Street Fighter 5 Not Launching? Here Are 10 Easy Solutions

When it comes to fighting games, the Street Fighter franchise is a the top. It has managed to stay at the top of the genre for decades.

Yet, Street Fighter 5 is prone to crashing on Steam or not launching according to many users. The bad news is how the developers have not addressed the problems directly.

Typically, Steam displays an error dialogue box when it launches, and the game crashes to the desktop. In essence, no matter how many times you click on “Play,” Steam won’t launch Street Fighter 5. Often, it’s a problem for Windows 10 users. 

Street Fighter 5 Not Launching Causes

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It looks like a severe issue, but it’s not unless you’re experiencing widespread errors on your PC. There’re no critical causes behind Street Fighter 5 not launching. Instead, here’re the possible reasons: 

  • Your firewall blocked the game.
  • Third-party software is preventing your game from launching.
  • An antivirus prevents your game from launching. A Windows Defender update or an Avast antivirus update could trigger the error, but other antivirus software could trigger it as well. 
  • You’re using port forwarding to play on Steam.
  • You’re missing a DLL file, or a DLL file is corrupted.
  • You’re missing a game file, or a game file is corrupted
  • Intel System Usage or Intel Driver Support services conflict with the game’s “.exe” file. A couple of Intel processors have issues with Street Fighter 5 but can solve it by stopping the Intel services.
  • Your GPU’s drivers are out of date.

How to Fix Street Fighter 5 Not Launching? 

Most of these problems are years old, and they’re no official fixes. It means you have to work around your Windows PC to solve it yourself. 

That said, we’re going from the most to least probable cause. Please try our fixes one by one, until you solve the issue. 

Lastly, our solutions are for Windows 10 users, as it’s the most popular OS. Other Windows versions have similar steps, though, so you can still follow if this is the case for you. 

Add Street Fighter 5 to Your Firewall

The first solution is adding Street Fighter 5 to your Windows Firewall as an exception. Here’s the process you need to follow: 

  1. Type “Firewall” on the search bar
  2. Open Firewall & network protection
  3. Click on Allow an app through firewallallow-an-app-through-fireewall
  4. Click on Change Settingschange-settings
  5. Search for the app on the list, and check its box

If you’re unfamiliar, the Windows Firewall provides protection to your PC’s network communications. By default, it could determine Street Fighter 5 is not safe, so it shuts it down whenever you try to open it. 

Add Street Fighter 5 as an Exception on the Antivirus

Similarly, you have to add the game as an exception on your antivirus. Every software is different, but the process is similar on most antivirus programs

Our steps pertain to Windows Defender. If you’re using a different antivirus, try finding similar options:

  1. Type Windows Security on the search bar
  2. Open Windows Security
  3. Select Virus & Threat Protectionvirus-and-threat-protection
  4. Select Manage settings on the right panelmanage-settings
  5. Scroll down to Exclusions, and click on Add or remove exclusion
  6. Click on + Add an exclusion
  7. Select Folderadd-an-exclusion-folder
  8. Search for your Street Fighter 5 folder on Steam, and add it.exclude-this-folder

If you have never moved the Steam library folder, the address should be like this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common

Within the “common” folder, you’d find the folders for each game installed on your Steam library. 

If you have moved the library, it should look like this:

(Storage Drive):\(Custom Folder)\Steam library\steamapps\common

In other words, the game would be inside a Steam Library folder, instead of Steam’s original folder. 

Shut Down Intel’s Background Services

Shutting down two tasks on the Task manager can restore Street Fighter 5 to normal. These processes are Intel Driver Support and Intel System Usage.

If they are running in the background while you’re playing, it’s the cause of the crashing. 

Here’s the process: 

  1. Type Task Manager on your search bar
  2. Open the Task Manager
  3. Search for the processes in the Processes tab
  4. Right-click if you find them, and choose End Taskend-task-intel-apps

After you finish, try launching Street Fighter 5, and see if it’s working. Remember, the apps you have to end are:

  • Intel Driver Support
  • Intel System Usage

Verify Game Files on Steam

We’ve already shared the game-specific solutions for Street Fighter 5 not launching on Windows PC. Now, it’s time to share more general solutions, the type of problems you could find on any other game.

