A lot of users when trying to communicate with the Steam server, maybe while uploading an ArtWork, are seeing the following error message-
An error was encountered while processing your request:
There was a problem processing your request.
This error message is very common in the Steam client app. In this article, we are going to see why you are seeing this error and what you can do if you are seeing There was a problem processing your request in Steam.
What is causing There was a problem processing your request Steam error?
There have been different instances encountered by users in which they saw the error message in question. For the most part, it occurs when users try to change the Profile Pic, Avatar, or upload any Fanart. In this very case, you strictly need to follow the guidelines given on the upload page, especially, the format in which you are supposed to upload.
Also, you need to check the server and make sure that is not down. If it is, then you have to wait for it to get back on track. There are some other reasons that we will talk about in detail hereinafter.
Is the Steam server down?
Before starting the troubleshooting, you should check if the Steam server is down. If it is down, then there is nothing you can do other than wait for the engineers to resolve the server. You can use any of the mentioned down detectors to know the server status. If you conclude that the server is down, wait for some time and hopefully, the issue will be resolved.
Fix There was a problem processing your request Steam error
If There was a problem processing your request in Steam, then check out the following solutions to resolve the issue.
- Restart Steam and computer
- Check the image’s format
- Refresh Steam files
- Turn off and Turn on Network Devices
- Flush DNS, Reset Winsock, Release IP
- Workaround: Use Steam in Browser.
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Restart Steam and computer
Let us start with the most basic solution. You need to restart Steam and they see if that works. Not just click on the close button of Steam, but also, end all the related tasks from the Task Manager. To do that, open Task Manager by Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Then right-click on Steam and click End Task. Then, reopen Steam and see if that works. If it is no avail, then restart your system. Hopefully, this will do the job for you.
2] Check the image’s format
If you are trying to upload an image to the Steam server and seeing the error message in question. Then check its extension. You need to make sure that the image that you are uploading must be JPG, GIF, or PNG. If it is anything other than the mentioned format, then the Steam server will refuse to upload that image.
We would recommend you change the extension, to do that, you can use MS Paint to make the changes. Just right-click on the image that you were planning to upload, and select Open with > Paint. Then, click on File > Save as > PNG picture.
Hopefully, this will work for you.
3] Refresh Steam files
The issue can be because of corrupted files or some kind of glitch in the files. What we are going to do, is remove all the files that can potentially cause the issue and leave the important files. This way, we will be able to resolve the issue without removing the games. Open File Explorer and go to the location where you have installed Steam. Then, delete all the files except Steam.exe, steamapps and userdata.
Finally, restart your computer, refresh Steam and see if that works.
4] Turn off and Turn on Network Devices
The issue can also occur because of some glitch in your network. There are two solutions that we are going to see to resolve the network. Restarting the Network Devices is the first one and the next solution is what you need to do if this fails to make any difference. Follow the given steps to restart your Network Devices perfectly.
- Turn off your Router
- Plug the router out from the power source and wait for a minute.
- Plug the router back in, and turn it on.
Now, connect your computer to the network and see if that works.
5] Flush DNS, Reset Winsock, Release IP
Next up, we need to refresh some network protocols and see if that works. So, open Command Prompt and run the following command.
- To reset Winsock, execute the following command.
netsh winsock reset
- To flush DNS, execute the following command.
- To release IP, run the following commands.
Finally, restart your computer and check if the issue persists.
6] Workaround: Use Steam in Browser
For a lot of users, using Steam in Browser has worked. Even though it is not a solution, it is a workaround that you can use as you wait for the Steam developers to release an update to resolve the issue.