The all-new Windows 11 is here with powerful enhancements and improvements over its predecessor. Microsoft’s newest creation is also expected to enhance the gaming experience on PC. Moreover, there are no compatibility issues between most new-age video games and Windows 11. Likewise, Valorant is supported on Windows 11 too. But an annoying error has left Valorant players confused. The Valorant “Requires a system restart to play” error has led players to restart their systems several times following the error message. But, no matter how many times they reboot their system, the launcher won’t stop showing them the error message. Don’t worry, as we are here with the exact fixes you will need to solve the notorious issue. The error is appearing because the launcher fails to boot up when the system starts. Read this article to know how to fix the “requires a system restart to play” error in Valorant on Windows 11.
Valorant “Requires a system restart to play” error on Windows 11
There are two working fixes to the “requires a system restart to play” error in Valorant. We have listed both of them, but make sure to try the first fix before trying the second. Following are the fixes:
1) Close the Valorant launcher. You will have to perform the next few steps without running the launcher in the background.
2) Open Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, you will have to sort the options by setting View by: Category. You will then see an option Uninstall a program under the Programs section.
3) Next, click on any program and type “Riot Vanguard” to find the program. Once you see Riot Vanguard on the list, right-click on it and select Uninstall. A dialog box will pop up asking whether you want to uninstall the program. Go ahead with it and click YES.
4) Then, close everything and open Valorant Launcher. The launcher will re-download the missing files and ask you to restart your system to apply changes. Confirm and let your PC restart.
5) Once the restart is done, open the Valorant Launcher and along with it, open the Task Manager program as well.
6) Under the processes tab, find the Riot Client process, right-click on it, and select Go to details. In the list, you will find a highlighted RiotClientProcesses.exe process. Right-click on it, select Set priority and change it to High.
7) Next, open the Startup tab of the Task Manager and look for the vgtray application. Make sure its status is set to enabled.
This will mostly fix the “requires a system restart to play” error of Valorant. But, if it doesn’t, here’s the second fix.
1) Enter Services in the start menu search box. Click on the gear icon to open up your Service Control Manager for Windows 11.
2) Select any service and start typing “vgc” to find the vgc service.
3) Double-click the service. In the General tab, set the Startup type to Automatic, and then click on Start.
4) Once the progress bar disappears, click on Apply, and then OK.
This will ensure that the launcher loads upon starting the system, and hence, the error will be prevented. Hope this guide was able to solve the error you were seeing on Valorant. For more guides like this, stay tuned to Androidgram.