Rise of the Tomb Raider Not Launching: How to Fix it Quickly

A required fix to solve Rise of the Tomb Raider launching error is updating the GPU driver ✅


Rise of the Tomb Raider was reported by a lot of players after the game kicked off. Although several users complained about launching issues

The most common game issues that players encountered are related to ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider cannot be started while Steam is not running’ or ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider Steam is not launching at all’.

Most frequently, users experience Rise of the Tomb Raider not launching on PC. But Xbox One X, Mac, and Epic Games launcher are not excluded.

“I open the game and nothing happens at all. My status in steam is for a second that I am in the game and then nothing…”

How to fix Rise of the Tomb Raider not launching?

Table of contents: 

  1. Update the graphics drivers
  2. Verify the game files on Steam
  3. Disable the antivirus protection
  4. Run the game in compatibility mode
  5. Reinstall the game

1. Update the graphics drivers

  1. Enter Device Manager in the Windows search box.
    update drivers manually
  2. Expand the Display adapters and right-click on the driver.
  3. Select Update driver.
    Update GPU driver
  4. Choose the Search automatically for the driver option.
  5. After installation, restart your PC to finish.
Alternatively, you can utilize PC HelpSoft software to update the GPU driver and boost your hardware resources by upgrading all drivers with their latest version from an official database with +18 million manufacturers’ drivers and a blazing-fast PC scan.

2. Verify the game files on Steam

  1. Launch the Steam client and access Library.
  2. Right-click on your game to select Properties.
    click on game properties
  3. Go to the Local Files tab and select Verify integrity of game files.
    Verify Integrity of Game File
  4. Repair the corrupted files of the game.
  5. Launch the game again.

3. Disable the antivirus protection

  1. Type Windows Security in the taskbar search bar.
    Dishonored 2 Crashing
  2. Click on Virus & threat protection.
  3. Under Virus & threat protection settings, select Manage settings.
  4. Now, check the Turn off the Real-time protection to block the antivirus.
    check the Turn off the Real-time protection
  5. Try the game now.

4. Run the game in Compatibility mode

  1. Navigate to your game folder location on your PC.
  2. Right-click on the game icon and click on Properties.
  3. Switch to the Compatibility tab and tick the Run this program as an administrator box.
    run game as an administrator
  4. Click on Apply and OK to close the window.

5. Reinstall the game

If none of the methods above worked for you and Rise of the Tomb Raider is not launching on Steam, it may be due to missing files or even corrupted game files that prevent the game from starting.

  • To fix this, go to Steam and select Library Hover the mouse on Manage → Click on the Uninstall button Reinstall the game on Steam and see if it works.

 Rise of the Tomb Raider not launching on Xbox One X

As mentioned before, you can have launching bugs on this game and the workaround sound like this:

  •  Before launching the game, modify the graphics settings to a high frame rate instead of enhanced options.

 Rise of the Tomb Raider not launching on Mac

In case you’re running into launching errors on your Mac device, you can simply turn off the low Power mode from the battery settings.

Some players have found this solution really helpful on a Reddit thread with the same issue.

We hope that our guide helped you fix your Rise of the Tomb Raider not launching issue and that now you are playing and enjoying the game smoothly.

If you encounter any issues or if you have questions please use the comment section below and we will help you fix your game.
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  1. Johhny says

    Thank you for the tutorial guys! My game works great now.

  2. german says

    Thank you, I managed to fix my crash!

  3. JAtin Chaudhary says

    Hi, I just bought TROTR (PC) edition. I am facing a challenge installing it. The installation is done till 90% and than it ask for disk 2. When I Insert desk – 2 the installation is not picking up the disk and keep on asking insert disk 2. Disk 2 is working fine but somehow the installer is not been able to read it. Can anyone help. I want to start playing ASAP

  4. Pankaj says

    Not able to install the game when it asking disc 2 after that it won’t install it by disc2. Why this happening? I am from India and i have pre ordered it. Disc 1 and Disc 2 both are readable. What is the issue can’t able to figure it out.

    @Jatin – did you resolved your issue

    1. JAtin Chaudhary says

      @Pankaj I am facing same issue. I have also pre ordered it. but not been able to install it. No solutions found. I have written to square enix support centre and let see if they have any solution for the same.

    2. JAtin Chaudhary says

      @Pankaj…Any updates??

  5. Mridul says

    My game does not find dlaucher.exe help please

  6. William says

    I have played many times without problem but this last time, Rise of the Tomb Raider, my keyboard E stops working for interaction. It just stalls and the ice axe icon is pictured in a small icon with the game stalling. To get unstuck, use the C letter and then when trying to use the ice axe, it stalls again and again.

  7. emma says

    whenever i go on the game and i press continue (ive only been playing for like half an hour total or something) im stuck on the loading screen and it will not load however long i leave it

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