Valorant Error Code -81: How To Fix Service Start Failed
The recent mini Windows update is leading some players to face Valorant error code -81. Players usually encounter this error when trying to start Valorant through the Riot client. The message they get reads, “Connection error. VALORANT has encountered a connection error. Please relaunch the client to reconnect.”We look at some of the possible solutions to Valorant error code -81. If none of the listed solutions work, players can submit a ticket by contacting Valorant support through .
How To Fix Valorant Error Code -81
As the error message suggests, the first thing you can do is restart the Riot client, login and try to play Valorant. If the problem continues, restart your PC and try to run the game again. If the error still persists, reinstall the game and do a fresh installation of Valorant. Remember to uninstall and reinstall Riot Vanguard as well as update your drivers. Make sure that your antivirus is not blocking the game.
If the error persists make sure Vanguard is enabled. Go to "System Configuration" by pressing the Windows key and searching for it.
Navigate to the "services" tab and check the "Hide all Microsoft services" box at the bottom.
Now scroll down till you find "vgc" and make sure the box is checked. If not, check it to enable vgc.
Now hit the Windows key again and type "Services". Scroll till you find "vgc" and double click on it and make sure the "Startup type" is "Manual". If it's already set to manual or automatic, leave it alone.
If the fresh installation of Riot Vanguard and Valorant fails as well, contact Valorant support and submit a ticket. Players can create a ticket on the Valorant support website for a number of issues including reporting hackers, bugs, or resolving technical issues. For more information on how to raise a ticket with Riot support click .