of screenshot of the procmon filter screen and also the full path to steam in explorer just so we can confirm it.
 


#12
Post of screenshot of the procmon filter screen and also the full path to steam in explorer just so we can confirm it.
So i did everything that the thingy said to do but it not reading any path at all. and ive reinstalled it many times.
 


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Neemobeer

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#13
Looks like you're going to have to change your procmon filter to explorer.exe. Steam apparently loads differently on Windows 10, then go into Edit > Find type in steam.exe, then go into Edit > Find highlight. This should show the steam entries, try to post a screen shot or upload the procom capture file.
 


#14
Looks like you're going to have to change your procmon filter to explorer.exe. Steam apparently loads differently on Windows 10, then go into Edit > Find type in steam.exe, then go into Edit > Find highlight. This should show the steam entries, try to post a screen shot or upload the procom capture file.
THat is what popped up, when i did the steam highlight.
 


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Neemobeer

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#15
I'm assuming you are using a microsoft account. I don't personally use one so maybe someone can confirm that. Look like Windows is appending the \@microsoft... making the exe name invalid. For grins, try making a local account and try and launch steam.
 


#16
I'm assuming you are using a microsoft account. I don't personally use one so maybe someone can confirm that. Look like Windows is appending the \@microsoft... making the exe name invalid. For grins, try making a local account and try and launch steam.
Im not using a microsoft account, im using a local account. Ever since.
 


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