Minecraft is a fantastic game that is easy to get lost in and enjoy for hours, which is why it’s such a pain when you can’t even open the launcher. The most common problem with the Minecraft launcher is that it doesn’t work at all. But this isn’t the only issue you might run into. This blog will show you tips and tricks to help fix any issues you might be having, so you can play your favorite game again!
Check to make sure your computer can run Minecraft
The first thing you should do when you can’t open the Minecraft launcher is to make sure your computer can run the game. This is not as simple as it sounds because some computers just don’t have the power to play games like Minecraft, but it’s worth checking.
Open up Task Manager and click on Performance > Graphics > 3D Graphics Processing, and check to see how much value your graphics card has. If you see any values below 0%, then Minecraft might not be playable on your computer.
If Minecraft is playable on your computer, then there may be some other problem with the launcher and fixing this issue will require some more troubleshooting.
Close any programs that may be blocking the launcher
Minecraft is a resource-intensive game, and sometimes other programs that you have open may be blocking the Minecraft launcher from running. The best way to get around this is to close any programs before you try to open up the launcher. If there are any specific programs you know may be blocking the launcher, then try closing those down first.
Try updating Java
Java is an essential platform for Minecraft to work properly. One of the most common problems with the launcher is that it doesn’t work at all due to an out of date Java version. To fix this problem, you will need to update Java.
First, open your browser and download the latest Java by clicking here
After downloading Java, you will need to install it onto your computer by following these steps:
– Open the .exe file you saved by double clicking on it. It may take a few minutes for this process to finish depending on your internet speed
– After installation is complete, make sure you are using the latest version of Java by visiting this website
– If you are still having issues after updating Java, try restarting your computer. If that doesn’t help, you will need to uninstall and re-install Minecraft in order to completely fix the issue
Uninstall and reinstall Minecraft
If Minecraft won’t open on your machine, the first thing you should try is uninstalling and reinstalling it. This will remove any leftover files that may be preventing Minecraft from launching correctly.
To uninstall and reinstall, follow these steps:
- Delete the .minecraft folder in your app data (C:\Users\User name\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft) and delete all of its contents.
- Remove the launcher from your computer by finding it in your list of installed programs and uninstalling it.
- Reinstall Minecraft by downloading it on a different browser or device and installing it again with this new information.
- Run the launcher again to install the game.
Turn off your antivirus software
One of the most common problems is that your antivirus software is interfering with the Minecraft installation. This problem can range from the launcher not opening at all to it crashing when you try to load up Minecraft.
For this issue, simply turn off your antivirus software before trying to launch the game again. This should work in most cases, but if it doesn’t, be sure you also check your system’s settings for any steps you might need to take.
Check for full hard drive space
One common issue with the Minecraft launcher is that it won’t work because you don’t have enough space on your hard drive for the game. This is most often the case when you’ve installed a lot of programs and games, but never wiped them from your computer after reinstalling Windows.
The first thing to do when this is happening is to check how much space is left on your hard drive. If you’re running out of space, it’s time to start deleting some files or install more storage on your computer.
If you want to avoid the hassle of installing more storage, make sure you remove anything unnecessary from your computer before installing Minecraft again. Keep in mind that this will delete any pictures, videos, or music you might have saved on there. You can always backup these files before deleting them! Read more about backing up here: How to Backup Photos & Videos
Clear your cache
In order to clear your cache, you will need to find the “Library” folder. You can find it on your computer by going to Finder -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Delete Caches.
A new window will pop up with a list of caches. Select all of them and click “Delete”. After that, go back to Finder and open the Minecraft launcher again. If the launcher still isn’t working, try restarting your computer.
Use a different browser if you are having issues on Chrome or Firefox.
One of the first things to try if you are having issues with your launcher is to use a different browser. If you are having problems loading up the launcher on Chrome or Firefox, try using Safari or Edge.
Just remember that this will not help if you are having connection issues, but it can be a good first step!