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Old 03-02-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Question Help requested: Steam updates every time I start up my PC

So I submitted a request to Steam Support a week and a half ago about this issue that had started a week earlier:

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I have Steam start up when my computer starts up (on my home and work computers, which are both running Win7 64), and for the past week or so, Steam has been updating every single time I start either computer. (Interestingly, it does not do this when I exit the program and then restart it, but it does happen 100% of the time when I restart my computer.)

Because it is happening on both my home and work computers (and I had never noticed it before), I'm assuming there's something weird with my account and not with either of my computers.

Another thing is that the update window looks different than it has in the past. It's a more Windows-looking window than the gray windows I've seen in the past when Steam updates.

http://i.imgur.com/AcIVVvc.jpg
A whole week later I got the generic "delete everything in the Steam folder except steamapps, userdata, and steam.exe, restart, and start steam.exe again." (The reply clearly ignored the context of my issue.) That did nothing but break the icons on all my game shortcuts, so now I'm hoping someone in the community might be able to help.

Has anyone had this issue before? Was it resolved? Was it an account-based issue as I suspect? How did you fix it?

Thanks in advance!

Subtopic: Has Steam Support really gone downhill in the last few years? I've only had a few issues that needed help; the last one was probably in 2010, and the response I received was much faster and far more helpful.

Edit: Imgur link fixed.

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Old 03-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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My suggestion is to copy/move your steamapps folder and/or userdata folder (if you have not uploaded your screenshots) to your destktop, and then just uninstall Steam...

Reboot your modem/router, restart your computer and then try installing Steam again...

About Steam Support,..........
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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My suggestion is to copy/move your steamapps folder and/or userdata folder (if you have not uploaded your screenshots) to your destktop, and then just uninstall Steam...

Reboot your modem/router, restart your computer and then try installing Steam again...

About Steam Support,..........

I just did this, even letting it create an entirely new userdata folder (though I kept a backup), and it's still updating after a restart.

Thanks for the suggestion, though!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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I just did this, even letting it create an entirely new userdata folder (though I kept a backup), and it's still updating after a restart.

Thanks for the suggestion, though!
I just did it too... Didn't work. Same BS update window that takes WAY too long to figure out whether it needs to update or not.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:59 AM   #5
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I have the same issue, it updates after every boot. It all started when I signed up for the Steam Beta. From the looks of it, I'm still in it. You happen to be as well?
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:58 PM   #6
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My suggestions:

- quit from the BETA.
- disable option "launch Steam service upon windows boot"
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:42 AM   #7
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I'm getting this too. Quite annoying, and judging by how crappy the update window looks, its clearly not intentional. Clearly a bug at their end, but like usual the response of the guilty party is for you to spend a load of time messing about with your machine when its they that need to fix it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:16 AM   #8
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do you just see the update dialog or is steam actually updating?

if steam is slow to connect the update dialog is what you see it does not mean update.

Darklords solution is a 100% spot on.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:29 AM   #9
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I have started getting this too - I think from about a month ago?

I get an annoying rectangle pop up on boot saying "Updating Steam".

I think they have done something to the code.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:36 AM   #10
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I have started getting this too - I think from about a month ago?

I get an annoying rectangle pop up on boot saying "Updating Steam".

I think they have done something to the code.
no not related if you have it a month.
the update dialog pops up when steam connects , if it connects slow that's what you see.

don't start steam with windows and start it when the PC has calmed down from the startup.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:54 AM   #11
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I have also just started getting the updating steam window every time I start my PC. Very annoying and, judging by the number of people reporting this issue, it looks like a steam induced problem which they need to fix. As always, we the recipients, have to tolerate their annoying software.

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:44 AM   #12
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Are you on a wireless connection? If so, try plugging in directly. You may need to "create a new internet connection" through windows.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:08 AM   #13
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If you signed up for the beta, opt out of it. Beta clients will update on a regular basis until it goes live.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:23 AM   #14
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what if you are not opted in for beta?

I just opted in hoping that will help lol
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:40 PM   #15
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I have exactly the same problem you described.
I didn't even found an option to deactivate automatic check for updates at startup.
Can somebody help?
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