Valorant Not Launching on Windows 11 [8 Easy Fixes]

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valorant not launching windows 11

If you’re experiencing the Valorant not launching on Windows 11, this guide has you covered.

Valorant failed to launch

The message above usually appears when Valorant fails to start normally. There can be various causes, but luckily, they’re all easily fixable. Let me show you the eight simple fixes I found:

1. Check if your PC meets the Minimum Requirements

valorant system specs

Valorant is a powerful game that requires quite a few PC resources to run optimally.

That said, the game won’t start unless your PC meets the minimum requirements, which you can see in the screenshot below.

PC hardware requirements for Valorant

Explore the Valorant Specs webpage, and compare your hardware with the required elements.

Note: As the image above shows, to run Valorant on Windows 11, you’ll need TPM 2.0 and UEFI Secure Boot services.

2. Repair Valorant Game Files

  1. Open the Riot client, click the profile icon, and choose Settings.Riot_Client settings
  2. Choose Valorant from the list of apps, and click the Repair button.Riot_Client repair Valorant
  3. Wait for the update to complete, and check if the game launches.

3. Run Valorant as an Administrator

  1. Navigate to your Desktop, and right-click the Valorant shortcut, and choose Run as AdministratorValorant run as administrator
  2. If Valorant still doesn’t open, try the next method below.

4. Temporarily Disable Antivirus Software

The exact steps required to disable the antivirus software will depend on the software. For this example, I used my BitDefender antivirus.

  1. Double-click the antivirus icon from the taskbar to open it.Opening antivirus
  2. Navigate to the Protection settings (or similar), and click Open next to the Antivirus settings
  3. Click the Advanced tab.Bitdefender Advanced tab
  4. De-activate the toggle next to the Bitdefender Shield option.deactivating antivirus
  5. Choose the time you want the antivirus to be turned off by using the drop-down list, and click OK.turning off antivirus
  6. Try running Valorant again and check if it starts. When you’re done playing, remember to reactivate your antivirus protection.

Note: If the game starts, it implies that the antivirus software is blocking it from working normally. You must replace the antivirus software or deactivate it any time you want to play Valorant.

5. Verify the VGC Service Status

  1. Click the Windows search bar, type Services, and choose Open from the panel on the right.Opening services
  2. Find the VGC entry in the services list, and double-click it to see its properties.vgc service
  3. Modify the Startup Type to Automatic, and click the Start button.vgc properties services
  4. Click OK, and try to run Valorant again.vgc settings modified

6. Update the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) Driver

I’ll use Driver Updater PCHelp to ensure that the update process runs smoothly and that the correct versions of the drivers are installed.

  1. Download, install, and run Driver Updater PCHelp.Driver Updater PCHelp download page
  2. Wait for the software’s database to update.PCHelpSoftDriverUpdater
  3. Wait for the app to search for driver updates for your system.PCHelpSoftDriverUpdater searching
  4. Choose the drivers you want to update and click Fix All to start the process.PCHelpSoftDriverUpdater fix all
  5. After the process is completed, try running Valorant again.

You can also follow the steps below to update the GPU driver from Windows:

  1. Press Win+X, and choose Device Manager from the list that opens.device manager
  2. Click the drop-down from the Display Adapters section, and identify your main GPU.Updating drivers manually
  3. Right-click the GPU entry, and choose Update Driver.updating GPU driver
  4. Choose Search automatically for drivers or Browse if you have already downloaded the official driver from the manufacturer’s automatically for drivers
  5. Download and install any drivers that appear in the results.

7. Disable Overlay Apps

Some users’ Valorant issues were caused by overlay apps like Discord and GeForce Experience. These can interfere with the processes required to run Valorant optimally.

For this example, I used the NVIDIA GeForce Experience overlay, called Nvidia Shadowplay. Your specific situation and configuration might be different.

Here’s what you can do about it:

  1. Press Win+S and type GeForce Experience in the search bar, then open the app.NVIDIA GeForce Experience
  2. Click the Gear icon next to your profile name to open the Settings.NVIDIA_GeForce_Experience settings
  3. Ensure you’re in the General settings section, and scroll until you find the In-Game Overlay option.NVIDIA_GeForce_Experience In-game overlay
  4. Toggle the switch off to disable it.NVIDIA_GeForce_Experience toggle
  5. Deactivate the In-Game Overlay from any apps that use it on your device, and try running Valorant again.

8. Reset the Valorant App Data

Note: Resetting the Valorant app data folder will revert your game data to its default state.

  1. Press Win+R, paste the following command %localappdata%, and click Enter.Localappdata in Run
  2. Search the folder that opens, and select the Valorant folder.App data folder
  3. Right-click the entry, and choose Delete.Valorant in App Data folder
  4. Try running Valorant again.

After deleting the folder, you can restart your Valorant game, and it will start with the factory settings. This should resolve the Valorant not launching Windows 11 issue.

As you can see, there are plenty of solutions to fix the Valorant not launching Windows 11 problem.

The perfect fix will depend on the cause of your problem, but these troubleshooting steps have worked for numerous users, including myself.

Which fix worked for you? Let me know in the comments.

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