Fix Error Steam Stuck on Allocating Disk Space on Windows 11 , 10

Many Steam users have been affected by the error message Allocating Disk Space that stays for long and in turn reduces the users gaming experience. Generally, this is a normal message that is displayed to the user while installing any game using the Steam client. But what happens is that the Steam client gets stuck on this message window and doesn’t proceed further.


ADVERTISEMENT

Possible causes for this error are listed below:

  • Steam’s Cache is blocking the game installation
  • Steam’s game download server issues
  • Firewall blocking Steam from installing any game

In this article, you will find some troubleshooting methods to help you fix this issue in Steam.

 

Method 1 – Empty Steam’s Download Cache

 

1. Launch Steam from the desktop shortcut or use Windows search.

Note: These steps can be performed when the installation is already stuck on the error message.

2. Click on the Steam menu at the top.

3. Select the option Settings.

 

Steam Select Settings Menu Min

 

4. In the Settings window, choose the Downloads tab on the left side.

5. In the right pane, scroll down and click on the Clear Download Cache button. Click on OK.

 

Steam Downloads Clear Download Cache Min

 

6. In the confirmation window, click on OK to continue with the process of clearing the local download cache.

 

Steam Clear Download Cache Confirmation Min

 

7. Relaunch the Steam client and check if you are able to complete the download or installation without any issues.

 

Method 2 – Force Close Steam Processes and Run as an Administrator

 

1. Open Task Manager using the Shift + Ctrl + Esc keys simultaneously.

2. Go to the Details tab. Sort the processes in alphabetical order by clicking on the Name column.

3. Look for Steam processes in the list.

4. Select the process and click on the End Task button. Repeat this for all the Steam processes that are running.

 

Task Manager End Steam Processes Min

 

5. Open Run (Windows + R). Type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam to open Steam’s installation directory.

 

Run Steam Location Min


ADVERTISEMENT

 

6. Right-click on the application file steam.exe and choose Properties.

 

Steam Properties Min

 

7. Go to the Compatibility Tab.

8. Check the box associated with Run this program as an administrator in the Settings group located at the bottom.

9. Click on Apply and then OK to save the changes in settings.

 

Steam Properties Run As Admin Min

 

10. Close and open Steam again. Now you must be able to finish the installation without getting stuck.

 

Method 3 – Modify Steam’s Download Server

 

1. Open Steam application using its shortcut.

Note: These steps can be performed when the installation is already stuck on the error message.

2. Select the Steam menu and click on the Settings option.

 

Steam Select Settings Menu Min

 

3. Go to Downloads on the left side.

4. In the right pane, use the dropdown associated with Download Region and change the server to a location nearby.

5. Click on OK. Exit Steam.

 

Steam Download Change Download Region Min

 

6. Relaunch Steam again and check whether the error still exists.

 

Method 4 – Refresh Steam Installation

 

1. Perform Steps 1 – 4  from Method 2 above to end all Steam processes.

2. Open the File Explorer (Windows + E) and navigate to the Steam installation directory. By default, the location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam.

3. Select all the files and folders in the Steam directory except the following:

steamapps

steam.exe

4. Press Shift + Delete to remove all the selected files from your system.

 

Steam Folder Delete Files Min

 

5. Once the deletion process completes, double-click on the steam.exe file. It will start downloading the Steam files again from the internet.

 

Open Steam Using Executable Min

 

6. After Steam opens, check if Steam is still stuck on the error message mentioned above while installing a game.

 

Method 5 – Turn Off Windows Firewall

 

1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog.

2. Type control firewall.cpl to open Windows Defender Firewall in the Control Panel.

 

Run Firewall Min

 

3. On the left side select  Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off. Click on Yes if prompted by UAC.

 

Windows Firewall Select Turn Firewall On Or Off Min


ADVERTISEMENT


 

4. In Customize Settings window, select the option Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended) for both Private and Public network settings.

5. Click on OK. Now check if the game installation in Steam completes without getting stuck.

 

Firewall Turn Off Private Public Min

 

6. If you are able to complete the installation, select the option Turn on Windows Defender Firewall in Windows Defender Firewall Private and Public network settings.

 

Firewall Turn On Private Public Min

 

Method 6 – Mislead Steam to Think the Game is Installed

 

1. Use Steps 1 -4 in Method 2 above to end all the Steam processes running on your system.

2. Open Run and type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam to open the Steam installation directory.

 

Run Steam Location Min

 

3. Go to the folder named steamapps and then open the folder named downloading within it.

4. Open this link using your browser.

5. In the search box at the top, enter the name of the game which is giving the issue.

6. Find your game in the list and take note of the AppID for the game.

 

Steam Online Check Appid Min

 

7. In the downloading folder opened in step 3, look for the folder with the AppID of the game.

 

Steam Downlading Folder Min

 

8. Select the folder and press Fn + F2 to rename this folder. Type something else like old near the number(folder name).

 

Steam Downlading Folder Rename Game Appid Folder Min

 

9. Open the above folder. Select all files using Ctrl + A and then copy them using Ctrl + C.

 

Steam Downlading Folder Game Appid Folder Select All Copy Files Min

 

10. Now go back to the Steam installation folder. Select steampps –> common.

11. Inside the common folder, right-click in the empty space and select New –> Folder.

 

Steamapps Common New Folder Min

 

12. Give the new folder name of the game you are trying to install. Open this newly named folder and press Ctrl + V to paste the files copied in Step 9.

13. Go back to the steamapps directory. Right-click on the empty space and select New –> Text Document.

 

Steamapps Folder New Text Document Min

 

14. Give a name to the document as “appmanifest_AppID” where AppID is the actual AppID of the game.

 

Steamapps Appmanifest Appid Text Document Min


ADVERTISEMENT

 

15. Open this text document and enter the code below. Follow the same formatting given.

"AppState"

{

"AppID"  "AppID"

"Universe" "1"

"installdir" "AppDir"

"StateFlags" "1026"

}

16. In the above lines, change AppID placeholder to games AppID and change AppDir with the folder name of the game inside steamapps –> common.

 

Appmanifes File Content Min

 

17. Open the File menu and select Save As in the list of options.

 

Appmanifes File Save As Menu Min

 

18. Change the Save as type to All Files. Enter the filename with .acf after the actual AppID before clicking on Save.

 

Appmanifes File Save As Acf File Min

 

Make sure to confirm when prompted to replace the file that already exists in the folder.

 

Confirm Save As Min

 

19. Open the Steam application. Click on the Library tab.

20. Here you will see the game which is having the issue. Right-click on it and choose Properties.

 

Steam Library Game Properties Min

 

21. Go to Local Files and click on the Verify Integrity of Game Files button.

 

Game Properties Local Files Verigy Integrity Of Game Files Min

 

22. Now wait until this verification completes. It will complete the installation from where it had stopped previously.

 

Game Files Validation Complete Min

 

 

Thanks for reading.

We hope this issue of game installation getting stuck in Steam must have been fixed after trying the methods in this article. Comment and let us know the fix that worked for you.

ADVERTISEMENT