How to Solve Bethesda Launcher Not Working (2021 Update)

Sherry li
4 min readJan 13, 2021

Summary :

If you are a game lover, you might be using Launcher. Unfortunately, some users report that they encounter the Bethesda Launcher not working issue on PC? Don’t worry if you are bothered by the same problem. MiniTool Partition Wizard puts together some solutions to it in this post.

If you love games like Fallout 67, Rage 2, Doom External, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, you might use Launcher to download, manage, and play them.

Supporting 12 languages, Launcher is one of the most popular game platforms besides Steam. It is available on various operating systems, including, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. And it requires only 1GB RAM and 250 free disk space to install.

However, similar to other applications, Launcher also has some bugs and issues. According to users, they get a black screen and the Launcher won’t launch sometimes. Some users report that Launcher doesn’t work at all.

To solve the problem, you can try the following solutions.

Solution 1: Run Launcher as administrator

An easy way to solve Bethesda Launcher not working is to run the application as administrator, as the problem might happen due to privilege issues. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 2: Under the Processes tab, right-click Launcher and select End task.

Step 3: Right-click the shortcut for Launcher on your desktop and select Properties.

Step 4: In the Properties window, switch to the Compatibility tab and check the option Run this program as an administrator.

Step 5: Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

After setting the application to run as an administrator, you can double-click its shortcut to launch the launcher and check if it works properly. If you still encounter Launcher black screen, you should move on to the next solution.

An outdated or corrupted graphics card driver could also lead to the Launcher not working issue. To solve the problem, you should try updating your graphics card driver to the latest version. You can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.

Step 2: Double-click Display adapter to expand the category. Then right-click your graphics card and select Update driver.

Step 3: In the pop-up window, select Search automatically for updated driver software. Then wait until Windows finishes installing the latest driver for your graphics card.

When the process is finished, you will be required to perform a restart. Then you can run Launcher and hope it works without any problems.

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Solution 3: Run your Launcher in Compatibility Mode

You can also try running the launcher in compatibility mode to fix Bethesda Launcher not working.

Step 1: Right-click the Launcher shortcut and select Properties.

Step 2: Go to the Compatibility tab again.

Step 3: Check Run this program in compatibility mode for, and select a previous version of Windows from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Click Apply and OK to save the settings.

Then you can check if the problem has been solved. If it doesn’t work again, you might need to uninstall the program and then visit the official website of to download and reinstall the Launcher.


Position: Columnist

Sherry has been a staff editor of MiniTool for a year. She has received rigorous training about computer and digital data in company. Her articles focus on solutions to various problems that many Windows users might encounter and she is excellent at disk partitioning.

She has a wide range of hobbies, including listening to music, playing video games, roller skating, reading, and so on. By the way, she is patient and serious.

Originally published at on January 13, 2021.