I understand that operating systems crash. This happens, I know. However, the frequency in which my Windows installation crashes is just sad. This usually only causes annoyance when it crashes in the middle of a game. I can deal with that. However, when I am updating an application, such as, I don’t know….Left 4 Dead and Windows crashes, I have 30 minutes of pain, and an hour+ of waiting. I assumed that steam would do like it does when it installs a game. If you shut down the system, it pauses the download, and then resumes it. But when my system crashed it ate the update, and it wouldn’t launch.
Then I tried to remove and then reinstall via steam. This failed. Then I tried to remove the game files. This failed. After seaching I found a page that talked about removing the client blob file. That failed. I eventually had to remove all the files but the steam.exe and the steamApps folder. But I did have to remove any files that talked about L4D.
So, after about 1 hour of downloading I should have a ready to play game. Sigh. If only the other peices, like the game verification, game removal or update worked I would have this hassle.