How to Repair Epic Games Launcher Won’t Open on Windows PC

You won’t be able to play Fortnite if you can’t open the Epic Games launcher. Unfortunately, this problem is faced by many gamers, and it is more frustrating than others.

After all, you can’t know what the cause of the problem is if the app won’t even launch. Fortunately, there are common causes for this problem, and solving it is usually easier than you think.

What’s the reason Epic Games launcher won’t open?

Error or server status: quite often applications crash for no reason. There is no specific answer as to why this happens, but it is most likely that the applications are not starting properly and need a simple restart.

Server issue: Epic Games servers can also cause this problem. Every time you open the Epic Games launcher, it tries to connect to the Epic Games servers. Your launcher will not open if it cannot connect to the servers. Another indicator of this problem is the status of the launcher. If you see that your launcher has changed its status from “busy” to “connected”, it means that there is nothing wrong with your launcher and it’s about the servers. This often happens on update days when the servers are busy.

Antivirus problem: Antivirus programs can prevent applications from starting, and Epic Games Launcher is no exception. Therefore, if you have an antivirus application installed, it may prevent the launcher from starting and working.

How to fix the situation when Epic Games Launcher does not open?


Reinstalling the Epic Games Launcher

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type control appwiz.CPL and press Enter to open the Programs and Features window.
  3. Right-click Epic Games Launcher and select Uninstall.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Download the installation package and install it on your computer.

Repairing the Epic Games Launcher

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and the R key simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type control appwiz.CPL and press Enter to open the Programs and Features window.
  3. Right-click Epic Games Launcher and select Restore.
  4. Restart Epic Games Launcher when Windows completes the restore process.

Start Epic Games Launcher from the Start Menu

  1. Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard and type Epic Games Launcher.
  2. In the list of search results, click on Epic Games Launcher to launch it.
  3. Check to see if you can launch the program. If so, you should delete the desktop shortcut and create a new one.

Stop the Epic Games Launcher process

  1. Press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc on your keyboard to open Task Manager.
  2. In Task Manager, select EpicGamesLauncher and click End Task.
  3. Launch Epic Games Launcher and see if the problem is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most likely, applications are not starting properly and a simple reboot is required. Restarting your system or application (in this case, the Epic Games Launcher) will solve the problem. Servers: Epic Games servers can also cause this problem.

Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard and type Epic Games Launcher. In the list of search results, click on Epic Games Launcher to launch it. Check to see if you can start the program. If so, you need to delete the shortcut on your desktop and create a new one.

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type control appwiz.CPL to open the Programs and Features window.
  3. Find the Epic Games Launcher.
  4. Right-click on it and select "Restore".