Ошибка «Unable to initialize Steam API» появляется в большинстве случаев из-за повреждений файлов игры на жестком диске и при попытке запуска нелицензионной версии игры через Steam. 

Проблему можно решить несколькими способами, в зависимости от причин ее появления. Читайте инструкцию ниже.

Способ 1

Очистите кэш клиента Steam. Для этого выполните следующие действия:

Запустите программу, в верхнем углу щелкните по надписи «Steam», затем «Настройки».

Steam - Настройки

В открывшемся окне слева выберите «Загрузки», а справа — «Очистить кэш загрузки», затем «ОК».

Очистить кэш загрузки

После этого перезапустите программу и проверьте, помогла ли эта процедура.

Способ 2

Если ошибка возникает после неудачного обновления Steam, или если файлы программы были случайно повреждены по какой-либо причине, самым простым решением проблемы будет ручная переустановка.

Нажмите кнопку «Пуск» и найдите там «Панель управления». В Windows 10 для этого нужно просто начать набирать слово «панель» на клавиатуре, и она будет найдена через поиск. В Windows 7 ссылка на нее закреплена в Пуске. Кликните по панели управления и в открывшемся окне щелкните по надписи «Программы и компоненты».

Программы и компоненты

Найдите в списке Steam, правой кнопкой мыши откройте контекстное меню и выберите команду «Удалить». 

Удалить Steam

После этого скачайте новый загрузочный файл с нашего или с официального сайта https://store.steampowered.com/ и установите программу на компьютер снова, следуя инструкции по установке.

Способ 3

Steam может сообщать о невозможности инициализации (unable to initialize), потому что учетной записи пользователя Windows не хватает прав. Тогда попробуйте открыть программу с правами администратора. Для этого нужно найти на рабочем столе ее ярлык, щелкнуть по нему правой кнопкой мыши и выбрать пункт меню «Запуск от имени администратора». 

Запуск Steam от имени администратора

Способ 4

Попробуйте временно отключить все защитные программы вашего компьютера, которые могут препятствовать работе Steam: антивирус, брандмауэр (межсетевой экран), VPN клиент (если есть).

Если это помогло, добавьте Steam в исключения и запустите программы заново. Если вы выходите в сеть через VPN клиент, отключайте его на время игры.

Способ 5

Если ошибка выскакивает на игре, которая была скачана не из каталога Steam, возможно вы ее неправильно добавили в свою библиотеку. Прочитайте инструкцию Как добавить стороннюю игру в Steam и как активировать ключ.

Советы

  • не отключайте компьютер во время обновления игр. Перед завершением работы Windows, выйдите сначала из Steam, кликнув по его значку в трее правой кнопкой мыши и выбрав там команду «Выход»;
  • если есть выбор, откуда устанавливать игру, то лучше установить ее из каталога Steam, чем с компакт-диска;
  • не удаляйте игры из папок компьютера вручную – вы можете случайно удалить файлы других игр или самого клиента. У каждой игры есть свой деинсталлятор в «программах и компонентах» Windows. Также в библиотеке Steam есть свой встроенный инструмент удаления добавленных туда игр и программ. Используйте его;
  • настройте постоянный запуск Steam с правами администратора. Зайдите в свойства ярлыка, который запускает программу, и поставьте там галочку возле опции «Запускать эту программу от имени администратора».

Это поможет избежать повторения ошибки в будущем.

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Несмотря на то, что Steam является одной из самых популярных и популярных игровых платформ, доступных на рынке, этот игровой центр имеет свою собственную долю ошибок, таких как Невозможно инициализировать Steam API .

Если ошибка вам известна, это означает, что вы пытаетесь запустить игру из своей игровой библиотеки Steam без каких-либо результатов. Эта ошибка может возникать по разным причинам, и из-за широкого спектра факторов, которые могут вступить в игру, это руководство не решит проблему для всех читателей, но мы постараемся сделать все, чтобы изучить некоторые из наиболее полезных исправлений. на основе исследований нашей команды и отзывов, полученных от пользователей.

