How To Fix Counter Strike Won’t Launch On Steam | NEW 2021

Hundreds of thousands of players play Counter Strike Global Offensive on Steam everyday and it’s not a surprise that it’s been the number one online game on the platform for years now. While the game is definitely stable, some players encounter issues with it from time to time. In this troubleshooting guide, we’ll show you the solutions that you can try if Counter Strike won’t launch on Steam.

Reasons why Counter Strike Global Offensive is not launching

There are many possible causes that you need to check if you are not able to launch CSGO on your PC. Some of these reasons include the following:

  • old graphics card driver
  • damaged game data
  • hardware limitation (PC does not meet game system requirements)
  • conflict with other applications
  • outdated Windows Operating System

In order to fix CSGO issues, you must perform troubleshooting steps to identify the cause. Continue reading below to know what you need to do.

How to fix Counter Strike won’t launch on Steam?

If you can’t open or launch Counter Strike Global Offensive on Steam, these are the solutions that you must do to fix it:

Restart your computer.

Some minor bugs disappear after refreshing a computer. If your PC has been running for some time, make sure that you reboot it before you proceed with your troubleshooting.

Restart Steam and update the game.

If you are unable to launch Counter Strike Global Offensive, it’s possible that there may be a bug with the Steam launcher that causes it. To refresh the Steam client, just close and simply restart it. Make sure to also check if there’s any pending update for the game before you launch it again.

Follow these steps to update Counter Strike:

  1. Launch the Steam application.
  2. Go to the Library.
  3. Right click on Counter Strike Global Offensive icon.
  4. Then select Properties from the drop down options.
  5. Go to the Updates.
  6. In this section, you have the option to either update the game automatically or manually moving forward.

Check the game’s system requirements.

If it’s your first time to play CSGO on your PC, you want to make sure that it meets the minimum system requirements of the game. 

  • OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c

If you have an old PC and it doesn’t meet the specifications above, be sure to upgrade your hardware before you continue with your troubleshooting.

Install graphics driver updates.

Just as important as making sure you have the right hardware is keeping the software updated, particularly your graphics driver. A driver is a piece of software that every hardware component needs in order to work properly when called upon by the operating system. If your graphics card drivers are not updated and you try to play a game, the system may encounter issues such as crashing, freezing, lagging, and other performance problems.

Check out any of the links below to know how to update your specific video card:

You can also manually update your graphics driver by going to Device Manager. Here’s how:

  1. Right click the Start button located at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Select Device Manager. You can also access Device Manager by accessing the Control Panel.
  3. Select Display Adapters.
  4. Then right click the adapter found under the Display Adapters category.
  5. Select Update Driver. Wait for a few minutes to complete the process. Once completed, the performance when you play the games on your Windows PC should also improve.

Verify integrity of game files.

One of the possible reasons for your Counter Strike won’t launch issue is corrupted game files. To ensure that your CSGO game files are current, follow these steps to verify the integrity of your game data:

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Go to the Library.
  3. Look for Counter Strike Global Offensive and select or right click the icon.
  4. Then select Properties from the drop down options.
  5. Choose the Local Files tab.
  6. Select Verify Integrity of Game Files to begin the repair process. 
  7. Run CSGO again to check if the issue has been eliminated.

Don’t overclock your CPU.

Many players claim that they fix CSGO launch issues on their PC by turning off overclocking. If your CPU is overclocked, try to see if reverting it to its normal clock speed will fix the issue for you.

Run CSGO as Administrator.

Make sure that you let Counter Strike to run as administrator to access all the files it needs. Here’s how:

  1. Right click the CSGO icon in your Steam Library.
  2. Go to Properties > Local Files tab.
  3. Click Browse Local Files.
  4. Locate the game executable of CSGO.
  5. Right click it and go to Properties.
  6. Click the Compatibility tab.
  7. Check the Run this program as an administrator box.

Check for Windows updates.

Aside from keeping the drivers updated, be sure that your Windows is also running its latest version by going to Windows Settings > Update & Security.

Delete and reinstall.

If none of the solutions have helped at this point, consider removing CSGO from the system and reinstalling it. This usually helps if the main reason for the launch issue is caused by a bug in the Operating System. 

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