Recently we’ve seen a lot of Fortnite players reporting errors on their game. The errors they usually see are:

  • Fortnite was not started correctly and needs to be closed
  • Couldn’t start the game
  • Failed to connect to the server

If you’re experiencing one of these errors, don’t worry! It’s fixable…

Try these fixes

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Stop using VPN
  3. Reset your network settings
  4. Update your device drivers
  5. Reinstall your game
  6. Run System File Checker

Fix 1: Restart your computer

This is the first thing you should try when you see an error on Fortnite. Just turn off your computer and then turn it back on.

Now check to see if this fixes your error. If not, move on to Fix 2, below.

Fix 2: Stop using VPN

VPN is not allowed on Fortnite. It’s likely to have an error when you’re using a VPN.

If you’re using a VPN, stop it, then see if this fixes your error. If it does, great! But if not, you should try Fix 3, below.

Fix 3: Reset your network settings

Perhaps the issues with your system network settings cause interference to your game. Try resetting your network settings and see if this fixes your Fortnite error.

  1. On your computer, click the Start button and type “cmd“.

  2. Right click Command Prompt in the list of results, then select Run as administrator.

  3. Type the following lines of command at Command Prompt, and after typing each line, press Enter on your keyboard.
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /flushdns
    netsh winsock reset
    net stop dhcp
    net start dhcp
    netsh winhttp reset proxy

Now check to see if you’ve got rid of your Fortnite error. If not, try Fix 4, below.

Fix 4: Update your device drivers

You may be having your Fortnite error because you’re using a wrong or outdated device driver. You should update your drivers and see if this fixes your error.

There are two ways you can try to update your drivers: manually or automatically…

Download and install your drivers manually – You can update your drivers manually by going to the hardware manufacturers’ websites, and searching for the latest drivers for your devices. But if you take this approach, be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with the exact model number of your hardware, and your version of Windows.

or

Download and install your drivers automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. 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. Driver Easy handles it all.

  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 your device to download the correct version of its driver, then you can manually install it. Or click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all the drivers. (This requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee.)
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 5: Reinstall Fortnite

Reinstalling Fortnite can help you repair your game files and fix your Fortnite error. To do so, open the Epic Games Launcher and uninstall Fortnite. Then download and install the game on the Launcher.

Now your error should be fixed. But if not, you may need to…

Fix 6: Run System File Checker

Your error may be caused by corrupted system files. To repair them, you should run System File Checker.

  1. On your computer, click the Start button and type “cmd“.

  2. Right click Command Prompt in the list of results, then select Run as administrator.

  3. Type the following line of command at Command Prompt, then press Enter on your keyboard:
    dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  4. Type the following line of command at Command Prompt, then press Enter:
    sfc /scannow
  5. Check to see if this fixes your Fortnite error.

Hopefully one of the fixes above worked for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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