Вот некоторые из причин этой ошибки:

  • Возможно, из-за настроек брандмауэра Windows Steam отказывается от интернет-соединения
  • Встроенный в ваш антивирус брандмауэр может блокировать запуск файла .exe
  • О проблемах сообщили пользователи, которым принадлежит бета-клиент Steam

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  1. Как я могу исправить Невозможно инициализировать ошибку API Steam?
  2. 1. Отредактируйте настройки брандмауэра Windows и антивируса
  3. 2. Отказаться от программы бета-тестирования, предлагаемой Steam
  4. 3. Попробуйте запустить Steam с правами администратора

Как я могу исправить Невозможно инициализировать ошибку API Steam?

  1. Измените настройки брандмауэра Windows и антивируса
  2. Отказаться от программы бета-тестирования, предлагаемой Steam
  3. Попробуйте запустить Steam с правами администратора

1. Отредактируйте настройки брандмауэра Windows и антивируса

  1. Нажмите кнопку Пуск >, затем нажмите кнопку с зубчатым колесом, чтобы войти в Настройки .
  2. Выберите Обновление и безопасность > Безопасность Windows > Брандмауэр и защита сети > Разрешить приложение через брандмауэр.
  3. После выбора этой опции все, что вам нужно сделать, это найти Steam (или проблемную игру) в списке и настроить его на прохождение через брандмауэр, отметив В и Out .
  4. Нажмите ОК , чтобы перезагрузить компьютер и применить эти настройки.

2. Отказаться от программы бета-тестирования, предлагаемой Steam

Некоторые пользователи сообщают, что ошибка Невозможно инициализировать API Steam была устранена после выхода из программы бета-тестирования. Для этого выполните следующие действия:

  1. Перейдите к настройкам Steam в левом верхнем углу экрана.
  2. C выберите вкладку Аккаунт >, а затем измените настройки в параметре участия в бета-версии на НЕТ.
  3. Чтобы полностью выйти из Steam, вам нужно нажать на параметр Steam в левом верхнем углу экрана и выбрать Выход.
  4. Теперь вы хотите закрыть все процессы , работающие в вашей системе, которые работают со Steam . Для этого вы можете щелкнуть правой кнопкой мыши на панели задач и выбрать «Диспетчер задач» .
  5. Откроется окно, которое позволит вам увидеть все запущенные процессы на вашем ПК с Windows.
  6. Нажмите кнопку Подробнее в нижней части окна.
  7. Далее нам нужно будет найти все процессы, связанные со Steam – Steam.exe, загрузчик клиента Steam или GameOverlayUI.exe. ,
  8. Для каждого из них нажмите Завершить процесс> Да .
  9. Теперь вы можете перезапустить платформу Steam и попробовать посмотреть, работает ли игра.

Примечание. Если этот метод не работает в вашем случае, рекомендуется по-прежнему отказаться от бета-программ и закрыть все запущенные приложения Steam, чтобы попробовать следующее решение.

3. Попробуйте запустить Steam с правами администратора

В некоторых случаях Невозможно инициализировать Steam API может появиться ошибка, если у вас нет необходимых привилегий. Однако вы можете исправить это, выполнив следующие действия:

  1. Найдите исполняемый файл Steam на ПК с Windows, щелкните его правой кнопкой мыши и выберите Свойства .
  2. Выберите вкладку «Совместимость» в этом окне и установите флажок рядом с параметром Запускать эту программу от имени администратора.
  3. Выберите ОК , а затем убедитесь, что все всплывающие окна появляются, чтобы предоставить привилегии администратора.

В этой статье мы рассмотрели некоторые из лучших методов, которые можно использовать при работе с ужасной ошибкой Невозможно инициализировать API Steam . Не забудьте также удалить любой исполняемый файл Steam и игры Steam как с брандмауэра Windows, так и с антивирусного программного обеспечения.

