Discord won’t open [EASY GUIDE]

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  • Discord is one of the most popular VOIP gaming platforms in the world. But from time to tome, peculiar issues keep surfacing up and connection problems are some of the most frequent ones.
  • In this guide, we compiled a list of solutions that worked for many users and will definitely work for you too.
  • We also recommend bookmarking our Discord troubleshooting hub for additional guides.
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how to fix Discord Won’t Open on Windows 10

Despite a great development team behind Discord, some peculiar keep surfacing up. Constant updates and fairly fast bug fixes don’t always solve the problem, as it is the case today.

A most interesting problem that is haunting the app‘s developers is that upon launching, Discord won’t open. A lot of users have complained already in regard to this problem, and more are showing up every day.

With this in mind, we compiled a list of solutions that worked for many users over time and should work for you, too.

What can I do if Discord is not opening on Windows 10? You can quickly solve it by killing the Discord task. More often than not, the problem is caused by a previous session that was not closed properly. If this doesn’t fix the issue, clear AppData and LocalAppData and check your Proxies.

To do that, follow the simple steps below.

Discord doesn’t open in Windows 10 [FIX]

  1. Kill the Discord task
  2. Clear AppData and LocalAppData
  3. Check your Proxies
  4. Other general fixes

1: Kill the Discord task

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type cmd and then click OK.run cmd discord won't open
  3. In the cmd window that appears type taskkill /F /IM discord.exe.discord doesn't open in windows 10 taskkill
  4. After the process finishes, relaunch Discord.

Now everything should work fine. Additionally, you can do the same thing by using Task Manager: press Ctrl + Alt + Del > select Task Manager > in Task Manager find Discord > click on it > click End Task > relaunch Discord.


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2: Clear AppData and LocalAppData

  1. Close Discord using the solution above.
  2. Press Windows key + R and type %appdata%. Then hit Enter.run appdata discord can't open windows 10
  3. In the new window that appears, find Discord folder and delete it.discord appdata folder
  4. Relaunch Discord.

Now, you may repeat the process to clear the LocalAppData by typing %localappdata% instead of %appdata% at step 2.


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3: Check your Proxies

In many instances, Discord can’t open in Windows 10 because of a VPNs. So, if you are using a proxy or a VPN, this may be the case of your app not opening. To disable proxy, follow the steps:

  1. In the Windows search box type Control Panel and hit Enter.control panel discord not opening windows 10
  2. Click on Network and Internet > Internet Options.
  3. A Internet Proprieties window should appear. Click on the Connections tab.lan settings discord not opening windows 10
  4. Under Local Area Network (LAN) settings section, click on LAN Settings.
  5. Under Proxy server section, uncheck Use a proxy server for your LAN.discord wont' open proxy settings
  6. Click OK, and then Apply.
  7. Relaunch Discord.

Now the problem should be gone.


4: Other general fixes

  1. Make sure your system is up-to-date.
  2. Update Discord. In some reported cases, that’s all that it took.
  3. Set the Windows Date and Time to Automatic. This worked in some cases. Right-click on the date and time in the lower-right of your screen > Adjust date/time > Set time automatically.
  4. Open the web version of Discord. Some users reported that using the web version resets the Discord session on your Windows 10 app. Launch Discord on your PC > if the app can’t open, go to the web version and login with your credentials and after that, the Windows 10 Discord app should work properly.
  5. As a last resort, uninstall and reinstall Discord.

Hope that one of the solutions provided helped you get back on track. Don’t forget to leave any other questions you may have in the comments section below.


FAQ: Learn more about Discord

  • Why isn’t Discord working on my computer?

It could be because of corrupted system files, Internet connection issues, incorrect proxy settings or firewall settings. This guide will show you how to diagnose and fix Discord.

  • Is Discord down right now?

Discord outages may occasionally occur. Go to Discord’s official status page to see if the service is down. If it’s up, then your client might have a problem.

  • Can you tell if someone blocked you on Discord?

There is no accurate method to check if another Discord user blocked you. If your direct messages don’t reach them, this does not necessarily mean they blocked you. Have a look at our guide on fixing this exact issue.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.