How to fix the issue when STEAM ID becomes VALVE ID LAN or STEAM ID LAN in Counter Strike 1.6!

I have recently encountered an issue on some of our customer’s servers. From time to time, some players that use STEAM clients are identified as using VALVE (non steam) clients, so I tried to get to the bottom of it. At first, I suspected that dproto is the one causing issues, but this happened also on steam only servers. The funny thing was that this happened only for some of the players and at random moments. This wasn’t a big issue at the beginning, but the guys who weren’t identified as using steam clients were not able to use their admin rights! To explain this in detail, this is what I got under uniqueid field when I used the status command in console:I have recently encountered an issue on some of our customer’s servers. From time to time, some players that use STEAM clients are identified as using VALVE (non steam) clients, so I tried to get to the bottom of it. At first, I suspected that dproto is the one causing issues, but this happened also on steam only servers. The funny thing was that this happened only for some of the players and at random moments. This wasn’t a big issue at the beginning, but the guys who weren’t identified as using steam clients were not able to use their admin rights! To explain this in detail, this is what I got under uniqueid field when I used the status command in console:

STEAM_ID_LAN
VALVE_ID_LAN

instead of what I should have received:

STEAM_0:0:0485942

Considering all the above and the search results I received when looking for similar problems, I decided that it must be a client issue so I opened a ticket to steampowered. Below is their response:

Hello,

Thank you for contacting Steam Support.
Please exit Steam and go to the folder called C:\Program Files\Steam\ (this is the default location for a Steam installation - if you set a different installation directory, you will need to browse to it).
Delete all of the files in this folder except:
The \Steamapps\ folder and Steam.exe (this file is listed as an application and features the black and white Steam logo)
Restart your computer.
Then, launch Steam.exe from within the Steam installation folder, and not from a pre-existing shortcut.
With Steam running, re-test the original issue.
Note: This process will not affect your currently installed games.
If the issue persists, make sure your network is optimized for Steam"

NOTE: Installing and uninstalling the Steam Client or reinstalling Counter Strike 1.6 did not fix the issue (I don’t really know why, but I care less since there is a walkaround). What you see above is the solution to the problem! All you have to do is follow the instructions and your issue will be gone in no time.

STEAM_ID_LAN
VALVE_ID_LAN

instead of what I should have received:

STEAM_0:0:0485942

Considering all the above and the search results I received when looking for similar problems, I decided that it must be a client issue so I opened a ticket to steampowered. Below is their response:

Hello,

Thank you for contacting Steam Support.
Please exit Steam and go to the folder called C:\Program Files\Steam\ (this is the default location for a Steam installation - if you set a different installation directory, you will need to browse to it).
Delete all of the files in this folder except:
The \Steamapps\ folder and Steam.exe (this file is listed as an application and features the black and white Steam logo)
Restart your computer.
Then, launch Steam.exe from within the Steam installation folder, and not from a pre-existing shortcut.
With Steam running, re-test the original issue.
Note: This process will not affect your currently installed games.
If the issue persists, make sure your network is optimized for Steam"

NOTE: Installing and uninstalling the Steam Client or reinstalling Counter Strike 1.6 did not fix the issue (I don’t really know why, but I care less since there is a walkaround). What you see above is the solution to the problem (when STEAM ID becomes VALVE ID LAN )! All you have to do is follow the instructions and your issue will be gone in no time.

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