Games won’t start on Windows 10

When installing a new game, many users are faced with one or another problem related to the launch or unstable operation of the application. Unfortunately, the reasons for the problem are not always clear, which can take many hours to find a way to fix it. Below we will consider universal methods of solution that will help if the problem is not in the critical error of the game itself – in this case, you should just wait for the update.

Solution 1. Run the game as administrator

First of all, insufficient permissions on your system can cause the application to stop working. Therefore, you should run it as administrator:

  1. Right-click on the game’s shortcut (if it is not on the desktop or in the Windows menu, it is located in the folder with the game installed).
  2. Select the item: Run as administrator.
  3. If User Account Control is displayed, click Yes.

Games won't start on Windows 10

If this method helped, you need to configure the application to always run with administrator rights:

  1. Right-click on the game’s shortcut again, and select Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab.
  3. Select the Run this program as administrator check box.
  4. Click Apply and OK.

Games won't start on Windows 10

Solution 2: Apply all available Windows updates

In some cases, an outdated Windows system can cause all sorts of problems, especially if the game is owned by Microsoft, such as Minecraft. Therefore, you need to make sure that all available updates for the OS are installed.

  1. Press the Win + X combination and select Options.
  2. Go to the Update & Security section, and then to Windows Update.
  3. Check for updates.
  4. Wait while Windows downloads and installs all the necessary files.
  5. Make sure you have installed any optional updates as well.
  6. Restart your computer and try starting the game.

Games won't start on Windows 10

Solution 3: Update your graphics drivers

Don’t forget how important video card drivers are for any game. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor their relevance and update as necessary. Any such applications are recommended to be downloaded from the official website of the developers. However, you can use Windows tools to make it easier to find the new version.

  1. Press Win + X again, and select Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Display adapters section.
  3. Right-click on your video card driver, and select Update.
  4. In the next window, run Automatic search for updated drivers.
  5. Follow these steps for all applications in this section.
  6. Reboot your system.

Games won't start on Windows 10

In addition, you can check for video card updates from the tray with running programs.

  1. Expand the window of running applications on the right, at the bottom.
  2. Find the icon of your video card and right-click on it.
  3. In the context menu, select: Check for Updates.

Solution 4. Run the game in compatibility mode

Games are developed on different engines that include many components. Combined with the fact that each operating system is relatively unique in configuration, it is not surprising that in some cases there are problems with launching or stable operation of an application. This can especially apply to old games that were created taking into account previous versions of Windows. Therefore, one of the solutions might be to run in compatibility mode.

  1. Right-click on the shortcut of the problematic game, and select Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab.
  3. Select the Run this program in compatibility mode check box.
  4. Select Windows 8, click Apply and OK.
  5. Try other versions and see if that fixes the startup / freezes / crashes.

Games won't start on Windows 10

Solution 5. Install newer / older versions of Visual C ++ package

Older games were built with older versions of Visual C ++ in mind. Therefore, you should install the exact package that is referenced by the error message when starting the application.

  1. Right click on the Windows icon and select Programs and Features.
  2. See which Visual C ++ Redistributables are installed on your PC.
  3. If, for example, version 2015-2019 is missing, download it from official site Microsoft.
  4. Make sure you have both x86 and x64 versions.
  5. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer and see if that helped launch the game.

Games won't start on Windows 10

Solution 6. Check the integrity of the game files

Launcher apps such as Steam have built-in validation systems to ensure that game files are intact and working as expected. Make sure this feature is active.

  1. Go to your library on Steam.
  2. Right click on the problematic game, and select properties.
  3. Go to Local Files and click “Verify Integrity of Game Files”.

Games won't start on Windows 10

At Epic Games:

Open your gamer library, click on the three dots next to the desired game and select “Verify Integrity of Files”.

In Origin:

Go to the library, right-click the game and select the “Restore” option.

In GOG:

Open the section “My games”, right-click on the required application> Manage installation> Check / repair.

Games won't start on Windows 10

Solution 7. Reinstall the game

Reinstalling the game in some cases can help with various problems. If the file integrity check does not give a positive result, it is worth completely uninstalling the application and installing it again.

  1. Go to Programs and Features again, as described in the fifth method.
  2. Find the problematic game in the list.
  3. Right-click on it, and select Delete.
  4. Install the game using the download file.

Games won't start on Windows 10

In this guide, we examined seven options for solving the error with launching games in Windows 10. If none of the methods worked for you, describe your problem in the comments. Also share your experience on how you managed to fix this or that malfunction.

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