How To Fix Elden Ring Not Launching On Steam

Elden Ring is one of the most popular games of 2022, but there are times when it fails to launch randomly. There isn’t an exact reason what causes this issue, but there are some methods that have fixed this issue for many Elden Ring players.

If you aren’t able to launch Elden Ring from your Steam or it shows not responding while you’re trying to launch the game, you can try these fixes that have fixed the problem for many users.

How to Fix Elden Ring Not Launching on Steam?

The simplest solution to this problem is restarting your PC and relaunching the game via Steam. But if you have already tried that and are still facing the same issue, you can try these methods below.

Verify Integrity of Game Files

The first thing you need to do when the game is not responding or crashing is, check for any missing or corrupted game files. If you have any missing or corrupted files in your game directory, it can cause a lot of issues. 

To verify the integrity of your game files, you can follow these steps: 

  1. Open the Steam Client.
  2. Click on the Library tab to view your game library.
  3. Locate Elden Ring, and right-click on it.
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  4. Now, select the Properties option and click on the Local Files tab from the list of options.
  5. Next, click on the Verify integrity of game files option.verify-integrity-of-files

This will perform a scan on your game files to check if you are missing some files or if you have some corrupted files. And if you have corrupted or missing files, it will automatically download or fix them. 

This process might take a while, so you need to wait patiently until it is completed. Once it is completed, restart your computer. Then, launch the game and see if it runs without crashing. If it doesn’t, you can move on to the next method.

Force Fullscreen in Launch Options

You need to launch some games in fullscreen mode in order for them to run properly. You can set Elden Ring to go fullscreen whenever you launch it by setting up launch options in Steam.

  1. Launch Steam Client on your PC.
  2. Go to your Library and locate Elden Ring from the list of your games.
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  3. Right-click on it and select Properties > General.
  4. Type -fullscreen under Launch Options.

This will force Elden Ring to always launch in Fullscreen mode. After setting launch options, go back and launch Elden Ring to see if your problem is fixed. If not, you can move on to the next method.

Uninstall Epic Games Launcher

Believe me or not, if you have Epic Games installed on your PC, it can cause this issue as well. The best way to know if your Epic Games launcher is clashing with Elden Ring is to simply uninstall Epic Games.

Note: You probably want to keep the backup of your games before doing this. Simply copy the games of the Epic games directory to a new one so that you can restore them when you reinstall it.

To uninstall Epic Games from your PC: 

  1. Bring up the Run Command Box by pressing Windows key + R together.
  2. Type control on the search box. And hit Enter.
  3. This will open Control Panel for windows. 
  4. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program option.
  5. Now, find Epic Games and double-click on it.
  6. Next, you’ll see a popup informing whether or not you really want to uninstall the program. Click Yes to continue.
  7. Restart your PC and launch Elden Ring.

See if it runs normally after launching. If it performs normally, you can continue with your game, and if it doesn’t, you can move on to the next method.

Run the Game as an Administrator

Sometimes programs need all the permissions to run properly. If your Elden Ring is not responding, it might be because it doesn’t have all the permissions necessary for its launch.

To open Elden Ring with administrator access: 

  1. Open your Steam Client app.
  2. Go to your games library and locate Elden Ring.
  3. Right-click on it and select Manage > Browse local files.
  4. Now, a folder containing your game files will be opened in File Explorer. 
  5. Locate a file named eldenring.exe and right-click on it.
  6. Select Properties compatibility tab and check the Run this program as an administrator box.elden-ring-properties
  7. While you’re at it, you can also check the Disable fullscreen optimizations
  8. Now, click Apply, then OK.

Go back and launch Elden Ring and check if it runs without any errors. If it doesn’t run, try the next method.

Disable Application Overlays While Playing the Game

Application Overlays can also cause programs to misbehave sometimes. If you have applications that can mess with the game, it is better to disable them while gaming. The main applications that can cause these issues are Steam and Discord. Here is how to disable both of them.

Steam Overlay

Here’s how to Disable Steam Overlay:

  1. Open Steam Client app.
  2. Click the Library tab to view your games and locate Elden Ring from it.elden-ring
  3. Right-click on it and select Properties > General.
  4. Uncheck both Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game and Use Desktop Game Theatre options.disable-steam-overlay

Discord Overlay

Here’s how to Disable Discord Overlay:

  1. Launch Discord and click on the settings icon next to your profile.discord-User-Settings_button
  2. On the left side of your screen, scroll down till you see Game Overlay option and select it.
  3. Turn on Enable in-game overlay.enable-in-game-overlay-off
  4. Now, click on Registered Games from the list of options.
  5. Select Elden Ring and click on the Desktop icon to toggle off its in-game overlay option.

Run start_protected_game as Administrator

This method has been proved to work for many users. All you need to do is run this program in your game folder, called start_protected_game, as administrator.

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Steam Client app.
  2. Go to your games Library and locate Elden Ring.
  3. Right-click on it and select Manage > Browse local files.
  4. Now, a folder containing your game files will be opened in File Explorer. 
  5. Locate a file named start_protected_game and right-click on it.start-protected-game
  6. Select Properties > Compatibility.
  7. Tick the Run this program as an administrator option, then click on Apply > OK.

Now, open Steam and launch the game to see if it runs without any problems.

Update Your Graphics Drivers

Outdated or corrupted drivers are one of the main causes of errors when it comes to gaming. So, make sure your graphics drivers are always up-to-date to prevent any type of game-related errors.

To update your graphics driver

  1. Right-click on the Start icon on your desktop and select Device Manager from the list of options.
  2. Click on the Display adapters to expand it.
  3. Now, select your graphics card and double-click on it.
  4. Click on the Driver tab and select Update Driver.
  5. Select Search automatically for drivers from the two given options.automatically-update-graphics-driver

Now, close the device manager window and restart your PC. After restarting, open Steam and launch Elden Ring to see if it runs normally.

Update Your Windows

To make sure your games and programs are always running smoothly and without any issues, it is recommended that you always install new updates when there are one.

To check if there are any pending Windows updates

  1. Open the Start menu and click on the Settings icon to open the Settings menu.
  2. Select Windows Update from the list of options on the left side of the menu.
  3. Click on the Check for Updates button to check if you have any updates that need to be installed. Updates are installed automatically once you click the button, so you don’t need to worry about much at this point.check-for-windows-update

After your updates are downloaded and installed, simply restart your PC and launch Elden Ring to see if your issue is solved.

Disable Your Antivirus Programs

It is always a good choice to disable programs that can alter your game files, such as antivirus programs or apps such as Ccleaner. Try launching the game after disabling these applications and check if your problem is fixed. 

If it runs after disabling your antivirus, you may need to whitelist Elden Ring in your antivirus settings.

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