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Does Steam slow your PC or look at your information?


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#1 Dream1

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

Does Steam slow your PC or look at your information? 



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:11 PM

No, it doesn't appreciably slow performance. This assumes that your PC is relatively new (2007 or newer, for example) and meets the minimum system requirements (512MB RAM/1GHz CPU)

 

Steam does conduct a hardware and software survey each month. You are given the option to opt out if your account is randomly selected to participate in the survey.

 

Aside from this, Steam itself doesn't examine the contents of your hard drive; however some third-party DRM attached to games available on Steam do. Check the store page for any games you buy to see which, if any, third-party DRM is included and then research the DRM to see what it entails:

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:00 PM

Thank you. I'm finally on Steam. Can you give me any tips for first time use? How do I prevent Steam from running in the background and should I? Is it going to run at Startup?



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:32 PM

By default Steam will automatically run at startup, but you can tell it not to. Steam must be running only while you are actually playing (or downloading updates for) Steam games.



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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:51 PM

Thanks!



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:07 AM

It actually depends on your computer. Basically if your computer has lots of RAM then Steam would not really slow your computer down except on startup because it would run automatically but as indicated above, you can prevent it from running when windows starts by changing preferences on Steam UI.



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:25 PM

ok


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

Another item of interest concerning Steam is that yes, Steam must be running to play games associated with it.  However, once a game is installed and activated you can tell Steam to start in offline mode.  This way games can be played while not connected to wi-fi.  You do need it online for patches, installs and the first time you play a game.  But after that you can set it to start in offline mode.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 03:48 PM

Can Steam look at any of my PC files, like documents?

 

Another item of interest concerning Steam is that yes, Steam must be running to play games associated with it.  However, once a game is installed and activated you can tell Steam to start in offline mode.  This way games can be played while not connected to wi-fi.  You do need it online for patches, installs and the first time you play a game.  But after that you can set it to start in offline mode.

I guess that would improve performance in game a little? I'm hesitant to do it since it says you need to have Steam remember your password automatically in order to use Offline Mode. And 

  1. Go to Steam > Settings to ensure the Don't save account credentials on this computer option is not selected. Which would save account credentials on your computer, not sure what that does, doesn't sound good though. Actually this one is not selected by default I guess. So just need to save password automatically, might consider it.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:44 AM

like its been said... steam isnt origin ^^

its probably one of the best platforms out of there and if people with the attitude of the steam creators made all software we'd be a lot safer

that being said not sure how much it slows down your machine... it does use some cpu but not really too much



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:58 PM

Does it do anything when you don't have it open on your PC?






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