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Causes of the “Shared Library Locked” Error in Steam

This error can occur in Steam when a shared library, which is a file used by multiple programs, is locked and cannot be accessed. There are a few potential causes for this error.

One possible cause is a software bug. This means that there may be a glitch or issue in the Steam program itself that is causing the shared library to become locked. In this case, the best solution is to update Steam to the latest version or reinstall the program.

Another cause could be related to your internet connection. If your internet connection is unstable or slow, it may cause issues with accessing the shared library. Make sure you have a stable internet connection and try restarting your router.

The “Shared Library Locked” error can also be caused by Windows Firewall or other security software blocking Steam from accessing the shared library. To fix this, you can add an exception for Steam in your firewall settings or temporarily disable your firewall while using Steam.

In some cases, the error may be related to a specific game or file in your Steam library. Try verifying the integrity of the game files by right-clicking on the game in your Steam library, selecting “Properties,” then going to the “Local Files” tab and clicking on “Verify integrity of game files.”

Solutions to Fix the “Shared Library Locked” Error

  1. Restart the Computer:

    • Click on the Start button.
    • Select Restart from the power options.
    • Wait for the computer to fully restart.
  2. Close Conflicting Programs:

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on your keyboard.
    • Click on Task Manager from the options.
    • Under the Processes tab, end any processes related to the locked shared library.
    • Close the Task Manager.
  3. Use Safe Mode:

    • Restart the computer.
    • Press and hold the F8 key while the computer boots up.
    • Select Safe Mode from the options.
    • Once in Safe Mode, try accessing the shared library again.
  4. End Background Processes:

    • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard.
    • In the Processes tab of the Task Manager, right-click on any unnecessary processes and select End Task.
    • Repeat this for all unnecessary processes.
    • Close the Task Manager.
  5. Update or Reinstall the Program:

    • Open the Control Panel.
    • Select Programs or Programs and Features.
    • Find the program causing the shared library error and select it.
    • Click on Update or Uninstall to reinstall the program.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  6. Run a System File Checker Scan:

    • Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
    • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
    • Wait for the scan to complete and follow any instructions provided.
    • Restart the computer once the scan is finished.
Updated: February 2024

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Additionally, it can ensure that Windows and other programs run smoothly, addressing any freezing or slowdown issues that may be preventing you from accessing your shared library. While it cannot directly fix the issue, it can help resolve any underlying issues that may be contributing to the problem.

Requesting Other Family Sharing Participants to Close Steam

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To request other family sharing participants to close Steam, follow these steps:

1. Open the Steam client on your personal computer.
2. Click on the “Steam” menu in the top-left corner of the window.
3. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings.”
4. In the Settings window, click on the “Family” tab.
5. Scroll down to the “Family Library Sharing” section.
6. Here, you will see a list of all the accounts that are authorized to share your Steam library.
7. Locate the account of the participant you want to request to close Steam.
8. Click on the checkbox next to their account name to select it.
9. In the toolbar above the list, click on the “Request Access” button.
10. A dialog box will appear, asking you to confirm the request to close Steam.
11. Click on the “OK” button to send the request.
12. The participant will now receive a message in their Steam client, notifying them of your request to close Steam.

Preventing Steam from Connecting to the Internet

To prevent Steam from connecting to the internet, follow these steps:

1. Open the Steam application on your personal computer.

2. Click on “Steam” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

3. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

4. In the Settings window, click on the “Downloads” tab.

5. Scroll down and click on the “Clear Download Cache” button.

6. A dialog box will appear, asking if you want to clear the download cache. Click “OK” to proceed.

7. Next, click on the “Steam” tab in the top-left corner of the Settings window.

8. Select “Settings” from the context menu that appears.

9. In the Settings window, click on the “Interface” tab.

10. Uncheck the box next to “Run Steam when my computer starts.”

11. Click “OK” to save the changes.

Turning off Steam Family Sharing Mode

To turn off Steam Family Sharing Mode, follow these steps:

1. Open the Steam application on your computer.

2. Click on the “Steam” menu in the top left corner of the window.

3. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings.”

4. In the Settings window, click on the “Family” tab.

5. Under the Family tab, you will see a list of accounts that are currently sharing your Steam library. Locate the account that you want to remove from Family Sharing Mode.

6. Right-click on the account and select “Manage Family View” from the context menu.

7. In the Family View settings, uncheck the box next to “Authorize Library Sharing on this computer.”

8. Click on “OK” to save the changes.

After completing these steps, the selected account will no longer have access to your Steam library through Family Sharing Mode. Remember that this change only affects the specific computer you made the change on.

If you encounter any issues or receive error messages, make sure you have a stable internet connection and that your firewall settings are not blocking Steam. If the problem persists, you may need to consult the Steam support website for further troubleshooting assistance.

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