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Old 02-15-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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Steam.exe (main exception): ERROR: delete of Steam.exe failed

I've had occasion to reinstall Steam, but when I do so I get the following error message:

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Steam.exe (main exception): ERROR: delete of Steam.exe failed, Win32 Error 5 "Access is denied"
Specifically, Steam will install and then attempt an update. The update will terminate at 27% with the above error message. This is in Windows 7 64-bit, under an administrator account.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:02 PM   #2
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Man, I've had that before under XP and can't remember how I fixed it....danggit.

Have you tried going through registry/search and deleting all Steam files and redownloading?
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:06 PM   #3
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Fixed it!

Here's what I did:

ran the installer, waited for it to terminate with that error.

rebooted into safe mode (using msconfig)

ran steam.exe from the the installation directory

the update still terminated at 27%, but a second update screen immediately ran

successful reinstall!
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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huzzah! glad to hear it was that easy.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:26 PM   #5
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no need to go through all that trouble

after you get the error just go to steam folder and start steam.exe.. it should now close ok and start updating..
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:52 AM   #6
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no need to go through all that trouble

after you get the error just go to steam folder and start steam.exe.. it should now close ok and start updating..
I had the same problem as the OP.

The solution above worked for me. To be more specific about this solution, I right clicked Steam.exe and chose "Run as administrator".
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:08 PM   #7
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I had the same problem as the OP.

The solution above worked for me. To be more specific about this solution, I right clicked Steam.exe and chose "Run as administrator".
This worked for me fine, as well!
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:12 AM   #8
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I'm having the same problems as the OP, i've tried installing from safe mode and from the steam folder after the error has occurred, neither worked, any more help would be much appreciated

Edit: I have lodged a question with support, but any help would still be appreciated

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Old 07-17-2010, 08:34 AM   #9
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OK, fixed it. For anyone else having this problem, I found this solution on another forum, worked fine for me, and I hope it helps for anyone else out there:

1. Remove any old versions of Steam.
2. Download the Steam client.
3. Run task manager or any other process viewer
4. Run the Steam.exe
5. You'll see Steam.exe listed in Process Viewer as a running process.
6. Watch it closely.
7. Soon, you'll see SteamTmp.exe launch. When you see this launch, immediately Kill the Steam.exe manually.
8. The SteamTmp.exe will close, and then continue running again as Steam.exe (a new Steam.exe not the one you killed in Step 8 above).
9. Continue updating as normal, and close Process Viewer.
10. Steam should finish updating as normal
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:51 PM   #10
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Its not really that hard. CHeck your folder isn't on Read only

if its not that then try this fix.
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:28 PM   #11
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Cool

I found that all I had to do was delete the steamtmp.exe in the main steam directory and it worked fine after that!
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:10 AM   #12
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Do you have any antyvirus software? Try to shut it down. When I had the Eset software, everything was ok, but now I'm trying the new Kaspersky IS and when I kill it, update went without errors.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:55 PM   #13
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Got the same problem and none of the above tips are helping, anyone else got any idea not already listed in this thread?
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:57 PM   #14
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Guys, please help! My Steam.exe has just deleted itself, I now cant find the icon at all!
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:03 AM   #15
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I had this error as well. My solution was as simple as:

1) Browsing to the steam.exe directory
2) Make sure there is a Steam.exe, SteamTmp.exe and SteamNew.exe
3) Drag Steam.exe out of the folder (or delete)
4) Rename SteamNew.exe to Steam.exe
5) Run the new Steam.exe

This is basically just manually deleting steam.exe when the installer gets hung up.
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