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How to fix Steam error reference: library_7728431_88af7cf66459d659?

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Steam is one of the most popular PC gaming platforms in the world. It combines a game store, social features and game management all into one easy-to-install and manage program. That said, it isn’t perfect and keeps running into random bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about Steam error reference library_7728431_88af7cf66459d659, its causes and what you can do to fix the error.


What causes this error?

The error generally occurs when streaming a Steam game from one PC to another. This can be caused by a number of reasons including but not limited to the following.

  • Devices aren’t on the same network.
  • Improper Steam installation.
  • Missing game files. 
  • Additional dependencies are missing.

Also read: How to put Steam link in full screen?


How to fix this?

Here are six fixes you can try out.

Check your network

The first thing you should do is check to see if both your devices — the source as well as the streaming device are on the same WiFi network. If they’re already connected that way, try restarting your router to refresh your network before trying again.


Start the game manually

Starting the game manually and simply connecting later from another device is also a rather good way of fixing the issue. Simply start the game on the host device and connect later from the streaming device. 

Also read: How to fix Steam error reference: library_7668455_5f24d6ddd9f44727? 


Use Big Picture mode

Some users have said that after launching their game from the Big Picture mode. Once your game is launched from the Big Picture Mode, it should work fine for crossplay as well. 

The steam link allows you to stream your games from your PC to basically any device that’s on the same WiFi network as you, with authorisation, of course. 


 Update the program

While Steam usually does search for and download updates when you launch it, which is also a good thing as this way you get the latest stable Stable version. However, some updates slip under the radar, so it’s possible that you’re using an old, obsolete Steam version which is causing an error.  


Reinstall Steam

Reinstalling Steam from scratch can also help fix the problem. This will get rid of any corrupt, damaged or missing system files that Steam needs to run properly, which might be triggering the issue for you. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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