Steam Download Game File Manifest Missing

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Steam is generally pretty stable, but every now and then you’ll run into a problem. This guide gives solutions to common problems you’ll encounter in Steam, from games crashing or not working properly to Steam failing to launch.

Install the game to the same place where the game files are. Steam will scan the folder discover the files and only downloads the files that are missing. Posts asking for advice on which games to buy, how to smartly spend your money on Steam, finding a game you forgot the name of, etc. Are not allowed. Use the Monthly Game Suggestions Thread. /r/tipofmyjoystick is a great subreddit you can post in if you've forgotten the name of a game. Asking For Friends.

If none of these solutions helps, try Googling the problem – you may have run into a game-specific problem with a game-specific solution or just a more obscure Steam bug.

Validate Game Caches

If a game fails to load, crashes as soon as it loads, or crashes when you reach a specific level, your game’s files may be corrupted. Corrupted files can also cause a multitude of other odd game bugs. To fix corrupted game files, you can have Steam validate the game’s cache on your system. Steam will examine the game’s files and – if any problems are detected – will re-download the corrupted files from Steam’s servers.

To validate a game’s cache, right-click the game in your Steam library and select Properties. In the properties window, click the Local Files tab and click the Verify Integrity of Game Cache button.

Delete ClientRegistry.blob

If Steam itself is failing to launch or you still experience odd issues with games not working properly, you might want to try deleting your ClientRegistry.blob file. After deleting this file, you’ll have to log back into Steam and other local settings will also be lost – for example, you’ll have to re-categorize your games. You’ll find this file in your Steam directory – C:Program Files (x86)Steam by default. Be sure to close Steam completely (click the Steam menu at the top of the Steam window and select Exit) before deleting this file.

Change Download Server

Steam periodically detects the closest download server to you. However, these download servers can become overloaded – if games are downloading slowly, you may want to change your download server. You can view each download server’s load on the Steam Content Server Status page. Be sure to choose one reasonably nearby.

To change your download server, click the Steam menu and select Settings. From the Settings window, click the Downloads + Cloud tab and select a different server from the Download region box.

You’ll have to restart Steam after changing this setting.

Set CPU Affinity

Some older games don’t play nice with multiple CPU cores on modern computers. Common symptoms include glitchy, jumpy animations and the animations playing too fast – the game’s animations may even be out of sync with the audio. You can tell Windows to run on the game on only one CPU core to solve this problem – this is referred to as setting the game’s CPU affinity.

The easiest way to do this is by launching a game, alt-tabbing out, opening the task manager, right-clicking the game’s process on the Processes tab and using the Set Affinity option. However, this may not always solve the problem – if the problem has already started occurring, the gameplay may be glitchy until you relaunch the game.

One trick you can use is setting Steam.exe’s CPU affinity instead – when you launch the game through Steam, it will inherit Steam’s CPU affinity and launch with the correct CPU affinity. Right-click your taskbar and select Start Task Manager to open the task manager.

Be sure to change Steam’s CPU affinity back to the default – using all cores – before launching a demanding, modern game. Windows doesn’t “save” CPU affinity between sessions – when you close Steam and reopen it, it will use its default CPU affinity settings.

Disable Steam Overlay

Some old games may also have graphical issues with Steam’s in-game overlay – the screen that appears when you press Shift+Tab while in a game. You can disable the overlay for an individual game by right-clicking the game in your Steam library, selecting Properties, and unchecking the Enable Steam Community In-Game check box.

Disable Compatibility Mode

Windows automatically assigns compatibility mode settings to certain programs – including Steam – when they crash. If Steam detects it’s running in compatibility mode, you’ll see a message like this one:

If you right-click the Steam shortcut and select Properties, you won’t see any compatibility settings being applied:

Windows has hidden the compatibility mode setting it applied – you can only remove it from the registry. First, launch the registry editor by clicking Start, typing Regedit into the Start menu, and pressing Enter. Browse to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers key in the registry editor and delete any values associated with Steam.

Steam should now launch without any compatibility mode errors.

Do you have other troubleshooting tips to share? Leave a comment and let us know about them.

