How To Fix Discord Not Opening Error? [Step by Step Tutorial]

Discord is a communication application (VoIP in nature) designed for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and more that fulfills your need to communicate with your peers via private chat, video call, and direct file sharing. It also facilitates building remote servers and chatting publicly by building up online communities. But sometimes you will get errors like Discord won’t Open or Discord Not Opening, which irritates many users.

Fix Discord Not Opening Error

What is Discord?

Discord is quite popular among gamers as they find it a comparatively better tool for online chatting with friends while playing an online game. So, it is quite a good application for hanging out with friends online.

With the value, this application provides, Discord has become a must-have application for your device. It has millions of users worldwide and its downloads are still on the rise.

Sometimes, the users may feel difficulty in launching the Discord app. It may crash, nothing happens while someone launches the application or it just gets stuck after opening.

This article addresses the issue of Discord not working/running or crashing at the start and provides simple and easy solutions to get the application to work again.

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Why Discord Application Not Opening?

You need to know the reason behind any issue if we are to solve that issue. Because it helps in finding out the solutions efficiently and also educates us to deal with such kind of problems in future.

There may be multiple reasons behind the “Discord is not working on your windows” error, but the most common of them are discussed here.

Reason 1: Sometimes, there are chances that the application’s files have been corrupted or damaged. Not just Discord but any other computer application may cause lunch problems if its file has somehow been damaged.

Reason 2: Sometimes internet connectivity may also cause errors. Discord may also face opening problems due to an error caused by your computer system. For example, RAM is low, CPU is running at full capacity, or low hard drive space.

Reason 3: Discord offers some features that can be used alongside playing an online game. To make the gamer’s experience better and interactive Discord offers an in-game overlay. If this feature is on the game is somehow running in the background and you try to open the discord, it may not work.

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6 Best Methods To Fix Discord Not Opening Or Working Issue:

Following are some of the methods that may help you resolve the problem

1. Close Discord with the task manager and reopen it

2. Close Discord with Command Prompt and reopen it

3. Strat Discord form installation directory/folder containing the Discord files

4. Correct the date and time of your PC

5. Deploy a SFC scan to repair the files

6. Close background apps

Note: First thing First, not just Discord, but for all other applications; whenever an application does not work, the best first step is to restart your pc and then start the application. Hopefully, your application will work.

Method 1: Close Discord with Task Manager And Reopen It

Whenever discord gets stuck on your pc and does not respond to any action, it will be wise to just kill the application session forcefully and restart the application again. To kill an application, the most popular process is to do it by using a PC’s task manager

Follow the simple steps to kill the Discord application

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar (mostly located at the bottom of your pc screen) and then click “Task Manager”.

Step 2: You will find applications currently running on your windows. Look for Discord and select it

Step 3: After selecting Discord, click the “End task” button.

Step 4: Close the task manager and then open Discord again.

Note: Sometimes, when task manager is opened, it shows fewer details and you might not find the discord app running there. Well, no worries! Click on “More Details” located on the bottom right of the task manager. There you will find the discord application. The rest of the steps are the same as discussed above.

Method 2: Close Discord With Command Prompt and Reopen It

When the discord app goes into the non-responding state right after its opening, it needs to be killed or closed forcefully. A simple click on the cross button may not work in most situations like this. Then the only way is to kill the app forcefully.

Just like the method discussed above, this method does the same job but in a slightly different manner. You may find this method quite handy. So to resolve the issue, follow below given simple steps.

Step 1: In the search bar located within the taskbar in Windows 10, type “run”. The windows will search the “Run” application for you. Click on it to open it.

Step 2: Type in “cmd” in the Open bar of “Run”. And then press the Control+Shift+Enter button to launch the command prompt through the administrator.

Step 3: In the command prompt, type the command “taskkill /F /IM discord.exe”. Then press enter.

Step 4: Discord will be closed. Then close the command prompt and launch the Discord app again. Hope it will work!

Method 3: Strat Discord From Installation Directory/Folder Containing The Discord Files

This method of taking care of the problem of discord, not opening is rather the easiest and simplest one. And it will possibly resolve the issue as it has been reported by some users who (by starting the application from the directory of files/files containing folder) resolved the issue.

Follow the below given simple steps

Step 1: Open file explorer (by clicking on the file explorer icon in the Task Bar).

Step 2: Go to the following folder C:\ProgramData\%user%\Discord

Note: the word “user” written in the address given above refers to your computer’s local account username. So, replace it with your username for the path of the application.

Step 3: Open the discord launch icon.

Step 4: If it does not work, open it as “Administrator” by right-clicking on the app and then clicking “Run as administrator”.

Step 5: That’s it

Method 4: Correct Date And Time Of Your PC

Sometimes the apps (that have been made to work online) do not respond or open if the date and time of your computer are not correct. Some of the applications display the message that “your computer’s date and time is not correct” like google chrome displays this message and it does not work until you correct the date and time of your pc.

This may happen to discord as well.

So, check if your PC’s date and time are correct.

Tip: It is usually recommended that the date and time of your pc must have been set as “set time automatically”

If you find out that the date and time of your pc are not correct, the following are the steps to change and update the date and time.

Step 1: Right-click on the date and time shown bottom right corner of your pc (on the taskbar).

Step 2: Click on “Adjust date/time”

Step 3: Change the date and time and as already said, (if not previously done) toggle the button for “Set time automatically”.

Step 4: Run the Discord app. Hope it will work

Method 5: Deploy SFC Scan To Repair The System Files

Whenever files of a system are damaged or broken, the possibilities are that your system’s files not in good form. Windows have a tool namely “System file checker”. The process of running this tool is commonly known as SCF/Scan and it is a very useful and efficient tool to repair your PC’s damaged or corrupted files.

Follow the below-given steps to run SFC/Scan.

Step 1: In the search bar located within the taskbar in Windows 10, type “run”. The windows will search “run” applications for you. Click on it to open it.

Step 2: Type in “cmd” in the Open bar of “run”. And then press the Control+Shift+Enter button to launch the command prompt through the administrator.

Step 3: When the command prompt is opened, type in the command sfc/scannow. Then, press Enter to run the command.

Step 4: System’s file scan and repair is a time taking process to be patient and do not close the command prompt or turn off your computer.

Step 5: After that, restart your computer and try opening the Discord app to see if it works or not.

You might also find this useful: Fix “Discord Awaiting Endpoint” Error

Method 6: Close The Background Running Apps

If some unnecessary applications are running in the background, they might interfere and cause problems while opening the Discord app. So, it would be a good idea to check and close background apps if any.

Follow the below-given steps for the purpose

Step 1: Open the start menu located in the bottom left of your pc.

Step 2: Open “settings”.

(settings can also be opened simply by pressing the keys “Window + I”)

Step 3: Click on “Privacy”

Step 4: Click on “Background apps” from the side panel.

Step 5: Toggle button to turn off that is for the Let apps run in the background

Step 6: Restart your pc and open the Discord app.

It will work as the users have shared that this has worked.


We are hopeful that we have added important information to your knowledge to deal with the “Discord app not opening” diagnosis and its solution. Discord is a great app and is highly recommended.

In the future, if the same problem occurs and solutions don’t work, visit our articles as we regularly update the methods when we receive any new problem or information.

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