Some users are not able to play Elden Ring because it keeps asking users to restart Steam. Whenever they open Elden Ring, a popup message is displayed on their screen saying “Steam – Restart required.” If you see this error message after launching Elden Ring, the solutions provided in this post will help you get rid of this problem.
The complete error message is as follows:
Steam must now be restarted in order to receive the latest update. You won’t be able to continue using Steam until it has restarted.
Steam Restart required says Elden Ring
The following solutions will help you fix the “Steam – Restart required” error message in Elden Ring.
- Close Steam completely and restart it
- Check for Steam updates
- Verify the integrity of game files
- Join Steam Beta
Below, we have explained all these fixes in detail.
1] Close Steam completely and restart it
The error message says, you should restart the Steam Client to fix the issue. Some users tried restarting the Steam Client to no avail. It is possible that they did not follow the right procedure. To restart the Steam Client, you have to close it completely. The following steps will help you with that:
- Close the Steam Client by clicking on the cross on the top right side.
- Click on your System Tray and right-click on the Steam icon and select Exit.
- Open the Task Manager and select the Processes tab. After Windows 11 2022 Update, all the tabs are shifted to the left side in the Task Manager.
- Look for the Steam Client. Once you find it, right-click on it and select End Task.
Now, launch Elden Ring and see if the error persists.
2] Check for Steam updates
It is recommended to keep all your apps and software up to date. Errors can occur on outdated software versions. The same thing applies to the Steam Client. The Steam Client checks for updates every time you launch it. But still Elden Ring is displaying this error message every time users launch it. Hence, we suggest you check for Steam updates manually.
Go through the following instructions to check for Steam Client updates:
- Open the Steam Client application.
- Click Steam on the top left side.
- Now, click Check for Steam Client Updates.
If you are using the latest version of the Steam Client, you will see the “Your Steam Client is already up to date” message. Updating the Steam Client has fixed the issues for many users. After updating Steam, restart it.
3] Verify the integrity of game files
Verifying the integrity of the game files helps resolve the problems occurring in a game. Issues in games can occur due to several causes, like game file corruption, corrupted or bad game cache files, etc. It is possible that the Elden Ring game files or cache are corrupted due to which it is showing you the Steam – Restart required error. Verify its game files by following the steps written below:
- Open Steam.
- Go to Library and right-click on the Elden Ring game.
- Select Properties.
- Select LOCAL FILES.
- Now, click on the Verify integrity of game files button.
4] Join Steam Beta
Join the Steam Beta program if none of the above fixes resolved your issue. Joining Steam Beta has fixed the issue for many users. Therefore, it should also work for you. The steps to joining Steam Beta are as follows:
- Open the Steam Client.
- Go to “Steam > Settings.”
- Select the Account category from the left side.
- Under the Beta participation section, click on the Change button.
- Under the drop-down, select Steam Beta Update.
- Click OK.
After that, you will receive a popup message to restart the Steam Client. click Restart Steam. Now, Steam will download the latest update available for the Beta version. After getting updated to the latest Beta build, your issue should get fixed.
You can opt-out of the Steam Beta program at any time. To do so, repeat the first four steps written above and select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs and click OK.
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Can’t launch Elden Ring on Steam must be restarted
If you see the Steam must be restarted error message on launching Elden Ring, check for Steam updates. If this does not help, verify the integrity of game files for Elden Ring game. This article provides some effective solutions to fix this issue.
How do I fix my Elden Ring?
Users may experience different issues with Elden Ring, like Elden Ring not launching on Windows PC, Elden Ring connection issues, Elden Ring FPS drop, etc. Different Elden Ring issues require different troubleshooting methods. You can try updating your graphics card driver, running Elden Ring as an administrator, allowing it through your antivirus or firewall, flushing your DNS cache, verifying the integrity of the game files, etc.
I hope this helps.
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