Minecraft is a sandbox video game that was first released in 2011 and is still very popular. It is considered to be the best-selling game of all time with over 176 million copies sold. It is estimated that there are about 112 million monthly active players. Although it is a solid game, it can have some problems. In this final episode of our troubleshooting series, we take a look at Minecraft’s non-response problem.
What Causes Minecraft to be Unresponsive on Windows 10
We studied several user reports and after experimenting on our own computers, creating the same conditions, we came to the conclusion that there are several reasons why the game stops responding. The game stops responding for a variety of reasons and can last up to several minutes or even to infinity in some cases.
Outdated Java: Minecraft uses the Java platform for its mechanisms to function and work properly. If the Java platform is outdated or improperly installed on your computer, you may experience response issues.
Outdated Windows: Windows is the primary operating system on which Minecraft runs. If the operating system is outdated or has problems, your Minecraft will most likely not be able to start and respond.
Incomplete/Damaged Minecraft installation: There are times when Minecraft installation is corrupt or incomplete. This can happen if the version has not been updated properly or if you have manually moved the game to a different directory.
Outdated Minecraft: Minecraft releases updates from time to time to introduce new features and fix bugs and flaws. If you have an older version, then Minecraft may not start and stop responding.
Mods: If you are using Minecraft with mods, it is recommended that you disable them and restart the game. Mods change the behavior of the game by improving textures.
Video Drivers: Video drivers are another known cause of the problem. If the video drivers are outdated or incomplete, the game will not start or respond.
Administrator privileges: In some rare cases, the game requires administrator privileges to run. If the game does not have advanced access, problems such as those described here will occur.
Before moving on to solutions, make sure you have an active and open Internet connection and that you are logged in as an administrator. Also, make sure your Minecraft backups are stored in the cloud.
How to Troubleshoot the Problem of Minecraft Not Responding on Windows 10
Disable Discord Overlay
Many users report that Discord overlay can cause Minecraft to be unresponsive. To fix this problem, you need to disable Discord overlay or close Discord completely.
- Open your Discord and click the settings icon.
- Select the Overlay tab and uncheck the Enable in-game overlay checkbox.
- Restart your Minecraft.
Update your device drivers
If Minecraft isn’t working, it may be due to outdated or corrupt device drivers, especially the graphics card driver. The graphics driver is what allows your computer to display the game correctly.
However, it is not always just the graphics driver, the culprit can also be an old sound card or network card driver. In this case, you’ll have to update the graphics driver, as well as other possible drivers, to get your Minecraft working again.
Updating the driver manually via Device Manager or downloading the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website can take a long time. So you can choose to update all drivers automatically.
Updating the graphics driver manually: Make sure that you are using the latest version of Windows. However, for stability reasons, Windows Update will not be able to find the latest graphics driver for you. Therefore, you need to find the correct and latest graphics driver on the manufacturer’s official website and install it manually.
Update the driver automatically: If you’re not used to working with drivers, you can do it automatically with a third-party driver update program. It will automatically detect your system and find the right driver for your computer. More importantly, with a third-party driver updater, you won’t have to manipulate your operating system and worry about errors during installation. This will save you a lot of time and patience.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to bring up the Run window.
- Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter.
- Right-click on Minecraft and select “Uninstall”.
- Press the Windows logo key and R to bring up the Run dialog box, type %appdata%, and press Enter.
- Right-click on the .minecraft folder and select Uninstall to make sure you’ve deleted the files associated with it.
- After uninstalling, restart your computer.
- Go to the official Minecraft website to download and install Minecraft again.
Launch Minecraft as an administrator
Minecraft may not be able to use all the resources due to access restrictions. Therefore, you need to run Minecraft as an administrator to see if that solves your problem.
- Go to the root directory where Minecraft is installed and locate the main executable of the game.
- Right-click on the executable and select Properties.
- Select the Compatibility tab and check the Run this program as administrator checkbox.
- Click Apply, and then click OK.
- Restart Minecraft and see if it works.
Frequently Asked Questions
The "Minecraft doesn't start" problem is probably due to a driver problem. If you are using the wrong video card driver or the driver is outdated, you may be experiencing this problem. In addition to solving this problem, updating your drivers can also improve your computer's performance.
To fix Minecraft's non-responsiveness problem, we recommend that you install the latest Windows operating system updates. Fortunately, this process is automated, and all you have to do is the following: Press the Windows + I keys to open Settings. Open the Updates and Security section and click the Check for Updates button.
If your graphics driver is missing or outdated, Minecraft may not load or the Minecraft launcher may not work. Therefore, you need to check if your video card driver is up to date. There are two ways to update your video card driver: manually and automatically.
- Reinstall Minecraft.
- Update your video card driver.
- Disable mods for Minecraft.
- Run Minecraft as an administrator.
- Disable Discord.
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