How To Fix Steam Missing Content Manifest Error on Windows 10

Missing Content Manifest error on Steam occurs when Steam client cannot access the its manifest which is a listing of files. The error usually happens while updating games on steam. Basically, before Steam downloads an update, all the other files are obtained from the manifest. However, it steam cannot access the manifest, updating will not proceed and missing connect manifest error occurs. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series, we will talk about the recommended solutions that you can try to fix Missing Content Manifest error on Steam on Windows 10.

What to do if Steam Missing Content Manifest error occurs on Windows 10

There are several factors that can cause Steam content manifest unavailable error that depends on Steam users configurations of its hardware and software. Listed below are the troubleshooting solutions that you can do to fix Steam Content Manifest Unavailable error on Windows 10.

Solution 1: Change the Download Region

Sometimes, Steam servers can have issues with the current region on you are connected to on Steam. The server can either be down, overloaded and or having technical issues. To fix this, you may need to change Steam download region. It can be can be change more than once, you can choose a region on the region that works at that time.

To do this:

  1. Open Steam client

  2. Click on the Steam tab located at the top left corner of the screen.

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  3. Click on Settings from the drop down menu.

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  4. On Settings window, click on Downloads tab located at the left pane.

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  5. Click Download Region at right pane.

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  6. Choose the Download region to the correct country. Make sure to choose the region closest to the location of your computer.

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  7. Click OK to apply changes made.

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After download region is changed, Steam Missing Content Manifest on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 2: Flush Steam Config and DNS

This solution aims to reset the internet settings and its configurations that could fix Error Missing Content Manifest on Steam. The solution basically flushes the configurations settings for steam games that are installed on your computer.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type “steam://flushconfig” and press Enter or click OK.
  3. A pop up window appears, click OK to confirm action.
  4. Restart Steam. You may need to log in again to your account.
  5. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN dialog box.
  6. At RUN dialog box, type “cmd” and press Enter or click OK to open Command Prompt
  7. Inside Command Prompt, type ” ipconfig /flushdns” and press Enter or click OK.
  8. Exit Command prompt window
  9. Restart Computer

After computer completely reboots, check if Check if Content Manifest unavailable error on Steam still occurs.

Solution 3: Temporarily Disable Antivirus Program

Antivirus installed and third party antivirus can cause conflicts with Steam. Antivirus can sometimes consider the changes on Steam as a threat thereby preventing it updating and downloading to proceed and getting Missing Content Manifest. To fix this, you may need to temporarily disable antivirus program to check if this is the culprit.

For Windows Defender:

  1. At the lower left on your windows, click on the Start or Windows logo key.
  2. Click on Settings which is an icon that looks like a gear. This will open Windows Settings section.
  3. At Windows settings window, click on Update and Security.
  4. Click on Windows security which is located at the left pane.
  5. Click Virus and Threat protection from the protection areas section.
  6. At the new window, click Manage settings from Virus and Threat Protection settings.
  7. Then, Toggle OFF Real-time protection.
  8. Restart your computer.

For AVG:

  1. Double-click on AVG icon located at computer system tray
  2. Click Temporarily disable AVG protection.
  3. Select how long you want AVG to be turned off and whether you want AVG to disable its Firewall too. Click on OK to disable the antivirus program.

For McAfee:

  1. Double-click on McAfee icon located at computer system tray.
  2. Click Exit.
  3. A dialog box warning you that McAfee protection will be turned off, click Yes to disable the antivirus program.

For Avast:

  1. Double-click on Avast icon located at computer system tray.
  2. Click Avast shields control.
  3. Locate the options to disable the program – the options are to disable it for 10 minutes, an hour, until the computer is restarted or permanently (until you yourself turn it back on). Select whatever option suits you best and use it to disable the program.

Check if Missing Content Manifest on Steam error still occurs.

Solution 4: Temporarily Disable Firewall

Other than conflicts with anti virus programs, there are also instances where Steam can cause conflicts with the Firewall. Try to temporarily disable firewall and then check if the error will be fix.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type  control panel and press Enter or click OK. This will open control panel section.
  3. Inside Control panel, at the upper right corner make sure View by is set to Large icons.
  4. Click Windows Defender Firewall
  5. At left pane, click the option Turn Windows Firewall on and off.
  6. Check the options Turn off Windows Firewall for both the Public and Private network settings.
  7. Click OK to apply changes made.

Check if Missing Content Manifest on Steam error still occurs.

Solution 5: Run Steam as Administrator

To be able to make changes in the settings and configurations, as well as updating and downloading the gate, Steam must be on Administrative access. Users with admin access can change security settings, access files and can install software and updates too.

To do this:

  1. Right click on Steam Shortcut usually located on your desktop.
  2. Click Properties from the drop down menu.
  3. At Steam properties, click on Compatibility tab.
  4. Under settings section, click the option Run this program as an administrator
  5. Click Apply to apply changes made.
  6. Click OK to exit properties window.

Check if Content Manifest Unavailable error on Steam still occurs.

Solution 6: Clear Steam Download Cache

A corrupt download cache can cause issues with Steam such as Missing content manifest error. To fix this, you may need to clear download cache on Steam.

To do this:

  1. Open the Steam client by right clicking on it and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu.
  2. Click on Steam tab present at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Settings from the drop down menu.
  4. Click Downloads tab at left pane.
  5. At right pane, click Clear Download Cache present at the near bottom of the screen. Steam will ask you to confirm your action, click OK . Wait for the process to complete.
  6. Steam will automatically relaunch.
  7. Log in to your account

After download cache on Steam has been cleared, Check if Content Manifest Unavailable error on Steam still occurs.

After following the methods mentioned, you will successfully fix Steam Missing Content Manifest on Windows 10. Visit our TheDroidGuy Youtube Channel for more troubleshooting videos.

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