How to Fix Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432

Steam is a platform that enhances your gaming experience. Steam provides video streaming, social networking where you can chat with other players while playing games. It also helps you with updating your games and gives you information about your favorite choice of games.

It seems that a lot of Steam users are encountering the Application Load Error 3:0000065432 while trying to open or launch games via the Steam launcher on their Windows PCs. There are several game titles that have been reported by the affected players which are specifically triggering such an error like Scarlet Nexus, Nioh 2, Doom, Fallout 4, Skyrim, etc. So, if you’re also facing the same issue, make sure to follow this troubleshooting guide.

As mentioned, this particular error message appears whenever PC players are trying to launch specific games on Steam which basically doesn’t run the game whatsoever. Even after restarting or updating the game as well as the Steam client, the error doesn’t fix which is quite frustrating. Luckily, here we’ve managed to provide you a couple of possible workarounds that should help you to resolve it.

Reasons behind the Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432 : 

Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432

We have listed down some common issues that can give rise to the Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432. The error doesn’t specify the reasons. So, you need to go through different solutions and see which will work for you. Here’s a list of possible reasons-

  • The game is not installed properly.
  • DeepGuard security error
  • Corruption present in the Steam installer.
  • Game’s update issue.
  • Third-party Antivirus interference.

If you are wondering whether one of the reasons mentioned above is causing the error with your Steam application, then go through the solutions provided below.

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How to Fix Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432 (2021 Update)

To be very precise, there can be a couple of possible reasons behind such an issue that we’ve mentioned below. Most probably the security software is somehow conflicting with the installed game files or Steam that eventually preventing specific games to run properly. Whereas if you haven’t installed the particular game in the Steam directory on your PC, then it may be another possible reason behind such an error.

Additionally, corrupted or missing game files may also trigger startup errors with your specific game. It may also happen that your Steam client isn’t properly installed or have some issues with its internal files.

In other ways, deleting the game’s folder from the Documents section, running the Steam client as an administrator, deleting Steam’s appcache folder, or copying the Steam executable file into the game’s folder can also fix the application load error most probably. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

1. Run Steam as an administrator

The chances are high that you’re not running the specific game or the Steam client as an administrator which may also cause application load error most probably. All you need is to simply grant the admin privilege to your Steam client to run freely using your Windows account.

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  • Right-click on the Steam.exe file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Enable the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.
  • Once done, now you can simply double-click on Steam and try running the problematic game again to check for the issue.

2. Disable Antivirus Protection temporarily

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Well, it’s quite common for Windows computer users to have some issues with the app or game startup. So, no matter which security program you’re using, just make sure to turn off the real-time protection and scanning all files feature temporarily to cross-check whether the problem is occurring from the antivirus software or not.

If you’re the default Windows Defender program, then make sure to follow the steps below:
  • Just open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + I keys.
  • Now, click on Update & Security > Click on Windows Security from the left pane.
  • Click on Virus & Threat Protection > Select Manage Settings under the ‘Virus & Threat Protection Settings’.

  • Then click on the toggle of Real-time Protection to turn it off. [If enabled]

3. Verify Integrity of Game Files for the specific title

If you’re still receiving the specific application load error every time while trying to launch the game on your Steam client then make sure to verify the installed game files (the problematic one) via the Steam client automatically. To do so:

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  • Open the Steam launcher on your PC/Laptop.
  • Go to the Game Library > Right-click on the specific game which is troubling you.

  • Next, click on Properties > Go to the Local Files tab.
  • Then select Verify integrity of game files.
  • Wait for the process to complete.
  • Once done, make sure to completely restart your PC to change effects immediately.

This method should help you to fix the Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432 on your computer.

4. Delete game’s folder from Documents

Some of the fortunate Steam users have already fixed the application load error on their PCs by simply deleting the game’s data folder from the Documents/My Games section. To do that:

  • Open Windows File Explorer by pressing the Windows + E keys.
  • Now, open the mentioned folder path: C:\Users\Username\Documents\My Games section.
  • Then select the specific game’s folder from here.
  • Next, delete the folder completely and restart your computer to change the effects.
  • Finally, open Steam, and try running the problematic game again.

5. Delete Steam appcache folder

Maybe deleting the Steam appcache folder on your PC should fix the Application Load Error: 3:0000065432 that you’re not being able to resolve in other ways.

  • To do this, simply head over to the installed Steam folder via File Explorer.
  • Now, make sure to select the appcache folder inside it.
  • Then just delete the folder.
  • Once you restart the computer, re-open the Steam client, and run the problematic game, it should gonna fix the issue. [Make sure to sign in to your existing Steam account again]

6. Copy Steam (exe) to the game folder

Some of the affected Steam users have also mentioned that copying the Steam.exe launcher file into the installed game folder can also fix such an issue.

This particular conflict happens whenever a user installs the Steam client on a different drive partition and the game on another one. So, copying the exe file to the same folder will do the job. To do that:

  • Press Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.
  • Now, open the installed Steam folder > Head over to the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folder.
  • Then right-click on the Steam.exe file and select Copy.
  • Next, open the installed game folder which is troubling you.
  • Just paste the copied Steam.exe file inside the game’s folder by either pressing Ctrl+V or right-click and select Paste.

7. Close Background Tasks

It’s also possible that there are plenty of unnecessary tasks running in the background on the system which will eventually reduce the system performance by eating up a lot of CPU/Memory space. If you also feel the same, make sure to follow the steps below:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open up the Task Manager.
  • Now, click on the Processes tab > Click to select tasks that are unnecessarily running in the background and consuming enough system resources. [Mostly choose the third-party apps or services and do not select Microsoft or Windows services]

  • Click on End Task to close it one by one.
  • Once done, restart your system, and check for the issue again.

8. Reinstall the Steam Launcher

Make sure to uninstall and reinstall the Steam client on your PC to completely fix the corrupted or missing file issue on Steam. It’ll also ensure that whether the purchased or downloaded games are properly installed or not. To do so:

  • Press the Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Apps > Here you’ll get all the installed programs under the Apps & features section which are available on your computer.

  • Now, search for the Steam client from the list > Right-click on it and select Uninstall.
  • If prompted, select Uninstall/Delete again to proceed.
  • Once done, make sure to restart your computer to apply changes.
  • Finally, head over to the Steam website via a web browser on your PC, and download the latest launcher for Windows.
  • Just install it and sign in to the existing Steam account > Head over to Library and run the game again.
  • You’re good to go.

9. Reinstall the problematic game too

If none of the methods worked for you, try uninstalling and reinstalling the particular game on your PC as a last resort. It’s also possible that somehow the game files or cache data is conflicting with the system and Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432 is happening to you. So, you’ll need to follow the steps below:

  • Launch the Steam client on your computer.
  • Now, go to Library > Right-click on the problematic game which is throwing you the error.
  • Then head over to Manage > Select Uninstall.
  • If prompted, click on Uninstall again and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.
  • Once you’re done, make sure to reboot your computer to apply changes.
  • Now, run the Steam launcher again and install the deleted game again.
  • You can also try installing the game to a different drive to check if that helps you or not.

The reasons for the error differ from one user to another user. You can choose the solution which works best for you. Or if you don’t know what reason is causing the problem, then try all the solutions one by one. I hope this article comes to your use. If you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.

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