MSI Dragon Center unleashes the full potential of your MSI hardware, but only when it’s working properly. Many players are reporting that Dragon Center doesn’t work as expected on their rigs. The prominent issues include RGB not syncing/not working and stuck on Waiting for SDK Initialization.

But don’t worry if you happen to be on the same boat. There’re several ways you can fix it right away.

Try these fixes:

You might not need to try them all. Simply work down the list until you hit the one that does the charm.

  1. Waiting for SDK Initialization
  2. Check for latest Windows updates
  3. Make sure all drivers are up to date
  4. Reinstall Dragon Center via Microsoft Store

Fix 1: Waiting for SDK Initialization

There’re many players reporting a stuck on Waiting for SDK Initialization issue. If you’re having the same error, you can first try to reinstall Dragon Center completely and see how it goes. Also, you need to make sure the related services are configured properly. Here’s how:

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and R key) and type or paste services.msc. Then click OK.
  2. Right click MSI Central Service and select Properties.
  3. Make sure the service is running, and Startup type is set to Automatic.

Fix 2: Check for latest Windows updates

System updates in Windows 10 provide hotfixes that target compatibility problems. When troubleshooting software issues, you need to make sure you’re on the latest system.

  1. On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) to invoke the Run box. Type or paste control update and click OK.
  2. Click Check for updates. Windows will then check for available updates. (Or click Restart now if it prompts “Restart required”)

Once you’re done, restart Dragon Center and check if it’s working properly.

If this doesn’t help you, take a look at the next fix below.

Fix 3: Make sure all drivers are up to date

Dragon Center relies on drivers to control your clock speed and RGB. So more often than not it would be a driver issue, meaning you could be using faulty or outdated computer drivers. You should always make sure you have the latest drivers just so you can get the most of the hardware while avoiding tons of strange issues.

You can update drivers manually, by going to your hardware/laptop manufacturers’ websites, finding the correct installer and installing step-by-step. But if you don’t have the time or patience to update manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

  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 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. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
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The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com

Once you’ve updated all the drivers, restart your PC and test Dragon Center.

If the latest drivers don’t give you luck, simply move on to the next solution.

Fix 4: Reinstall Dragon Center via Microsoft Store

Sometimes glitches happen, especially during installation. Or it could be corrupted profiles or config files. In these cases, a clean reinstallation might just fix the issue right away.

  1. First you need to purge Dragon Center from your system. On your keyboard, press Win+I (the Windows logo key and the I key) and click Apps.
  2. Under Apps & features, click the input box and type Dragon Center. Select Dragon Center and click Uninstall.
  3. Next, search and uninstall MSI SDK.
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. You can now use the installer from the official site. Or you can install via Microsoft Store. To do that, on the bottom left corner, click the Windows icon and select Microsoft Store.
  6. On the top right corner, click the search box and type Dragon Center. Press Enter.
  7. Under Apps, select MSI Dragon Center. Click Get to install.

Once completed, launch Dragon Center and check if it works now.


Hopefully you’ve now fixed the problem and can customize your gaming rig. If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment down below and we’ll get back to you.

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