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commented Aug 22, 2018

Issue transferred from ValveSoftware/Proton#130.
@MartinPL posted on 2018-08-22T17:33:25:

So problem is that Steam after start keep downloading empy updates, i thinks it some save stuff.
https://i.imgur.com/im16Jsn.png

assigned triage-valveAug 22, 2018

referenced this issue Aug 22, 2018

Closed

0 bytes updates #130

commented Aug 22, 2018

I got 21 of these a couple of hours ago when I turned on Steam.

commented Aug 23, 2018
edited

For me some updates were not 0-bytes (but still looks like a savegame sync, and not a game update)

The issue is that it continues to retry those 0-bytes updates every time Steam launches

commented Aug 23, 2018

You will get this in all Steam starts

commented Aug 23, 2018

Surprisingly, not all windows-only games are affected by this issue.
By checking cache of each affected game steam client marks them as normal ones, but if I restart Steam client all those games return to previous state and require checking game cache again.

Steam library folder is on ext4 filesystem. This behaviour happens only with windows-only games.

referenced this issue Aug 23, 2018

Closed

All Windows games require 0 byte update every time the Steam client is launched #316

commented Aug 23, 2018

I'm having the same issue:

The 'update' completes almost instantly for every game. Every time the Steam client is restarted, the Windows games must download this 'update' again. The Steam library folder is on a secondary ext4 hard drive on which I have full read/write permissions. I'm on Ubuntu 18.04.

All native games and most Windows games I've tried so far run successfully, but the Windows games require this instant, 0 byte 'update' to be installed before launching. Also, the Windows games run their first time setup every time they are launched, but I'm not sure if it's related. Native games don't have this problem.

commented Aug 23, 2018

Same issue.

commented Aug 24, 2018

Subscribing.

referenced this issue Aug 25, 2018

Closed

Steam constantly shows updates being available for Proton titles #575

commented Aug 25, 2018
edited

Same here. But I copied the games and the appmanifest files over from my Windows install to my Linux library (ext4). Maybe that's the problem? Maybe there's something in the manifest file that causes this?

Sometimes a few MB are downloaded, sometimes nothing, it seems. I'm also on Ubuntu 18.04. Steam initially installed from package manager.

commented Aug 25, 2018

I see the same issue with all natively (through steamplay) downloaded games.

referenced this issue Aug 26, 2018

Open

'Forts' works but fails internal integrity check (410900) #637

How To Open Manifest File

commented Aug 26, 2018

This is a bigger issue than just 0 byte updates. I'm on Ubuntu 18.04 as well, when I launch it re-downloads ~13GB of Darksiders II, ~33GB of Dishonoured 2 and I uninstalled everything else for now to stop it downloading them.

Steam Download Game File Manifest Missing Windows 7

commented Aug 26, 2018

Is it related to case-sensitivity of ext4 somehow?

commented Aug 27, 2018
edited

Luckily all mine are 0 bytes, although DOOM occasionally tries to download about 280mb, @axredneck my games are on my NTFS drive and I have the same issue

referenced this issue Aug 29, 2018

Open

Games always update upon each Steam launch under Proton #723

commented Aug 29, 2018

My windows games are all in a steam library shared with my windows steam client and thus it's on a NTFS partition on another hard drive, so it's most likely not ext4 related. Also sometimes it actually downloads something for me, too. Like The Witcher 3 gets a 130MB download pretty often. And some don't need such an update ever, like Beat Saber or Superhot VR

commented Sep 3, 2018

@Zamundaaa I think that's just games which have updated, I have it occasionally for my newer games

commented Sep 3, 2018
edited

This is also happening to me. However, for some games the update size is 354.3 MB (Bejeweled 3, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, Slab) while for others it's 0 bytes (Spelunky, Sorcery! Parts 1 & 2). This is not happening with native games.

The machine is running Linux Mint Cinnamon 18. With the exception of Slab, I moved these over from my other Linux machine (Linux Mint Mate 18) by using the backup and restore backup functionality of Steam. Both machines are in the Steam Beta. With the exception of Slab, all these games are on a 4TB hard drive (full-disk encrypted EXT4) that's separate from my OS installation which resides on an SSD.

commented Sep 3, 2018
edited

354.3 MB

It's Proton itself

referenced this issue Sep 6, 2018

Closed

SteamPlay titles keep receiving 0 byte updates #1274

commented Sep 7, 2018

Happened that connecting my windows steam library (NTFS file system). Some games got deleted, or with 300MB circa of data remaining. I had to re-download all missing games.

referenced this issue Sep 8, 2018

Closed

'Update required' for every Proton game every time Steam is opened. #1335

commented Sep 10, 2018

On my system I'm seeing this for several titles. All games are installed to a library in a separate mount (/data/steam) which is a BTRFS file system. Verifying the local files and starting each game caused a couple to drop out of the list (as they should have been), but several persist on each restart of Steam no matter what.

commented Sep 14, 2018

Same problem here. Affected only steam play (proton) games.

commented Sep 14, 2018

@MrCapone please avoid the spam of 'me too' messages. If you are also affected, give this issue a 'thumbs up'. Thank you for understanding.

commented Sep 15, 2018

Occurs with Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity. I don't use Steam Cloud.

