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How To Easily Stop The Steam Processes On Windows

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Steam, and all of it's child processes, may not seem like much for those that have fast internet and a higher end computer, but for me and many others it can be a pain in the arse.
Steam ( and it's child processes ) tends to eat up a lot of my RAM, and continuously attempts to download large 'updates' that kills my turtle speed internet ( no, I can not change the ISP ).
Normally it can be a hassle trying to kill the processes ( closing the Steam browser doesn't stop Steam and it's child processes from running ), however I have made a simple batch script that can do the job in 1 click.


  1. Create a new text file
  2. Change the file extension to .bat
  3. Edit with your favorite text editor - add the following line of code
taskkill /F /IM Steam.exe
Make sure to save the new file somewhere handy for when you need to stop the Steam processes!

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you can just right click the steam icon in the taskbar and click exit for steam to shut down. you can also opt steam not to start up with windows, so it'll only run when you want it too.... combine that with the fact you can tell steam not to auto-update, i'm not really sure why you are having issues with steam?

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you can just right click the steam icon in the taskbar and click exit for steam to shut down. you can also opt steam not to start up with windows, so it'll only run when you want it too.... combine that with the fact you can tell steam not to auto-update, i'm not really sure why you are having issues with steam?

1: Steam doesn't show up in the task bar for me ( just in Task Manager )

2: I am NOT going through the pain in the arse of disabling updating for 180+ titles

3: Steam services will auto start the instant ANY application tied to Steam is ran - and stay running after they are closed

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To get icons showing up in the notification tray:

Right-click on your task bar, click notification area [Customize] button. Near the bottom check the always show icons and notifications on the taskbar.

 

For steam downloading

You can go to Steam -> Settings [Downloads]

 

And limit the auto download schedule to when you aren't using your bandwidth. You could turn this off by saying only update from 6am to 6:01 am.

 

You can also limit the bandwidth used. 

 

That won't help with the 60 megs of memory it uses in the background, but it might help give you a better experience.

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