So, first, we advise you to verify the system files via Steam. It will check the integrity of the files and download or re-install whatever it’s missing or corrupted. 

  1. Open Steam
  2. Go to the Library Tab
  3. Right-click on a Game, and select propertiesstreet-fighter-v--properties
  4. Select the Local Files tab at the left
  5. Click on Verify integrity of game files on the rightverify-integrity-of-files

The process may take a while, so be patient.

Alternatively, your game could be stuck on “Ready to launch,” but it’s displaying a process. Wait for the timer to finish, as it’s doing a similar job. 

Repair Your DLL Library

Another common error on Steam games is corrupted or missing DLL files. Many games and apps can share these dynamic library archives, but they can suffer damage.

Windows has an in-built function to repair the library by copying cached files. The function performs a wide system scan to heal multiple factors on your PC.

Here’re the steps:

  1. Type Command Prompt on the search bar
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator
  3. Type, sfc /scannowsfcscan
  4. Press Enter
  5. Wait for the process to finish

If the scanning found and repaired integrity errors, you can try Street Fighter 5 again. Otherwise, move on towards the next solution. 

Check Your Storage Drive

Our next option is scanning your storage drive for errors. But as we said before, it’s perhaps not the option if you’re not experiencing errors on other apps or games.

Either way, here’re the steps:

  1. Go to This PC
  2. Right-click the storage drive where you installed Street Fighter 5
  3. Select Properties
  4. Go to the Tools tab
  5. Click on Check error-checking

If Windows found errors, you can assume you fixed the issue. Otherwise, let’s continue towards the next solution. 

Update Your GPU’s Drivers

When your graphic card’s drivers are often out of date, problematic games can crash easily.

Here’s how to update the drivers, regardless of the GPU brand you’re using: 

  1. Type Device Manager on the search bar
  2. Type Device Manager on the search bar
  3. Open Device Manager
  4. Expand Display Adapters
  5. Find your dedicated graphics card (either an Nvidia or an AMD card)
  6. Right-click on the card, and select Update driverupdate-gpu-drivers
  7. Select Search Automatically for drivers
  8. Wait for the process to finish

If your PC updates the GPU drives, be sure to restart the PC and try launching Street Fighter 5 again. 

Analyze CPU Usage

Street Fighter 5 not launching on Steam could be the symptom of an exhausted CPU. The app can crash if your PC uses over 80% of its power when opening the game.

So, after you open the game, you can press the “CTRL + SHIFT+ ESC” keys at the same time to open the Task Manager. Then, check the CPU tab to see its usage. 

If the CPU usage is too high, try closing every third-party app you’re not using. That includes your browser. 

Perform a Clean Boot on Windows 10

There’s a Windows tool to boot your computer without any unwanted app. It may help you launch Street Fighter 5 without any interfering program.

Here’re the steps to perform a clean boot on Windows 10:

  1. Press the Windows + R keys at the same time
  2. Type msconfig on the Run dialogue
  3. Go to the Services tab
  4. Check Hide all Microsoft services
  5. Click Disable all. It disables all non-Microsoft services.hide-all-microsft-services

Now, restart the console, and try booting Street Fighter 5 again. 

Run Street Fighter 5 as Administrator

Lastly, you can try starting Street Fighter 5V as an administrator to bypass many of the game’s launching problems.

Here’re the steps: 

  1. Type Steam on your search bar
  2. Right-click the Steam icon
  3. Select Run as administratorrun steam as administrator
  4. Go to Steam’s Library tab
  5. Right-click Street Fighter 5
  6. Click on Manage
  7. Click on Browse local filesbrowse local files
  8. Search for the game’s “.exe” file
  9. Right-click the file and select Properties
  10. Go to the Compatibility tab
  11. Check the Run this program as administrator boxrun-this-program-as-an-administator

We hope we were able to fix your Street Fighter 5 not launching together. If all else fails, uninstall Steam, and install it again. 

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