How To Fix Unable To Update The Minecraft Native Launcher Issue

Minecraft is a sandbox video game first released in 2011 that’s still very popular today. It is considered as the single best selling game of all time with more than 176 million copies sold. Estimates place that there are around 112 million active monthly players. Although this is a solid game there are instances when certain issues can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the unable to update the Minecraft native launcher issue.

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How To Fix Unable To Update The Minecraft Native Launcher Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below its best to reboot your computer. This will refresh the Windows 10 operating system and will usually fix most of the common issues caused by a software glitch.

There can be several factors that can cause this particular problem ranging from a software bug to an interference from the antivirus software installed on the computer. Listed below are the recommended troubleshooting steps to fix this problem.

Repair Minecraft

There are instances when the Minecraft game will have some corrupted files which could be causing this problem. If this is what’s causing the problem then you should try repairing the Minecraft file.

  • Hold Windows key and press R
  • Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  • Locate Minecraft from the programs list
  • Right click Minecraft and select repair. Follow any additional on-screen instructions .

Check if the unable to update Minecraft native launcher issue still occurs.

Disable the antivirus

In some cases when this issue occurs the problem is caused by the antivirus software installed on the computer. It might be detecting Minecraft as a potential virus thus it is preventing the update. What you will want to do in this case is to temporarily disable the antivirus software of your computer from running until the game has finished updating or downloading.


  • Open Kaspersky Anti-Virus.
  • Go to the bottom portion of the main application window
  • Click on Settings
  • If the application in the Settings window is password-protected then enter the password and select the Save password for the current session checkbox
  • Click on Next
  • Go to the Additional section in the Settings window
  • Select Self-Defense in the right frame
  • Select or clear the Enable Self-Defense checkbox in the Self-Defense settings window
  • The Attention! Window will appear here
  • Click Continue and close the main application window.


  • Right-click the McAfee icon at the bottom-right corner of your Windows Desktop
  • Select Change settings > Real-time Scanning from the menu.
  • In the Real-Time Scanning status window, click the Turn off button.
  • Specify when you want Real-Time Scanning to resume.  It is recommended to select When I restart my PC from the drop-down menu.  Click on the Turn off button to confirm your selection.

Windows Security

  • Select Start then go to Settings.
  • Go to Update & Security then go to Windows Security – Virus & threat protection – Manage settings.
  • Switch real-time protection off

Check if the unable to update Minecraft native launcher issue still occurs.

Redownload Minecraft

If the above steps fails to fix the problem then you should try to download a fresh copy of the Minecraft game from the official website once the installer is saved in your computer you should first remove any trace of the Mineraft installed game from your computer.

  • Hold Windows key and press E to open the File Explorer
  • Type %Appdata% in the address bar and press Enter
  • Locate the Minecraft folder and right click Select Delete. 
  • Launch the downloaded Minecraft installation file 

Check if the unable to update Minecraft native launcher issue still occurs.

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