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How Can I Play my STEAM Games Without Updating Them?

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I don't get too much spare time to play games these days, but when I do I actually want to be able to play my games. I have occasionally been playing Skyrim in STEAM offline mode, I made the mistake of opening up STEAM whilst I was connected to the internet and it started to update Skyrim. This I can not do as I have mobile broadband and it costs me an arm and a leg for bandwidth (£15 for 3GB). I believe the update itself was around 2GB as I have not updated it since I bought it (December).

When I start the STEAM client in offline mode it now says I can not play my game until it is finished downloading the latest patch.

I can't download the patch, so is there any way I can play my game? This is such a rubbish system, I really hate STEAM and all these clients that force you to register with them and have an unlimited fast broadband connection.

I have searched online but can not find anything and did not find anything on steams site.
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I would back up the game and then uninstall it. If you aren't familiar with backing it up, steam just saves an offline installer on your hard drive making it very convenient in your case. Make sure you also back up your saves in your my documents folder just in case. Then reinstall it and that should do it. It's worth a shot at least.
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Try these:-

a) let the downloading goes for a little while (say, 1 minute or 1%) and then manually pause the update. Then, launch the game (online or offline mode).

b) while the downloading goes on, launch the game. The downloading should stop at this moment according to Steam. See:- https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2606-RSDG-1296

 

This is strange because the actual update does not apply to the game until the whole patch is completely downloaded. So, while the downloading is still going on, it should not affect launching and playing a game.

(I have many Steam games with the update download paused (manually by me while the downloading goes on) and I am able to launch and play them.)

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I would back up the game and then uninstall it. If you aren't familiar with backing it up, steam just saves an offline installer on your hard drive making it very convenient in your case. Make sure you also back up your saves in your my documents folder just in case. Then reinstall it and that should do it. It's worth a shot at least.

This. I have the same problem as you, my ISP sucks and is capped. I keep backups of all my games. And keep steam in offline to avoid the BS.
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