Пожалуйста, не стесняйтесь сообщить нам, как эти решения работали для вас, используя раздел комментариев ниже.

According to several users, a problem arises right after launching a game. If you are facing the same “ Unable to Initialize Steam API ” error after launching a game from your Steam library, you have come to the right place.

In our guide, we will look at the reasons for this error and determine the possible solutions to resolve it. Let’s start…

How To Fix Unable To Initialize Steam API Error In Windows 10

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To resolve it, use the following solutions:

Unable to Initialize Steam API

Solution 1. Disable Your Game’s Executable Program In The Firewall

This method has solved the problem, according to many users. A third-party firewall or even your “ Windows Defender ” can block your game’s executable.

The first solution is to make an exception for your game to run in the firewall.

  1. Go to the Windows search bar and type Control Panel
  2. Select the control panel to open it.
  3. Change the display to large icons and scroll down and select Windows Defender Firewall
  4. Click on the option ” Allow an application or feature through Windows Defender Firewall ” (left) to display the list of applications
  5. Go to the in-game app that is having issues with your firewall and check the boxes next to public and private networks
  6. Click on the Ok icon to apply the changes
  7. Once you are done, restart your PC and launch the game to see if it works without showing the “ Unable to Initialize Steam API ” error.

Authorize an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall

This solution worked for most of the users who had issues launching their Steam games.

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Solution 2: Force Restart The Program

The main reason for the “ Unable to Initialize Steam API ” error while accessing the game is due to issues with the steam client.

To resolve this problem, it is mandatory to force restart the client.

Steps to force restart:

  1. Start the task manager by simultaneously pressing the ctrl, shift, and Esc keys.
  2. Select the ” Processes ” and make a click right on the application Steam to select the ” End Task “.

Force restart the program

Solution 3: Run The Game As Administrator

Since “Unable to Initialize Steam API” mainly occurs due to issues with the client, it can be avoided by running the application as an administrator.

  1. Go to the start menu and open My Computer or This Pc. Choose the location on the drive where the Steam is installed.
  2. Locate the game executable file
  3. Click with the mouse right-click on the .exe file of the game and go to the file properties.
  4. Use the Compatibility tab to allow administrator privileges to the app

Run the game as administrator

Solution 4: Disable Automatic Retain On Comodo Internet Security

If you are using the Comodo antivirus program on your computer, you may have noticed that sometimes the program blocks programs completely using its automatic containment options which are activated automatically.

You should either disable this option or simply remove the game executable from the blocked programs list in order to resolve the issue immediately.

  1. Open the Comodo Internet Security user interface by double-clicking on its icon on the desktop or in the system tray (lower right part of the screen).
  2. Open the Settings window by clicking on the Settings button from the Home screen and make sure you navigate to the Containment tab.
  3. Under this tab, you must click on the Automatic containment subsection.
  4. After clicking on the automatic containment section, you should see a checkbox at the top of the window that says Enable automatic containment.
  5. You can simply uncheck it in order to no longer use this function which automatically blocks the execution of certain programs.
  6. You can also locate the game executable in the list that will appear below and simply disable the slider under the Enable automatic containment option in order to stop blocking the affected application.
  7. Confirm the changes and relaunch the game to see if the problem still appears.

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  • Fix: Steam Is Having Trouble Connecting To The Steam Servers

Solution 5: Remove Beta Programs And Relaunch

If you do not know, Steam Beta sends you the latest update but also faulty or incomplete programs.

Follow the steps mentioned below to opt out of all Steam beta projects and resolve the issue.

