How to Verify Integrity of Game Files on PC and Steam

Ever launched your favorite game, only to be greeted by crashes, missing textures, or other bizarre glitches? It’s frustrating, especially when you just want to unwind and dive into a virtual world. Before throwing your controller at the wall, there’s a simple fix you can try: verifying your game files.

Verify Game Files

Imagine each game as a meticulously built house of cards. Every file, from textures to code, is a delicate card carefully placed for stability. Over time, these cards can get scuffed, misplaced, or even torn – just like corrupted or missing game files.

Verifying your files is like giving the house a thorough inspection, identifying any damaged cards, and replacing them with fresh ones from the deck (Steam servers, in this case).

File corruption can occur due to various reasons, including:

  • Incomplete downloads: Interruptions during downloading can leave crucial files missing.
  • Hard drive errors: Bad sectors on your storage drive can damage stored data.
  • Software conflicts: Other programs might interfere with game files.
  • Mod installation/removal: Modifying game files can lead to unintended consequences.

Verifying your files helps address these issues by ensuring all the necessary components are present and in good condition. This can often resolve a surprising number of problems, like:

  • Crashes and freezes: Corrupted files can disrupt the game’s execution, leading to sudden crashes.
  • Missing textures or audio: Damaged files can cause essential game elements to be unavailable.
  • Performance issues: Incomplete or corrupted files can hinder the game’s smooth running.
  • Game bugs and glitches: Unexpected behavior can often be traced back to faulty files.

How to Verify Game Files on Steam (PC):

Verifying files on Steam is a breeze, and here’s how you do it:

  1. Launch Steam and navigate to your Library.
  2. Right-click the game you’re having trouble with and select “Properties.”Right-clicking a game in Steam library and selecting Properties
How to Verify Game Files on PC and Steam
  1. Click on the “Local Files” tab.
  2. Click the “Verify integrity of game files…” button. Clicking Verify integrity of game files… button in Steam
verify integrity of game files
  1. Steam will compare your files to the original versions and download any missing or corrupted ones. Steam verifying game files progress bar
  2. Once complete, Steam will notify you of any replaced files or errors encountered.
  3. Restart Steam and try launching the game again.

Note: File verification can take a few minutes to several hours, depending on the game size and your internet speed. Be patient and let the process finish without interruption.