Minecraft is very popular on Windows 11 since it was released. However, some users have encountered many issues while launching Minecraft. Are you among those affected users? If so, try the following solutions in this guide to sort it out.

  1. Update Minecraft
  2. Update your graphics drivers
  3. Perform a clean reboot
  4. Check for Mods conflicts
  5. Reinstall Minecraft

Before we continue troubleshooting, please check that your computer build meets the minimum system requirements of Minecraft. Also, restart your computer to flush the buffer and release some CPU resources. Then, let’s proceed further to walk down the troubleshooting list. (Note that all the screenshots in this guide are taken on Windows 11, but the instructions work on Windows 10 as well.)

1. Update Minecraft

If your Minecraft launcher is properly loading up, but the game cannot be launching or it crashing when you hit the Play button, you can try updating Minecraft in Microsoft Store first. Please follow these quick steps:

  1. On the taskbar, click the Store button to open Microsoft Store.
  2. While in the Microsoft Store app, click the Library button located in the lower-left corner.
  3. Click the Get updates button. Microsoft Store will automatically download and install new updates if available.

Now re-launch your Minecraft and see if it works. If the problem persists, you can try resetting Microsoft Store. Here’s what you can do:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R together to invoke the Run prompt, type MSReset and hit Enter.
  2. Wait until Microsoft Store is reset, then go to Library and check for updates.

Now, re-launch Minecraft to see if the problem is resolved. If that doesn’t work, you can also try resetting and repairing the Minecraft Launcher, here’s how:

  1. On the taskbar, click the Start button.
  2. Right-click the Minecraft Launcher, and then select More to open App Settings.
  3. Click Repair and Reset.

Once finished, re-launch your Minecraft. If it still doesn’t launch properly, then let’s move on to the next tip.

2. Update your graphics drivers

One of the common reasons why your Minecraft doesn’t launch is that your graphics drivers are outdated or faulty. Hence, you should update your graphics card driver for better gameplay and fewer bugs.

To update your display card driver, here’s what you can do:

  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.

Sometimes Windows may tell you that “the best drivers for your device are already installed”. However, it’s not always accurate since Microsoft doesn’t have access to all the newly released drivers for your devices.

Therefore, if Device Manager doesn’t find you the latest graphics driver, we recommend using Driver Techie to scan and repair outdated, corrupt, or missing drivers. It works in most cases where you have a driver-related issue. You can download Driver Techie by Clicking Here or following the guide below.

To use Driver Techie to find you the latest graphics driver:

  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 (for Pro subscribers), and all your drivers will be updated automatically. (Please note that you can only update the driver one at a time if you use a free version. To see how to manually update the drivers one by one, please check this post.)

Driver Techie involves the direct human review of the driver database by our engineers, which ensures you always have the safest and latest device drivers. You can rest assured that all your device drivers are in good hands.

Furthermore, if you’ve subscribed to Driver Techie Pro, and need our technical support to help with the Minecraft not launching issue, please feel free to contact <support@drivertechie.com>.

3. Perform a clean reboot

Sometimes Minecraft doesn’t launch correctly due to software conflicts. In this case, a clean boot environment can ensure that no third-party software is interfering with your game.

To perform a clean reboot:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R together to invoke the Run prompt. Type MSConfig and press Enter.
  2. From the top menu, select the Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services, and then click Disable all.
  3. Now, click the Startup tab from the top menu and click Open Task Manager. Click each of the tasks and click Disable.
  4. Now, back to the System Configuration page and click the OK button to reboot your computer.

Now check if your Minecraft launches properly. If not, proceed with the next solution.

4. Check for Mods conflicts

There are a variety of mods for Minecraft, and it’s normal to use mods when playing the game. However, mods can sometimes mess up your game and cause unknown errors. In other words, if you use mods while playing Minecraft, get them all out.

You can remove the mods one by one until Minecraft stops acting up, and then you know which one is triggering the issue. However, if Minecraft still doesn’t launch after all the mods are disabled, then you should try something else.

5. Reinstall Minecraft

If all the solutions above fail to resolve the Minecraft not launching problem, then we’d suggest you reinstall Minecraft. This works in many cases since it restores all the game files and settings. Here’s what you can do:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R together to invoke the Run prompt, type appwiz.cpl and hit Enter.
  2. Select Minecraft from the Program list, right-click and choose Uninstall.
  3. Press Windows and R again to invoke the Run prompt, type %appdata% and hit Enter.
  4. Right-click the Minecraft folder and select Delete.
  5. Restart your computer to flush the buffer.
  6. Go to the Minecraft website and download the game’s installer for Windows 10/11, then reinstall Minecraft with the installer.


When Minecraft is not launching properly on your PC, the first thing you should do is check updates for the game. If there are updates available for your graphics drivers, you should install them as well. Additionally, check if game mods and software conflicts are interfering with Minecraft. If nothing works, then reinstall Minecraft.

Hopefully, one of the solutions above should resolve the Minecraft won’t launch issue for you. If you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to comment down below.