Ubuntu 18.04.1.

commented Dec 22, 2018

@dhollinger
My system is Linux Mint 19 (Based on Ubuntu 18.04). I use default steam path (~/.local/share/Steam/). And my /home directory on ext4 partition.

commented Jan 16, 2019

Per 'Fixed 0-byte downloads getting queued on startup for all Steam Play titles' in the 2019-01-16 Steam client beta update, please opt into the beta and retest this issue.

commented Jan 16, 2019

Fixed for me.

commented Jan 16, 2019

Fixed! (Arch + Btrfs)

commented Jan 16, 2019

after another 'download' of all installed games it is gone here too.
thanks a lot!

commented Jan 16, 2019

I had to let them all update once but on restart none rescheduled anymore. Thanks. It was very annoying

commented Jan 16, 2019

Yup, needed one more update to each Steam Play title and now it's solved. 👍

commented Jan 16, 2019

Like a few stated, after restarting, updates still showed but after'updating,' the showed no updates available even after quitting Steam.We'll see if games update property now.
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commented Jan 16, 2019

Seems to be fixed. Thank you!

commented Jan 16, 2019

Thanks for retesting, closing.

commented Jan 17, 2019

I'm already into beta (3.16-6). Should I do something to force redownload? Nothing changed for me, both regarding a client update or the zero sized updates.

commented Jan 17, 2019

Wondrous!

commented Jan 17, 2019

Hello @oblitum, downloads are managed by the Steam client, not Proton. You'll want to give https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7021-EIAH-8669 a read if you need help switching to the beta client.

commented Jan 17, 2019
edited

@kisak-valve I'm using the beta client (necessary for proton 3.16-6 Beta), but I didn't get a recent client update (if I recall correctly), and the system is behaving basically like before, often full of zero sized updates. I asked because whether there's any means to force the beta client to update. I could have got the update already and don't know (and it's not fixing), or it still needs to be applied but for some reason I didn't receive it.

commented Jan 17, 2019

Update just arrived, thank god this is finally fixed o/ Move this fix out of beta soon! No one deserve this, it was painful.

This comment was marked as off-topic.

commented Jan 17, 2019
edited

By the way, just for anyone info, my games are on a NTFS partition, it has never been an issue (just needs to mount it with my user as owner).

commented Jan 17, 2019

Per 'Fixed 0-byte downloads getting queued on startup for all Steam Play titles' in the [2019-01-16]

Thank you Baby Jesus. Clicking through all that crap became a psychological test/game in itself.

commented Jan 17, 2019

With the re-release of the patch, I have noticed there's always 1 game which still presents a 0 byte download.

commented Jan 18, 2019

I have now a few games that are always in planned update state and cannot be brought to actually update.

commented Jan 19, 2019

I have now a few games that are always in planned update state and cannot be brought to actually update.

If the games are small enough have you tried reinstalling them?

commented Jan 19, 2019
edited

The issue seems to have reappeared with today's update...? (that's the version built on Jan 19th 2019 at 2:01:59)

commented Jan 19, 2019

@evilynux it happened just once after the update for me, for all games.

commented Jan 19, 2019
edited

Ah, trying to play one of the affected games forces a redownload. This may actually fix the issue. To be continued... the download will take some time (7.4 GB). I'll update the status here once it's over.

commented Jan 19, 2019

be careful! with todays update default settings changed and many games are forced to re-download.
'To reduce the amount of lost data, when you start the client after the update, go straight to the Steam settings > Steam Play and enable Proton for all titles and restart the client. The faster you can do that, the less data steam is able to delete.' via https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/ahi5i8/steam_client_beta_update_january_18th/eeet4t4
thx NoXPhasma!

commented Jan 19, 2019

& #6035

commented Jan 19, 2019

The discussion here has derailed from the original topic and is most likely a side effect of 'Fixed an issue with invalid Steam Play tool selections if user had previously opted in to enable Steam Play for all titles. (Note: this will cause a one-time reset of all Steam Play global and per-app selections to the default state).' in the 2019-01-18 Steam client beta update and #5901.

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