How To Fix Discord Won’t Load On Windows 10 | NEW 2021

Millions of gamers rely on Discord nowadays to chat and communicate with their friends. With the pandemic still raging strong, even non-gamers discovered that Discord is just as useful as any other voice and video chats out there. If you want to also use it but Discord won’t open on your Windows 10 machine, you’ve come to the right place.
In this guide, we’ll show you the steps to take to fix your Discord app that won’t launch on your PC.

How to fix Discord won’t load on Windows 10?

There can be several reasons that you need to check if the Discord app is not loading on your Windows 10 PC. Learn what you need to do, and, more importantly, how to fix the issue below.

Solution #1: Restart Discord app.

If you were able to use the Discord app in the past without any issues, it’s possible that it may have encountered an internal error causing it to not load properly right now. What you need to  do is to check if there’s already an existing Discord process that’s actively running in the system. To do that, you want to open the Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) and check the Processes tab for any Discord process. If you see that Discord is running, highlight it then hit the End Task button at the bottom to close it.

You can do the same exact steps to close Discord that has become unresponsive, or if Discord stuck and won’t do anything.

Solution #2: Check Discord server status.

Discord relies on an array of servers around the world in order to deliver its services. While these servers work reliably most of the time, some of them may go down unexpectedly due to technical glitches, bugs, or scheduled maintenance. This can lead to some bots not working properly on the platform as well. To check for a possible Discord server outage, go to:

https://discordstatus.com/.

If there’s an on-going server issues with Discord, all you need to do is to wait until the issue is fixed. So, try to use Discord at a later time to check.

Solution #3: Clear Discord app cache.

If Discord won’t open still even though there’s no server issues, the next step that you want to do is to refresh the local cache of your Discord app. Here’s how:

  1. Force close Discord via the Task Manager.
  2. On your keyboard, press Windows key + R and type in %appdata% in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press the Enter key.
  4. In the new window that appears, find the Discord folder and delete it.
  5. Open Discord to check for the problem.

If you continue to experience the same problem when you launch Discord, you can try another temporary folder of Discord with these steps:

  1. Force close Discord via the Task Manager.
  2. On your keyboard, press Windows key + R and type in %localappdata% in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press the Enter key.
  4. In the new window that appears, find the Discord folder and delete it.
  5. Relaunch Discord to check for the problem.

Solution #4: Disable Proxy server or VPN.

If you’re using any Virtual Private Network (VPN) or proxy server, try turning them off to check if it’s the one that’s causing the problem. You want to do this after closing Discord using the Task Manager and before you launch it again. 

If you’re not using any VPN or proxy, then simply skip this suggestion.

Solution #5: Check for updates.

Keeping your Operating System updated is an important practice that can effectively lessen the chances of bugs from developing. To check for the latest Windows version, go to Windows Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

Solution #6: Check your internet connection speed.

Is your internet connection slow? To check, run a speed test on your PC and see if your download and upload speeds are way too slow. While Discord does not need an internet connection to launch, it will automatically connect to the servers once it’s been initiated on your PC. If your internet speed is slow or if it keeps on disconnecting, the app may not fully load and your messages may not show up at all. 

If you think that you need help with your internet connection, we suggest that you contact your Internet Service Provider for options.

Solution #7: Use the web version.

If your Discord app is still not loading on your Windows 10 PC at this point and you badly need it, you can temporarily use the web browser version. All you need to do is to open a web browser and go to discord.com.

Just like when using the Windows 10 Discord app, you still need to sign in but almost all the features in the app should be there. The only feature that the web version does not have is  noise suppression by Krisp. 

Alternatively, you can also use the Discord mobile app if you only need the app for voice or video chat.

Solution #8: Delete and reinstall Discord.

The last thing that you can try is to uninstall Discord from the system and re-add afterwards. This solution can help if the main reason for the problem is due to a deeper bug within the system. 

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