Application load error 5:0000065434 in Steam

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  • The Application load error 5:0000065434 appears when you’re trying to start a Steam game and the error prevents you from playing it at all.
  •  The first steps in solving this problem are to delete the appcache folder, run Steam as administrator and copy Steam.exe in the game’s folder. 

Many Steam users have reported Application load error 5:0000065434  message that prevents the game from loading.

Here’s how one user described the problem on Reddit:

When I start the game from Nexus Mod Manager, it gives me Application load error 5:0000065434. The game loads fine if I start it from Steam, but obviously that means playing without the QOL mods.

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We have a series of steps that you can follow in order to make running these games possible.

How can I fix Steam Application load error 5:0000065434?

1. Delete the appcache folder

  1. Go to the Steam‘s installation directory. By default, it should be C:>Program Files>Steam.
  2. Find the appcache folder in the Steam folder and delete it.
  3. Close the Steam client and them open it back to see if it made any changes.

2. Run Steam as administrator

  1. Locate Steam‘s shortcut or .exe file.
  2. In order to run Steam as administrator simply right-click on the Steam launcher and select Run as administrator.

3. Copy Steam.exe in the game’s folder

  1. Click on the Steam shortcut > select Open file location.
  2. Find Steam.exe > right click on it > select Copy.
  3. Open the folder containing the game that can’t be opened > right-click in a free space of the folder and select Paste.
  4. Try opening the game to see if it works.

4. Use the Command Prompt to link the apps

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard > type cmd in the Run box and hit Enter.
  2. Type cd <GameFolder> for example cd C:Program FilesSteamsteamappscommonoblivion and press Enter.
  3. Then you need to type mklink steam.exe <SteamFolder>steam.exe for example mklink steam.exe C:Program Filesteamsteam.exe
  4. After inputting these commands make sure Steam is running while trying to launch the game again.

5. Verify integrity of game files in Steam

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Locate the problematic game in the Library tab.
  3. Right click on the game > select Proprieties.
  4. Select the Local files section > click Verify integrity of game files…
  5. Wait for the process to finish, then relaunch the game to see if it works.

We hope that our guide on how to fix the Steam game launching issue was of help for you. If you found this article helpful, leave a comment in the comment section below.

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