Fix for When League of Legends Won’t Open

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League of Legends is still one of the most popular game out there, with millions of players signing in each month to hit Summoners Rift. Although sometimes, the client won’t open when you first launch it.

There are a few potential fixes and solutions that each player can try. However if worst comes to worst, you may have to uninstall and reinstall the client.

In one of League of Legends recent updates, they updated the cursor into a higher definition arrow, from the original hand which was used for 9 years. We covered a post on how to revert to the original cursor here.

Force Restart the League of Legends Client

If you’ve run League of Legends and it isn’t opening, you could be facing the issue that it’s already open. Sometimes, games might open in the background, but not actually be visible.

Because it’s already open, launching it again won’t do anything. I’ve had this problem a few times, especially with Steam games. It’s worth checking out anyway. Open up your task manager by pressing CTRL, ALT and DELETE.

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Look for League in the task manager

Check to see if League of Legends is in the process list. If it is, end the task. You can also take a look inside of the ‘Details’ tab, to see if it’s running there. After ending the task, try launching League of Legends again, it should open this time hopefully.

Run the Repair Tool

If you can get into the login screen of the League Client, you can run the repair tool which should help with any problems you may be having. In the top right of the client, click the cog icon which will open the client settings.

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Do a full repair of the client

One option is ‘Initiate Full Repair’. Doing this process can take a while, but it will validate your League of Legends installation and make sure it’s all up to date and functional! If your struggling to boot into games or get past the login screen, this solution should help.

Other Solutions

Here are a few other solutions which may be preventing League of Legends from launching and starting up. If none of these work, you are going to need to go onto the next step, which is uninstalling and reinstalling the client.

  1. Try running League as an administrator. Whilst not a likely fix, sometimes this does help with certain programs.
  2. Turn off any anti-virus that you have installed, including Windows Defender. An anti virus software could be preventing the client from launching. If you’ve disabled an anti-virus and that wasn’t the issue, make sure to turn it back on after!
  3. Incompatible hardware/software. If you have never played League of Legends before, maybe your PC isn’t capable of running it. Check the specifications when it comes to OS, and ensure you’ve downloaded the right version from the website.


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