Left 4 Dead 2

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L4D2 Failed to Start (Missing executable)
I looked and it seems this is more of a problem for MAC users. I have Windows 8. Game worked just fine couple days ago when I still had Windows 7. All my other Steam games work fine, not L4D2.

This sucks I've been playing a lot and now I can't. I tried verifying files. I refuse to re-install I just want to fix the game. If I can fix POS Origin to not have to re-download BF3 surely I can for Steam... 700kbps would take too long.
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Hmmm. Have you tried launching straight out of the Left4Dead2 root folder? Launching the exe directly could help.
Straight Shooter Jun 27, 2013 @ 9:43pm 
It launches the game, but as soon as I skip the Valve part and introduction, it exits before loading the main screen.
Straight Shooter Jun 27, 2013 @ 9:44pm 
I might try doing a backup, deleting local content and re-installing from that backup. I was just hoping more Windows 8 users would chime in instead of Mac users.
Straight Shooter Jun 28, 2013 @ 4:10pm 
Bump this needs to be addressed by STEAM AND VALVE.
Lv5Bulbasaur Jun 28, 2013 @ 4:16pm 
wow that sucks
Svide Jun 28, 2013 @ 5:45pm 
remove your game then reinstall it
Soldatryan2 Jun 28, 2013 @ 6:03pm 
The game crash one time but nerver did again for me.
Straight Shooter Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:47pm 
Nah I refuse to reinstall that will take days on my internet connection. This is STUPID Valve needs to stop being ♥♥♥♥ing lazy and fix this. I just want to play the game I paid for.
-.B.O.W.-Killer- Jun 29, 2013 @ 1:02pm 
Well i ugraded to windows 8 afew days ago & i had the same problem, A file integrity check fixed most things but one. (The same problem as you)
For some reason the steam addon doesnt always install, installing this manualy may fix your problem it fixed mine. Default location i think " C:\programfiles\STEAM\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\bin\addoninstaller.exe "
Last edited by -.B.O.W.-Killer-; Jun 29, 2013 @ 1:11pm
RedRanger Jun 29, 2013 @ 2:11pm 
Same problem. Downloaded yesterday, played once, and now have the stupid fail to start game message. Im♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥that I paid $20 for a game that Valve seems too lazy to fix. Anyone else have suggestions?
Straight Shooter Jun 29, 2013 @ 7:55pm 
I tried installing the addoninstaller but it wouldn't do anything. I tried a couple other fixes from googling but no go. It won't even let me back the game up it just says "check integrity" or whatever. When I do that it says everything is fine..

I'm just going to suck it up and delete the game and redownload it I guess...
Straight Shooter Jul 2, 2013 @ 12:10pm 
So it is downloading an update right now. 2gbs... I don't really want to update a game that isn't working but I'm hoping Valve patched this error. Hoping for the best!
Straight Shooter Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:07pm 
It opens! But now it is stuck on a loading screen starring Nick Rochelle Coach Ellis... Been stuck for a couple of minutes without progressing on the loading.

Swemoph Jul 16, 2013 @ 4:14am 

Ok so the way I fixed this was to take a backup of my l4d2 files (Ctrl + C from common directory in steam, not a backup from within steam), then delete l4d2 from steam all together (not sure if this step is 100% necessary). Then what I did was create a shortcut to the .exe that you have from your backup (left4dead2.exe), and add -steam to it. This works perfectly for me.

My shortcut target looked like this "F:\Steam\steamapps\common\BACKUPleft 4 dead 2 old\left4dead2.exe" -steam

Make sure you add the -steam bit, otherwise you CANNOT connect to VAC servers, also you need to run it as administrator to ensure it doesnt just close when it gets to the menu.

This method also ensures it still goes ingame on steam when you open it.

IF you run into the issue with the steamcloud notification getting stuck in the background of the menu - add +map <anymapname> to the shortcut, then once it launches quit the map/game, and you can interact with the menu.

Only problem with this is when they decide to update the game, it gets a bit awkward.

Last edited by Swemoph; Jul 16, 2013 @ 4:22am
Straight Shooter Jul 16, 2013 @ 6:51pm 
It magically started working again after 2gb patch but it somehow put the game on my storage harddrive instead of the harddrive with my steam games. I don't know if I can move everything back without messing anything up.
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Date Posted: Jun 27, 2013 @ 6:35pm
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