Thursday, April 30, 2009

Steam is temporarily unavailable, please try later

So I forget that I already have Steam on my hdd from a previous windows installation, and I download the new version and try to install it on top. The installation fails, and I keep getting the lovely "Steam is temporarily unavailable, please try later" message which wouldn't go away whatever I did.

After searching around I found that I had to delete two files:
  • ClientRegistry.blob located in C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam
  • platform.gcf Located in C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steamapps\
That didn't do the trick though, so I deleted two Steam exe files as well. I can't recall their exact names but they probably were SteamNew.exe and SteamTmp.exe (the Steam installer must have renamed one of them and created a new one, is my guess).

Deleting these three files allowed me to run a quick installation on top of my previous install, which sorted everything out!


  1. this was very helpful. all the other sites had me running all around my C: drive. thanks much

  2. okay but do you know the exact names of these file because with me steam wont even update its platfork it tries three times and then gives an error sayin steam is temporary unavailiabl, please try later

  3. I apologise, I don't...just look for any similarly named files in your steam folder.

  4. this shouldnt be happening steam is so unrealiable it's ridiculous

  5. apparently according to your thread it's a corrupt file i need to find those files