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Scan you HDD for bad sectors. I have had similar stuff happen and scanning for bad sectors fixed it for me in some cases.
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Not running an HDD, have an 80 GB SSD
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Before what kicks in, i'm able to actually remove all the files from the steam folder and the registry file. Its when i attempt to install it afterwards (even after a reboot) that the installer complains that steam.exe exists and cannot be deleted/edited even if i use a fresh folder that does not have steam.exe in it prior.
When you run the uninstaller. Here's a trick... Go to folder options, and show all hidden files, file extensions, etc... Then nuke the folder with "shift delete". Then go into the registry, and look for anything "steam" related. (Be very careful, I warn you, you may inadvertently delete something you need, read carefully).

Go into the registry, look for "steam.exe" references, read what they are, and try to delete most/all of them.

Then reboot again, and recheck the registry one more time, then reboot one last time.

THEN try installing to a separate folder entirely all together...

Try this... mb that'll help..

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Not running an HDD, have an 80 GB SSD


Aah. Did you just add your rig to your signature?

Try installing steam to an entirely new drive?
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Hey there,

If u wanted to avoid a reinstall you could always install it on a different pc, and copy the folder over

Although steam has its issues, as do os's (not going to take sides and say who is at fault here i love steam and windows 7 )

but steam is awesome in the way it works, and if you install it on another pc and copy the entire folder, it will work on your pc.

In the same way you can install steam to an external hard drive and just run the exe on any pc. Or in case the example needed highlighting further, I can just pull my steam drive (i have a dedicated drive for it to save reinstalls during wiping pc) and take it to a mates and run all my games and the exe straight from it

worth a shot methinks
    
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When you deleted the registry keys did you do it both in HKey current user and Hkey local machine? Make sure that the Steam.exe process is not running when you start your computer via task manager. Sounds like something did get deleted but some things did get left behind.

Additionally you may want to try this, here is a tool that Microsoft came out with AWHILE ago and it's pretty old but still works really well. It's an uninstaller that is more beefy than Add/Remove programs.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securit...-Utility.shtml
post #27 of 32
Install steam in safe mode with networking. Windows 7 64bit seems to hate file permissions when it comes to steam specifically, for some unknown reason. That's what works for me.
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Neither ideas have worked and its been over a week now that i've created a support ticket with steam, with no a single response from them.

I'm very impressed Valve
post #29 of 32
Start from scratch. Save your games folder if you still don't have it elsewhere. Uninstall steam, use CCleaner to clear out the registry entries for it, ignore any files that won't delete or give access denied messages (I've found that you can't access them because they are queued for deletion) and reboot.

After that, create a new admin account or log on as administrator (go to cmd, type "net user administrator active:yes") then log off your account. Log on to admin. Take control AND ownership of the folder where you intent to install steam. Run the installer as admin and proceed to install. Once it has completed, do not launch steam. First thing to do is log on back to your account and take control and ownership of the steam folder, AFTER replacing your games.

Once that is done, go to properties of the steam exe and set run as administrator. Seeing as the install file is outdated, let steam update and restart. Once that is done, steam should run without an issue.
post #30 of 32
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Seems that the only thing that would actually fix it was a nuke and pave. Glad to see the support i got from valve was absolutely useless. Only saving grace for steam is all my steam games are backed onto my server so all I had to do was copy them over, verify them once steam was installed and I was good to go. Unfortunately the same can't be said about the Witcher 2 through D2D, which I have to completely redownload even though I have it the folder in which the game installed to.
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