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FIX: Valorant Won't Open

How to Fix Valorant Not Opening on Windows 11

Many Valorant players report that the game won't open on Windows 11. This article contains instructions on how to fix it.

Fix Valorant Not Opening

Valorant is a relatively new game, so it's prone to bugs, glitches, and conflicts with other software. When trying to launch the game, you may get one of the following errors.

This build of Vanguard requires TPM version 2.0 and secure boot to be enabled in order to play.

Something unusual happened while trying to launch Valorant. Try closing and restarting. If the problem persists, contact us at Riot Support.

Why Won't Valorant Open

Valorant may fail to open due to a Valorant launcher bug, Vanguard anti-cheat system bug, your system not meeting the specified requirements, outdated graphics card drivers, overclocked graphics card, and logging in to multiple devices using the same account.

Furthermore, virtual machines tend to conflict with Valorant, preventing it from running. Also, there's a bug in Valorant that affects specific CPUs.

Valorant requires Trusted Platform Module 2 (TPM 2.0) and Secure Boot to be enabled to run on Windows 11 computers. Valorant won't launch unless they are enabled. You can enable TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot in your system's BIOS.

Video Guide on How to Fix Valorant Not Opening

Table of Contents:

Solution 1. Update the Graphics Card Driver

Update Nvidia Graphics Driver

Go to the Nvidia graphics drivers download web page

1. Open your web browser, and go to Nvidia's graphics drivers download page.

Select Nvidia GPU model and click Search

2. Manually select your GPU model and series, operating system type, and language.

3. Then, click the Search button.

Click Download

4. Click the Download button.

Click Download again to confirm the action

5. Once redirected to another page, click the Download button again.

Run the Nvidia graphics driver installer

6. Once downloaded, run the graphics driver installation wizard.

Update AMD Graphics Driver

Go to the AMD graphics drivers download web page

1. Open your web browser, and go to AMD's graphics drivers download page.

Select AMD graphics card model and click Submit

2. Manually select your GPU model and series and click Submit.

Select the operating system

3. Then, select your operating system type.

Select the AMD graphics card driver and click Download

4. Select the driver and click Download.

5. Once downloaded, run the graphics driver installation wizard.

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Solution 2. Close All Riot-related Processes

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

Right-click all Riot-related processes and click End task

2. In the Processes tab, locate all Riot-related processes, including Valorant, Vanguard, RiotClientUx, Riot Client.

Right-click Vanguard-related processes and click End task

3. Right-click each process and click End task. Make sure that no Riot, Valorant, and Vanguard-related processes are running.

4. Launch the game again to see if that fixed the problem.

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Solution 3. Run Valorant as an Administrator

Right-click the Valorant shortcut and click Properties

1. Right-click the game launcher and select Properties.

Mark the Run this program as an administrators checkbox and click OK

2. Go to the Compatibility tab.

3. Mark the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.

4. Click Apply and click OK.

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Solution 4. Run Valorant in Compatibility Mode

Right-click tyhe Valorant shortcut and click Properties

1. Right-click the game launcher and select Properties.

Mark the Run this program in compatibility mode for checkbox and click OK

2. Go to the Compatibility tab.

3. Mark the Run this program in compatibility mode for checkbox.

4. Select Windows 8 or Windows 7.

5. Click Apply and click OK.

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Solution 5. Edit System Environment Variables

Right-click the Start menu button and click System

1. Right-click the Start menu button and select System.

Click Advanced system settings

2. Scroll down and click Advanced system settings.

Click Environment variables

3. In the resulting System Properties window, click Environment Variables.

Click New

4. Under the System variables section, click New.

Type in OPENSSL_ia32cap in the variable name field and ~0x200000200000000 in the variable value field

5. In the Variable name field, type in OPENSSL_ia32cap.

6. In the Variable value field, type in ~0x200000200000000

7. Click OK.

Click OK again to close Environment Variables window

8. Click OK again.

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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 in 2017. 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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