Here’s How You Can Fix World of Warcraft Not Responding on Launch


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Here’s How You Can Fix World of Warcraft Not Responding on Launch Error

Dhruv Bhatnagar
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Although it doesn't happen daily, sometimes World of Warcraft might just not launch, preventing you from playing the game.
Are you wondering how to fix World of Warcraft not responding on launch error? Here's a guide to help you.

World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the longest-running and top-rated multiplayer online role-playing games. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment in 2024, the game takes place in the Warcraft fantasy universe. While it’s an entertaining game, sometimes you might run into issues. One of the most common problems is World of Warcraft not responding on launch, which can be incredibly frustrating if you don't know the right fixes. Let’s take a look at how you can fix this issue in World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft: How to Fix Not Responding on Launch Error?

When you cannot launch World of Warcraft by pressing the ‘Play’ button, it’s generally a temporary occurrence. You should be able to start the game in a few tries. However, if you’re not able to do so, here’s what you can do to fix the issue – 

Fix 1: Console Command

This particular loading error seems to be tied to an odd graphical inconsistency that resolves upon adding the console command to WoW’s launch settings. Here’s how you can do this -

  1. Fire up launcher.

  2. Head to Settings.

  3. Choose “Additional Command Line Arguments” found under World of Warcraft.

  4. Type “-d4d11" and save changes.

Doing this will fix whatever issues you’re facing while attempting to launch World of Warcraft.

Here’s How You Can Fix World of Warcraft Not Responding on Launch

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Fix 2: Verify Game Files 

Verifying your installed game files can fix any kind of issues you might be facing. Here’s how you can verify the installation of game files – 

  1. Fire up launcher.

  2. Click on the World of Warcraft icon

  3. Click on the Settings icon.

  4. Choose ‘Scan and Repair,’ and click on ‘Begin Scan."

  5. Wait for the game to verify the files. Once completed, close the launcher and reboot the PC to apply changes.

Fix: Update Graphic Drivers

You can also try updating your graphics drivers. If you’re using a Nvidia graphics card, you can update the GeForce Experience app from the official site. If you’re using an AMD graphics card, then get the latest AMD Drivers

If these fixes do not work out for you, your last option is to contact Blizzard’s support. You need to submit a ticket and explain your issue to the support team.

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