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If you know Fortnite, then you most definitely know you can’t play it without the Epic Games Launcher.

That is precisely why having problems with the Epic Games Launcher can be quite problematic, and users are reporting plenty of them.

This article contains a list of the most common issue that prevent the Epic Games Launcher from working properly.

Additionally, these problems also come paired with a solution or two that could potentially solve it.

Why is my Epic Games Store not launching?

1. Check to see whether the Epic Games server are up

Start off by heading over to the official Epic Games Store website.

There you should first check whether or not the servers are down either due to issues, or scheduled maintenance.

2. Stop Epic Games Launcher from running using the Task Manager

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, which will open the Task Manager
  2. Look for the Epic Games Launcher process and select it
  3. Press End Process
  4. Restart the Epic Games Launcher

EPic Games Task Manager end

3. Launching the Epic Games Launcher form the start menu, not the executable

  1. Press Windows
  2. Type in Epic Games Launcher
  3. Click the entry to run

Additionally, you should consider deleting the old desktop shortcut, and making a new one.

Epic Games Start Menu

4. Change the Epic Games Launcher’s properties

  1. Right-click on the Epic Games Launcer’s icon
  2. Select Properties
  3. Select the Shortcut tab
  4. Go to the Target field and add
-OpenGL

The field should now look something like this

"C:Program Files (x86)Epic GamesLauncherPortalBinariesWin32EpicGamesLauncher.exe" -OpenGL

5. Add Epic Games Launcher as an exception to your antivirus

You could also try disabling your antivirus while running the Epic Games Launcher.

Adding the program to your antivirus’ exception list varies depending on the antivirus, so be sure to check out the proper documentation.

The same goes for disabling your antivirus for a set period of time.

6. Repair Epic Games Launcher

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in control appwiz.cpl to open the Programs and features window
  3. Look for the Epic Games Launcher
  4. Right-click it and select Repair

Repair Epic Games Launcher

7. Install a fresh copy of the Epic Games Launcher

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in control appwiz.cpl to open the Programs and features window
  3. Look for the Epic Games Launcher
  4. Right-click it and select Uninstall
  5. Once it is done, go back to the Epic Games website and download it again.

uninstall epic games launcher

Fix Epic Games Launcher flickering

1. Adjust your display settings

  1. Right-click in an empty area of your desktop
  2. Select Display Settings from the list
  3. Under the Scale and layout entry, make sure scaling is set to 100%

Epivc games adjust display settings

2. Update your Graphics Driver

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in control.exe
  3. Go to Hardware and Sound
  4. Enter the Device Manager
  5. Select Display Adapters
  6. Right-click your graphics card and select update

Additionally you could select Uninstall, and get a fresh version from the manufacturer’s website.


Epic games update display adapter

If you know any other solution that might help, please do not hesitate to share with the community in the comments below!