It can be very frustrating when you want to play Minecraft but the launcher refuses to open. Despite several attempts to open the launcher, it does not open. It doesn’t start a background process and you can’t even find it in Task Manager after it starts. It’s really weird and nothing to hold on to.
It turns out that if the Minecraft launcher doesn’t open, a background service can be interfering with it, thus preventing it from launching as usual. However, in some cases, the problem might not be triggered by a background process, but rather by the launcher settings themselves. To understand this and better understand the problem overall, let’s take a closer look at the possible causes of the problem.
- Minecraft Launcher Profile — It turns out that the most likely cause of your Minecraft launcher not opening is the launcher profiles stored on your system. In some cases, profile files can become corrupted, which can prevent the launcher from starting. In addition, it can also be triggered by malformed contents of authentication database section in profiles. However, this can be fixed by deleting the profiles so that they are regenerated.
- Third Party Services – Another possible cause of the problem can be third-party software running on your system. This often happens when a third-party service or process is interfering with it and therefore it cannot start properly. In such a case, you need to determine what is actually causing the problem. It could be the antivirus software you are using or something else.
Now that we have gone through the possible causes that could trigger the problem at hand, let’s start with the different solutions that you can implement to get Minecraft working again. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Run Minecraft as an administrator
It turns out that the first thing to do when the Minecraft launcher won’t start is to run it as an administrator. This basically tries to start the process with administrator privileges and can prevent background command processes from interfering with it. Running an app with elevated privileges can often fix various issues where it fails to start due to background glitches.
To run Minecraft Launcher as an administrator, simple the right mouse button Click the shortcut you created or browse to the launcher location. Select from the drop-down menu that appears Execute as administrator Possibility. A User Access Control dialog box appears. click on Yes options and done.
Delete Launcher Profiles
The Minecraft launcher, like all other apps, saves its profiles on your system, which are loaded every time you open the launcher. If this profile file is corrupted, the launcher may fail to start. Therefore, in such a case, you need to remove the launcher profile from your system.
This is completely safe as these files will be automatically generated if they are not found the next time you open the launcher. However, it’s important to note that you’ll lose your launcher settings in the process, so keep that in mind. Follow the instructions below to remove the launcher profile:
- First open the Class dialog box by clicking the button Windows key + R Combination.
- In the Run dialog box, type the following %App data% then hit come in.
- This will open a file explorer window. Look for it there. .Minecraft folder and open it.
- In the .minecraft folder, delete the launcher_profiles.json Binder. You can also choose to just switch from this directory to another if you don’t want to delete it.
- Once you’ve done that, open the launcher again to see if it works.
Perform a clean boot
It turns out that in some cases the launcher may not open due to the malfunction of some service or background process. In such a scenario, the real problem is figuring out what is actually causing it. Once you find the culprit, you can deal with it. Since there are probably tons of applications on your system, it is very difficult to identify the culprit. Problems like these can often be caused by third-party antivirus software. So if you are running a third-party antivirus program on your system, disabling it would be a good place to start.
You can perform a clean boot to ensure that a background service is indeed causing the problem. A clean boot basically starts your Windows operating system with just the necessary services running in the background. This effectively removes any background third-party services from the question. So, if your launcher starts normally after a clean boot, then it is obvious that the problem is caused by an application installed on your system. Follow the instructions below to perform a clean boot:
- First open the the start menu and type msconfig. Time will tell system configuration in the results Open it.
- In the System Configuration window, go to services Language.
- From there, click the Hide all Microsoft servicesthe check box in the lower right corner. This will hide all major Microsoft services from the list that appears.
- Then click the Disable all to disable all third-party background services.
- Once you’ve done that, proceed to beginning Language. From there, click the Open task manager Possibility.
- This will open a Task Manager window. Select an app here and then click on the Deactivate Button. Do this for all listed apps.
- After disabling all applications, close the Task Manager window and then click TO THE RIGHT in the system configuration window.
- Now go ahead and reboot your system. Once your system has booted up, open the Minecraft launcher again to see if it works.
If none of the above solutions fixed the problem and your Minecraft launcher still won’t open, the problem is likely caused by corrupted Minecraft installer files on your system. In such a case, you need to completely remove Minecraft from your system and then reinstall it. To do this, follow the instructions below:
- First open a Switchboard Window. To do this, simply look for the control panel in the the start menu.
- Once you have a Control Panel window open, click Uninstall a program low option programs.
- From the list of installed apps that appears, find and double-click Minecraft rocket launcher.
- You can also select from the list of apps shown and then click uninstall Possibility.
- Once that’s done, open the Class Press dialog box Win key + R.
- In the Run dialog box, type the following %App data% and hit come in.
- This will open a file explorer window. Look for it there. .Minecraft folder and delete it.
- Once you’ve done that, go ahead and download Minecraft again. Install it and then open it to see if everything works as expected.