Fixing ‘Destiny 2 Stuck on Initializing’ problem in Windows 10

Do you enjoy playing Destiny 2? Have you ever seen Destiny 2 hang on initialization? There could be many reasons for this, but you don’t have to worry. In this post, Techquack offers effective solutions to help you.

Destiny is an online multiplayer shooter developed by Bungie. It is supported on various platforms such as PS4, Xbox, and Windows. It was first released on September 9, 2014, and Destiny 2 was released in September 2017.

Since then, Destiny 2 has attracted a large number of fans of the game due to its great story and exciting shooting competitions.

However, many Destiny 2 users report experiencing a problem: Destiny 2 hangs during initialization. This usually happens when they try to download, update, or start the game.

What causes Destiny 2 to freeze during the initialization phase on Windows 10?

What causes Destiny 2 to freeze during the initialization phase on Windows 10?

After the first reports of the problem, we started our investigation and compiled a list of conclusions about the causes of this problem. Here are some reasons why your update may be stuck on the reset screen:

Damaged installation files: there are many cases where Destiny 2 installation files are either corrupt or missing. In this case, the Blizzard client does not know why the files are missing and enters an infinite loop.

The client is in an error state: Destiny 2 is hosted by the Blizzard application. Like all other games created by Blizzard, Destiny 2 has some issues when running in the client. Restarting the client will solve the problem completely.

Damaged Blizzard update settings: We have also encountered Blizzard’s update settings being corrupted. It is known that corrupted update settings can cause problems during the update process. In this case, resetting or changing the settings will cause the module to reboot, which will solve the problem.

Lack of administrator privileges: Like all other games, Destiny 2 also requires significant resources to work properly. If it doesn’t have sufficient rights, it won’t use your computer’s resources and is likely to get stuck in the phase.

Antivirus software: antivirus software has been known to classify a trusted file as malicious (hence the term “false positives”). In this case, deactivating the antivirus software and then reactivating it usually solves the problem.

Poor network connection: Another problem that can occur during the update process is a poor connection. Destiny 2 requires a good Internet connection in order to update properly. If you do not have a stable internet connection, the update will not work and you will be stuck as described in this article.

Small download space: Another interesting scenario we encountered was a small download space when installing the game. Destiny also fails to warn the user that less memory is available, making it difficult to troubleshoot.

Damaged cache files: It is also possible that your computer has corrupted cache files. If this is the case, the client will not work as expected, causing strange problems like the one described here.

Before you start describing solutions, make sure that you are logged in as the administrator on your computer. You must also have a valid Blizzard account and be logged in.

The solution to the ‘Destiny 2 Stuck on Initializing’ problem on Windows 10

The solution to the 'Destiny 2 Stuck on Initializing' problem on Windows 10

Rename the Destiny 2 folder

  1. Pause the reboot process and close
  2. Navigate to the location of the Destiny 2 folder.
  3. This is usually located in C: Program Files (x86). Then rename the Destiny 2 folder.
  4. Open and click Install.
  5. Change this folder name to Destiny 2.
  6. Click the “Start Install” button.
  7. Be patient, the process will start where you left off after checking the files you already have. Then you will be ready to go.


  1. Uninstall
  2. Reinstall the app, and start the game. The update will be in Initialization mode for about 3-5 minutes, and then it will begin Finalization mode.
  3. Once completed, you should be able to play the game.

Change Blizzard Settings

  1. Click on the Blizzard logo in the upper right corner. Then select Settings.
  2. Select Setup/Game Update. Scroll down to find Network Bandwidth.
  3. Change the maximum download speed by setting “Recent Updates” and “Future Patch Updates” to 0 to maintain the maximum download speed. When you’re done, click “Done” to apply the settings.
  4. Load Destiny 2 to see if this helps.

Launch the Blizzard client as an administrator

  1. Log out of Blizzard.
  2. Right-click the Blizzard icon and select Properties.
  3. On the Compatibility tab, select the Run this program as an administrator check box. Then click the OK button.
  4. Run Blizzard and see if the problem is resolved or not.

Set the automatic secondary login to Windows

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “services.MSC” and press Enter.
  3. Find “Secondary Login” and right-click on “Secondary Login”.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. Find “Startup Type” and select “Automatic” from the drop-down menu. Then click OK.

Frequently Asked Questions

A problem with Destiny 2 loading that hangs on startup may be caused by a permissions issue. You can try launching your Blizzard (the game platform on which you can play Destiny 2) as an administrator to fix the problem.

  1. Run Destiny 2 as an administrator.
  2. Update your device drivers.
  3. Close all unnecessary programs.
  4. Install the latest Windows updates.
  5. Reinstall the game and/or Steam.

You can go to the normal installation directory, which by default is C: Program Files(x86)Destiny 2 <<--Delete this folder.

There are two reasons for this. First, it loads a lot of stuff (a lot). Destiny 2 is a very detailed game that tries to be an open world. It's also a peer-to-peer game, which means it can take longer if some people are in the game with a slow device or just a bad connection.