NBA 2K23 Won’t Launch or Not Responding, How to Fix?

Visual Concepts and 2K Games has just announced a sports co-op simulation video game that offers an immersive basketball experience with a return of The City in NBA 2K23. Players can showcase their talent in MyCAREER with MyTEAM by building their dynasty in MyGM. As the title is newly launched in the market, the NBA 2K23 title also has issues, such as the game Won’t Launch issue in its initial days.

NBA 2K23 Won't Launch or Not Responding, How to Fix?

Why Won’t NBA 2K23 Launch?

It looks like the NBA 2K23 game has some common issues with the game launching or gameplay, just like other PC games where players may get affected by the startup crashing or not launching issues. So, the chances are high that your NBA 2K23 game isn’t launching due to several possible reasons, such as outdated graphics driver, outdated game version, missing or corrupted game files, unnecessary background tasks, etc.

Whereas an outdated Windows version, issues with the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable, startup services, antivirus-related issues, incompatible PC hardware, overlay apps, overclocked CPU/GPU, DirectX-related issues, etc. can cause startup problems with the game on your Windows PC. Now, we’ll head over to the workarounds below that should help you fix it.

NBA 2K23 Won’t Launch, How to Fix?

Now, without wasting any more time, let’s get into it. Make sure to follow all the methods until the problem gets fixed. If the game still bothers you to launch properly, you should contact support for further assistance.

1. Check System Requirements

First, you should check whether your PC configuration is meeting the system requirements of the game or not. Sometimes incompatible PC hardware can trigger multiple issues with the game launching. We’ve mentioned the game requirements so that you can cross-check with your configuration.

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Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.10 GHz / AMD FX-4100 @ 3.60 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 450 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 7770 1 GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 110 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: Directx 9.0x
  • Additional Notes: Dual-analog Gamepad recommended

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 @ 3 GHz / AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB / ATI Radeon R9 270 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 110 GB of available space
  • Sound Card: Directx 9.0c
  • Additional Notes: Dual-analog Gamepad recommended

2. Run the game as an Administrator

If you’re not running your video game using an administrator privilege, it may cause issues with the game launching or startup crashing, or even the game not loading, etc. So, it’s better to simply run the game exe file as an administrator on your Windows computer to check if that fixes the problem or not. To do so:

  • Right-click on the NBA 2K23 exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.

  • Make sure to click on the Run this program as an administrator checkbox to checkmark it.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

3. Verify Integrity of Game Files

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If in case, your game files become corrupted or missing for some unexpected reasons then verifying and repairing the game files using the game launcher can help you a lot. To do this:

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  • Launch Steam > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on NBA 2K23 from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to Local Files.
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer.

4. Update Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

  • Head over to the following path on your PC:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\_CommonRedist\vcredist

  • You should see the following folders:
    • 2012\vc_redist.x64.exe
    • 2013\vc_redist.x64.exe
    • 2019\vc_redist.x64.exe
  • Just make sure to run all of these executable files that are present. (If you’ve different folders, then run the vc_redist.x64.exe file in those folders)
  • Finally, restart your PC to fix the issue.

5. Update DirectX

  • Go to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Steamworks Shared\_CommonRedist\DirectX folder path.
  • Next, run the DXSETUP.exe file to reinstall/update DirectX.
  • Once done, restart your computer to apply changes.

6. Update GPU Drivers

It seems that multiple affected players have reported the outdated graphics driver. If you’re also using the outdated graphics driver for a while, then make sure to check for updates by following the steps below:

  • Press Windows + X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Now, click on Device Manager from the list > Double-click on Display adapters.
  • Right-click on the dedicated graphics card that you’re using.

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  • Next, select Update driver > Choose to Search automatically for drivers.
  • If an update is available, the system will automatically download & install it.
  • Once done, restart the computer to apply changes.

This method should fix the NBA 2K23 Won’t Launch on PC issue. If not, you can head over to the next method.

