How To Fix Steam Error Code 54?

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Here we are going to talk about the Steam error code 54 which occurs when you try to launch a game, The error says, “Failed to Launch (error code 54)”.

There is no explanation given by Steam for this error, but as per our research error code 54 with Steam is a temporary error coming because of corrupt cache data or files.

Below have shared a few workarounds to help you resolve this error.

Fixes For Steam Error Code 54

Fix 1: Exiting Steam And Rebooting Your Device

The majority of the users who complained about this error have shared that previously they could play the game without any problem but suddenly this error started to appear. This can happen if your device or Steam has accumulated corrupt cache data, so we will advise you to start troubleshooting this error by simply quitting Steam and then rebooting your device.

  • Log out from your Steam account.
  • Then Quit Steam.
  • Then Shut down your PC.
  • Make sure your PC/laptop is not connected to the power.
  • Then Wait for around 5 minutes.
  • Then Restart your PC/laptop.
  • Then Relaunch Steam.
  • Then log into your account.
  • Then Relaunch the game which was previously showing the error.
  • Then check if the error still appears.

Fix 2: Verify The Integrity Of The Game File

If the error persists after rebooting your device then try verifying the integrity of the game file.

  • Quit Steam
  • Then, Restart your PC/laptop.
  • Then Relaunch Steam.
  • Then go to the Game Library.
  • Then go to the Game which is showing the error.
  • Then Right-click on the Game.
  • Then choose Properties.
  • Then choose the Installed Files Tab.
  • Then choose Verify integrity of game files.
  • Now Wait till Steam verifies the game files.
  • Once the game file verification process finishes, Relaunch the game and check if the error still continues.

Fix 3: Exclude Steam Directory In Your Firewall/Antivirus Program

If you still get the error then try disabling your device’s Firewall and Antivirus program temporarily, and then restart your device. Then check if the error still continues, if this fixes the error then you need to enable your Firewall/Antivirus program and then exclude the entire Steam directory in your Firewall/Antivirus to stop your security program from conflicting with the Steam.

Here are the exact steps you need to follow.

  • Disable your device’s Firewall and Antivirus program.
  • Then Quit Steam.
  • Then Restart your device.
  • Then Relaunch Steam.
  • Then Relaunch the game.
  • If you don’t get the error then re-enable your Firewall and Antivirus program and exclude the entire Steam directory in your Firewall/Antivirus.

Fix 5: Contact Support

If you still get the error then try playing other games from your Steam library, if other games are working and you are only having this error with any specific game then you need to get in touch with the game’s support team to report the issue. But in case you receive the error with all the other Steam games then you should contact the Steam support team.

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