20 Fixes: Steam Download Stopping On Windows 10/11

Downloading on the Steam client with text Fix Steam Downloads Stopping

Finding Steam not downloading games is frustrating. Some users have reported that Steam begins a game download, but it stops and starts frequently, or it slows down and stops in a loop. This makes downloading anything on Steam next to impossible. Keep reading to find out the causes and fixes for this issue.

What are the Causes of Steam Download Stopping or Slowing Down?

  • Internet connection issues
  • The time and time zone on your computer aren’t synced
  • Corrupted Steam download cache
  • Other open programs are using the internet
  • The current download region server of Steam is not responding
  • Your network drivers or the Steam client is out of date
  • Antivirus or firewall is blocking Steam downloads
  • .NET Framework isn’t enabled properly on Windows

Best Fixes for Steam Download Stopping and Starting Frequently

  1. Check Your Internet Connection and Restart or Reset Your Modem or Router
  2. Run Steam as an Administrator
  3. Reconnect the Steam Client
  4. Close Unwanted Programs Via Task Manager
  5. Stop the DiagTrack Service from Task Manager
  6. Change the Download Region on Steam
  7. Match Your Time and Time Zone
  8. Clear Steam Download Cache
  9. Adjust or Limit the Bandwidth Settings of Steam
  10. Update Network Drivers
  11. Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus
  12. Allow Steam Through Firewall
  13. Change the Download Location of Steam Downloads
  14. Make Sure that .NET Framework is Enabled
  15. Repair the Steam Library Folder
  16. Delete the HTML Cache of Steam
  17. Reset Your Network Configurations Using the Command Prompt
  18. Update Steam
  19. Disable CDPUserSvc from Task Manager
  20. Reinstall Steam

1. Check Your Internet Connection and Restart or Reset Your Modem or Router

Whenever there is something wrong with downloads, the first thing to check is the internet connection. In some cases, the internet speed is slow from the ISP, while in other cases, the modem or router is not working correctly. You can restart the modem or router.

If a restart doesn’t fix the problem, try resetting your modem or router.

  • To reset, find a small hole on the bottom or at the back of the router/modem that can only be pressed with a paperclip or a common pin.
  • Long-press the button for 10-15 seconds using a paper clip. 
  • When you see all the lights on the modem/router go on and off, release the button.
  • The router will restart.
  • You must set up your router again, creating a new Wi-Fi network and password.

2. Run Steam as an Administrator

If your download location is in the Windows installation drive, Steam sometimes needs admin permission to save data on that location. Try running Steam as an administrator to see if this fixes the downloads-stopping issue.

  • Right-click the Steam app on the desktop.
  • Select ‘Run as administrator.’
Rights-click menu of Steam icon on Windows 10 desktop
  • Click ‘Yes’ when Windows asks for permission.

If the download starts and continues without stopping, follow below to run Steam as administrator.

  • Right-click the Steam app icon on the desktop and choose ‘Properties.’
  • Switch to the ‘Compatibility’ tab.
  • Tick the box next to ‘Run this program as an administrator.’
Steam properties. Compatibility tab
  • Click Apply and OK.

3. Reconnect the Steam Client

A quick try to fix the Steam downloads stopping and starting loop is to reconnect Steam to the internet. Before doing this, restart the Steam application first.

  • Open the Steam desktop client.
  • Click ‘Steam’ on the menu bar and select Exit.
  • This will close Steam.
  • Now, open the Steam app by double-clicking its icon on the desktop.

After restarting, reconnect Steam by first going offline and then online:

  • Click ‘Steam’ on the menu bar on the Steam client.
  • Pick ‘Go Offline.’
Steam client for desktop. Library.
  • This will open a dialog box to confirm the action. Select ‘Enter Offline Mode.’
  • Steam will be disconnected from the internet. Wait for one or two minutes.
  • Click ‘Steam’ on the menu bar and choose ‘Exit.’
  • Launch the Steam app.
  • It’ll show an option to ‘Go Online.’ Click the button.
  • Log in if required.
  • Start a download to check if the problem is fixed.

4. Close Unwanted Programs Via Task Manager

Any other program running in the background may be using your internet bandwidth. It will leave less internet speed for Steam downloads. This may be why your Steam downloads are fluctuating or starting and stopping. Follow the below to close all the unnecessary applications:

  • Right-click the Windows logo on the taskbar.
  • Choose ‘Task Manager’ from the menu.
  • Task Manager will open, and the ‘Processes’ tab will open.
  • See the list of programs and the resources they are consuming.
  • Close the programs you suspect may be using a lot of internet bandwidth.
  • To close a program, right-click it and select ‘End task.’
Task Manager. Right-click menu for a running task

Many apps run in the background and don’t appear in the Apps section of Task Manager. To find background processes as well that are using the internet, try this method:

  • On Task Manager, click the ‘Network’ button, and an arrow will appear on it. Make sure it looks like this (^). If it’s not, click it again.
  • Now, all the apps and processes will be listed in order of most network usage.
  • Close the programs that are using a lot of the internet bandwidth.

