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What is steam.exe?

Part of Steam Client Bootstrapper by Valve

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How does steam.exe run?

Process - steam.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does steam.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - steam.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Steam' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Scheduled task - steam.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '{D6CF8D04-9D42-4FBD-A9E8-ECD261FD0840}' and is triggered by the Registration action. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Startup files (all users) run - steam.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Steam' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the steam.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of steam.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is steam.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00009% CPU875.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
91.82 MB RAM426.4%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
          418 /min18.6%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
511 GDI objects340.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
735 context switches/sec735.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\steam\steam.exe

Are there other versions of Steam Client Bootstrapper?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Steam Client Bootstrapper.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: steam.exe
Publisher: Valve Corporation (verified)
Name: Steam Client Bootstrapper
Description: Steam Client Bootstrapper (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04)
Version: 02.29.73.00
Product version: 01.00.00.01
Size: 1.67 MB
Original file name: steam.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Valve
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 9/27/2012
Expiration date: 11/23/2015

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0008411021%
Privileged CPU: 0.0007535107%
User CPU: 0.00008759140742%
Privileged CPU time: 27671.88 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 90 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,981,436,604
CPU cycle count /min: 76,510,845
Context switches /sec: 735
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 367.2 MB
Peak committed memory: 397.18 MB
Paged memory: 91.82 MB
Peak paged memory: 117.44 MB
Paged system memory: 520 KB
Non-paged system memory: 62.56 KB
Working set memory: 38.11 MB
Peak working set memory: 78.02 MB
Min working set memory: 19.08 MB
Private memory: 91.82 MB
Page faults: 1,125,639
Page faults /min: 3,666
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 118,177
Read operations /min: 385
Total read transfer: 195.28 MB
Read transfer /min: 651.23 KB
Total write operations: 10,193
Write operations /min: 33
Total write transfer: 160.19 MB
Write transfer /min: 534.19 KB
Total other operations: 4,875,332
Other operations /min: 15,877
Total other transfer: 84.72 MB
Other Transfer /min: 282.51 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 511
Peak GDI objects: 519
USER objects: 94
Peak USER objects: 99
Resources
Handle count average: 549
Thread count average: 24
Thread resource averages
wow64win.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
System Tray: Yes
Process Command
"C:\Games\Steam\Steam.exe" "-silent"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Steam
Command: "C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {733C26E7-55C8-4774-BD2F-372F32A977E7}
Command: \{733C26E7-55C8-4774-BD2F-372F32A977E7}

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: Steam
Command: "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 63316
TCP: localhost on port 27037
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 9bd74c63d71ff34587677b85ee525882
SHA-1: 7684010b9a6e6e299d52ae527793a22ee8a17349

PE image details

File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
comctl32.dll
gdi32.dll
kernel32.dll
shell32.dll
user32.dll
ws2_32.dll
Export Table
cansetclientbeta
clientupdaterunframe
createinterface
g_dwdllentrythreadid
getbaseusercontentdir
getbaseusercontentdirutf8
getbaseuserdir
getbaseuserdirutf8
getbootstrapperversion
getclientupdatebytesdownloaded
getclientupdatebytestodownload
getcurrentclientbeta
geteuniverse
getsteamexepath
getsteamexepathutf8
getsteaminstalldir
getsteaminstalldirutf8
ischeckingforupdates
isclientupdateavailable
setclientbeta
startcheckingforupdates
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