Games Not Launching on PC: Try These Solutions

You double-click on your game and nothing happens? Apply our solutions and fix it for good. 🚀


Games not launching on PC, and you don’t know what to do about it? This is one of the most frequent issues gamers experience, so we decided to cover the topic in-depth and provide the checks, fixes, and solutions you must apply to ensure the problem doesn’t happen again.

If your games do launch, but you have problems with frequent crashes, read how to troubleshoot games crashing without errors.

Why are games not launching on PC?
The games are not launching on PC due to outdated GPU drivers, faulty game files, resource-draining background apps, lack of Windows permissions, accumulated cache files on your Windows or the game platform, unreliable internet connection, or even restrictions with security software.

How to fix games not launching on PC?

Begin with these simple checks and quick fixes:

  • Restart your PC. Sometimes this is enough to make the game run.
  • Check if you are running the latest version of Windows. If not, update your Windows.
  • Check the minimum system requirements of the game you want to play. If your PC doesn’t meet these requirements, you must update your CPU, GPU or RAM.
  • Run the game as an administrator. This will grant your game client the necessary permissions to use your PC’s resources.
  • Check your internet connection. If you are trying to launch an online game faulty internet connection might be a problem. Check if your internet works properly on other devices, and try restarting your networking device (modem and/or router).

Once you ensure that everything is configured correctly, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Update the GPU driver
  2. Verify the integrity of game files
  3. Disable background apps
  4. Delete cache files

1. Update the GPU driver

Time needed: 5 minutes

Games sometimes don’t launch due to problems with your GPU, such as an outdated GPU driver. Update the GPU driver to ensure games launch properly and have the best possible performance while gaming.

  1. Click the Windows icon, type Device Manager, and open this tool from the Best Match.

    windows icon search bar device manager result

  2. Double-click on the Display Adapters section.

    device manager double click display adapters

  3. Right-click on GPU and select Update driver.

    device manager graphics card gpu update driver option

  4. Select the Search automatically for drivers option.

  5. Install driver update.

    Use another driver updater tool if Update Driver Wizard doesn’t find a GPU driver update.

  6. Restart your PC.

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2. Verify the integrity of game files

Faulty and corrupted game files will prevent a specific game from launching. Luckily, most game-distributing platforms offer a system for verifying these files without reinstalling the whole game.

Steam games:

  1. Launch Steam and go to the Library.
  2. Right-click on the game and select Properties.
  3. Select the Local Files tab, and click on Verify integrity of the game files.
    Verify Integrity of Game File

Epic Games Launcher games:

  1. Open Epic Games Launcher and navigate to the Library.
  2. Find the game, click the three vertical dots, and select Manage.
  3. Click the Verify button.
    clicking verify to repair game files epic games launcher games:

  1. Launch and navigate to the game library.
  2. Find the game that doesn’t launch, click the gear icon, and select the Scan and Repair option.
    battle net scan and repair verify game files
  3. Select the Begin Scan option.

👉 After the scan, the game-distributing platform will let you know if any files are corrupted and if further actions are necessary.

3. Disable background apps

Another critical point is the apps running in the background when you try to launch a game. The best way to go around this is to close all the apps and then disable ‘hidden’ apps using the following method.

  1. Use the CTRL + Shift + ESC shortcut to open Task Manager.
  2. Find an app that you want to close.
  3. Right-click on it and select End task.
    Task Manager End Task
  4. Repeat the process with other unnecessary apps.

Heads up! Never disable apps before saving the progress in the app. Avoid closing Windows-related apps and processes since it can lead to system malfunctioning and security flaws.

4. Delete cache files

Cache files are useful for any app and game since they speed up loading time and support better performance. However, sometimes they can cause issues when launching games.

  1. Use the Windows Key + R shortcut to open the Run dialog, type %localappdata%, and hit OK.
    Run LocalAppData Delete Cache
  2. Use the CTRL shortcut to select all files in the folder.
  3. Press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete all the files in the folder.
    Deleting Files AppData Local

Extra steps

If games are still not launching on your PC, try these last-resort options:

  • 🔥 Allow the game through the Windows Firewall: If it requires an internet connection, it might not launch due to the security system recognizing it as a potential threat. This means that you have to add the game as an exception.
  • Temporarily disable your antivirus software. If you use third-party antivirus software, disable it temporarily and try to run the game. If the game launches, re-enable your antivirus and add the game as an exception.
  • 💾 Clear cache files of the game platform: If you use a game distribution platform like Steam or Epic Games, clear the cache from the platform settings. If this doesn’t help, you may reinstall the platform app.

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