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Discord won’t open: Quick Fix

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Discord is one of the most popular VoIP programs of all time now. The platform was originally meant for gamers but since then has been expanded to cover just about anyone looking for a place to hang out with friends. 

However, that’s not to say that Discord is without its problems. In this article, we’re taking a look at a few fixes that could keep Discord from opening. 

Run Discord as Administrator

Try running Discord with administrator privileges to check if that resolves your issue. Right-click on the Discord icon either on the desktop or on the start menu and chose the Run as Administrator option. 

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Use the web app

A lot of you might already know that Discord is also available as a browser-based app. In case you can’t get the Discord client to start on your PC, you can quickly switch to the browser app to check on what’s going on in your favourite servers. 

Disable your Proxy settings

Corrupt or incorrect proxy settings can also cause problems with Discord. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type in inetcpl.cpl and press enter.

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Step 2: Head over to the Connections tab and click on LAN Settings.

Step 3: Ensure that the Use a proxy server for your LAN option is unchecked and that the Automatically detect settings option is enabled.

Restart your PC and try again. Alternatively, you can leave the Automatically detect settings option unchecked if the above configuration doesn’t work for you. 

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Restart from the Task Manager

Try quitting the Discord process from the Task Manager and relaunching it to see if that solves your problem.

Step 1: Right-click the Taskbar and click on Task Manager.

Step 2: Find the Discord process and end it using the End task button in the bottom right.

Now restart Discord, and it should work just fine. 

Clear DNS settings.

As the error itself states, it has something to do with DNS settings. Misconfigured DNS settings can cause a lot of headaches. Here’s how you can reset them.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R and type in cmd, and hit enter.

Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns to reset DNS settings to default.

The Discord won’t open error should be resolved.

Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason why your PC might be behaving weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart your PC, and the error should be resolved. If that doesn’t help, you can also run a DISM scan to fix any other errors by using this guide

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Delete Discord folders

DIscord saves its resource files in the AppData and LocalAppData directories. By deleting these folders and restarting Discord, you can force the program to rebuild these files, resolving any problems in the process. 

Step 1: Open the Run prompt using Windows Key + R, type in %appdata% and hit enter.

Step 2: Delete the discord folder in the directory.

Now repeat these steps with %localappdata% and restart Discord.

Update Discord

The issue you’re facing may have already been fixed in an update you haven’t installed yet. Once you’ve launched Discord, press Ctrl + R. Discord will restart, download any pending updates, and probably fix the Discord won’t open issue.

Check date and time settings

Using incorrect date and time settings on your PC can cause conflicts with several internet-based programs, including Discord. 

Step 1: Open Settings from the Start menu.

Step 2: Select Time & Language from the available options.

Step 3: For Windows to automatically determine your time, click on the toggle button below Set time automatically.

Step 4: Now click on the toggle button below Set time zone automatically option similarly for Windows to ascertain your time zone.

This should fix any problems Discord is facing. 

Reinstall Discord

If all else fails, your best bet is to reinstall Discord from scratch.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu and click on Apps & Features. 

Step 2: Find Discord in this list and click on Uninstall. 

Once the program has been removed, restart your PC, reinstall Discord and try launching it again. The Discord won’t open issue should be fixed.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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