How to Fix Steam Application Load Error

Having trouble trying to fix Steam application load error?

Getting a Steam application load error can be an extremely annoying software problem to deal with. This issue is usually caused by a lot of things, like improper directories, compromised game files, and so on.

We understand the annoyance that you’re probably feeling and would like to assure you that there are a multitude of solutions that you can do to try and fix this problem. In this article, we’ll be going through multiple methods that should alleviate this error and get you back to your games.

Furthermore, we’ll also be providing links to our other guides for specific Steam application load error problems, like the load error 5:0000065434 and the load error 3:0000065432, down below. Here’s how you can fix Steam application load error.

Let’s dive right in!


1. Verify Your Game’s Cache Files.

By verifying your game’s cache files, Steam will deliberately check your local game files and compare these with the authentic versions stored in their servers. If you’re missing any files or have some which are compromised, these will automatically be replaced and redownloaded by Steam.

This is a great way to check whether or not your game has missing or corrupted files. The alternative would have to be reinstalling the game, which can take quite a bit of time and bandwidth from your internet.

Here’s how you can verify your game’s cache files:

  1. Start by opening up the Steam app and navigating to the Library tab at the top portion of your window.
  2. From there, look for the game that you’re having a problem with and right-click the program. Move your mouse down and select Properties.
  3. Now, go to the Local Files tab and click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.

Steam will proceed to compare and crossreference your files with their online copies. The process is automatic from here and Steam will download and replace any corrupted or missing game files on your computer.


2. Run Steam As An Administrator.

Another simple and easy fix, running Steam in administrator mode is a great way to bypass network and software issues that are hindering your games. Firewalls and antivirus programs can sometimes restrict Steam from performing properly.

This is due to the fact that Steam is a heavily network-reliant program and needs a lot of permissions related to your internet to function properly. These network-reliant features are red flags to your firewall and antivirus, which is why it’s most likely restricting Steam.

By running Steam in administrator mode, the program will be able to bypass these restrictions. Before you proceed, you will need administrative powers to continue with this method.

Here’s how you can run Steam as an administrator:

  1. First, open up the Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. From there, search for ‘Steam’ and right-click the program then select Run as administrator. Alternatively, you can also press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Steam as an administrator.

If that fixed the problem, then you can either add Steam to your antivirus’ whitelist or disable the antivirus when necessary. However, the easier way to do this is to just run Steam as an administrator by default. Refer to our Spotify guide to set this up, as the steps are the same except search for Steam instead of Spotify.


3. Delete Game Files In Your Documents Folder.

A quick fix that you can try, deleting the game files in your Documents folder can often fix this problem if a duplicate of your game exists. It’s pretty common for Steam games to have duplicates in the My Games folder on their computers.

Running your games when you have two duplicates stored around different parts of your computer can cause issues, just like this error. To mitigate this, we’ll be looking for the duplicate files and deleting them.

Here’s how you can delete game files in your Documents folder:

  1. Go ahead and open up the Start menu and search for ‘This PC’.
  2. Open that and from there, click on the Documents folder and look for the My Games folder.

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  1. If you can find the files of the game you’re having a problem with, delete them and restart your computer.

Once you’ve rebooted your laptop or PC, open up the Steam program and run the game that you were having a problem with.


This method will be a bit more technical, however, once you get the necessary directories then everything should be completely simple. We’ll be linking your Steam executable file to the game that’s causing the Steam application load error.

You’ll need to locate the directories of both your Steam folder and the file location of the game that you’re trying to fix. We’ll provide the default location of these folders down below, as well as name them so you can identify these placeholders later on.

[SteamFolder] = C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

[InstallationFolder] = C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common

The [SteamFolder] and [InstallationFolder] are placeholders or names to help guide you through the steps below. Keep in mind that you will need administrative privileges for this method.

Here’s how you can link Steam’s executable to your game:

  1. Start by pressing down the Windows + R keys simultaneously to bring out the Run dialog box.
  2. Now, type in ‘cmd’ and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run the Command Prompt with administrative privileges. On the other hand, you can also right-click the Command Prompt program and click on Run as administrator.

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  1. In the Command Prompt, you can either copy-paste or type out the command provided below. For the [InstallationFolder], use the location where your game is installed. Include the quotation marks in the command.

cd “[InstallationFolder”]

  1. Finally, wait for a few seconds and then paste or type in the next command provided below. For the [SteamFolder], use the location where Steam is installed. Once again, don’t forget that the quotation marks are part of the command.

mklink “steam.exe” “[SteamFolder]\steam.exe”

Exit the Command Prompt once you’re done and restart your computer for good measure. After that, open up the Steam app on your computer and run the problematic game to see if you’re still encountering any errors.


5. Reinstall Steam.

If you’ve exhausted all the methods above, you can always try to reinstall Steam. Although this process is generally much more complicated than reinstalling your normal programs, we’ve published a thorough guide to help you through this.

Reinstalling Steam on your computer means having to backup and restore your games to avoid deleting and redownloading them. However, if you don’t feel like reinstalling Steam yet, you can always check our other articles related to Steam application load error.

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There are a lot of variations for this problem and we’ve published two articles that tackle load error 3:0000065432 and load error 5:0000065434. Feel free to check those out before reinstalling Steam, as they may have specific methods that you can do to try and fix this problem.

That about wraps up this article. Hopefully we helped you fix Steam application load error on your computer. If you have any questions or concerns, leave us a comment down below.

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