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Minecraft error code -1: Quick Fix

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Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time with the action-adventure sandbox still going strong in 2022 even after a decade of its launch. The game has also been ported to other platforms including consoles to make it more accessible to gamers. 

However, as popular as Minecraft might be, it still isn’t perfect and sometimes runs into random bugs and glitches. In this article, we’re talking about Minecraft error code -1, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

There’s no specific cause for the error as it can be triggered by a number of things including:

  • Corrupted Microsoft Store cache files.
  • Issues with Gaming Services on Windows or Xbox.
  • Issues with linking your Microsoft account with the game, 
  • Minecraft servers are down.

Also read: How to make a bed in Minecraft?

How to fix this?

Here are five fixes you can try out. 

Restart the game

Restarting the game or your PC (or console) is also a good idea. Sometimes temporary bugs in the game won’t let you connect to servers even when online. In such cases, restarting the game or your PC can potentially resolve the Minecraft error.

Update Windows and Minecraft

Updating the game and your OS can also help resolve the issue by eliminating any underlying bugs hindering functionality.

Check out this guide to quickly update Windows or pause updates if it's hindering your game. 

You can also check out this guide to update Windows 10 from Command line and Powershell. 

If you're facing issues while updating Windows 10, go here.

Log out of your Microsoft Account

Logging out of your Microsoft account in-game and then logging back in again can also help resolve errors like this. Logging out and logging back in can get rid of any account issues that you might be facing. 

Reinstall Microsoft Gaming Services

Another fix for the situation is to reset Microsoft Gaming Services. Here’s how. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Powershell. Click on the Run as Administrator option. 

Step 2: Once open, run the following command. 

get-appxpackage Microsoft.GamingServices | remove-AppxPackage -allusers

Step 3: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type regedit and hit enter. 

Step 4: Head over to the following path.


Step 5: Find and delete the GamingServices and GamingServicesNet folders if they’re present. If not, you can skip this step. 

Step 6: Press Windows key + X and click on Apps and Features. 

Step 7: Find Microsoft Store in the list and click on Advanced Features. 

Step 8: Click on the Reset button to reset the program. 

Step 9: Repeat steps 6 to 8 for the Xbox App as well. 

Step 10: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type temp and hit enter. 

Step 11: Delete everything you see in the folder.

Step 12: Repeat steps 10 and 11 for the %TEMP% and Prefetch folders as well.

Step 13: Open Windows Explorer and delete the cache folders at the paths given below. 

  • C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\TokenBroker
  • C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Step 14: Restart your PC.

Step 15: Press the Windows key and search for Powershell. Click on the Run as Administrator option. 

Step 16: Run the commands given below to reinstall Microsoft Gaming Services.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

start ms-windows-store://pdp/?productid=9MWPM2CQNLHN

Check the game servers 

If nothing else works, chances are that Minecraft servers are down at the moment. In this situation, there’s not much else you can do except wait until the servers come back online. Be sure to check Minecraft’s social media handles for updates on any outages. 

Also read: How to tab out of Minecraft without pausing?

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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