FIX: Origin Won't Open

Origin Won't Open? Our Troubleshooting Guide Will Help You Fix It

The Origin might not open or respond after installing it the first time or after having it on your machine for a long time. In this article, we will help you get Origin to launch again.

Origin Won't Open

Why Won't Origin Open?

Many users have experienced a situation when Origin stops responding or fails to launch entirely. There can be many causes, but it typically boils down to a buggy update or a fault in Origin's cache.

Your Origin client might stop responding while the Origin updater updates the application in the background. Other times, the client can stop responding due to corrupted cache files.

Another reason Origin stops working might be due to temporary files that Origin creates over time to run smoothly. These files tend to get corrupted, and the Origin won't launch as a result. Then again, it may also have problems with its core files getting corrupted.

How to Fix Origin Not Opening

We've compiled several guides that have helped many users get Origin working again. You should start with the least invasive guide, such as running the application as administrator, and move down to more complex solutions if simple methods don't get Origin working again.

Video on How to Fix Origin Client Not Opening

Table of Contents:

Method 1. Run Origin as Administrator

Run origin as administrator

1. Right-click the Origin shortcut.

2. Click Run as administrator.

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Method 2. Delete Origin Cache

Kill origin-related task (option 1)

Kill origin-related task (option 2)

1. Hold down Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys to open Task Manager.

2. Once Task Manager is open, find all Origin-related tasks, right-click each of them and click End task.

3. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type ProgramData Origin

4. In the Run dialog box, type %ProgramData%/Origin and click OK.

Delete all Origin cache files

5. Then, right-click each folder and click Delete with the exception of LocalContent - don't delete it!

6. Launch Origin.

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Method 3. Delete Origin's Temporary Files

End origin-related process (option 1)

End origin-related process (option 2)

1. Hold down Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys.

2. Once Task Manager is open, find all Origin-related tasks, right-click each of them and click End task.

Type AppData Origin

3. Hold down Windows+R keys, type %AppData%, and click OK.

Delete Origin folder from Roaming folder

4. In the resulting Roaming folder, find the Origin folder, right-click it and click Delete.


5. Then, click App Data in the address bar.


6. Go to the Local folder.

Find Origin folder in Local folder and delete it

7. Find the Origin folder, right-click it and click Delete.

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Method 4. Reinstall Origin

Go to Apps and Features

1. Right-click the Windows Start button and click Apps and Features.

Run Origin uninstaller

2. Go through the application list and Select Origin. Click Uninstall, and click Uninstall again.

Follow the uninstallation guide

3. Follow the uninstallation wizard.

Go to Origin download page

4. Once uninstalled, open your browser and go to the Origin client download page.

Click Install Origin

5. Click Download Origin for Windows.


6. Open OriginThinSetup.exe when it's download is complete.

7. Follow the installation wizard (Origin will launch automatically upon completion)

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Rimvydas Iliavicius

Rimvydas is a researcher with over four years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He attended Kaunas University of Technology and graduated with a Master's degree in Translation and Localization of Technical texts. His interests in computers and technology led him to become a versatile author in the IT industry. At PCrisk, he's responsible for writing in-depth how-to articles for Microsoft Windows. Contact Rimvydas Iliavicius.

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