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Can’t play Valorant on Windows 11: 6 Fixes

Valorant is one of the most popular first-person shooter games available at the moment. However, since the rollout of Windows 11, Riot Games has started implementing TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot in the game to ensure a cheating-free, trusted platform when playing.

In this article, we’re going over a few solutions you can try out if Valorant isn’t working on your Windows 11 PC. 


Enable Secure Boot

Since Riot Games has now forced TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot as requirements for playing the game, you need to enable the setting in your computer’s BIOS. Different manufacturers tuck this feature away in different sections of the BIOS, so you may have to look around a bit to find it in there. 

Also read: How to fix Valorant error code 19?


Run Valorant in compatibility mode

Sometimes a Windows update can cause conflicts with games or programs on your PC. Try running the game in compatibility mode to check if that resolves the issue. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Valorant. Click on Open file location.

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Step 2: Right-click on the Valorant icon and click Properties.

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Step 3: Head over to the Compatibility tab and check the Run this program in compatibility mode for option. 

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Step 4: If you’re using Windows 10, select Windows 8 from the dropdown. Similarly, if you’re using Windows 8, set the dropdown to Windows 7.

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Restart your PC and try launching Valorant again. 


Close all Riot processes

If any residual Valorant processes are working in the background, they can stop the game from launching.

Step 1: Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.

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Step 2: Under the Processes tab, scroll to find any Valorant or Riot processes, click them and click on the End Process button on the bottom right.

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Once all processes are closed, restart Valorant to see if your issue got resolved. 


Run Valorant as administrator

Sometimes, giving admin permissions to certain games and programs can resolve issues, including the Valorant not launching error.

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All you have to do is press the Windows key and search for Valorant. Click on Run as administrator. Your game should launch.


Update your graphics drivers

Outdated graphics drivers can cause a lot of issues with games and other GPU intensive programs. Updating your GPU drivers can help get the game up and running.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

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Step 2: Scroll down to find Display adaptors. Double click it to expand and see all your graphics cards.

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Step 3: Right-click on your graphics cards and select Update driver.

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Step 4: Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will automatically download and install any updates that are available. 

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Restart your PC, and Valorant should work fine now. 


Reinstall Valorant

If nothing else works, reinstalling the game is pretty much your last resort. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to launch the Quick Access menu and select Apps and features

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Step 2: Find Valorant in the list, click it and click the Uninstall button.

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Once the uninstall is complete, download the latest version of Valorant from the Riot Games’ website, restart your PC and try again. If nothing else, this should help you fix the can’t play Valorant on Windows 11 issue.

Also read: Best Valorant crosshair settings explained

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