How do I continue downloading a game in Steam while playing?

Close Other Programs

If you have some other programs opened while trying to complete your Steam download, these can actually greatly hinder your download speed. Especially if certain programs are also connected to the internet and using data, you should look into closing them.

To do this, open your task manager by either going to Start and searching for it. Or, you can press Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task manager from the menu. You can now see which programs you have open besides Steam. 

If you click More details, you can see which programs are running in the background. You can also see which programs are using your network connection by looking at the Network column. If another app is using a large percentage of it, you can close it by right-clicking the program and selecting End task

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