Fix: Minecraft server download doesn’t open

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Minecraft is a great sandbox multiplayer game that has various gameplay modes. For multiplayer Minecraft gaming, players can host their own servers that no specific person needs to log in to. However, some might not always be able to launch their Minecraft server downloads. Here are a few potential fixes if you can’t open your Minecraft server in Windows.

How to fix Minecraft server download problems

Table of contents:

  1. Update Java
  2. Download Minecraft Server from Official Sources
  3. Edit the EULA.txt
  4. Set up a Minecraft Server Batch File
  5. Run the Minecraft Server.exe Version as an Administrator
  6. Install Windows updates
  7. Uninstall Windows updates
  8. Reset winstock

Fix – Minecraft server download won’t open

Solution 1 – Update Java

Java Runtime Environment is an essential system requirement for Minecraft server software. So if you don’t have Java installed, that’s probably why you can’t open the Minecraft server. Even if you do, the server software might still need a more update Java version such as 1.7.10. You can verify Java and check if you have the latest version as follows.

  • Open this page and press the Verify Java Version button.
  • Then a page will open providing details on your Java version. Or it might state that Java is disabled or not installed.
  • Alternatively, you can also check Java versions with the Command Prompt. Press the Win key  + R hotkey and type ‘cmd’ there to open Command Prompt.
  • Next, enter ‘java -version’ and press Return key.

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  • Then the Command Prompt should tell you what Java version you have such as Java 1.7, or it might state, “Java is not recognized.”
  • If you have an outdated Java version, or no Java at all, open this page.
  • Press the Start Free Download button.
  • Then select Save File to save the Java installer.
  • Run through the installer to add the Java update to Windows.

Solution 2 – Download Minecraft Server from Official Sources

There are various sources you can download Minecraft servers from. There are unofficial third-party Minecraft server programs you can add to Windows. If you’ve downloaded an unofficial Minecraft server that isn’t opening, consider getting the official alternative instead. You can save that to Windows from this page by clicking minecraft_server.1.11.2.jar.

Solution 3 – Edit the EULA.txt

The Mojang Minecraft server has an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) you need to accept before you can launch the server. This is a required configuration for a EULA.txt file. If you haven’t configured that, the Minecraft server will probably state: “[Server thread/INFO]: You need to agree to the EULA in order to run the server. Go to eula.txt for more info. [Server thread/INFO]: Stopping server.” You can configure the EULA.txt as follows.

  • Open your Minecraft server directory in File Explorer.
  • Then open the EULA.txt in a text editor such as Notepad.
  • The EULA.txt will include a eula=false entry. Edit that so that it’s eula=true and then save the document.

Solution 4 – Set up a Minecraft Server Batch File

If you can’t open the Minecraft server from the Command Prompt, you can set up a batch file for it instead. This is how you can open the Minecraft server Jar version with a batch file.

  • Enter ‘Notepad’ into Cortana search box and open Notepad.
  • Then copy and paste the following text into Notepad with the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V hotkeys: java -Xms1024M -Xmx2048M -jar minecraft_server.jar nogui pause. Alternatively, you can enter java -Xms1024M -Xmx2048M -jar minecraft_server.jar into Notepad without the nogui tag to open the server with the GUI window.

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  • Click File > Save As to open the window below.

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  • Select All Files from the Save as type drop-down menu.
  • Then you should save the batch as startserver.bat.
  • Select to save startserver.bat in the same server folder as minecraft_server.jar.
  • Then you can double-click startserver.bat to launch the Minecraft server.
Solution 5 – Run the Minecraft Server exe Version as an Administrator

If you’re getting “Can’t save server.properties” message when opening the Minecraft server exe version (Minecraft_Server.exe), run it as an administrator. So you should right-click it and then select Run as administrator instead. Then you might also need to input an admin password to run the server.

Solution 6 – Install Windows updates

If you’re playing Minecraft through the Windows 10 version, Windows updates can have a significant effect on the way the game (and other games) work. So, it’s recommended to keep your system up to date. To install the latest updates, just go to Settings > Updates & Security, and check for updates.

Solution 7 – Uninstall Windows updates

On the other hand, it could be a bad Windows Update that messed up the game. In case you suspect so, the best solution is to simply uninstall that troublesome update. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Once the Settings app opens, navigate to Update & security section.
  3. Go to Windows Update tab and click on Update history.
  4. Click on Uninstall updates.
  5. List of installed updates will now appear. Select the problematic update that you want to remove and click the Uninstall button.
  6. After removing the update, restart your PC.

Solution 8 – Reset winstock

If there’s something wrong with your winstock settings, Minecraft is very likely to fail to connect to the server. So, the solution, in this case, is to reset winstock. In case you don’t know how to do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator. To do that press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
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  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter the following lines:
    • netsh winsock reset
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    • netsh int ip reset
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  3. Close Command Prompt and restart your PC.

Users reported that this solution usually fixes issues with IP configuration problem, but bear in mind that if you use static IP address you’ll have to set it again. If the previous commands didn’t work, you might want to try these commands as well:

  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • ipconfig /renew

Now, hopefully, you should be able to open your Minecraft server download. The server will generate your default Minecraft world, which you can replace with a saved game world. Then you can open Minecraft, select Multiplayer and add the server to it with IP address.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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