How to Uninstall Steam on Windows PC Without Losing Your Data

How to uninstall Steam

If you are having issues with Steam on your computer, you may have considered deleting it. However, uninstalling Steam will not only delete the app itself but all the games, downloadable contents, and saved files.

You can uninstall Steam the way you remove other games and applications on your device. But if you don’t want to lose all of that content, you should have a backup or copy of the game’s content because it will be removed during the uninstallation process.

In this post, we will show you how to uninstall Steam on your computer but most especially, we will show you how to do it without losing your important data and files.

What is Steam?

Steam is a launcher used to run other smaller programs like games. Like many applications and programs on your computer, Steam can be uninstalled from Settings. When you uninstall Steam, all the games, saved data and downloadable content will be removed from your computer.

Uninstalling Steam can be a great and efficient way to free up space on your PC. Perhaps, if it has been long since you uninstalled games on your computer, you may be having a serious thought about uninstalling Steam and reinstalling it as a fresh software program.

Besides, uninstalling and reinstalling Steam can help remove corrupted files. If your Steam isn’t working correctly or showing you some error signs, you may want to remove it from your PC. If you don’t want to lose your important game files, you need to have a copy of them.

How To Back up Your Steam Files

Here are the steps to back up your Steam files and contents:

  • Step 1: Open Steam
  • Step 2: Click the tab at the top-left section of the Steam’s interface.
  • Step 3: Select the Backup and Restore Games option from the options provided in the drop-down menu.
  • Step 4: Select the first option, which is Backup.
  • Step 5: Steam will show you a list of all your games.
  • Step 6: Tick the checkbox next to each game and application you want to back up. Steam will allow you to manually choose the games you wish to have a backup for and the destination for storage. (Though Steam still allows you to break it down into smaller sizes to fit into CDs and DVDs).
  • Step 7: Choose a destination, preferably an external hard drive to save them.

After the backup, close the Steam application and uninstall it.

How To Uninstall Steam on PC (Method 1)

Here’s how to uninstall Steam games on your PC:

  • Step 1: Right-click the Windows icon on the taskbar.
  • Step 2: Select the Apps and Features from the menu.
  • Step 3: When you are in the Apps & features area, find the Steam option and click on the Uninstall button.
  • Step 4: You will see this info: “this app and its related info will be uninstalled”.
  • Step 5: After reading the message, confirm by clicking the Uninstall button again.
  • Step 6: Follow the on-screen prompts to remove steam.

How To Uninstall Steam Through The Control Panel (Method 2)

Another way to uninstall Steam is through the control panel. Follow the steps below to do that:

  • Step 1: Click the Windows search icon on your taskbar.
  • Step 2: Type ‘Steam‘ in the search bar.
  • Step 3: Right-click Steam.
  • Step 4: Select the Uninstall option.
  • Step 5: Now you will see a window called Programs and Features.
  • Step 6: Find Steam on this window. When you see it, press the right-click button and select the Uninstall option.
  • Step 7: Follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall Steam.

With these steps, you should be able to remove Steam and its games on your Windows PC. When you reinstall Steam, you can restore the backup by going to the “Backup and Restore Games” menu, and then selecting the second checkbox item, which is “Restore.”


With this guide, you will not face any challenges removing Steam from your computer. However, just before you remove the Steam files, don’t forget to have a backup.

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