Let’s go:

  1. Launch the Steam PC client
  2. Tap the “icon (in the menu at the top of the customer’s screen).
  3. Choose Settings
  4. Now, in the settings window, in the ” Account ” tab and click on the ” Edit ” button (under the ” Beta participation “ section)
  5. A new window will open, under Join Beta, and click to open the drop-down list. Select the option ” Unsubscribe from all beta programs.”
  6. Apply the changes you made
  7. To kill all Steam related programs, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager utility
  8. Click on the More details icon (bottom left of the window) to expand your task manager
  9. Now search for all related programs.
  10. For example Steam.exe, Bootstrapper, etc. Make sure that these Steam-related programs are in the base processes.
  11. Choose them all one by one and select the option ” Complete task ” (in the lower right part).
  12. Or you can just restart your pc.
  13. Click the Yes button to confirm

Restart your client and check if the error persists during startup. However, if you are still facing the error on your PC, make sure to disable all beta programs.

Solution 6: Reinstallation

Reinstalling Steam is one of the less popular methods, and it’s not for nothing that it’s placed as last on our list.

This method has solved the problem for many users, but it should be used as a last resort as there are many easier methods that you should try before doing so.

It is true that the uninstall deletes your game files that need to be reloaded later, but by following the steps below, you should be able to back up these files easily.

  1. Open your client by double-clicking on the Desktop or by searching for it in the Start menu and clicking on the first available result.
  2. After opening, click the Steam button at the top right of the window and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Navigate to the Downloads tab in the Settings window and click on Library Folders.
  4. Here you should see the complete list of all the libraries you are currently using and the folders you should look for when saving.
  5. Since the default folder is C >> Program Files (x86) >> Steam >> steamapps , let’s see how to back it up.
  6. Navigate to the location above clicking to open any folder or Explorer files and clicking This PC or Computer in the right pane.
  7. Then open the location above and find the “steamapps” folder.
  8. Click with the right mouse on the file and choose Copy from the context menu.
  9. Navigate to any location outside of the “ steamapps ” folder on your computer and paste the folder by right-clicking and choosing “ Paste ”.
  10. The best location would be your office.
  11. Repeat the same process for all folders in the library.
  12. After uninstalling it, you will have to add the folders again as Steam Library folders like you did the first time.

After backing up your gaming installations, the next step is to uninstall from your computer. This can be done easily using the Settings app or the Control Panel.

To Uninstall Follow The Steps Below:

  1. First, make sure that you are logged in with an administrator account as you will not be able to uninstall programs using the privileges of another account.
  2. Make sure you have completed the above steps for each library folder you are using on your computer and take note of their correct location so that you can add them again once it is reinstalled.
  3. Click on the Start menu and open the Control Panel by searching for it.
  4. You can also click the gear icon to open Settings if you are using Windows 10.
  5. In Control Panel, select View As Category in the upper right corner and click Uninstall a program in the Programs section.
  6. If you’re using the Settings app, clicking on Apps should immediately open a list of all the programs installed on your PC.
  7. Locate the Steam entry in the list and click on it.
  8. Click the Uninstall button above the list and confirm any dialogs that may appear.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall and restart your computer later.

unistall steam manually

Conclusion: Unable to Initialize Steam API

By following the instructions mentioned above, we can easily fix “Unable to Initialize Steam API”.

Although errors are common in the systems world, there are a few solutions that we can use to fix the problem permanently.

Steam is one of the most gaming platforms available for Windows 10. It used by almost all the PC gamers out there due to its features. The Steam Client allows you to be a part of the Steam community apart from being able to download and install games. But since nothing is perfect, even the very well developed Steam Client can face issues on Windows 10. And one of the most prominent errors found in this gaming platform is related to Steam API. Many Steam users have reported an error related to this on Windows 10. Therefore, today we are here to show you How to Fix Unable to Initialize Steam API. You will learn more about this error as well as its possible causes in Windows 10. After that, you will also find multiple step by step guides which will allow you to fix this issue in Steam.

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What is Unable to Initialize Steam API Error?

Fix Unable to Initialize Steam API

There are several errors and issues which you might experience while using the Steam Client. And “Unable to Initialize Steam API” error is one of them. This error simply means that whatever game you are playing is not able to access the Steam API. Steam API essentially connects your current game to Steam and all of its features. But since all games need Steam verification to successfully run, if you encounter this error on Windows 10, you will not be able to able to play your game if you are facing this error.

