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Riot client not opening: Quick Fix

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Riot Games is a well-known game developer and has created some highly engaging titles, with League of Legends being one of their most famous games worldwide. However, even the best gaming experiences can be spoiled by technical problems. A common issue players face is when the Riot client doesn’t open as expected.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of the Riot client not opening issue and various methods to help you fix the issue.

Causes of Riot client not opening issue

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the Riot client not opening issue.

  • Temporary system glitches.
  • Do not have sufficient permissions.
  • It is not compatible with your PC.
  • Firewalls are blocking the access.

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How to fix the issue?

If you cannot open the Riot client, then below, we have explained a few methods that might help you resolve the issue.

Restart the device

The simplest solution can often be the most effective. Restart your computer to clear any temporary glitches or conflicts preventing the Riot Client from launching.

Run Riot client as Administrator

If the Riot client doesn’t have enough permissions, running it as an administrator will ensure that the client has the necessary permissions to run smoothly. To run it as administrator, follow the steps below.

Step: Right-click on the Riot client shortcut, and then in the dropdown menu, click on the Run as administrator option.

We have used the Discord app’s shortcut for example.

Quit Riot client from task manager

If the Riot client is showing in the system tray, you should force close it. To do that, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar, and then in the dropdown menu, click on the Task Manager option.

Step 2: In the Processes tab, find the Riot client, right-click on it, and click on the End task in the dropdown menu. You can also select it and click on the End Task button available at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Use compatibility mode

If there are any compatibility issues, then running the Riot client in compatibility mode might resolve this issue. To do that follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right-click on the Riot client shortcut and then in the dropdown menu click on the Properties option.

Step 2: In properties, checkmark the box beside Run the program as an administrator and then under compatibility mode, checkmark the box beside Run the program in compatibility mode for, and select one of the options from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Now, click the Apply and OK buttons.

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Update the graphics drivers

Outdated graphics drivers can lead to compatibility issues. Ensure that the graphics drivers are up-to-date. To update graphics drivers, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows+X and tap on the Device Manager option in the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Find and expand the Display adapters category and right-click on the driver.

Step 3: Click on the Update driver option in the pop-up menu.

Step 4: In the new window, click on the Search automatically for drivers option.

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Disable the antivirus and Allow Riot client through the firewall

Your antivirus may block the Riot client because it mistakenly takes it as a malicious app. To check if this is the problem, try disabling your antivirus software temporarily and see if the Riot Client starts working again. Also, make sure the firewall allows the Riot Client to connect.

To allow Riot clients through the firewall, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows + I  key to open Windows settings and click the Update & Security option. 

Step 2: Click on Windows Security in the sidebar and then click on Firewall & network protection on the right side.

Step 3: A new window will open; click on the Allow an app through Firewall option at the bottom.

Step 4: In the allowed app’s window, click on the Change Settings button, this will allow you to edit the settings.

Step 5: Scroll down and find the Riot client and checkmark boxes for both private and public beside the Riot client, then click the OK button.

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Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: [email protected]