World of Warcraft is one of the most popular MMO RPG games on the planet. While the game is rather good, it does suffer from occasional bugs and glitches from time to time. Running into errors can ruin the gaming experience, especially if you’re playing a game as intense as WoW.
In this article, we’re talking about the WoW error 103 fatal condition, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.
What causes this error?
There are a number of reasons why you might run into this error, including but not limited to the following.
- The game isn’t running with administrative access.
- Corrupt or missing game files.
- Outdated GPU drivers.
- Corrupt or missing Windows files.
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How to fix this?
Here are eight fixes you can try out.
At times, a simple restart is all it takes to solve seemingly random issues. If you’re having problems with Blizzard, try restarting your game, PC, and router to rule out any possible connectivity issues.
Run the game as an administrator
Another thing you can try is to run the game with administrator privileges to see if that fixes the problem. Errors like these can often arise because of improper access to system resources or files that the game needs to run properly.
Overly aggressive third-party antivirus or antimalware programs can sometimes cause problems. In such cases, try temporarily disabling your antivirus to see if that makes a change.
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Sometimes the Windows Firewall can get in the way of programs trying to access the internet, which can very well be the case here. Try temporarily disabling your firewall to see if WoW starts working properly.
Verify game file integrity
Ensuring all the game files are present and in working order is essential to avoiding crashes.
On Battle Net
If you’re using Battle Net, follow these steps.
Step 1: Open the Battle Net desktop app and click the cogwheel icon next to the play button.
Step 2: Click Scan and Repair.
Delete the game’s cache folder
Corrupt game cache files can also cause problems in-game. The best way to fix this is to simply delete the game’s cache folder located in the root directly of the game installation folder and restart the game.
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Update your GPU drivers
Outdated GPU drivers can also cause this issue in particular. While you should update all your drivers, take special care of your display drivers if you run into an error like this.
Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.
Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click it, and click on Update Drivers.
Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.
While this should help resolve the error, if it doesn’t, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later.
Reinstall the game
If all else fails, your best bet is to reinstall the game from scratch.
Step 1: Press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access menu and click on Apps & Features.
Step 2: Find World of Warcraft in this list and click on Uninstall.
Once the program has been removed, restart your PC, reinstall the game and try launching it again.