Such an error can be caused in the Steam Client on Windows 10 due to many possible reasons. If the Steam client itself is corrupted or running an older version, then the API might not be initialized. Apart from that, since Steam Client needs a working internet connection for proper working, improper Firewall settings can also cause this issue in your PC. Similarly, if some data files of the game that you are playing are missing from your storage, you might experience the “Unable to Initialize Steam API” error.

How to Fix Unable to Initialize Steam API in Windows 10?

If you are facing this error in Steam Client installed on your PC, then you will not be able to play many of your favorite games. Because of this, fixing this issue right away is quite important. Unfortunately, since there are many possible causes of this issue in Windows 10, fixing it not straight forward. Instead, you have to try out various different methods on your PC. So, make sure to go through the following solutions one by one if you are facing the “Unable to Initialize Steam API” error on your PC:

1. Allow Steam Client through the Firewall in Windows 10

The Firewall found in Windows 10 is one of the most useful security features for your computer. It gives you the option to either allow or deny internet access for all the applications installed on your PC. Because of this, if any app is not allowed in the Firewall, it will not be able to access the internet. And as the Steam Client requires an internet connection for most of its features, you might be facing the Steam API issue due to improper Firewall settings. Therefore, make sure to allow the Steam Client through the Firewall in Windows 10 by following the given instructions one by one:

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2. Opt out of Beta Program in the Steam Client

Just like many other applications available for Windows 10, Steam Client also has its beta versions available for its users. This beta version provides you with extra features but usually have some bugs associated with it. And these bugs can result in various possible errors and issues in the Steam Client. Because of this, if you are using the beta version of the Steam Client, you might be facing the Steam API error due to this. In such a case, you can opt out of the Steam beta program as shown in this step by step guide:

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3. Verify Integrity of Game Files in the Steam Client

If you are facing the Steam API error in the Steam Client only for a specific game installed on your PC, chances are that the issue is with the game itself. It might be caused due to things like corrupted or missing game files from the data folder of that game. Thankfully, the Steam Client allows you to verify the integrity of game files in such a case. By verifying the game files, Steam Client will simply repair or download any corrupted or missing game files. Because of this, the Steam API error will be fixed if it was caused due to missing game files. If this is also the case with you, you can verify the integrity of game files by following the given steps one by one:

4. Run Steam with Administrative Privileges in Windows 10

Administrative Privileges in Windows 10 allow any software to have all the required access permission on youPrivilegesr computer. It can even solve many issues with programs automatically. Similarly, if you are facing the “Unable to Initialize Steam API” error on your Windows PC, then you can try running the Steam Client with Administrative Privileges. Thankfully, Windows 10 allow you to run any program as an administrator quite easily. You can simply follow the given instructions one by one to Run the Steam Client with Administrative Privileges in Windows 10:

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Are you trying to figure out why you see an ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error on Steam?

Steam has its fair share of errors, bugs, and glitches. While it’s one of the best video game distribution platforms, it can still suffer from occasional problems. 

One of the most common errors on Steam is the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ message. This error occurs after launching a game from the library, preventing you from playing any game on your computer. 

This problem on Steam can be caused by various reasons such as improper configurations, corrupted files, or corrupted data. 

What makes this error message worst is that it doesn’t point out a specific reason for the issue, making it difficult to troubleshoot. Fortunately, the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message is quite common, and a few known workarounds are effective for fixing this problem. 

In this guide, we will show you how to fix the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message on Steam. 

1. Restart Steam. 

Before tweaking your settings, we recommend starting with the basics first. If you encounter the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message, try restarting Steam to reload your installation files and game data. 

Simple log out of your Steam account and close the desktop app. After a few seconds, sign back into your account and check if the error message still occurs when launching a game. 

