Originally Posted by guenthar
The only software that I have used for a long time is Avast but that has only been about 3-4 years and I always check to see if the problem involves my anti-virus when I have problems with a program. I use Windows Firewall for my firewall and make sure proper exceptions are in place. The first time I tried installing Steam was in 2004 when Half-Life 2 came out and I don't even have any of the software I had then. I actually don't even have parts from the same manufacturers in my computer as back then.
PS. I just remembered that I have fully upgraded my system twice since then so I have tried with 3 different hardware configurations.
PPS. Actually what happens is Steam will install but it won't run correctly and either will immediately crash, never start at all, or will crash my computer. This las time it crashed my computer and then Windows wouldn't start and I had to go into safe mode to get it working again.