pop-up: "Scanning for Steam games updates"
Hi. I'm trying to start Skyrim, but instead of the usual Skyrim start menu (the pop-up that Steam uses to check for updates to our subscribed mods), I'm getting a pop-up that says, "Scanning for Steam games updates." I've never gotten that pop-up before. I didn't think much of it at first. But . . . it just sits there . . . forever (hours, anyway, while I was away from my desk). If I close this new pop-up and try opening the game again, I just get the new pop-up again. In effect, I cannot access Skyrim at all via the regular Steam button.
I tried opening the Creation Kit, too, and I got the same pop-up. So I can't get into the CK, either.k
Fortunately, I have SKSE (SKyrim Script Extender) installed, and I was able to open the game that way. But I obviously need access to the regular Steam controls, too. And I know of no way to open the CK w/o using the Steam button.
Can anybody help me with this?
Thanks for having a look!
[Aside: I'd like to just ask Steam tech support about my problem, but the 2 questions I've sent them about other problems have only gotten stock replies that just repeated the standard, general info that Steam uses to describe it's features. For example, I asked how to opt out of Steam Guard--which I know can be done--and I just got a note telling me how wonderful Steam Guard was and advising me not to opt out. Well, in my case, Steam Guard requires that I use an e-mail confirmation of my identity every single time I log in to the Steam Community. Steam does that with me because my machine clears all of the assorted cookies after I log off. I can understand why Steam needs to place cookies when I'm using the Steam site, but I do not understand why Steam needs to place cookies that remain on my machine even when I am not using Steam. No other web site of any kind has ever asked to do this. I can't help but think that Steam is wanting to track the players when not playing, and, really, I don't think that's any of Steam's business.]