5. Stop the DiagTrack Service from Task Manager

DiagTrack is a native Windows service that sends diagnostic data to Microsoft for product improvements and other purposes. It’s enabled by default and uses the internet to send data to Microsoft servers. Many users reported that disabling this service fixed the Steam downloads issue.

  • Right-click the Windows button on the taskbar and select ‘Task Manager.’
  • Navigate to the ‘Services’ tab.
  • Look for DiagTrack, right-click it, and choose ‘Stop.’
Processes on Task Manager

Be notified that this service will be automatically enabled when you restart your computer.

6. Change the Download Region on Steam

If the region server you’re connected to has high traffic or is not responding, your Steam downloads may suffer. We couldn’t find an official Steam status website, but there is an unofficial site that shows the Steam servers’ status.

You can directly change the download region and try downloads or check the unofficial server status sites.

For Steam status:

  • Open your web browser and search on Google ‘Steam server status’.
  • Among the search results, you’ll find a website or two that shows the server status of Steam.

Use these steps to change the download region on the Steam client:

  • Launch Steam.
  • On the menu bar, click ‘Steam’ and choose ‘Settings.’
Steam client for desktop. Steam menu open
  • When Steam settings open, go to ‘Downloads’ from the left panel.
  • Click the drop-down menu under ‘Download Region’ and select any other region.
Downloads settings of Steam client on Windows 10
  • Click OK.
  • Restart Steam.

7. Match Your Time and Time Zone

Some applications don’t work correctly if the time and date are not correct or the time is not synced correctly with the selected time zone. Steam is one of them. It collects real-time data with time stamps.

If there are any syncing issues with the time on the system and the selected time zone, it may not respond or show errors like downloads stopping. Duplicate these steps to sync your system time with a time zone:

  • Right-click the time and date section on the taskbar and select ‘Adjust date/time.’
  • Select’ Sync now’ in data and time settings under ‘Synchronize your clock.’
Date & time settings on Windows 10

8. Clear Steam Download Cache

Corrupted temporary files or download cache may result in download issues on Steam. So, clear the download cache and try downloading a game on Steam.

  • Launch Steam.
  • Click ‘Steam’ on the menu bar and select ‘Settings.’
  • Go to the ‘Downloads’ section.
  • Click the button ‘Clear Download Cache’ and confirm the action.
Downloads section of Steam settings
  • Click OK.
  • Restart Steam.

9. Adjust or Limit the Bandwidth Settings of Steam

Incorrect bandwidth settings can result in issues like fluctuations in downloads, Steam downloads randomly stopping, and downloads stopping and starting in a loop.

Moreover, sometimes, your hard disk’s writing speed can’t keep up with the download speed. This also causes download issues.

You can try two settings. Adjust the Steam download speed and set it to the speed you have from your ISP. In the second phase, if the first option doesn’t fix the issue, further reduce your download speed.

  • Open the Steam client.
  • Click ‘Steam’ on the menu bar and select ‘Settings’ from the menu.
  • Navigate to the ‘Downloads’ section.
  • Tick the box next to ‘Limit bandwidth to.’ Enter the value in KB/s (Kilobytes per second) and click ‘Apply.’
Downloads settings for Steam desktop client
  • Restart Steam and start a download.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem, go to the same settings and set it to a lower speed.

10. Update Network Drivers

Your computer uses any of the network adapters to connect to the internet. When the drivers of these adapters are out of date, this directly affects your internet connectivity.

We already instructed you to restart your modem and router in the earlier sections. So, now you should try updating the network adapters on your computer to solve the Steam download keep-stopping problem.

  • Right-click the Windows logo on the taskbar and select ‘Device Manager.’
  • Double-click ‘Network adapters.
  • You’ll find a list of available network adapters for your computer. Right-click the adapter you’re using for connecting to the internet. If you don’t know which driver is being used for your internet, use these steps for all the adapters you see on the list or at least the first three.
  • After right-clicking the network adapter, select ‘Update driver.’
Update network drivers on Windows 10
  • A wizard will open; choose ‘Search automatically for drivers.’
  • This will trigger Windows to search for updates and install them.
  • When done, reboot your computer.

11. Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus

Antiviruses with real-time protection constantly scan files and processes running on your computer. They can sometimes interrupt some programs’ functioning by blocking their entire program or essential files.

The Steam downloads stopping and starting issue can happen due to an antivirus interrupt. So, temporarily disable your antivirus software and try to download it again. Here’s how to turn off Microsoft Defender Antivirus:

  • Open the Start menu, type.’Windows Security‘, and launch the app.
  • Select ‘Virus & threat protection’.
Windows Security main window
  • Select ‘Manage settings’ in the Virus & threat protection settings section.
  • Turn off ‘Real-time protection.’

Reboot your computer and check the downloads. If the issue persists, perform the above steps again to turn on the antivirus. But the problem is solved if the downloads begin with a stable speed and don’t stop or slow down. So, set your antivirus to exclude Steam.

  • Open Windows Security and select ‘Virus & threat protection.
  • Select ‘Manage settings’ in the Virus & threat protection settings section.
  • Choose ‘Add or remove exclusions.’
  • Now, select ‘Add an exclusion.’
  • Find the Steam folder location, and select the Steam exe file.
  • Restart your computer.

12. Allow Steam Through Firewall

A firewall is a literal wall between your computer and apps accessing the internet. It allows the apps you select and block all others. Make sure that Steam is allowed internet access to download games smoothly.

  • Click the Start menu, type, ‘windows security‘, and open the app.
  • Choose ‘Firewall & network protection’.
  • Select ‘Allow an app through firewall.’
  • Look for Steam on the list and ensure its boxes are checkmarked. If not, click ‘Change settings,’ checkmark ‘Steam,’ and then click ‘OK.’
Allowing Steam through firewall

13. Change the Download Location of Steam Downloads

When downloading anything, make sure that the download location is not any folder that needs admin permission to write on. The process won’t go smoothly if your Steam downloads folder needs admin privileges.

We discussed a section above to allow Steam admin access, but it’s also a reasonable solution to change your Steam downloads folder location.

Moreover, the path you selected for downloads may be long, or for any other reasons, the selected location is not suitable for downloads.

So, change the download location for Steam downloads and try again. (If you don’t want to change the folder location, go to Method 15.)

  • Launch Steam.
  • Click Steam on the menu bar and pick ‘Settings.’
  • Go to the ‘Downloads’ section.
  • Select ‘Steam Library Folders.’
Downloads settings of Steam desktop client
  • Click the ‘+’ button and add a drive or folder.
Storage folder management for Steam games
  • Click OK.

14. Make Sure that .NET Framework is Enabled

.NET Framework is a software framework needed for running most games on Windows computers. Furthermore, some apps require it as well. If it’s not enabled, the app won’t launch, or some features won’t function properly. 

Windows 10 and 11 have .NET Framework installed and enabled. Sometimes, it’s not enabled properly, so check and ensure it’s on.

  • Open the Start menu, type.’ control panel‘ and launch the app.
  • Select ‘Uninstall a program under ‘Programs.
  • Choose ‘Turn Windows features on or off from the left pane.
Programs and Features windows on Windows 10
  • Make sure to check the boxes under the ‘.NET Framework’ folder.
Windows Features on Windows 10
  • Click OK.
  • Restart your computer.

15. Repair the Steam Library Folder

Some downloaded files in the Steam downloads folder may be corrupted or weren’t downloaded correctly. They can cause issues with downloads. To fix Steam download issues, repair the Steam library folder.

  • On the Steam client, click ‘Steam’ at the top left corner, and choose ‘Settings.’
Steam client for desktop. Steam menu is open
  • Go to the ‘Downloads’ section.
  • Click ‘Steam Library Folders.’
  • Click the three dots and select ‘Repair folder.’
Steam games download folder management
  • Wait while Steam repairs the folder.
  • Restart Steam or reboot your computer.

16. Delete the HTML Cache of Steam

The HTML cache folder saves temporary files used during browsing through the Steam client. Deleting them every few months or every month is a good practice. Follow below to delete the HTML cache of Steam:

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Go to This PC > Users > your username > AppData > Local > Steam > HTMLcache
HTML cache folder of Steam client
  • Select everything in the folder and delete it.
  • Empty your Recycle Bin after this.
  • Restart Steam.

You can also try this method for deleting the Steam browser cache data.

  • Open Steam. Click ‘Steam’ at the top left corner and choose ‘Settings.’
  • On Settings, go to the ‘Web Browser’ section.
  • Click the button ‘Delete Web Browser Data’ and confirm.
  • Restart the Steam client.

