Are you experiencing issues with your SteamVR installation? Here are the most common fixes!

With the number of virtual reality headsets in the world rapidly increasing, Valve's SteamVR platform is now more relevant than ever. While it wasn't publicly unveiled until earlier this year, SteamVR has managed to launch as a full consumer platform. Despite still being in its early days, the once long list of SteamVR bugs has significantly reduced.

But what happens when you go to start your gaming session and SteamVR fails to start? Here are our quick fixes to get you straight back into your virtual worlds.

Run Steam as Administrator

A cause of many issues revolves around Steam's privileges, which can affect how the program runs. To fix this the program can be run as an administrator, which increases the access Windows allows.

  • Exit Steam.
  • Navigate to C:/Program Files/Steam (This may differ if you've changed Steam's installation path).
  • Find Steam.exe
  • Right-click on the files and select Run as administrator

Verify Integrity of SteamVR Tool Cache

Some of the most common causes of SteamVR startup issues are corrupt or missing files. With just one file absent SteamVR has the potential to be unusable, but can be easily fixed through the Steam client. By verifying the integrity of the tool cache, Steam will automatically replace all damaged or missing files.

  • Open the Library drop down from the Steam desktop client.
  • Select Tools from the drop-down list.
  • Look for SteamVR within the Tools Library.
  • Right-click on SteamVR and select Properties.
  • Click on the Local Files tab.
  • Click Verify Integrity of Tool Cache.

Reinstall SteamVR

If you're still encountering issues after verifying the integrity of the cache, SteamVR might need to be reinstalled. This can be done through a similar method, without affecting the core Steam installation.

  • Open the Library drop down from the Steam desktop client.
  • Select Tools from the drop-down list.
  • Look for SteamVR within the Tools Library
  • Right-click on SteamVR and select Properties.
  • Click on the Local Files tab.
  • Click Delete Local Tool Content.
  • Double-click SteamVR in the Tools Library to start the reinstallation process.

Check for software conflicts

Depending on the existing software installed on your computer, SteamVR's has been known to conflict with a small number of known programs. If you're experiencing issues with SteamVR, Valve recommends removing any of the following programs from your computer.

  • Razer Synapse
  • Asus AI Suite
  • Avast antivirus
  • JDS Labs ODAC USB Audio device
  • Older Apple Cinema displays with devices attached through USB
  • TP-LINK 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter TL-WN881ND

Still experiencing issues?

While we've rounded up some of the most common fixes for startup issues, that's not to say these will solve everybody's problems. If our help hasn't solved your problem, make sure to let us know in the comments section below!