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Steam Activation Guide

If you are new to Steam then simply follow these instructions to download the software and activate your game code

Step 1: Downloading Steam

If you already have Steam installed on your PC, skip to step 3.

If you do not have Steam installed on your PC, go to the website here:

Click on the green button that says “Install Steam Now” (or alternatively click the links just below that if you are using Mac or Linux). Click “Save As” to the small installation file and when it has downloaded open it to begin the installation of Steam.

Once the Steam software has installed, open the program/app.

Step 2: Login or Register

You only need to have one Steam account – if you already have one then simply login. If you are completely new to Steam then click on the button (in the login window) that says “Create A New Steam Account…”

Simply enter a username, password, email address etc. You may have to confirm your email address. Once you have registered, login and you’ll see the Steam store page in the software window.

Step 3: Activate Your Game

For this step, make sure that you have launched Steam (the software/app) and you aren’t simply logged in using the website. To activate and install games you must use the software, not the website.

You can activate your game via either of the two menus:

  • From the very top menu you’ll see ‘Steam View Friends Games Help’, go to ‘Games’ and then ‘Activate a Product on Steam…’
  • In the bottom left hand corner you’ll see a link that says ‘+ Add A Game…’, from there go to ‘Activate a Product on Steam…’

From the pop up window, click next, agree to the terms and conditions, and then enter your product code. Once you click next and the product code is entered then your game will be immediately activated to your account. Once it is activated it cannot be unbound from your account.

Step 4: Downloading

Once you have activated the game you should be automatically asked to install the game. However, if this pop up window does not appear, simply go to the ‘Library’ tab, go to ‘Games’ and find the game. There should be a blue button that says ‘Install’. Simply follow the installation process to begin downloading the game.

To view the download status, go to the ‘Library’ tab and click ‘Downloads’ at the bottom of the drop down menu.

Step 5: Problem?

Did you have a problem with any of the above steps?

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