17. Reset Your Network Configurations Using the Command Prompt

Incorrect network settings or any other issue with the network settings on your computer can conflict with your router and result in throttled internet speed, unstable internet speed, or no internet connectivity.

Consider resetting your network configurations to refresh your network connection from your PC’s end.

  • Open the Start menu, type.’cmd‘. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to open the command prompt with admin privilege.
  • Enter these commands one by one. Press the enter key after each command:
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset

18. Update Steam

The Steam downloads stopping and starting or the fluctuating download speed may be a glitch of the Steam client. Update Steam to get the latest Steam version that may have bug fixes and improvements.

For some users, only updating the Steam client proved to be the solution for the downloads-stopping issue.

  • Launch Steam.
  • Click ‘Steam’ at the top left corner and select ‘Check for Steam Client Updates.’
Steam client for desktop
  • This may take a few minutes to find and install new updates.
  • Restart your PC.

19. Disable CDPUserSvc from Task Manager

The CDPUserSvc service is a Microsoft Windows native service used for various purposes, mainly related to syncing different apps and services. It is multiple services; some of them may have a random tag after the name CDPUserSvc such as CDPUserSvc_ 3e1f2 or anything else.

Mostly it’s a genuine Microsoft service, but viruses can also mask them to look like it. Moreover, some users found that the genuine CDPUserSvc was responsible for irregular Steam download speed. So, disable it, restart your computer, and try Steam downloads.

We’ll start with the temporary disabling method. It will disable the service for one session only. It will restart on the next startup.

  • Right-click on the Windows logo and select ‘Task Manager.’
  • When it opens, navigate to the ‘Services’ tab.
  • Right-click ‘CDPUserSvc’ and select ‘Stop’. Perform the same action for all the services that start with CDPUserSvc
Process opened on Task Manager
  • Restart Steam and start a download.

If this doesn’t fix the issue, no action is required, as the services will be turned on when you restart the computer.

But if downloads become stable, either perform the above actions on every startup or use the below method to turn the service off permanently.

  • Open the Start menu, type.’registry editor‘, and launch the app.
  • When it opens, copy-paste this location in the space under the menu bar:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CDPUserSvc
  • Double-click ‘Start’. It’ll open a small window. It will have the ‘Value data’ 4. Change it to 2. Click OK.
CDPUserSvc Start registry settings on Registry Editor
  • Restart your computer.
  • Open Task Manager and go to the Services tab to confirm that the service is not running.

20. Reinstall Steam

The final solution for Steam download problems is to uninstall Steam and install it again. If there are any incorrect settings, registries, corrupted data, or anything else causing the issue, it will be fixed with a reinstall.

But uninstalling Steam immediately would also delete your downloaded games, saved game progress, and other data. So, before uninstalling the Steam client, go to the location of Steam (usually, it is This PC > Program Files (x86) > Steam) and copy-paste the following folders to another location:

  • Steamapps
  • Userdata
  • Skins
  • Ssfn files (they may be multiple)

After copying, perform the below steps:

  • Click the Start menu, type.’add or remove program‘, and open the app.
  • Find Steam and uninstall it.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Open your web browser and search on Google ‘Steam client download’.
  • Download Steam from its official website and install it.
  • After installation, copy-paste the folders we saved to the installation folder of Steam.
  • Restart your computer and try to download a game on Steam.

Conclusion

No one can pinpoint the real cause of the Steam downloads stopping and starting frequently or unstable download speed issues, but the above solutions can fix the problem in most cases.

FAQs

Why Are My Steam Games Not Downloading?

If your Steam games are not downloading, the reason could be:
– Your selected Steam server region may be down or slow
– Antivirus or firewall is blocking Steam downloads
– The time and time zone on your computer aren’t synced
– Steam client glitch
– Other apps may be using up the internet bandwidth

How Do I Fix Steam Download Stop And Start?

Steam download stop and start issues can be fixed with these methods:
– Update the Steam client, network drivers, and your Windows
– Change the Steam region from Steam settings
– Clear the Steam download cache
– Run Steam as an administrator
– Sync time and time zone
– Enable .NET Framework on Windows

Why Is My Steam Game Update Stuck?

– The Steam region server may be overloaded or temporarily down
– Steam client or your network drivers are out of date
– Internet connectivity issues
– The steam client doesn’t have administrator privileges to install the update.
– The steam download cache is corrupted

How Do I Fix Steam Auto-Pause?

– Don’t play any game while downloading a game through Steam
– Close other apps using the internet
– Change the Steam server region
– Clear Steam download cache
– Update Windows and the Steam client