Tomb Raider Error Steam Must be Running

Tomb Raider error Steam must be running is common among PC users. This error can easily be rectified by performing troubleshooting steps given below.

Troubleshooting Steps

·         Check System Requirements
·         Install steam on your system
·         Check the version of DirectX
·         Uninstall & Reinstall Steam and Tomb Raider
·         Disable Firewall Protection

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Check System Requirements

Before you start troubleshooting Tomb Raider error Steam must be running. You need to check the minimum system requirements. Here are PC requirements for the game.

·         Operating System: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
·         Graphics Card: 512 MB
·         DirectX: DirectX 9 or above
·         RAM: 1 GB Windows XP, 2 GB or above for Vista and later versions
·         Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.1 GHz,
·         Storage: 4 GB of internal Storage

Install Steam on your system

In fact Steam is legitimate and trustable service for games on PC. To install Steam on your system, follow the steps given below.

1.       Open your browser
2.       Visit
3.       Download and install Steam to get started
4.       You need to log into the Steam before playing Tomb Raider
5.       Use your activation key to register Tomb Raider to Steam account

Check the Version of DirectX

To check the version of DirectX on your system, follow the instructions given below.

1.       Open Start
2.       Type “dxdiag” without quotes in search box
3.       Now click on the System Tab
4.       Check the DirectX version under System Information
5.       If you have an earlier version of DirectX, just visit Microsoft’s Downloads
6.       Download the latest version

Uninstall & Reinstall Steam and Tomb Raider

Oftentimes uninstalling and reinstalling both Steam & the game solves your problem. Follow the steps given below to uninstall and reinstall Steam & Tomb Raider.

1.       Open Start
2.       GO to Control Panel
3.       Click on Uninstall a program
4.       Click on Steam | Uninstall
5.       Now click on Tomb Raider and uninstall this program too
6.       Restart your system
7.       Download Steam and Tomb Raider again

Disable Firewall Protection

Sometimes your Firewall is conflicting with the game. Disable Firewall protection using steps given below.

1.       Open Start
2.       Type Firewall in Search Box
3.       Click on Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
4.       Click on Windows Firewall Properties under Public Profile
5.       Click on Firewall State | Turn OFF
6.       Click on Apply & OK

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