7. Disable Overlay Apps

According to some affected players, disabling the Steam overlay on the Windows computer has helped them easily fix the game not launching issue. As the in-game overlay app is always running in the background whenever you launch the game client, it’s quite possible to have issues with the processes or system resources.

For Steam Overlay:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library.
  • Now, right-click on NBA 2K23 > Select Properties.
  • Head to the General section > Here, just uncheck the Enable Steam Overlay checkbox.
  • Go back to Library > Re-open Squad to check for the not launching issue.

8. Install All Pending Windows Updates

It may be possible that somehow any Windows bugs or system files conflict with the game running properly. Sometimes an incompatibility issue can also occur when you don’t update the software for a while. So, make sure to install all the pending Windows updates and keep it to the latest OS build. To do that:

  • Press Windows + I keys to open up the Windows Settings menu.
  • Next, click on Update & Security > Select Check for updates under the Windows Update section.

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  • If there is a feature update available, select Download and install.
  • Wait for some time until the update gets completed.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes immediately.

9. Disable Antivirus and Firewall Program

  • Click on the Start menu > Type Control Panel and click on it.
  • Now, type firewall in the search box > Click on Windows Firewall.
  • From the left pane, click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Select Turn off Windows Firewall for the Private, Domain, and Public Network Settings.
  • Finally, reboot the PC to apply changes and try checking the issue.

Now, you’ll have to disable the anti-virus protection (Windows Defender) as well by following the steps below:

  • Head over to the Windows Settings > Privacy and Security.
  • Now, go to Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.
  • Click on Manage settings >Then turn off the Real-time Protection option.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your PC to apply changes.

If in case, you’re using any third-party antivirus program then make sure to turn it off manually.

10. Launch the Game in Windowed Mode (Steam)

Try launching the game in Windowed display mode to check if that helps you or not. Sometimes a computer with an average hardware specification can cause several issues with the fullscreen display mode while running the game.

  • Open the Steam client and go to Library.
  • Right-click on NBA 2K23 > Select Properties.
  • In the General section, click on Set Launch Options.
  • Next, copy & paste the following command-line argument:
 -windowed -noborder
  • Make sure to save changes and try running the game again to check if NBA 2K23 launching properly or not.

11. Perform a Clean Boot

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type msconfig and hit Enter to open the System Configuration window.
  • Go to the Services tab > Enable the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.

  • Click on Disable all.
  • Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.
  • Now, click on the Startup tab > Click on Open Task Manager.
  • Under the Startup tab from the Task Manager interface, click on the particular tasks which are enabled for startup boot > Click on Disable.
  • Make sure to select the high-impact startup programs and disable them one by one.
  • Once all is done, restart your PC to apply changes.
  • Finally, check whether the NBA 2K23 Won’t Launch on PC issue has been fixed or not.

12. Close Background Processes

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab > Select the task you want to close.

End Task Manager

  • Once selected, click on End Task. Make sure to do the steps for each task individually.
  • Once done, just restart your computer to change effects immediately.

13. Reset NBA 2K23

  • Press the Windows (Start) + X keys to open the Quick Link Menu.
  • Select Apps and Features > Click on NBA 2K23 from the list of installed programs to select it.
  • Now, click on Advanced options > Select Reset.
  • Once done, reboot your computer and try to launch the game.

14. Reinstall NBA 2K23

If none of the methods worked for you, try reinstalling the NBA 2K23 game to check if that helps you fix the game not launching issue. To do so:

  • Launch the Steam client on your computer.
  • Now, go to Library > Right-click on the NBA 2K23 game.
  • Head over to Manage > Select Uninstall.
  • If prompted, click Uninstall again and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your computer to apply changes immediately.
  • Open the Steam client and install the game using the existing Steam account.
  • You’re done. Enjoy! This can resolve the NBA 2K23 Won’t Launch on PC issue.

That’s it, guys. We hope this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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