It seems that as time goes on, more and more PC players are having issues with the launch of The Outer Worlds game which becomes one of the trending topics on several gaming forums. The game just won’t launch whether players are trying to run it from the launcher or the exe file itself. Whereas some players are reporting that the game starts crashing. If this is the same case happening to you, then you can check out how to fix The Outer Worlds Not Working on PC running Windows.
Meanwhile, plenty of affected players are reporting that buying the game from the Epic Games Store and launching it via the Epic Games Launcher or the exe file itself not working as well. Even sometimes it appears with a short black screen and automatically closes within a couple of seconds. Even reinstalling the game or try running it in the compatibility mode won’t work for all. So, what to do next? Well, don’t worry as we’ve provided a couple of possible workarounds below.
The Outer Worlds Not Working on PC running Windows: How to fix?
- First of all, try running the game exe file directly as an administrator by right-clicking on it. Sometimes the UAC can prevent running programs on Windows without admin permissions.
- Ensure that your Windows system is set to the correct time & date according to your region and showing it correctly. If not, set the correct date & time and then restart your PC to apply changes.
- Check out whether your Windows OS build and the graphics driver version is up-to-date or not. If not, then do this first.
- The black screen issue with The Outer Worlds game on the Windows system indicates that there is no W10 Media Feature Pack installed on your computer. Therefore, go to the official Microsoft website and download the Windows 10 Media Feature Pack according to your Windows OS build like 1903 (May 2019). [Try to install the latest version always which may be 2004 or higher depending on which time you read this article]
- Now, the Microsoft Xbox Team member has mentioned that maybe the game was pre-downloaded at the time of the pre-order timeframe. So, all you need to do is to fully uninstall the game and then completely reinstall it from the respective store using the existing account. (Try to install the game on the C drive as some of the players have fixed the issue by doing this)
- Maybe an Antivirus program or the Windows Firewall protection is blocking the game files to run properly. In that scenario, make sure to add the installed game files/folders to both the programs to whitelist them. Once the game files will be added to exclusion, you should not get launching issues.
- Additionally, you should go to the respective game launcher or the Store app and then check updates for the game. If any latest patch update is available, install it.
- Try performing a clean boot of your computer.
That’s it, guys. We assume you’ve found this guide useful. Feel free to ask in the comment below for further queries.