Does your Diablo II Resurrected crash on startup? Like it just locks up and doesn’t launch at all. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Even though Diablo II: Resurrected is one of the best in the industry, problems like Diablo II: Resurrected not launching or locking up still happen.

In this article, we’ll bring you some of the most common fixes. You don’t have to try them all, just start from the one you haven’t tried before and move on until you get Diablo II: Resurrected launching again.

  1. Close all background apps
  2. Repair corrupted game files
  3. Run the game as admin
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Check your antivirus settings
  6. Reinstall the game

Before we start troubleshooting, please make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements of Diablo II: Resurrected:

Diablo II: Resurrected Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Operating System Windows® 10 Windows® 10
Processor Intel® Core i3-3250
AMD FX-4350
Intel® Core i5-9600k
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Video Nvidia GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7850
Nvidia GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
Memory 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
Hard Drive Space 30 GB
Network Broadband Internet connection
Resolution 1280 x 720

As you can see, Windows 10 is a must to run the game. If your computer meets the system requirements to launch Diablo II: Resurrected, but it still crashes, please read on to see how you can fix the game not launching properly problem.

1. Close all other background apps

In most cases, applications running in the background can take up a lot of virtual memory on your computer, causing Diablo II: Resurrected to crash while launching it. And the one that consumes virtual memory the most can be Google Chrome. Therefore, you can try closing all unnecessary applications in Task Manager.

To do so:

    1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and the X Key together, then select Task Manager.
    2. Check the CPU and Memory status of those apps. Let’s take Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, for example. You’d better shut them down to release some more virtual memory.
    3. Click on the app you want to close. Then select End Task from the bottom right.
    4. Re-launch Diablo II: Resurrected and see if it can be launched properly.

2. Repair corrupted game files

Corrupted game files can stop Diablo II: Resurrected from launching properly. And the in-app repair tool is the easiest way to resolve it.

But you’ll need to check for updates before using the repair tool. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the desktop app. Click the icon of Diablo II: Resurrected.
  2. Click the gear icon next to the Play button and select Check for Updates.

If your Diablo II: Resurrected is up-to-date, but still can’t be launched, please use the in-app repair tool to fix the corrupted game files:

  1. Click the gear icon next to the Play button and select Scan and Repair.
  2. Click Begin Scan. Wait for the repair to finish.
  3. Re-launch your game.

3. Run the game as administrator

Sometimes granting Diablo II: Resurrected with elevated permissions can resolve the not launching issue.

To do so:

  1. Navigate to Diablo II: Resurrected installation folder.
  2. Right-click the Diablo II: Resurrected executable (.exe) file, then click the option Properties.
  3. On the pop-up menu, click the Compatibility tab, then tick the checkboxes for the option Run this program as an administrator and Disable fullscreen optimizations.
  4. Click on OK to save changes and then re-launch the game.
  5. Check to see if it helps to fix the Diablo II: Resurrected doens’t launch problem.

4. Update your graphics driver

When Diablo II: Resurrected is not launching, one of the first things you should do is update your graphics card driver since an up-to-date graphics driver always ensures the best gaming performance and fewer bugs.

To update your display card driver, here’s what you can do (please note that the following screenshots are taken on Windows 11, but the instructions work on Windows 10 as well):

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and X at the same time, select Device Manager.
  2. Double-click to expand the category Display adapters. Then right-click your graphic card driver and click Update driver (the name of the device can be different on your computer).
  3. Then click Search automatically for updated driver software.
  4. Wait for Windows to find the latest driver available for you.
  5. When the driver update is done, restart your computer for the change to take effect.
  6. Then check and see if the problem is fixed.

If Windows says that it’s already found the latest driver for you, so no newer drivers are found, then you should consider updating your graphics driver in a different way with the help of Driver Techie.

Its ever-growing driver database allows you to always have access to the latest device drivers that you need. More importantly, Driver Techie simplifies the driver update process, so all it takes is just 3 clicks (for Pro users), and all your drivers are updated.

To use Driver Techie to find you the latest drivers:

  1. Download and install Driver Techie, then launch it.
  2. Click Scan Now.
  3. After the scan, select all the drivers you need to update and click Update All. Then all your drivers will be updated automatically without you having to do anything else.

Please note that Update All is available for Pro subscribers only, otherwise, you can only manually update the driver one at a time. To see how to manually update the drivers one by one, please check this post.

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5. Check your antivirus settings

If you still can not launch Diablo II: Resurrected, you should check your antivirus or malware detectors. Sometimes they can misidentify the safe software as a threat.

In this case, you need to disable your antivirus or malware detectors temporarily to see if it helps to fix the Diablo II: Resurrected not launching problem.

When the game goes back to normal after disabling the antivirus, you should add launcher and Diablo II: Resurrected to the whitelist in case it happens again.

6. Reinstall the game

Still, if your Diablo II: Resurrected doesn’t launch, please try to reinstall the game. This fix will reset everything for Diablo II: Resurrected as it’s brand new to you.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the desktop app, select the icon of Diablo II: Resurrected, select the gear icon next to the Play button, then select Uninstall.
  2. To reinstall, select Install from the game tab.

In rare situations, you may need to reinstall the game in this way:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and the R key together to open the Run box. Type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  2. In the come-up window, Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the game icon of Diablo II: Resurrected and right-click it, then select Uninstall.

Alternatively, manually uninstall the game if it is not listed under Uninstall or change a program. Try deleting the game folder from the location where it was installed. In case of any related game files remaining on your computer after uninstalling, please search for them through the locations given below and then delete them completely.

  • C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Temp
  • C:\Windows\Temp
  • C:\Program Files\gametitle
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\gametitle
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Blizzard Entertainment
  • C:\Users\Public\Games\gametitle
  • C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\Blizzard Entertainment\gametitle

Also, it’s recommended to delete the Registry so that you can reinstall the game successfully. But firstly, we need to back up the registry for precaution. Please refer to our previous article and follow the instructions to do the backup.

How to Back up and Restore the Registry in Windows 11, Windows 10

Now that the registry backup process is finished, we can perform the next step, i.e. delete it.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and the R key together to launch the Run box. Type Regedit and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following locations from the left tree:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Blizzard Entertainment\
  3. In each location, right-click on the Diablo II subkey/folder and select Delete.
  4. Empty the Recycle bin and restart your computer.
  5. Reinstall Diablo II: Resurrected by the installer.

Hopefully, your Diablo II: Resurrected will come back as “right as rain” and launch successfully. And if anything goes wrong here, restore the registry you’ve backed up previously. Again, please refer to our previous article and follow the instructions to restore the registry.

How to Back up and Restore the Registry in Windows 11, Windows 10

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