Steam Content File is Locked is one of the common error you receive while playing online games. The error simply implies that Steam cannot write upgrade files to the hard disk drive. There can be some solutions for this error. The very best one is to uninstall Steam and all of the local data > reinstall it. This solution is working for many consumers, but it’s a time-consuming task, and also, it consumes a large number of data.
Fix Steam Content File is Locked
If you are using Windows OS and recently installed new Windows update then chances are you will face this error on your Windows 10 Laptop and Desktops.
Check Antivirus that you are using
In many situations, antivirus might be causing the issue. Below are different ways to disable the antivirus till you can upgrade your game.
McAfee is one of the well known antivirus program and best for Windows operating system. But if you are facing Steam Content File is Locked issue then you have to disable the antivirus completely.
- Open McAfee > select Virus and Spyware Protection. Turn off Real-Time Scanning > turn it off.
Restart your computer > relaunch Steam > Go to library section > right click on the game > properties > local files > Verify game files > Steam will verify that game in a few minutes.
- Another issue that may cause Steam Content File is a Locked issue is the Winsock catalog. We can execute the command to reset it.
- Open Run and type netsh winsock reset. Execute the command and restart your computer.
Relocate Steam Installation and Game Files
- Navigate to your Steam client > click settings > Select Downloads > Steam Library Folders.
- Click on ‘Add Library Folder’ > select a new path.
- Exit the Steam client and then go to a current Steam directory (default is: C: \Program Files \Steam).
- Delete all the files except SteamApps and UserData > Launch Steam and re-login. The issue will be solved.
If you are still facing the problem, then the last option is to uninstall Stream > Reboot computer > Install it again.