A few months ago i moved my whole steam installed games folder to another drive, but now there are certain games that keep going blue, like Fluffy Friends and 64.0, games that aren't even getting updates anymore, but also games like Edge of Eternity and Kerbal Space Program (they get updates but not so many anymore).
Anyway i let them update, but after a few days they always come back as blue again, it's always the same ones.
i also tried deleting the games and reinstall them, but it doesn't fix it, and also tried to delete the catches through the client, anyone knows what's going on and how to fix this?

https://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/0/1779388024840524810/
https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/8k3b2l/what_are_0_byte_updates_on_steam/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/al6h7l/another_giant_pile_of_updates/

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I have the same "problem" with ~20 games.
When i logout on steam and restart it i have them (with 0 kb download size) in the download tab.
Deactivating downloads before i want to play them, bring no, positive, result. The function don't care.

I ignore it now more or less .... the best i can do.

1 month ago
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Yeah, i find it weird though if you delete the game (which should erase everything), then try to reinstall it, it still does the same thing, that could point to some file somewhere holding the information that it supposedly have updates.

One can only do nothing but then to ignore it, and with over 600 games installed i barely see it unless i scroll, but i guess it's still some OCD. :p

1 month ago
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i had this problem a long time ago but i ignored it and well its gone now

good luck

1 month ago
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Does your drive connect and disconnect periodically? I think this happened to me a couple of times when my external drive where the games are installed on disconnected or flickered on and off for one reason or another, and Steam then basically didn't recognize the games as being installed when the drive flickered off. Then when it came back on, Steam wanted to verify the game content and it showed up as a blue line as if it needed to update. But it just goes through, checks the files and is back to normal.

See if the ones that keep turning blue are ones all installed on one particular drive, maybe that's what's happening to you.

1 month ago
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No, all games are installed on a 2tb WD internal drive. About 600+, and only 10-20 games (like with Masafor) give this update issue thing.

1 month ago
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https://imgur.com/T3sPyq7 You can see the 0 byte problematic ones, and Ace Combat 7 (both on the same drive) that does actually have an update.

1 month ago
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Darn, that's weird indeed, not sure why then. Hope you find out and can educate the rest of us.

1 month ago
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Thank you.

1 month ago
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Did you try clearing download cache? Steam - Settings - Downloads - Clear Download Cache.

1 month ago*
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You can also try clearing download cache and then moving your Steam Library to a different folder if the cache clearing didn't help at first.

1 month ago
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Yes, i have tried that, well last time when i moved things i lost half of it being recognized and had to reinstall all of them, because i didn't copy everything (the gamefiles but apparently i think it also needs the appmanifest files?).

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There is an official instruction on how to do it properly - Moving a Steam Installation and Games. Did you follow it when you moved your Steam Library the first time? If not, I guess you should refer to the 'If you encounter any errors during the move process or when Steam is launched from the new location, it may be necessary to perform a more thorough process' section.

1 month ago
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Ah, I see now that the article above does not contain information on how to move games to a different folder the right way without moving the whole Steam folder. :-) I thought I had read about it somewhere on Steam but I cannot find it now. If you have already added a new Steam Library folder in Steam Settings, you can move games by navigating to their Properties - Local Files - and there you have an option called 'Move install folder...'. You can try making another Steam Library folder and moving games there this way. Maybe it will help with update issues, dunno.

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Thanks, i will keep it open, but hoping someone encountered it too and knows a less rigorous way (aka me screwing up). :p

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I'm also getting up to 5 or 6 games queued up for 0kb updates once in a while. Its been years since I last changed the steam install directory/drive. I did reinstall windows a couple times since then, maybe that had something to do with it.

It doesn't take long to get through the "updates" but its mildly annoying.

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Maybe, I also reinstalled windows here and there, or restored backups.

Because they are 0kb, and basically they don't anything since it keeps on saying new updates each time with the same games.

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see below

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Not in my case, i don't reinstalled windows in the last ~2 years.

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if it's the same apps... unless you actively play them, you could disable autoupdates for those apps? Or delete them :P

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Not actively, just on a very long to do list with 600 games. :p

Fluffy Friends has a major lag in one of the levels and some impossible levels.
Edge of Eternity i waited till it came out of EA.
Kerbel Space Program is also something i only played once through a few tutorials but need to get back to.

But you make a good point, about manually stopping their updates, atleast for games that wouldn't get an update, atlhough i don't know about the games that might still get updates like Edge of Eternity, will it be forever stuck on 0kb when it might have an actual update? Or will that update override the 0kb thing?

[Edit] Well seems Edge of Eternity did have an actual update July 27.

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see below

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Disable Autoupdate bring nothing. They still appear with 0kb updates.

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https://windowsreport.com/steam-download-goes-to-0-bytes/ step 4 and 5.

I did those and it installed a few mb for Euro Truck Simulator and Steamworks Common Redistributables (even though i already had it), so far it looks good.. (only time will tell with this if it stays that way).

[Edit] Somehow now also my friend list looks different, or i had the old UI and changed to the new one.

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Huh, flush config is like a cheater’s way of reinstalling Steam without reinstalling it, lol. Good to know.

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It didn't eventually solved my problem though, there was no game that needed to be updated, and now it came back with even more games again. :x

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Sorry to hear. :(

1 month ago
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Thanks, it was just a suggestion.

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That sucks, but at least its asking you to update games as opposed to forcing game updates on games that you explicitly set "Automatic Updates" to "Only update this game when I launch it".

Does that mean that they don't force Automatic Updates, but they can still force non-automatic updates? Because that nonsense is all I can gather from a few different posts about it on Steam forums or /r/Steam on reddit

1 month ago
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It's saying there are updates but since they are 0kb there really aren't updates, or it's stuck in some limbo, and there are updates for them, but they register as 0kb.

1 month ago
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I have no idea what I am talking about... But what about those folders under "userdata", what do they do?

Again: I have no idea what I am talking about.

1 month ago
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They contain installed game folders (usually save games), program files, and it also has a steam folder, but apparently that only has some cache stuff, i tried deleting it, but didn't help.

Maybe found the solution here. https://www.steamgifts.com/go/comment/DQXljoy

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Bump.

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