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Game disappearing from Steam library | How to Fix


StrangeLettuce

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Uh, since my Steam kept removing WF from my library, I'll just make this thread in case someone else would need it.

If your game disappears from the library even though the store says its already in there, and hitting the 'Play' button asks you for confirmation to install it, don't.

To fix this without re-downloading, close steam first, then you'll need to edit your WF's appmanifest file named "appmanifest_230410" at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps. Open it with notepad then paste the following:
(Note: Don't forget replacing the "LastOwner" with your steamid64, you can get that in https://steamidfinder.com by pasting your steam profile URL in there.)

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"AppState"
{
    "appid"        "230410"
    "Universe"        "1"
    "name"        "Warframe"
    "StateFlags"        "4"
    "installdir"        "Warframe"
    "LastUpdated"        "1513645168"
    "UpdateResult"        "0"
    "SizeOnDisk"        "23034406406"
    "buildid"        "2362179"
    "LastOwner"        "<replace with your steamid64>"
    "BytesToDownload"        "0"
    "BytesDownloaded"        "0"
    "AutoUpdateBehavior"        "0"
    "AllowOtherDownloadsWhileRunning"        "0"
    "UserConfig"
    {
        "language"        "english"
    }
    "InstalledDepots"
    {
        "230411"
        {
            "manifest"        "5301169201249491747"
        }
    }
    "MountedDepots"
    {
        "230411"        "5301169201249491747"
    }
    "InstallScripts"
    {
        "230411"        "installscript.vdf"
    }
}

So, based on my experience, Warframe will disappear from your library if you force shut down (holding down the power button or unplugging the power) your PC with Warframe still running. Each installed game has its own appmanifest file, and apparently, WF's would magically go blank so you have to put those text up there to restore it back to your library.

 

(Sorry with bad english, if I had.)

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On 2018-02-19 at 2:49 AM, StrangeLettuce said:

 

On 2018-07-20 at 7:35 AM, Meniole said:

Hello Tennos, I know it's an old post but that happened to me nearly everyday and I got tired of fixing it. So I wrote a little fix that you can use ! You can find it here:

Warframe Steam Fixer

The source code is Open Source, feel free to fix, change, or implement anything you like. It's kinda basic right now, but does the job. Enjoy your game !

How to use:

Download the msi or exe file. Install it : you should have a link on your desktop named Warframe Fixer.

Thankssss so much you realy saved me 

 

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6 hours ago, peachypuff said:

hello. i've previously tried the solution that you had provided and it worked (thank you for that) but steam had uninstalled warframe again. i tried the same thing as before but now i'm getting an error telling me 'This file contains characters in Unicode format which will be lost if you save this file as an ANSI encoded text file.' and i'm not sure what to save it as 

Save it as ANSI and set the file type into "All files". And make sure the file extension is .acf

I'm guessing the file turns into Unicode once it gets corrupted, since I remember having that as well long time ago.
If it turns out I'm wrong, then just reopen the file, save it as Unicode.

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hello. i've previously tried the solution that you had provided and it worked (thank you for that) but steam had uninstalled warframe again. i tried the same thing as before but now i'm getting an error telling me 'This file contains characters in Unicode format which will be lost if you save this file as an ANSI encoded text file.' and i'm not sure what to save it as 

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On 2018-07-20 at 1:35 AM, Meniole said:

Hello Tennos, I know it's an old post but that happened to me nearly everyday and I got tired of fixing it. So I wrote a little fix that you can use ! You can find it here:

Warframe Steam Fixer

The source code is Open Source, feel free to fix, change, or implement anything you like. It's kinda basic right now, but does the job. Enjoy your game !

How to use:

Download the msi or exe file. Install it : you should have a link on your desktop named Warframe Fixer.

Scanned source and executables, Used with success and was back gaming in 5 minutes, thanks a bunch

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Well, i might be wrong, but wouldn't you just be able to set it to "Read-only" and have such events not happen again? I don't know the repercussions of this (AKA, preventing the game from updating or something) but that seems like a simple change given its a simple special text/manifest file. The numbers inside really shouldn't be changing, and even more so going blank like that.

Had this happen to me multiple times by now, so i just installed it in on the same drive as Windows and it seems that even power outages don't cause that anymore. Might be a asynchronous read/write issue, or maybe its just power outages causing problems, after all, a similar bug used to happen with Starbound, which is a singleplayer game, and instead of "unninstalling" itself, it deleted your character.

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On 2018-07-12 at 7:47 PM, StrangeLettuce said:

It's possible that you haven't really installed it on steam yet, since it is created after your first time installing it. Although, you can try making one by copying one of the appmanifest file then rename and edit it.

this is really late but i have had it on steam for about a year now and is the way i play it i just did a re-install to fix the problem but something really weird happen i tried to delete the warframe files manually and sometimes it said there was 30gb of files and other times 23mb of files either way re-installing worked 

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On 2018-07-20 at 7:35 AM, Meniole said:

Hello Tennos, I know it's an old post but that happened to me nearly everyday and I got tired of fixing it. So I wrote a little fix that you can use ! You can find it here:

Warframe Steam Fixer

The source code is Open Source, feel free to fix, change, or implement anything you like. It's kinda basic right now, but does the job. Enjoy your game !

How to use:

Download the msi or exe file. Install it : you should have a link on your desktop named Warframe Fixer.

Im not sure if this will work. I really don't want to risk it. (Yes im still having this issue in 2020.)

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