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FIX: Steam failed to apply updates, reverting (5 solutions)

Elena Constantinescu
by Elena Constantinescu

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Your Steam desktop client checks and applies new updates automatically, every time you launch the gaming service.

However, it might occasionally fail to install the latest version, resulting in the Failed to apply update, reverting error message.

Here’s an example:

The steam client will go through the standard startup procedure but at the end of it will simply say: Failed to apply update reverting.

This would not be an issue except for the fact that i cannot acess the store anymore nor does the popup for offers work, they simply display a blackscreen of nothing, the store appears to be loading but does so endlessly and displayes nothing at all.

posted by Reaume on Steam Community

We tried to replicate this problem and this is how our Steam Store page ended up looking.

Steam Store does not render graphics correctly

However, after going through the solutions we listed in this article, we finally got the Steam Store to work the way it should.

Steam Store loads correctly

What do I do if Steam fails to apply updates and is reverting changes?

This post was written by Elena Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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