How to Fix Steam Content File Locked Error?

Steam is a video game digital distribution service and this service uses many gamers around the world. Sometimes there are few bugs that really annoying to users. Today we are going to fix Steam Content File Locked Error with few simple solutions. If you are getting this error, you are in the right place to solve this.

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What Does Content File Locked Mean On Steam?

When you are going to update games, you will simply get a content file locked” error in Steam. It’s mean that Steam cannot write files to the hard disk. There are 3 best solutions to fix this error.

How to Fix Steam Content File Locked Error?

Solution 01: Reset Winsock

The easiest solution for this steam content file locked error is resetting the Winsock. It’s very simple and you can solve the problem within a few seconds.

  • First, press the “Windows key + R” to open the Run program.
  • Then type “netsh winsock reset” on the dialogue bar and hit Enter
  • Once you have done this, restart your computer.
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Solution 02: Change Steam Installation and Game Files Location

This error comes that Steam cannot write files to the hard disk, as we mentioned above. So simply you can change the file direction of steam installation and game file location.

Go to Stream Client and click on the Settings. Now select Downloads and click on the “Steam Library Folders“.

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Then click on the Add Library folder and set up the new location for Steam.

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Now close the Steam and navigate to the current Steam directory (C:\Program Files\Steam). Delete all the files that in the folder except UserData, SteamApp, exe.  

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Now copy and paste the files that you didn’t delete to the new directory. Then open the Steam and log in again.

Note: If you get an error while moving folders to a new directory, follow these steps.

  • Close the steam.
  • Navigate to where you have relocated the steam.
  • From that directory, move the SteamApps folder to your desktop.
  • Uninstall Steam.
  • Reinstall the steam to your new directory.
  • Move the SteamApps folder in the new steam directory. This will copy all your game content, saved games data, and settings.
  • Now open the Steam and enter your login details.

Solution 03: Disk Scan

Sometimes the problem may be due to the bad sectors of the hard drive. If your hard drive has bad sectors, it will slow down your computer and can’t access some areas of the hard drive. For this reason, maybe the game installation has been corrupted and Steam content file lock error comes up. So you can run a “Disk Check” to identify bad sectors on the hard drive.

First, open the “run” program pressing “Windows + R” Buttons. Then type, CMD on it, and hit enter to open the Command Prompt.

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Now type “chkdsk c: /f” on the CMD and press enter to start the scan.

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steam content file locked

Press “Y” to confirm the disk scan. Then wait for the complete Disk check scan process and see if there are any issues with the hard drive.

Solution 04: Check Virus Guard

Sometimes your antivirus is the problem for this steam update content file locked error. The steam file comes as potential viruses, so the update process will stop with an error when you have installed any antivirus software. You can just disable your antivirus when you are updating games.

If this won’t work for you, just uninstall the antivirus and install a good antivirus like Avast, Bitdefender. Once you have installed a good virus guard the Steam error will be fixed.

Final Word

I hope you learn How to Fix Steam Content File Locked Error. So please make sure to share this article with your friends if you got help. Also, if you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us through contact us page.

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Sajith Herath

Sajith Herath is a Software quality analyst for Mobile and Computer applications. He is the founder of Bigfact-Review. He has written about technology for nearly a decade and He has lots of experience in tech field.