Steam error: Could not connect to a network on Windows 10

As above, error occurs randomly and prevents you from logging in to your Steam account.
Here the catch; I already found (sketchy) solution that works – therefore, following Stack Overflow customs I’m going to post it and accept it. Others are free to contribute.

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Steam error: Could not connect to a network on Windows 10”

    1. Disable Steam startup on boot.
    2. Add -tcp to the Steam link pointing to Steam starting location – it should look like this:

      “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” -tcp

    3. Start Steam using said link. It will fail to connect to Steam network.

    4. Ignore it and press retry option. After a few seconds you’ll be logged in normally.

    Q: Why?
    A: Ask Valve.

    Q: Is it safe?
    A: I do not guarantee anything but it works for me. Source ( says that:

    It just launches steam with TCP protocols instead UCP.


    It uses TCP as apposed to UDP. You can google if you are interested. There is no concerns about security.

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