Failed to initialize renderer [Fixed]

By Lillian Lai in Common Errors Tags: gamesgraphics
Failed to initialize renderer

When you are going to play games, such as Skyrim on Steam, you may run into the error Failed to initialize renderer, which is totally a disappointment, right? Don’t worry! You can easily fix Failed to initialize renderer.

How do I fix Failed to initialize renderer?

You can try the following three methods to fix the error. You don’t need to try them all; Just work your way down until it fixes your problem.

  1. Validating master files for your game
  2. Update the graphics card driver

Why does the error Failed to initialize renderer occur?

Rendering or image synthesis is the automatic process of generating a photorealistic or non-photorealistic image from a 2D or 3D by means of computer programs, and the result of the displaying such a model can be called a render.

When launching the game, the game engine would check your video card details, and see what it is capable of supporting. After that, the game engine decides what things to initialize for it. If it fails, it means that the game can not read your video card properly. So it’s probably due to the graphics card driver problem.

Solutions 1: Validating master files for your game

It’s likely that your graphics settings are high, or your files are set as read only, so it prevents your game from updating your graphics settings. You can try validating master files for your game to fix it.

1) Close the game and Steam, then go to Steam folder and remove folder named appcache. Steam will create a new folder later later when you open it, please don’t worry.

2) Go to the folder of the game that gives the error. It’s normally in C drive > Users> Your Name > Documents > My games, or in Documents > My games, then click the file that is named with the game. For example, if it’s Skyrim that gives the error of Failed to initialize renderer, you can open the file named Skyrim in Document > My games > Skyrim.

3) Delete the .ini files named with XXX.ini and XXXPrefs.ini. Take Skyrim as an example, you can delete the files named Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini.

4) Shut down your computer and start your computer. Kindly note that please do not directly restart your computer. shutting down the PC can help reset all hooks, while restarting the computer doesn’t help with that.

5) Open the game that gives the error again to see if it works.

Solution 2: Update the graphics card driver

As mentioned above, Failed to initialize renderer can be caused by the graphics card driver issue, as the graphics card driver is quite important for inter-communicating between the video card and the games and programs. So if the graphics card driver is missing or outdated, you’ll receive this error message. Updating the graphics card driver can effectively solve the issue.

There are two ways to update the graphics card driver:

Manually update the graphics card driver
Automatically update the graphics card driver (recommended)

Manually update graphics card driver

You can go to Device Manager > Display adapters, and find the graphics card you are using, then update it by searching in your computer.

In addition, you can also go to the manufacturer website of your graphics card, and find the correct driver that matches with your Windows OS and processor type, then install it in your computer, which requires the time ans computer skills.

Automatically update the graphics card driver (recommended)

If you don’t have time or patience to manually update graphic card in your computer, you can do that automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged graphics card driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). 

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) Restart your computer and check to see if you can play the game now.

Here’re the best solutions to fix Failed to initialize renderer. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and we’ll see what more we can do to help.