Games do not properly launch on Windows 11

I’m using Windows 11, (already know that’s my first mistake, I’m aware of that) whenever I try launching games through the beta Desktop application, they only show up in my background processes, very rarely will they launch normally the first time. Unsure if it’s just with WoW Retail and Classic since those are the only two games I launch, but it deters me from wanting to even attempt launching it after the fourth failed attempt. Even restarting my pc or just shutting down and powering back on after a little doesn’t help 9/10 times.


I was having that problem with the standard app, so I switched to the beta. I heard there’s a bug with Nvidia that overclocks your gpu, so when you launch any game, you either freeze or crash. I’m about to install win10, to see if it’s a win11 issue. ASA, I committed to win11, I started having issues. It was running like a dream, until I wiped my win10 drive for extra storage.

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literally same here, I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to switch to win11 so early lol
a little update though, even on the base launcher, it sometimes take a little bit for retail to boot up. But at least it boots I guess?

The only game I’m having trouble with is D IV. It claims my version of Windows is unsupported and I need at least Windows 10 1609. D II Resurrected and D III run just fine.

Pretty strange, i don’t have any of your issue. What graphics card you using?

My computer
Windows 11 PRO 22H2
RTX 3090
32 gig DDR5 6400

There are a few reasons why games might not properly launch on Windows 11. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Corrupt game files: If the game files are corrupted, the game may not be able to launch properly. You can try to verify the integrity of the game files to fix this.
  • Outdated drivers: Outdated drivers can also cause games to not launch properly. Make sure that your graphics card drivers are up to date.
  • Incompatible game: The game may simply be incompatible with Windows 11. Check the game’s system requirements to see if your computer meets them.
  • Windows 11 bug: There may be a bug in Windows 11 that is causing the game to not launch properly. Microsoft is constantly releasing updates for Windows 11, so try updating your operating system to see if that fixes the problem.

Here are some steps you can take to fix games that are not launching properly on Windows 11:

  1. Verify the integrity of the game files. To do this, right-click on the game shortcut and select “Properties”. Click on the “Local Files” tab and then click on the “Verify Integrity of Game Files” button.
  2. Update your graphics card drivers. You can download the latest drivers from the website of your graphics card manufacturer.
  3. Try running the game in compatibility mode. To do this, right-click on the game shortcut and select “Properties”. Click on the “Compatibility” tab and then select an older operating system from the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” drop-down list.
  4. Rollback to a previous Windows 11 build. If you recently updated to Windows 11, you may be able to fix the problem by rolling back to a previous build. To do this, open the Settings app and go to “Windows Update > Recovery”. Click on the “Go back to an earlier build” button and follow the instructions.

If you have tried all of these steps and the game still does not launch properly, you may need to contact the game’s developer for support.