How to Fix League of Legends When it Doesn’t Start

Every time you need to feast your eyes on an online multiplayer battle arena game of high quality, you can count on League of Legends. The title has been around for PC and macOS for over a decade, and the developer and publisher Riot Games did a fantastic job. There’s a growing number of players enjoying League of Legends (about 80 million worldwide), and there’s no reason for us to believe that this amount won’t keep growing.

League of Legends sometimes won’t start, and instead of throwing your computer out the window, we have a better idea. Fixing the issue is totally feasible, and you should try each one of the steps below for that matter. The game malfunctioning could be due to server issues, internet connectivity, DNS settings, and more.

Grant administrator permissions

In many cases, you’ll have to open the administrator permissions for being able to open League of Legends. This is very simple, as all you have to do is to right-click on the game’s shortcut, and ultimately hit the Run As Administrator option.

  1. If you’re on Mac, you’ll have to modify user admin privileges by the following method:
  2. Select System Preferences, and then you’ll have to double click Users & Groups.

Select your account from the left side, and see if you’re listed as an Admin. If not, you’ll have to take the following steps:

  • Select the lock icon.
  • When the popup appears, you must log in with an administrator account.
  • Click the “Allow user to administer this computer” box.
  • Relaunch the game.

Clear old registry files

Even after deleting one instance of League of Legends, registry files could remain on your system and cause unpleasant moments like making the game not to start anymore.  You’ll have to obviously delete the old registry files of the game. For that, you’ll have to follow these simple steps:

  • Type “regedit” in your Windows search bar, and head for Run command. Once the permissions dialog box pops up, you’ll have to click Yes.
  • Select the Edit tab, and then choose the Find option.
  • Search for the word “League”.
  • Delete all the relevant entries that appear in the right part of the Registry Editor.
  • Restart your PC, reinstall League of Legends, and that should do the trick.

Fix the launcher of the game

If this is the case, you’ll have to force League of Legends to redownload the launcher file. First, you’ll have to delete the launch files that’s not working anymore. The rest of the procedure is like a walk in the park:

  • Go to the League of Legends folder from your PC. It’s usually located in C:\Riot Games\League of Legends.
  • Open “RADS” and then “projects”.
  • Get rid of the lol_launcher folder.
  • Relaunch League of Legends. The necessary files will be redownloaded.

Reinstall the game

It may sound ridiculous for some of you, but reinstalling League of Legends can surely fix the issue. Therefore, you must delete the related files from your PC or Mac, download the setup file again, and run another installation for League of Legends. The game should run smoothly and without any problems, if neither one of the other methods didn’t work.

It will be interesting to see if League of Legends will also be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X after the two upcoming next-generation consoles arrive around Christmas to the market. Our bet is that the legendary online game will indeed be running on the two gaming gears. It would be slightly absurd to happen otherwise, considering that League of Legends counts several tens of million of monthly players.

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