2. Restart Your Computer. 

If restarting Steam was not enough, you can try restarting your entire system. A temporary bug or error may have occurred on Windows, which causes Steam to run into errors when launching a game. 

Restarting your computer will ensure there are no corrupted data on your system and its resources are correctly loaded. 

Follow the steps below to restart Windows: 

  1. On your computer, click on the Windows icon in the Taskbar to access the Start Menu
  2. After that, click on the Power button to open the Power Options tab. 
  3. Finally, choose the Restart option to reboot your computer. 

Restart Windows

Once done, try launching another game on Steam to check if the error message would still occur. 

3. Run Steam As Admin. 

When launching a game, Steam needs full access to your system to initialize all the processes required by the game. However, if Steam doesn’t have the proper permission to control your system, error messages can occur when launching a game. 

If you keep seeing the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error, follow the steps below to run Steam as an administrator: 

  1. First, locate the Steam app on your desktop. 
  2. Next, right-click on Steam and choose Properties
  3. Inside Properties, go to the Compatibility tab. 
  4. Lastly, enable the ‘Run this Program as an Administrator’ option and save the changes. 
Run Steam as Admin

Go back to Steam afterward to check if the problem is solved. 

4. Allow Steam Through Your Firewall. 

Another reason you encounter the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message on Steam is if Windows Firewall blocks Steam’s connection to your network. 

To fix this, see the steps below to allow Steam through your firewall:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows + S keys and look for ‘Windows Defender Firewall’.
  2. Now, launch Windows Defender Firewall and click on ‘Allow an App or Feature through Windows Defender’ in the sidebar. 
  3. After that, look for Steam on the list of programs installed on your computer. 
  4. Finally, ensure that Steam is allowed to access your private and public networks. 
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Restart Steam afterward and try launching another game to check if the problem is solved.

5. Disable Beta Participation on Steam. 

Steam has a beta program that allows you to test out newer versions of the app before it’s publicly released. However, if you agree to join this program, you risk getting a version of Steam with bugs and glitches. 

If you can’t launch games on Steam, try disabling your beta participation. See the steps below to walk you through the process: 

  1. First, launch Steam on your computer and log in to your account. 
  2. After that, click on the Steam tab in the menu bar and access Settings
  3. Under the Account tab, look for ‘Beta Participation’ and click the Change button. 
  4. Lastly, choose the ‘NONE – Opt-out of all BETA Programs’ option.
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Once done, close the settings and restart Steam. 

Try launching a game afterward to check if the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message would still occur. 

6. Reinstall Your Game. 

If you’re experiencing the error message on a particular game, we suggest reinstalling it to ensure that there are no broken or corrupted files on your system. 

Check out the steps below to reinstall a game on Steam: 

  1. On Steam, access your Library and look for the game you want to reinstall. 
  2. After that, right-click on the game and hover your cursor to the Manage tab. 
  3. Now, click on Uninstall and follow the prompts to delete the game. 
  4. Finally, go to the Steam Store and reinstall your game. 
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Launch the game after reinstalling it to check if the problem is solved. 

7. Reinstall Steam. 

If the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message occurs on every game you have, Steam’s installation files could be the problem. In this case, we recommend reinstalling Steam on your computer to ensure that everything is in order. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. First, access the Control Panel on your PC and click on Uninstall a Program
  2. Next, look for Steam on the list of apps installed on your computer. 
  3. Lastly, right-click on the Steam app and choose Uninstall
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After removing Steam from your system, go to their official website to download the installer. 

Download all your games after reinstalling Steam and check if the error message would still occur. 

8. Report the Problem to Steam. 

At this point, we suggest that you seek help from the experts if the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message still occurs after doing the solutions above. 

Visit Steam Support and contact their customer service to report the issue. Provide your account details, the game you’re trying to launch, and the troubleshooting steps you already performed to make it easier for their team to diagnose the issue. 

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That ends our guide for fixing the ‘unable to initialize steam API’ error message on Steam. If you have other questions in mind, please leave a comment below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn
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